Mooseletter – October 21, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy
Dearest Moose, As I write, the vast majority of you must now be in the thick of midterms, papers, and problem sets. It’s important for me to remind you of the importance of the academic, curricular aspect of your Harvard experience. Part of that is putting in the hours and the energy to maximize the power of your brain cells. Part of that is opening your minds to new and enlightening ideas. And part of that is abiding by Harvard’s Honor Code. Know that there are always resources to help you and that if you have any questions or concerns, that you should reach out to your professors, TFs, and me. The Seventh Monday is TODAY (10/21) which means that it is the last day you can withdraw from a course. After today, you are responsible for all the courses in your Crimson Cart. Office hours are slightly different this week to accommodate the withdrawal deadline. As the weather turns cooler, please remember to take care of your health. Bundle up. Come by the fire in the dining hall – thank you Cheryl, Sean, and Lucia! Get your flu shot (Mondays and Tuesdays at UHS, 12noon-3pm or at Mather this Thursday). Wash your hands. Sleep. And continue to support and help your fellow Meese siblings. *Dunster Love*

Michael’s Office Hours
Monday, October 21: 2-5 pm
Tuesday, October 22: 10 am-12 noon
Friday, October 25: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come by during office hours. If you wish to make an appointment to see me outside of those times, please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

Drinking and Smoking in Public Spaces
Please remember that drinking is not allowed in the public spaces of the House and smoking is not allowed, by University policy, anywhere in the House. Thanks for your cooperation.

The Harvard College Honor Code
Members of the Harvard College community commit themselves to producing academic work of integrity – that is, work that adheres to the scholarly and intellectual standards of accurate attribution of sources, appropriate collection and use of data, and transparent acknowledgement of the contribution of others to their ideas, discoveries, interpretations, and conclusions. Cheating on exams or problem sets, plagiarizing or misrepresenting the ideas or language of someone else as one’s own, falsifying data, or any other instance of academic dishonesty violates the standards of our community, as well as the standards of the wider world of learning and affairs.

Tutor On-Call
Katie Anderson is the tutor on-call from October 21-28. She can be reached at 617-851-8419 in case of an emergency.

IM Schedule for this Week
Wednesday 10/23 – Soccer vs. Mather 7 pm (Cumnock)
Saturday 10/26 – Women’s 3v3
Basketball Tournament

Dunster Meditation Group
“If we respected only what is inevitable and has a right to be, music and poetry would resound along the streets. When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence,—that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Washing your hands isn’t the only way to stay healthy. Your spiritual well-being is important, too! Meditation and mindfulness practices have really helped me maintain my sense of self while navigating Harvard. Since we have a fabulous new meditation/prayer space in the house, I’m hoping to start a Dunster meditation group to share the gift of mindfulness with others. No prior experience with meditation is needed! If you’re at all interested in learning more about what meditation is, how it can fit into your schedule, or if you want to start sharing your practice with a larger group to get support from others, please fill out this survey:

Feel free to reach out to me (Alden) directly with any questions or concerns! (

Apply to Be the Dunster House Food Literacy Project (FLP) Fellow!
Job Description:
The Food Literacy Project is HUDS’ food education initiative. With focuses on sustainability, nutrition, food preparation & community, the FLP seeks to empower everyone to make informed food choices. Interested in educating the Harvard community about food? Apply to be a Food Literacy Project (FLP) Fellow!

Commitment details (about 5 hours per week):

Attend weekly meetings: Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Every other week we invite in a guest speaker; past guests have included New Entry Farm, Food for Free, and HUDS Director of Culinary.

Organize 3 FLP events per semester for your house community. Be creative! Hold an apple tasting, host a cooking competition. Tour the dining hall tunnels!

Attend 3 FLP events per semester, including farm field trips and cooking classes.

Help spread the word about FLP by tabling at 2 events per semester

Work in partnership with HUDS to raise awareness of food related issues on campus (e.g. food waste, food recovery).

Attend the Fall and Spring FLP retreat.

Stipend: FLP fellows receive a $1,500 stipend per academic year, paid in four installments.

To apply:
Send your resumé and a cover letter to
More details on the HUDS website:

Important Dates
• Fall Full Term – Last day upon which students may withdraw from a fall term course, a notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript. After this date students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.
• Fall Session 2 Starts

• Fall Session 2 – Course Registration Deadline

• Fall Session 2 – Add/Drop Deadline – no fees

• Fall Session 2 – Course Withdraw Deadline – no fees

• Declaration of Concentration due for on-cycle first-semester sophomores

• Final degree applications for March Degree Candidates due.
• Last day to change concentration for March Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.
• Last day upon which March Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
• Last day upon which March Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

• Last Day of Fall Full Term Classes
• Fall Session 2 Ends

• Reading Period begins
• Last day in the fall term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

• Last day of Reading Period

• Final Examination Period begins

• Last day of Final Examination Period

• Spring Online Check-In Opens

• Wintersession begins

• FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens – to allow shopping for courses.

• Last Day of Wintersession

• Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.
• Spring Online Check-in Deadline
• FAS Course Registration Opens – to allow enrolling in courses
• Spring Session 1 Starts
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday, 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
Harvard College
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138

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About hovsep

Hi everyone, my name is Diana Hovsepian and I am the academic coordinator in Dunster House. I have been working here since 2009: helping with your academic questions and issues, managing student records, organizing and helping with House events and Commencement. I also am here to aid you in coordinating your medical school application process and getting your recommendations in order, so please visit me if you have any questions. I also serve as a sophomore academic adviser in the House. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which include academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information from the Registrar’s office. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Resident Dean or just want to chat, please email me or stop by my office at E303A! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my husband, our children, and our Boston Terrier in Bedford, MA. I love traveling, reading, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any. Let’s have another great year in Dunster!