Mooseletter – October 26, 2016

From the Office of the Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Issues for the Week

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.

Carlos’s Office Hours
Monday, 10/26: 9-noon, open
Wednesday, 10/28: 5-7 pm, by appointment
Friday, 11/30: 9-11 am, open

Please drop by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at My office is at E303H. If these times don’t work, email me: or call the House office 5-2263 or for alternate times.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from October 26 to November 2 is Anna Marie Wagner. He resides in DeWolfe 10-41 and can be reached at 617-634-9564 in the event of an emergency.

Answer to the Riddle
Question: What has a lot to say but can’t be heard because it can’t speak one single word?

Answer: Picture

Important Dates
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015
University Holiday: Veterans Day (observed for staff)
Classes will be held on a regular Wednesday schedule.

Thursday, Nov 12, 2015
Plan of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for the class of 2018

Friday, Nov 13, 2015
November Degree Conferral

Monday, Nov 16, 2015
March 2015 Degree Candidate deadline

Final degree applications for March 2015 Degree Candidates due

Last day to change concentration for March 2015 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval

Last day upon which March 2015 Degree Candidates may submit a completed and signed foreign language citation study plan or petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015
Thanksgiving recess begins Wednesday, November 25 and ends Sunday, November 29.

Thursday, Dec 3, 2015
Last day of Fall Term classes

Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

Friday, Dec 4, 2015
Reading period: Friday, December 4 through Thursday, December 10

Friday, Dec 11, 2015
Exam Period: Friday, December 11, 2015 through Monday, December, 21, 2015

Monday, Dec 21, 2015

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015
Winter Recess begins

Winter Recess Housing Information
December 22, 5:00 pm – January 15, 9:00 am

Application Deadlines:
Through October 23: No Fee
October 24 – November 13: $50
November 14 – December 4: $75
You may not apply after December 4

Eligibility: If you are not currently on campus, or if you will not be on campus during the Spring 2016 term, you are not eligible for Winter Recess Housing. If you have a need to stay in your room between December 22 and January 15, you should apply for Winter Recess Housing. Applications are reviewed and approved by the Office of Student Life. You may submit a Winter Break Application via the housing portal.

Spring 2016 Housing Cancellations

If you are submitting a Housing Cancellation form for the spring, please set up a time to meet with the House Administrator Rachel Barbarisi, who can be reached at

Application Deadline: November 9
Applications can be found on the housing portal.
Remember to submit a Returning Student Application for the semester you plan to return so we can provide you with a bed-space in the House!

Spring 2016 Inter-House Transfers
If you are submitting an IHT application for the spring, please set up a time to meet with the House Administrator Rachel Barbarisi, who can be reached at

Application Deadline: November 9
Applications can be found on the housing portal.

Eligibility: Current Juniors and Seniors are eligible to apply for an Inter-House transfer. Individuals or groups of 2 accepted. Current sophomores are not permitted to apply for a transfer until the spring of their sophomore year (after they have completed 1 term of residency in their assigned House). If you are selected for an Inter-House Transfer after submitting an application, you are required to transfer to your new House at the beginning of the next term. You may not rescind your application after the decision has been made.

Upcoming Workshops at the Bureau of Study Counsel
Wednesday, November 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Explore factors that might lead us to procrastinate, including the wisdom that motivates meaningful digressions. Consider practical and attitudinal approaches we might try when we find ourselves resisting or avoiding our academic work. Register online at

Attending to Attention: Strategies for Focus and Concentration
Friday, November 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Develop strategies to manage difficulties with attention. To register, email Aurora Sanfeliz –

Working While Worrying: Coping with Illness of a Loved One
Monday, November 16, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Get support and explore strategies to help you focus on your academic work while worried about the health of a family member or close friend. To register, email Aurora Sanfeliz –

Learning in a Context of Loss
Wednesday, November 18, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Consider with other Harvard students who have experienced the death of someone who mattered to them how your experience of learning is influenced by your experience of loss (and how your experience of loss might in turn be influenced by your experience of learning). Register online at

Getting Started Writing Papers
Friday, November 20, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Find ways to get your papers started and done (on time); from an idea to a final draft. To register, email Aurora Sanfeliz –
For more information or to register, visit
Bureau of Study Counsel, 5 Linden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-495-2581,

HUHS Announcements
HUHS Flu Vaccination Clinics — NEW LOCATION
Mondays and Tuesdays through December 15, 12-3pm, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, University Place. Visit the HUHS website for a full list of clinic dates and locations. No appointment necessary.
Urgent Care Update
Visit Urgent Care for medical or mental health care services in one convenient location on the 5th floor of HUHS in the Smith Campus Center 24 hours a day, every day.
Harvard Dental Services is Moving
The Harvard Dental Service will be moving to a brand new, state-of-the-art clinic at 114 Mt. Auburn Street in Harvard Square on October 27.
Healthy Body Image Program
This research initiative is designed to promote health and wellness on campus. Take the online screening to receive personal feedback and gain access to online programs and mobile apps that promote overall fitness, healthy eating, and positive body esteem.
If you have any questions about health insurance should contact Member Services directly at

Tutor Office Hours
Andrew Chael – Physics and BGLTQ
Tuesday, 9:00-10:00 pm

Gregory Davis – BGLTQ, Race Relations
Fridays, 4:00-5:00 pm

Soledad Prillaman – Government, SASH
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Ridge Prillaman – Business, Public Service
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Erica Brown Soto – Languages and Literature
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm (in the study nook next to W214)

Odeviz Soto – Religion and Sophomore Advising
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm (in the study nook next to W214)

Rob Sinnott – Business and Statistics
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Daniel Sullivan – Economics
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Office Hours by Appointment
Katie Anderson – Medicine

Jose Bengochea – Pre-Law

Max Darnell – Engineering/Biology

Gregory Leya – Medicine

Kenneth Skinner – Chemistry/Biology

Patricia Smith – Pre-Career/Business, BGLTQ

Jeffrey Stout – Fellowships, Physics, and History of Science

Bekah Stout – Fellowships, Music and Literature

Anna Marie Wagner – Pre-Career, Business, Sash, Wellness

Jennifer Hsiao – Biology and Music

Deadline for Dunster House newsletter submissions is Thursday, 3:00 pm for Monday publication. Submit notices to Diana at hovsep@fas/ The Mooseletter is also available at

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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!