Mooseletter – October 28, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy
Dearest Meese, you are all in my thoughts as we continue to move through the semester. It can be a very stressful time with schoolwork, job interviews, and extracurricular activities, so now is another good opportunity to check in with your advisers, teachers, tutors, deans, and healthcare providers. I was so happy to hear about Dunster’s amazing success at the women’s 3×3 basketball tournament! Amazing job Allison, Amisha, and McKayley! This week, if you want to see a bunch of nerdy musicologists from around the world discussing “Metropoles and Colonies,” keep an eye out for the conference participants I am hosting here at Dunster on Wednesday and Thursday. We will be in the PDR. Two other things to look out for: first, Pumpkin Carving in the DHall tonight (Monday) with your HoCo and second, the most exciting evening of the semester… wait for it… TRIVIA NIGHT will be on Sunday November 10th at 7.30pm with yours truly and former HoCo co-chair Jiho Park. Last semester’s Trivia Night was packed full, so arrive early! Finally, for those who regularly use our downstairs practice rooms, you may notice that we now have a new Steinway piano. It is the generous gift of Sandip’s parents who wanted to make a contribution to the musical life of the house and to those who play the piano. Dunster House is grateful to them. As always, I am happy to meet with anyone during my office hours or over a meal. Have a wonderful week!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, October 29: 10-12 noon
Thursday, October 31: 2-4 pm
Friday, November 1: 2-4 pm
Please feel free to drop in for open office hours. If you wish to make an appointment to see me, please email Diana at

Tutor On-Call
Jennifer Hsiao is the tutor on-call from October 28-November 4. She can be reached at 617-851-8419 in case of an emergency.

HOCO Pumpkin Carving
Monday, October 28
8:30 pm, Dining Hall

Fall Faculty-Student Dinner
Tuesday, November 5
6:00 pm in Dining Hall

Dunster Trivia Night
Hosted by Michael Uy and Jiho Park
Sunday, November 10
7:30 pm, Dunster Grille

Harvard on the Move|
Wednesdays at 4:30 pm, Fridays at 8 am, and Sundays at 10 am
Attend any of the times above to score IM points for Dunster!
All paces and levels of experience (including zero!) are welcome.

From the House Administrator, Rachel Barbarisi
Below I’ve listed important winter break and spring housing information. If you’re planning to cancel your spring housing or apply for a spring Inter-House transfer, please email me so I can confirm the College received your form, and walk you through what this means for you, your roommate(s), and your future housing accommodations! As always, don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions!

Winter Break Housing Application|
The winter break housing application is open and can be accessed on the Residential Housing Portal.

Specific information, including eligibility guidelines, dates, and deadlines, can be found on the DSO website, HERE.

The winter housing application is managed by the Dean of Students Office, which can be reached for questions at

All students need formal approval from the DSO in order to remain on campus during any portion of Winter Recess I (Dec 20 – January 17)

Spring 2020 Inter-House Transfer Form Due Monday, November 11th
The Spring 2020 Inter-House Transfer form closes Monday, November 11th , at 11:55 pm

The IHT form can be found on the Housing Portal. (Click on Housing Forms, and then Spring Interhouse Transfer.)

Current juniors and seniors are eligible to apply as individuals or groups of 2. (Per College rules, students who matriculated to Harvard College as first-year students must live in their assigned House for 2 semesters before they are eligible to apply.)

If you are granted an Inter-House Transfer, you are required by the College to transfer to your new House.

Applying for an Inter-House transfer does not guarantee you will be accepted to your desired House(s)

Detailed information about the application process can be found on the DSO website, here.

Spring 2020 Housing Cancellation Form (No Fee) Deadline Monday, Nov. 11th
If you plan to cancel your spring housing in order to study abroad, or move to the Dudley Co-op, move off-campus, or take a leave of absence, you will need to submit a housing cancellation form for the Spring 2020 semester via the old housing portal, HERE.

It is always the student’s responsibility to cancel his or her housing. Receiving approval for a voluntary leave or a study abroad program does not automatically cancel your housing.

Also complete the Returning Student Application (really, just a form) via the housing portal by the appropriate DSO deadline for the semester you plan to return. This form allows us the
guarantee you College housing when you return to campus, and I would hate for you to end up on the housing waitlist!

The deadline to cancel your housing without financial penalty is November 11th. Click here to see the fees that apply beginning November 12.

If you intend to take a leave of absence or to study abroad in the spring, be sure to notify the Resident Dean’s Office by emailing Michael at, and Diana at as this is separate from the enrollment process.

How Businesses Think: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business
January 15-16, 2020
How Businesses Think is an immersive, 2-day introduction to how business leaders think, specifically designed for Harvard College undergrads who have little-to-no experience in business.
The objective is to provide you with a window into how business leaders break down problems, how they go about trying to create products and services that people will value, how they think about things like pricing and branding and innovation. Along the way, you will get an inside look at how some of the most influential companies in the world operate. All sessions will be taught by HBS professors.

To apply, send an email to Fed Chavez (, who will direct you to a simple questionnaire. The Deadline for Applying is Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Once the deadline has closed, we will make our selections and notify you as soon as possible. For general questions, please reach out to Irene Pak (

Important Dates
• 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!