Mooseletter – October 9, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest meese, as you well know, today is fifth Monday (but actually, a Tuesday) and the deadline for adding and dropping a course and changing from a letter grade to pass fail. Even after today though, all is not lost — you still have two more weeks during which you can withdraw from a class without having it affect your gpa.

On a separate and more serious note, I wanted to reach out to acknowledge that the past few weeks especially have been a really difficult, divisive time for our country — and that many members of our community, undoubtedly including many of you receiving the mooseletter, are feeling frustrated, discouraged, and disrespected. Please take time in the coming days to make a special effort to check in with your friends, community members, and others in your life. Cheryl, Sean, and I are here for you, as are many resources in the House (e.g. our CARE tutors) and at the College. I want to specifically highlight services offered by the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR) and the College Title IX Office.

OSAPR is a great place for members of the Harvard community to confidentially process how they are feeling in light of concerns related to sexual or gender-based harassment, relationship dynamics, and more. Emily Miller and Brian Libby, the College Title IX Coordinators, are available to help to address structural concerns in the community that arise in light of sexual or gender-based harassment – these can be concerns about academics, residential life, extracurricular activities, safety, and more.

Please take care of yourselves and those around you — and do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other resources on campus.

The Seventh Monday is October 22nd. This is the last day in which you may withdraw from a course for the fall term. If you have any questions about this, or still need advice about your course load, please sign up to see me or come by during office hours. To withdraw from a course, use the form on the Registrar’s website, obtain the appropriate signatures and turn it into the registrar’s office.

Seniors and Requirements
Any seniors who wish to go over their status – how many courses they need to graduate, concentration changes, etc. – should feel free to stop by to see me in the coming weeks. It may be helpful for us to have a conversation now, as you enter the middle of the Fall semester.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, October 9: 10-12noon
Thursday, October 11: 2-4pm
Friday, October 12: 2-4pm

Feel free to come by during open office hours. If you wish to make an appointment to see me outside of those times, please email Diana at I am at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
Brian Claus is the tutor on-call from October 8-15. He resides in Dunster W-316 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in case of an emergency.

Quote of the Week
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” -Sigmund Freud

IM Schedule (Week of 10/8)
Monday 10/8- Soccer vs. Mather- 9:30 pm (Cumnock)
Tuesday 10/9- Volleyball A vs. Dudley- 8:00 pm (MAC)
Thursday 10/11- Volleyball B vs. Kirkland- 8:00 pm (MAC)
Sunday 10/14- Tennis vs. Quincy- matches scheduled individually

Spring Faculty-Student Dinner
Registration Required
Tuesday, October 30
Reception 5:30-6:00 pm Dinner in Dining Hall 6:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 21, at midnight
Space is limited, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis
Please invite only 1 Professor/TF per group
Only one person, the student group leader should complete the registration form
Ask the professor whether others have invited him/her before registering and, if so, form a small group

Alumni Reunion Visitors
Friday Lunch & Sunday Brunch
College alumni will be eating in the House dining halls from 12:00-1:15 p.m. on Friday, October 12th, and from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 14th. The dining halls will remain open to students during regular hours. Please give the alumni a warm Dunster welcome when you see them around the House!

2018-19 Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting
Do you collect books of a certain type, on a particular topic or theme, or for a special reason? If so, enter this year’s Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize competition. The first prize is $3,000, the second $1,500, and the third $750. For more detailed information please visit:

If you’re interested in entering the Competition, notify Marty Schreiner, the Librarian of Lamont Library and Director of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information, of your intention to apply by sending an e-mail to by December 14, 2018. The deadline for submitting an essay and annotated bibliography describing your collection is February 15, 2019.

Upcoming Workshop at BSC
Attending to Attention: Strategies for Focus and Concentration
Wednesday, October 17, 12:00-1:30 pm
Develop strategies to manage difficulties with attention. To register, email

Important Dates
October 9, Tuesday
Because of the University holiday, the Fifth Monday deadline will be Tuesday, October 9.

No full-semester, year-long, or Fall 1 course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record after this date.

No course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail or from Pass/Fail to letter-graded status for the fall term after this date.

October 9, Tuesday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged one half of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

October 19, Friday
Deadline for applying for spring housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term. The Returning Student Housing Application can be found here.

October 22, Monday

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.

October 29, Monday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one half of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged three quarters of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

November 2, Friday through November 3, Saturday
First-Year Family Weekend.

November 8, Thursday
Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2021.

November 12, Monday
University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Monday Schedule.

November 16, Friday
Final degree applications for March 2019 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration for March 2019 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.

Last day upon which March 2019 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Last day upon which March 2019 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in March 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2019, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

November 21, Wednesday, through November 25, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.

December 5, Wednesday
Last day of fall term classes.

December 6, Thursday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged three-quarters of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged the full amount of those costs.

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

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

December 6, Thursday, through December 11, Tuesday

December 12, Wednesday, through December 20, Thursday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.
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!