Mooseletter – September 10, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Hello Meese! I hope you are enjoying your first week of classes and learning many new and wondrous things. Please make sure that you register for classes by this Wednesday the 12th at 5pm, i.e. register, enroll, submit! Double check and triple check! After Wednesday, adding classes becomes much more onerous because you need the approval of each faculty instructor, so don’t miss the deadline. Even if you are not totally 100% sure, enroll in the class anyway. You have another two weeks (until 9/24) to drop courses without a fee, or add courses with instructor approval. As I mentioned last week, cross registration for HKS/HLS/HBS/MIT/etc. is on my.harvard and please review the cap of 8 credits. If you plan to do simultaneous enrollment (i.e. classes meeting at the same time), the College has very strict rules which are found in the Handbook. I hope you are all thriving, living your best lives, eating your fruits and vegetables, exercising, getting plenty of sleep, and washing your hands. If I haven’t met you yet, please introduce yourself to me! *Long live the moose*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, 9/11: 10 am-12 noon
Thursday, 9/13: 2-4 pm
Friday, 9/14: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come for open office hours during the times that are indicated above. If you wish to schedule an appointment, or an alternate time, please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

How to Cross-Register
Students intending to cross register for classes at one of Harvard’s professional schools (HLS, HKS, HBS, etc.) should first see if the course is offered through FAS and added the normal way. If it is not, and the student is eligible to enroll, then the student can add the class to their Crimson Cart on my.harvard. A few additional details pertain.

Additional Cross-Registration Details
The new cross-registration policy allows up to 8 credits from Harvard professional schools to count towards the degree. Courses that are approved for concentration credit do not count against
this limit. MIT courses are also exempt from this limit. If a student had already exceeded this limit by spring 2018, those extra credits will be honored; they will not be taken away. If a student has already earned 8 credits of Harvard cross-registration then they may earn no additional cross
registration credits unless approved for concentration credit. Students may not choose which courses will count; we will credit them in the order they are registered. Students may cross-register for as many courses as they wish. Anything taken above the credit limit will still show on the transcript with a grade but with zero credit. As a reminder, cross-registrations do not factor into GPA unless approved for concentration credit or unless they fail the course.

Holds on your Study Card
Advising Hold: Prior to registering for courses, you must meet with you adviser. After the meeting, the adviser will release the electronic advising hold. To finish the process, you must then click the “Finish Enrolling” button in my.harvard.

Independent Study
Go to: course search, type independent study, Sort by “Course Title” and scroll down until you get to “Independent Study”. Click on that and make your selection.

Thinking of taking a Leave of Absence?
Come see me asap!
What to do if you hear an alarm in Dunster
1. Dunster’s congregation point is officially the corner of Cowperthwaite and Dewolfe. It is not the courtyard, it is not the triangle outside D gate, it is not Leverett dining hall. It is Cowperthwaite and Dewolfe.
2. If your exit route goes through the courtyard to Memorial Drive, then the first student or tutor to exit should open the Memorial Gate. Evacuations should be the only time that Memorial Gate is opened by a student. As our congregation point is Cowperthwaite and Dewolfe, please go there.
3. If you hear an alarm of any sort, please evacuate. We are working to disable any ambiguous or confusing notifications. Just leave.
4. Once the Fire Department and HUPD notifies a Dunster official that it is safe to reenter the House, then a dean/tutor/staff member will let you know. That should be easy because everyone will be at the congregation point at Cowperthwaite and Dewolfe. (Maybe we can abbreviate to Cow-Wolf? Co-wolf? Co-De?)
Tutor On-Call
From September 10 to 17, PD Akita is the tutor on call. She resides in Dunster W-506. In the event of an emergency she can be reached at 617-851-8419.

Upcoming FUN House Event!
Wednesday, September 12, 8:30 pm

Paid Opportunity: Peer Research Fellow (PRF) for House
Do you love Harvard Libraries? Do you enjoy helping others find useful information? Apply for a paid position as a Peer Research Fellow! The Library is seeking one resident from each House for a paid position as Library Peer Research Fellow (PRF) beginning November 2018.

If you would like to apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Ramona Islam, the PRF Program Administrator at by September 28, 2018. In the interim, please feel free to talk with any of the current PRFs about their experience in the role (see About tab on our website for contact information). The wage is $14.50/hour and candidates will be invited for an interview depending on qualifications. For more details and information please email

Harvard Student Late Night
Thursday, September 13, 2018
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA
Celebrate our special exhibition Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings and learn how to join the fight against hunger with Harvard University Dining Services and the Food for Free program. Hear the museums in new ways with DJ /rupture, explore the collections with a Student Guide, meet your Student Board, and pick up an application for our undergraduate student programs. Bring your HUID and visit the Art Study Center to see works available to rent through the Student Print Rental Program. Plus festive refreshments, open galleries, raffle prizes and giveaways, and hands-on activities. Bring your HUID and head to the museums to kick off the year with art, fun, food, friends, and more. Free and open to all Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. Student HUID required at the door. Enter via Quincy Street. Space is limited, and students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bureau of Study Counsel Workshops and Discussions
For more information or registration, visit

Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies Fall Schedule:
September 10 – 14, Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. (tailored for non-native English readers)
September 24 – 28, Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

The Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies helps students read more purposefully and selectively with greater speed and comprehension.

Cost: Harvard College & GSAS Degree Candidates, $25 – Others, $150
Advance registration is required. Visit for registration and more information.

Keeping Ourselves Accountable
Wednesdays, through December 12, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Explore common experiences, challenges, and strategies for staying focused and getting work done. Bring your academic work. To register, email

Academic Calendar
September 12, Wednesday
Last day for all undergraduates to check-in online.

Course Registration Deadline for all students are due by 11:59 pm.

Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically 16 credits – on my.harvard by 11:59 pm. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged a fee. After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.

September 12, Wednesday
Last day undergraduates may check-in/register late for the fall term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Last day undergraduates may cancel their check-in/registration for the fall term without payment of tuition.

Plans of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for transfer students who entered in fall 2017 with second-semester Sophomore or Junior class standing.

September 17, Monday
Makeup Examinations for 2017-2018 begin.

September 24, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.

October 1, Monday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the spring term are due at the Office of International Education.

October 8, Monday
University holiday: Columbus Day (Federal), Indigenous Peoples’ Day (City of Cambridge).

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 5, Monday
Deadline for students in the fall term to notify the College they are not returning to the College housing
for the spring term without financial penalty.

Deadline to submit a spring term Inter-House Transfer Application.

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!