Mooseletter – September 11, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Greetings from E303H! Almost two full weeks down and we’re really in the swing of courses, extracurriculars, sports, and clubs. With the (natural and other) disasters happening in our country at the moment, it is a good time to do mental and physical health check ins and to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself and reaching out if you need to. There are many resources and support networks, and our Faculty Deans, House staff, resident tutors, and I can help you brainstorm ways to connect with those resources. Hopefully you’ve registered for all of your classes by now, but there is still wiggle room for adding or dropping a course without a fee (9/18). All added courses must now receive instructor approval. Also, if you plan to take a cross-registered course (whether at HKS, HDS, MIT, etc.) you still need to send me a few sentences on how the course connects with your academic and intellectual interests and why you cannot take an equivalent course in FAS. Please continue to eat your fruits and vegetables, get plenty of sleep, and take advantage of the weather while you can. *Fear the moose*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, September 5: 10-12noon
Thursday, September 7: 2-4pm
Friday, September 8: 2-4pm

Please drop by for my office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

Key dates to keep in mind
9/18: Last day to add/drop a course without a fee
10/2: FIFTH MONDAY. All add/drop forms are due by this date
10/2: No courses may be changed from letter graded to P/F or from P/F to letter graded
10/16: Last day to withdraw from a course with a notation of WD on transcript

The Edit/Drop/Swap period is now open
Use the Drop and Swap buttons to make changes during add/drop. You must swap courses to ensure that you don’t drop below required enrollment minimums. This means that you must first get instructor permission for the course you would like to add, and then swap it with the course you would like to drop. If you try to independently drop a course that will bring you below 16 credits, you will receive an error message. The course enrollment system will enforce the minimum and maximum limits required for your rate of study, minimum 16 credits, and the maximum varies depending on your program and year of study.

Changing Letter-Graded or Pass/Fail Status of Courses
A course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail (with the instructor’s approval), or changed from Pass/Fail to letter-graded until the fifth Monday of the term. After that day, no changes in the grading status of any course can be made. There is no fee for changing the grading status in a course.

Visit the Knowledge Center for full edit, drop, and swap instructions.

Attention Dunster Seniors
If you are out of sync, please come see me as soon as possible so we can make sure that you are on track and are fulfilling all your requirements to graduate!

Upcoming House Events
HUPD Bike & Laptop Registration
Thursday, September 14
5:00-7:00 pm, Dining Hall
HUPD officers will be in the Dunster Dining Hall on Thursday, September 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to assist with bicycle and laptop registration. Bike registration is free, while there is a $30.00 fee (cash or check only) for registering laptops using the new Lo-Jack for Laptop Program. Be sure to stop by to register your belongings!

Faculty Deans’ Open House
Sunday, September 17
7:30-9:00 pm, The Faculty Dean’s Residence

Academic Calendar
September 7, Thursday
Course Registration for all students (upperclassmen, freshmen, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer 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.

Last day upon which undergraduates may check-in/register late for the fall term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Last day upon which 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 2016 with second-semester Sophomore or Junior class standing.

September 11, Monday
Makeup Examinations for 2016-2017 begin.

September 15, Friday
Last day upon which undergraduates may submit full-semester, year-long, and Fall 1 cross-registration petitions. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.

Final degree applications for November 2017 degree candidates due.

September 18, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.

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

October 2, Monday

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.

Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee.

October 9, Monday
University holiday: Columbus Day.

Workshops & Discussions at the BSC
Making the Grade in a Harvard Classroom: For International Students

Monday, September 11, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
A space to reflect on your experience adjusting to a new academic culture. Register online at

Reading Strategies
Tuesday, September 12, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Learn to read strategically, effectively, and efficiently. A mini-version of the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies. Location to be announced. Register online at

Attending to Attention: Strategies for Focus and Concentration

Tuesday, September 19, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Develop strategies to manage difficulties with attention. To register, email Aurora Sanfeliz –

Returning to Harvard after Time Away

Friday, September 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
For Harvard College students. A group to discuss, strategize, and get support about coming back to Harvard after time away. No registration.

For more information, visit

Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

Diana G. Hovsepian
Academic Coordinator, Dunster House
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!