Mooseletter – September 16, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy
Hello Dunster! Now that you are all settled in your class, I would recommend please DOUBLE and TRIPLE check your Crimson Cart to make sure you are taking the right classes! You will save yourself (and me) a big headache to verify that your classes are correct. You should also make sure that you are planning out the end of your semester with the finals schedule. Please map those exams in your calendar now. Monday 9/23 is the last day to add or drop a course without a fee. All added courses must now receive instructor approval. You have until 10/7 (Fifth Monday) to add/drop with a fee. I love the IM spirit and email updates – especially, The Score! I hope to come to many games these season, although I don’t generally play in the contact sports (I’ll cheer from the sidelines but the last thing I want the Crimson reporting is the Allston Burr Resident Dean of Dunster House elbowing an Adams student in the face, breaking their nose in a frenzy of passion – or for the dean to be elbowed by a student either!). Enjoy the weather, eat well, drink water, sleep, wash your hands, and don’t forget to turn your television record player on when you get home.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, 9/17: 10-12 noon
Thursday, 9/19: 2-4 pm
Friday, 9/20: 2-4 pm

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

Use the Drop and Swap buttons to make changes during add/drop. Please remember that you need to get instructor permission for the course you would like to add, and then swap it with the course you would like to drop. Visit the Knowledge Center for full edit, drop, and swap instructions at my.harvard.
Pass/Fail: The form is located in the student’s document center at my.Harvard. You will choose the course and the option, print the form, obtain the signature of the instructor, advisor, and mine. Then the form must be taken to the Registrar’s office.

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 so we can make sure that you are on track and are fulfilling all your requirements to graduate!

Advice: Remember to think about balancing your course load this semester. If you are signed up for 5 classes, and this has become a little unmanageable, it will only grow more so with time. So, drop it! If you are enjoying a class and putting a lot of time into it, but signed up to take it pass-fail, you might think about changing it to a graded course; courses cannot be graded retroactively, if you signed up for it as a pass-fail course. If you have any questions, please come by to see me.

Noise and Parties
School has begun, so it is important that we respect each other’s space and need for quiet time to study. Please remember that although blasting music and being loud is never a good idea for your neighbors, official quiet hours begin at 11:00 pm during the week and at 2:00 am on weekends. Parties must be registered with the House Office, after receiving approval from your entry-way tutor. Party Registration forms, which are located in the House Office and on the Dunster website, are due by 3 pm the Friday before the party (for weekend parties) at the House Office. If the office has not received the form by that time, we’ll have to reschedule the party for another week. Thanks!

Tutor On-Call
MG Prezioso is the tutor on-call from September 16 to September 23. She can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Meet Ziggy, the Moose-a-doodle!
Ziggy is 9 weeks old. He loves people and chewing on grass. He lives in the Faculty Dean kitchen when he’s not outside. (We’re keeping him out of the common areas in Dunster.) We’ll have some puppy study breaks in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, if you’d like to hang out with Ziggy, feel free to reach out to Sean or Cheryl. You’re welcome to come over and play with him in the FD kitchen, or join him for a walk along Memorial Drive!

Dunster IM’s
Get pumped for the first week of IMs! Join us as we start our 2019 bid to claim the Straus Cup. All are welcome. See you there!

Week of 9/16 Schedule
Monday 9/16 – Soccer vs. Winthrop 7 pm (Cumnock)
Tuesday 9/17 – Ultimate Frisbee vs. Leverett 7 pm (Stadium)
Thursday 9/19 – Volleyball vs. Dudley 7 pm (MAC)

Message for the Harvard Environmental Health and Safety Department
The 2019 mosquito season has been particularly challenging throughout the entire region and there is currently intense risk of mosquito-borne disease in many areas of Massachusetts. Although our urban environment poses less risk than in some outlying communities, the University’s Environmental Public Health program urges you to take measures to prevent exposure to biting mosquitoes. Please below for top ways to protect yourself.
• Use an EPA‐approved insect repellant
• Avoid outdoor activities between dusk & dawn
• Wear clothing that covers your skin
• Check for torn or damaged window screens

Event from the Music Department
Monday, September 23, 5:15pm
Paine Concert Hall
Soprano and Conductor BARBARA HANNIGAN presents 2019 Louis C. Elson Lecture
Barbara Hannigan’s Elson lecture “Equilibrium” will explore the Canadian soprano and conductor’s philosophy of mentoring young professionals. Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of her field, with colleagues such as Christoph Marthaler, Simon Rattle, Sasha Waltz, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Jurowski, and John Zorn. As a singer, conductor – or both simultaneously – Hannigan has given the world première performances of over 85 new creations! Hannigan’s lecture is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required; seating is first come, first served. Paine Hall is located at 3 Oxford Street, directly behind the Science Center.

Important Phone Numbers
HUPD: 617.495.1212
RESPONSE: 617.495.9600
UHS: 617.495.5711
UHS Mental Health Services: 617.495.2042
ECHO (eating concerns): 617.495.8200
OSAPR: 617-495.9100
ROOM 13: 617.495.4969

Academic Calendar
• Make-up Examinations for last spring term
• Fall Session 1 – Add/Drop Deadline – no fees

• Fall Full Term – Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
• Fall Session 1 – Course Withdraw Deadline – no fees

• Fall Full Term – Course Add/ Drop deadline
• Fall Full Term – 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.

• Fall Session 1 Ends

• Fall Full Term – 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.
• Fall Session 2 Starts

• Fall Session 2 – Course Registration Deadline

• 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!