Mooseletter – September 25, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy

Fellow meese, it’s as if you had all moved in yesterday, and now I’m already hearing about midterms and interview season! Time flies. Nevertheless, I have a request: no matter how busy you are, I encourage you to take a pause in your lives to do something that is not related to academics or your future career. When was the last time you sat down next to someone new in the dining hall? When was the last time you scored a goal on Pfoho in IM soccer? Perhaps took a stroll around the river with your DataMatch from last year? Before the days get too short and the cold weather forces us in, take the time *now* to meet new people, spend time outside, and have some fun. I give you permission to use my weekly blurb as an excuse to break the ice with someone new. “Hey my dean said we should talk” *wink*Please also be advised of the upcoming add/drop deadline (10/2, which is the same for pass/fail) and if you are taking CS50 and need to do it for a letter grade, come get my signature! Have a great week!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, September 26: 10-12noon
Thursday, September 28: 2-4pm
Friday, September 29: 2-4pm

Please note that my office hours will remain the same throughout the semester. Feel free to drop by during those times. If you wish to make an appointment to see me, please call 617-495-2263 or email My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from September 25 to October 2, is Brian Claus. He resides in Dunster W-316, and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.
House Event
September 27, Wednesday
Senior Common Room Dinner
Reception: 6:30 (Courtyard Lounge)
Dinner: 7:00 pm (JCR)
RSVP Required

Fun Riddle
Question: What always runs, but never walk, often murmurs, never talks, has a bed, but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats?
The answer will be posted in next week’s Mooseletter!

Fun Fact about Massachusetts
The first lighthouse in America was the Boston Light, built in 1716 at Boston Harbor.

From the Bureau of Study Counsel
Study Skills for the Bilingual Mind
Monday, September 25, 12:00-2:00 pm
Explore cognitive processes of bilingualism and strategies for reading, writing, and public speaking/presentation in academic settings. Includes an introduction to techniques and approaches to enhance the learning experience for bilingual students at Harvard. To register, email Aurora Sanfeliz – or Niti Seth –

Important Dates
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.

October 13, Friday
Deadline for applying for spring housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term.
October 16, 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 27, Friday through October 28, Saturday
Freshmen Family Weekend.
October 30, 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..
November 6, 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 Housing Contract Cancellation form for students who have submitted a Returning Student Housing Application for the spring term without financial penalty.

Deadline to submit a spring term Inter-House Transfer Application.
November 9, Thursday
Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2020.
November 10, Friday
University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Friday Schedule.
November 13, Monday
Final degree applications for March 2018 Degree Candidates due.
Last day to change concentration for March 2018 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.
Last day upon which March 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
Last day upon which March 2018 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 2018, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.
November 22, Wednesday, through November 26, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.
Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
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!