Mooseletter – September 28, 2015

From the Office of the Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Next Monday, October 5, is the Fifth Monday!
No course may be dropped from or added to your 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.

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. Or, if the class is taking more time than you had anticipated, but you do not want to drop, you may want to think about changing it to pass/fail (keep in mind, however, that some classes cannot be taken pass/fail if you want them to fulfill a specific requirement, such as Gen Ed). If you have any questions, please come by to see me.

Senior Requirements, Student Records
Any seniors who wish to go over their status – how many courses they need to graduate, concentration changes, Gen Ed requirements, 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.

Carlos’s Office Hours
Monday, 9/28: 11-noon, by appointment
Tuesday, 9/29; 10-noon, open hours
Wednesday, 9/30: 10-noon, open hours
Thursday, 10/1: 5-7 pm, by appointment
Friday, 10/2: 1-3 pm, open
Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from September 28 to October 5 is Ken Skinner. He resides in Dunster E-206, and can be reached at 857-312-6026 in the event of an emergency.

Dunster IM updates
Last Week’s Results and Clutch Performers:
CLUTCH PERFORMERS: Congrats to Danielle Leavitt and Monica Lin for leading the
impressive Tennis effort!

Our overall results on the week were Soccer (W), Vball A (bye week), Football (L), Vball B (W), Ultimate Frisbee (W), Tennis (W).

Upcoming Schedule
September 29 – VBALL A V Eliot A 7:30 pm MAC
Wednesday (30th): SOCCER V Leverett 7:00 pm Cumnock
Thursday (1st): VBALL B v Dudley 7:30 pm MAC

Upcoming House Events
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Senior Common Room Dinner, 6:30 pm
Friday, October 2, 2015
Dunster House Grand Opening Ceremony

Important Dates
Thursday, Oct 1, 2015
Study Out of Residence Degree Credit Applications Due. Applications for the study of out of residence degree credit, for the spring term, are due at the Office of International Education

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Monday, Oct 5, 2015

Last day for undergraduates to add or drop a course for the fall term

Last day that a course may be changed from letter-graded to pass/fail or from pass/fail to letter-graded for the fall term

Monday, Oct 12, 2015
University Holiday: Columbus Day

Monday, Oct 19, 2015

Last day for College students to withdraw from a fall term course. A grade of “WD” will be permanently notated on the transcript. Students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled after this date.
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015
University Holiday: Veterans Day (observed for staff)
Classes will be held on a regular Wednesday schedule.

Thursday, Nov 12, 2015
Plan of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for the class of 2018

Friday, Nov 13, 2015
November Degree Conferral

Monday, Nov 16, 2015
March 2015 Degree Candidate deadline

Final degree applications for March 2015 Degree Candidates due

Last day to change concentration for March 2015 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval

Last day upon which March 2015 Degree Candidates may submit a completed and signed foreign language citation study plan or petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015
Thanksgiving recess begins Wednesday, November 25 and ends Sunday, November 29.
Thursday, Dec 3, 2015
Last day of Fall Term classes

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

Friday, Dec 4, 2015
Reading period: Friday, December 4 through Thursday, December 10

Friday, Dec 11, 2015
Exam Period: Friday, December 11, 2015 through Monday, December, 21, 2015

Monday, Dec 21, 2015

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015
Winter Recess begins
Monday, Jan 4, 2016
Winter break begins Sunday, January 4, 2016 and ends Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Friday, Jan 15, 2016
Houses Open for Spring Term at 9am

Monday, Jan 18, 2016
University Holiday: Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016
Spring Term registration opens
Tutor Office Hours
Andrew Chael – Physics and BGLTQ
Tuesday, 9:00-10:00 pm

Gregory Davis – BGLTQ, Race Relations
Fridays, 4:00-5:00 pm

Soledad Prillaman – Government, SASH
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Ridge Prillaman – Business, Public Service
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Rob Sinnott – Business and Statistics
Mondays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Erica Brown Soto – Languages and Literature
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm (in the study nook next to W214)

Odeviz Soto – Religion and Sophomore Advising
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm (in the study nook next to W214)

Daniel Sullivan – Economics
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Office Hours by Appointment
Jose Bengochea – Pre-Law

Max Darnell – Engineering/Biology

Gregory Leya – Medicine

Kenneth Skinner – Chemistry/Biology

Patricia Smith – Pre-Career/Business, BGLTQ

Jeffrey Stout – Fellowships, Physics, and History of Science

Bekah Stout – Fellowships, Music and Literature

Anna Marie Wagner – Pre-Career, Business, Sash, Wellness

Jennifer Hsiao – Biology and Music

Upcoming Workshops at the Bureau of Study Counsel
For more information or to register, visit

Peak Performance Workshop
Friday, October 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Learn strategies and techniques to optimize results in one or more domains of your life. No registration.

Post-Concussion Strategies & Coping Workshop
Friday, October 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
For students experiencing academic, social, or other aftereffects of a concussion. No registration.

Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies
There is still space available for both afternoon and evening sessions of the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies. This 10-hour course helps you read more purposefully and selectively, with greater speed and comprehension. Cost: $25 Harvard College and GSAS degree candidates; $150 others. Advance registration required. Go to for details.

Fall 2015:
September 28 to October 9 (2 weeks)
Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 am

September 28 to October 9 (2 weeks)
Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Deadline for Dunster House newsletter submissions is Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication. Email your notices to Diana at

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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!