Mooseletter – September 30, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy
Dear meese, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I definitely enjoyed joining the River Run/Walk/Experience with so many students and tutors. James came second in the men’s race (we also had two other Top Ten finishers, Austin and Teagen!), Cate came third in the women’s! and Cheryl was the fastest Faculty Dean! I know there’s a whole week ahead of IM sports – come out especially for Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball. In terms of the academic calendar, this week is a fairly non-eventful one, but next Monday (October 7) is the add/drop and pass/fail deadline, so if you have any questions about that, now is the time to ask and meet with your advisors (and get my signature). I know that each of your Dunster mentors would be more than happy to meet with you. In the meantime, please continue to eat well, drink water, practice reflection in our meditation room (without food/drink, and taking off your shoes ), exercise, wash your hands (many of your friends are getting/have gotten sick, right?), and sleep. And for those who are dissatisfied with the moniker “fun pod” for the bookable social space on the fifth floor, I’m sure PD will not be offended if you propose an alternative! (She’s still recovering from her River Experience.) Have a great week, meese!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, October 1: 10-12 noon
Thursday, October 3: 2-4 pm
Friday, October 4: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to drop by during open office hours. If you wish to make an appointment to see me please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

The Harvard College Honor Code
Members of the Harvard College community commit themselves to producing academic work of integrity – that is, work that adheres to the scholarly and intellectual standards of accurate attribution of sources, appropriate collection and use of data, and transparent acknowledgement of the contribution of others to their ideas, discoveries, interpretations, and conclusions. Cheating on exams or problem sets, plagiarizing or misrepresenting the ideas or language of someone else as one’s own, falsifying data, or any other instance of academic dishonesty violates the standards of our community, as well as the standards of the wider world of learning and affairs.

Tutor On-Call
PD Akita is the tutor on-call from September 30-October 7. In case of an emergency she can be reached at 617-851-8419.
IM schedule for the Week of 9/30
Monday 9/30 – Soccer vs. Leverett 7 pm (Cumnock)
Tuesday 10/1 – Ultimate Frisbee vs. Pfoho 8 pm (Stadium)
Thursday 10/3 – Volleyball vs. Cabot 8 pm (QRAC)

Meditation and Prayer Room
Check out our new meditation and prayer room! The room is outfitted with a rug and some cushions, and we’ll have some artwork on the walls very soon. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s through the door on the right as you enter the hallway to the library. A few guidelines for using the room: please take off your shoes before entering, no food or drink and remember the room is intended as a reflective space, not a study space. We hope you find it a comfortable and serene space!

Spreadsheet with Student Events
Cheryl, Sean, Michael, and your Resident Tutors thought it would be nice if we created a spreadsheet where you can fill out the performances, games, exhibitions, and other events that you’re participating in throughout the semester. That way, we will know what you’re up to and can come cheer you on :)

The link is here. Also, every other Sunday, we will send an email over the Dunster list compiling the student events for the upcoming two weeks. Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions! Looking forward to seeing what you are all up to and coming to support you!

Register for a Sophomore Faculty-Student Dinner!
October 11 & 25, 2019, 6:00 pm

SOPHOMORES! The House has organized two small Faculty-Student dinners especially for you! In addition to our all-house faculty dinners, this is an opportunity specifically for sophomores to share in a wonderful meal and evening of conversation with your favorite professor. Reservations and confirmations required – please see below for details: We hope many of you can take part in this special event!

Registration Guidelines:
• As space is limited, seats will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Students are welcome to register as individuals or in small groups
• Please invite only 1 faculty member per group.
• Register for only one of the two event dates (October 11 or October 25)
• Ask the faculty member whether others have already invited them, and coordinate with these students before submitting the registration form.
• When part of a small group inviting the same professor, only one person, the group leader, should complete the registration form. The group leader is responsible for confirming with all group members.
• Please think carefully when forming your group, as changes can be difficult after registration.
• As space is very limited, we are unfortunately unable to offer seats to sophomores from other Houses, students from other class years, or the family members of professors.
• The registration deadline is October 6th at midnight for both event dates. If we reach capacity prior to this date, you will receive an email notification that the event is full.

October 11 Registration Form

October 25 Registration Form

Academic Resource Center (ARC)
The ARC offers workshops centered around building and strengthening the skills necessary to succeed academically. Topics include time management, strategic reading and notetaking, semester planning, problem set strategies and more. For registration and more information review the ARC events calendar and/or click on the individual workshop links below. Events calendar:

Time Management
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Academic Resource Center, 1414 Mass Ave, Floor 3R, room 382
In this workshop, you’ll learn the skills you need to set your priorities and your schedule. Come learn about effective time management strategies and resources. Audience: Harvard Students (College, Graduate). Please visit to sign up for classes.

Academic Calendar
• 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

This entry was posted in Mooseletter by hovsep. Bookmark the permalink.

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!