Welcome from the Faculty Deans
Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen
Welcome Home to Dunster House, Meese!
We hope you’ve had a fun and restorative summer. We heard from many of you over the last few months, and we know that you were doing a wide range of amazing things. Some of you were working hard in internships, others were taking summer school courses; some were training for a sport, or practicing and performing music. We know of some who were traveling, and some who were taking the time to reconnect with family and friends at home. But whatever you were doing this summer, we are excited to welcome you back to Dunster House, to hear about your adventures, and to start on a terrific new year!
As you probably know, this is our second year at Dunster as Faculty Deans. We are so excited for the great opportunity that offers! As wonderful as our first year was – and we will always cherish it! – we’re looking forward to using all of last year’s experiences, successes, and mistakes (!) to make this one even better.
But we couldn’t do any of it without help from our terrific staff. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet them if you don’t know them already. But here’s a quick rundown.
Joining us again this year are: Michael Uy (Resident Dean), Rachel Barbarisi (House Administrator), Lucia Baldock (Building Manager), and Diana Hovespian (Academic Coordinator).
In addition to our 15 returning Tutors, we are excited to have 6 new Resident Tutors joining us this fall: Emilie Aguirre, Princess Daisy (PD) Akita, Nirisi Angulo, Khin-Kyemon Aung, Marielle DeBlois, and Juliet Musabeyezu.
We also have a wonderful new Dining Hall Manager, Austin Price.
With all this help, you will be in very good hands! We encourage you to introduce yourselves to all of our staff, both old and new. They are an essential part of what makes Dunster work.
You can find out more about the Tutors and Staff on the Dunster Facebook. The Facebook also has profiles of our SCR members and Non-Resident Tutors, along with pictures of your fellow Meese.
Dunster House is, as you know, home to many great events and traditions. We’re going to get the ball rolling right away this year, with our traditional Welcome Back to the House BBQ, which will take place on Tuesday 9/4 starting at 5pm in the Courtyard. Austin and his staff have promised us a great meal, and as you’re eating it we’ll also have our annual Opening Assembly. That will start at 6:30 in the Courtyard. The Opening Assembly is the first time we will all come together as a House for Academic Year 2018-19, so we strongly encourage all of you to check it out!
Other events will start up soon as well. Sometime this coming week, you will have your first residential community meeting, with your Residential Tutor and the other students in your entryway. This meeting is mandatory, so be sure to keep an eye out for further information about it. It is a great opportunity for you to meet your neighbors and discuss the ground rules for House life. You’ll hear about other House events too, including open houses in our residence, Stein Clubs and other HoCo events, Library concerts, ice cream bashes, s’mores in the courtyard, meals with faculty, and, of course, the Goat Roast. We look forward to sharing these traditions with all of you, and we are always open to starting new traditions as well!
Now more than ever, it is important to come home at the end of the day to a community where you feel welcome, regardless of who you are. We hope and expect that Dunster will be that place – an inclusive space where we can all come together, accept, and look out for one another.
If we haven’t met you yet, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourselves to us and our two boys, Ben (14) and Nathaniel (8). And if we know you already, please come update us on how you’re doing! You can often find us in the dining hall or the courtyard, and we hope to see you all in the Grille when it opens soon.
In the meantime, enjoy reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. And welcome home to Dunster!
Your faculty deans,
Sean and Cheryl
Welcome from the Resident Dean
Hello Dunster! My name is Michael Uy and I am excited to begin my second year as your Resident Dean. As your Dean, I am entrusted with your overall academic progress and personal wellbeing. As a voting member on the Administrative Board, I represent Dunster students in any petitions that you need to present. I teach in the Music Department (last semester I taught Music 1: From Bach to Beyonce!) and I am writing a book on philanthropic endeavors in arts and music programs. A little about my personal life: I am the son of immigrants, I was a first generation college student, I enjoy the sports of rowing, running, and indoor rockclimbing, and I am an openly proud member of the BGLTQ community.
I do my best to learn every student’s name, so please say hello to me in the hallway, the servery, or the courtyard. I am always glad to share meals with students in the dining hall and you’ll frequently hear me reminding you to wash your hands (because mumps and mono are no joke!). I’m happy to meet with you during formal office hours, and by individual appointment. (Please reach out to Dunster’s Academic Coordinator Diana Hovsepian to schedule a time.) I look forward to meeting everyone soon, and say hello and introduce yourself if you see me! I firmly believe that 2018-9 will be the year that Dunster wins the Strauss Cup for IMs! *Roll Moose*
Finally, please remember to “check-in” on my.harvard — today is the deadline. The course registration deadline is next week on September 12th.
Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, 9/4: 10 am-12 noon
Wednesday, 9/5: 4-5:30 pm
Thursday, 9/6: 2-4 pm
Friday, 9/7: 2-5 pm
Please come for open office hours during the times that are indicated above. If you wish to schedule an appointment, or for alternate times, please email Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org. My office is at E303H.
Students intending to cross register for classes at one of Harvard’s professional schools (HLS, HKS, HBS, etc.) should first see if the course is offered through FAS and added the normal way. If it is not, and the student is eligible to enroll, then the student can add the class to their Crimson Cart on my.harvard. A few additional details pertain.
Additional Cross-Registration Details for all Students
The new cross-registration policy allows up to 8 credits from Harvard professional schools to count towards the degree. Courses that are approved for concentration credit do not count against this limit. MIT courses are also exempt from this limit. If a student had already exceeded this limit by spring 2018, those extra credits will be honored; they will not be taken away. If a student has already earned 8 credits of Harvard cross-registration then they may earn no additional cross-registration credits unless approved for concentration credit. Students may not choose which courses will count; we will credit them in the order they are registered. Students may cross-register for as many courses as they wish. Anything taken above the credit limit will still show on the transcript with a grade but with zero credit. As a reminder, cross-registrations do not factor into GPA unless approved for concentration credit or unless they fail the course.
Tutor on Call
September 3-9, the tutor on call is Clare Duncan. In the event of an emergency, she can be reached at 617-851-8419, or at Dunster E408.
The Dean of Students Office Kickoff Event
Friday, September 7, 2018
Student Involvement Fair (3-5 pm)
Leaders of nearly 400 recognized student organizations at Harvard College invite you to learn more about extracurricular and student life at the College. Groups span a wide variety of interests and passions representing academic and pre-professional, college life, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality, government and politics, health and wellness, hobbies/special interests, media and publications, peer counseling/ peer education, public service, religious and spiritual, and women’s initiatives.
Crimson Jam and Mediterranean Dinner (5:30-9:30 pm)
What better way to get to know the Harvard community than at an all-campus block party? Join
us as we introduce the new Dean of Students Office (DSO) over a delicious Mediterranean buffet, games, attractions, and live music! Come learn how you can boost your school spirit by grabbing a free t-shirt at
the DSO tent as we introduce Crimson Fridays! Cosponsored by the College Events Board (CEB) and the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH). Dinner will be served in the Old Yard at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 6 pm. Please note that Annenberg Dining Hall will be closed.
Need your insurance card?
Download the MyBlue Member App for instant access to your Insurance ID card and other health care information. More details
Need to file a late waiver?
Waivers submitted after the July 31 deadline will be accepted through September 30, and late fees will apply. More details: hushp.harvard.edu/waive
Dental Insurance Enrollment and Renewal Deadline: 9/30
HUSHP partners with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to offer optional dental insurance for students. Please note that enrolling in or renewing dental coverage for AY18-19 is not automatic. More details
The Patient Advocate at Harvard University Health Services
Do you have questions, concerns, or require assistance with your healthcare at HUHS? Please contact our Patient Advocate at email@example.com or 617-495-7583.
Let’s Talk (launches 9/4)
Let’s Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal, confidential conversations with clinicians from CAMHS. Clinicians hold walk-in hours at designated sites around campus in Cambridge and the Longwood campus There is no appointment necessary and no fee for the service.
CAMHS has partnered with tele-mental health company, iHope, to provide students with conveniently scheduled, free workshops to address various issues and provide exercises to help students get and stay healthy and focus on the things that are important to them.
If you have any questions about health insurance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Dates and Upcoming House Events
September 4, Tuesday
Academic year begins
Last day for all undergraduates to check-in online.
Opening Assembly and House BBQ
Dunster House Courtyard
September 8, Saturday
September 12, Wednesday
Course Registration Deadline
Course Registration for all 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 2017 with second-semester Sophomore or Junior class standing.
September 17, Monday
Makeup Examinations for 2017-2018 begin.
September 24, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
Please email submissions to Diana at email@example.com by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication.
Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138