Mooseletter – September 5, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Hello Meese! My hope is that you are enjoying your classes during shopping week and that you are filling your Crimson Cart with all the wonderful classes that Harvard has to offer. Please make sure that you register for classes, i.e. submit your Crimson Cart by Thursday, September 7th. Even if you are not totally 100% sure, register for the class anyway. You have another two weeks (until 9/18) to drop courses without a fee, or add courses with instructor approval. If you plan to cross-register for a course (e.g. HLS, HGE, etc.), then you must email me a few sentences on how the course connects with your academic and intellectual interests and why you cannot take an equivalent course in FAS. (*Extra credit* if you email me proactively rather than me needing to email you.) If you plan to do simultaneous enrollment (i.e. classes meeting at the same time), the College has very strict rules which are found in the Handbook. Apart from the nitty gritty, I hope everyone is otherwise thriving, eating their fruits and vegetables, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep. If I haven’t yet met you, please introduce yourself to me! *Long live the moose*

Key Dates to Remember
9/7: Last day students may check-in/register late
9/7: Course Registrations are due by 11:59 pm
9/18: Last day to add/drop a course without a fee
10/2: All add/drop forms are due by this date
10/2: No courses may be changed from letter graded to P/F or from P/F to letter graded
10/16: Last day to withdraw from a course with a notation of WD on transcript

Holds on your Study Card
Advising Hold: Prior to registering for courses, you must meet with you adviser. After the meeting, the adviser will release the electronic advising hold. To finish the process, you must then click the “Finish Enrolling” button in my.harvard.

Adding/Dropping Courses
Courses may be added or dropped at my.harvard.
Starting on September 7, you may add/drop a course until September 11, with the permission of your instructor, no intervention from your advisor is needed. After Monday, September 11, undeclared students will have a hold placed and cannot add/drop without the hold being lifted by the sophomore adviser.

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 (October 2). After that day, no changes in the grading status of any course can be made.

Withdrawing from Courses without Credit
You may petition to withdraw from a course by the seventh Monday (October 16). When a petition to withdraw from a course has been approved, the student’s record will carry the notation WD for the course.

How to Cross-Register
For any Harvard courses just please go to my.harvard, place the course in cart, request permission from your Resident Dean and then the instructor. It will show up in the Resident Dean’s worklist on my.harvard and he will lift the hold.

For MIT, please to go to the university course catalog: search for MIT courses. Similar process as in Harvard. Please for Resident Dean’s permission and submit a petition that the Resident Dean will approve.

Independent Study
Go to: course search, type independent study, Sort by “Course Title” and scroll down until you get to “Independent Study”. Click on that and make your selection.

Thinking of taking a Leave of Absence?
Come see me asap!

Any other issues
I’d be happy to meet with you!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, September 5: 10-12noon
Thursday, September 7:2-4pm
Friday, September 8:2-4pm

Please drop by for my office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The Tutor on call from September 4 to September 11, is Marino Auffant. He resides in Dunster W-103 and in the event of an emergency he can be reached at 617-851-8419.

Upcoming House Event
September 6, Wednesday
Faculty Deans’ Ice Cream Bash
8:30 pm, Dining Hall

Academic Calendar
September 7, Thursday
Course Registration for all students (upperclassmen, freshmen, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer 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 2016 with second-semester Sophomore or Junior class standing.
September 11, Monday
Makeup Examinations for 2016-2017 begin.
September 15, Friday
Last day upon which undergraduates may submit full-semester, year-long, and Fall 1 cross-registration petitions. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.
Final degree applications for November 2017 degree candidates due.
September 18, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
October 1, Sunday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the spring term are due at the Office of International Education.

Announcements from HUHS
Dental Insurance Enrollment and Renewal Deadline: 9/30
HUHS partners with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to offer dental insurance for students. Please note that enrolling in or renewing dental coverage for AY17-18 is not automatic. More details

Student Health Insurance Late Waiver Deadline: 9/30
Students who meet certain requirements may be eligible to file a late waiver to opt out of the Student Health Insurance Plan. Penalty fees apply.

Student Health Insurance ID Card
Students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan can now access their Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts member ID online. Login to the Student Insurance Portal to find your ID.

The Patient Advocate at Harvard University Health Services
The Patient Advocate can help you navigate the health care system and explore choices for your medical care. Contact or 617-495-7583.

HUHS Urgent Care
Urgent Care is located at the Smith Campus Center (regular business hours) and Pound Hall (after hours). You can reach them at 617-495-5711.

Bureau of Study Counsel – Upcoming Workshops & Discussions
For more information, visit

Zen and the Art of Student Life
Friday, September 8, 9:00-10:00 am
Explore attention, awareness, and acceptance to one’s mind and heart through meditation and discussion. Register online at

Making the Grade in a Harvard Classroom: For International Students
Monday, September 11, 12:00-1:30 pm
A space to reflect on your experience adjusting to a new academic culture. Register online at

Reading Strategies
Tuesday, September 12, 3:00-4:30 pm
Learn to read strategically, effectively, and efficiently. A mini-version of the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies. Location to be announced. Register online at
Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies, Fall 2017
The Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies helps students read more purposefully and selectively with greater speed and comprehension. Topics include:

· reading with your eyes and your mind
· reading with a question
· understanding the structure of text
· overviewing and subvocalizing
· summarizing
· anticipating and intuiting
· remembering what you read
· zooming out: navigating longer texts
· zooming in: close reading
· reading with authority

Fall 2017 Sessions:
September 11 – 15, Monday – Friday, 8 – 10 am (tailored for non-native English readers)
September 18 – 29, Monday – Friday, 8 – 9 am
September 18 – 29, Monday – Friday, 4 – 5 pm

Cost: Harvard College & GSAS Degree Candidates, $25 – Others, $150
Advance registration is required. Visit for registration and more information.
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday, 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

Diana G. Hovsepian
Academic Coordinator, Dunster House
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!