Mooseletter – September 8, 2015

From the Office of the Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Study Cards
By now you have all began to add courses on your study card. Adding a course to your online study card is a way for you to keep track of potential courses you might take or want to discuss with your advisor. Use the course search to discover classes, enter keywords, sort with filters, target results with advanced search, or simply browse by field. The course enrollment period ends on Thursday, September 10.

Key Dates to Remember
9/10: All study cards are due by this date
9/21: Last day to add/drop a course without a fee
10/5: All add/drop forms are due by this date
10/19: Last day to withdraw from a course

Holds on your Study Card
Advising Hold: You must meet with you advisor and have them electronically sign your online study card.
Registration Hold: You must complete your registration by clicking the link in the “To Do” list.

How to Cross Register
Go to:, click on “Other Resources,” and select “Cross Registration” for directions on how to cross-register. Each Harvard school has a different approval process. Once all approvals have been obtained, the Cross Registration system will notify you of your acceptance. For a class at MIT, you need to print out the form and obtain all signatures in person. Please be aware that the host school’s cross registration dates might be earlier than our dates.

Edit, Drop, and Swap
Once you enroll in courses, you will use the Edit, Drop, and Swap buttons to make changes. You are free to make changes using these buttons up until study card deadline, September 10.

Change of Concentration
If you need to request a change of concentration, please email the new concentration with your declaration change request. You should include a list of all courses you would like to use toward the concentration (past and future). The Director of Undergraduate Studies will respond via email, copying

A pass/fail form is live in the documents section of You can access the form, which will list all of your classes, through and select the course(s) you wish to take pass/fail. Then you must print the form, get the appropriate signatures, and bring it to the Registrar’s Office for processing.

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?
Set up an appointment to see me.

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

Carlos’s Office Hours
Tuesday, 9/8: 4-7 pm, by appointment
Wednesday, 9/9: noon-2 pm, open
Thursday, 9/10: 9-11 am, open
Friday, 9/11: 3-5 pm, open

Please drop by for open 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 8 to September 14 is Patty Smith. She resides Dunster W103. In case of an emergency she can be reached at 203.962.3853.

Dunster House Events
Tuesday, September 8, 8:00-9:30 pm, Dining Hall
Study Card Event

Thursday, September 10, 5:00-8:00 pm, Dining Hall
Bike and Laptop Registration

Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 pm, Dining Hall
Dunster House Sophomore Dinner (RSVP Required)

Important Dates
Thursday, Sep 10, 2015
Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load (typically four courses) on by 5pm.
Monday, Sep 14, 2015
Makeup Exams for spring 2014 – 2015 begin.

Friday, Sep 18, 2015
Cross – Registration Deadline
Please note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.

Friday, Sep 18, 2015
November Undergraduate Degree Application Due

Monday, Sep 21, 2015
Add/Drop Deadline
Last day upon which Undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015
Study Out of Residence Degree Credit Applications Due at the Office of International Education

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 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 November 25 – 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

HUHS Announcements
AY15-16 Dental Enrollment Deadline: September 30
HUHS has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to offer dental insurance for students. Enrolling in or renewing dental coverage for AY15-16 is not automatic. More details:

AY15-16 HUSHP Dependent Enrollment Deadline: September 30
Adding or renewing a dependent to your HUSHP coverage is not automatic. You must act to enroll or renew dependents for AY15-16. More details:

AY15-16 HUSHP Late Waiver Deadline: September 30
Students who meet certain requirements may be eligible to file a late waiver. Late penalty fees apply.

Immunization Compliance and Records
Log into the Harvard University Health Services Patient Portal to verify compliance and print your immunization records. Compliance is necessary to register for the fall term. Contact HUHS Medical Records at (617) 495-2055 with any questions.

Bureau of Study Counsel Workshops and Discussions
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 14 to September 18 (1 week)
Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 10:30 am (tailored for non-native English readers)

September 28 to October 9 (2 weeks)
Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

September 28 to October 9 (2 weeks)
Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Zen and the Art of Student Life
Monday, September 14, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Explore awareness, acceptance, and attention to one’s mind and heart through mindfulness exercises and discussion. Register online at

Making the Grade in a Harvard Classroom: For International Students
Monday, September 14, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
A space to reflect on your experience adjusting to a new academic culture. Register online at

Reading Strategies
Thursday, September 17, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
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

Attending to Attention: Strategies for Focus and Concentration
Monday, September 21, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Develop strategies to manage difficulties with attention. To register, email Aurora Sanfeliz –

Returning to Harvard after Time Away
Friday, September 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
For Harvard College students. A group to discuss, strategize, and get support about coming back to Harvard after time away. No registration.

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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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!