Mooseletter – September 9, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy
Hello Meese! I hope you are enjoying your first week of classes and learning all about “Happiness,” “Loss,” Tech Ethics, and Greek Heros. Please make sure that you register for classes by today (Monday) at 5pm. Register, enroll, submit! Even if you are not totally sure, you should enroll in the class anyway. You have another two weeks (until 9/23) to add/drop without a fee; to add requires instructor approval. Cross registration for HKS/HLS/HBS/MIT/etc. is on my.harvard and please review the cap of 8 credits. If you plan to simultaneously enroll in two courses (i.e. they have overlapping meeting times), the College has very strict rules which are found in the Handbook. Outside of classes, I hope you are still enjoying the weather, living your best lives, signing up for the IM GroupMe, eating your fruits and vegetables, exercising, sleeping, and *washing your hands*. You know how you have friends right now who are sick? You can help make sure you stay healthy: just as you enter the servery, turn right and use the handwashing station! I promise we’ll do a better job keeping the soap refilled. We might even have a periodic soap-of-the-week. *Long Live the Moose*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, 9/10: 10 am-12 noon
Thursday, 9/12: 2-4 pm
Friday, 9/13 2-4 pm
Please feel free to come for open office hours during the times that are indicated above. If you wish to schedule an appointment, or need an alternate time, please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

Simultaneous Enrollment
The Faculty believes that full participation in a classroom setting is essential. Therefore, a student may not enroll in courses that meet at the same time or overlapping times. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that there is no overlap in the meeting times of their courses. Exceptions to this rule may be granted only by the Administrative Board and will be considered only if the instructors in both overlapping courses agree and only in certain circumstances. Please let Michael or Diana know if you have any questions.

Cross Registration
If you wish to enroll in courses given by other Faculties of the University you can cross register via my.harvard. If you wish to enroll in courses at MIT you can search for courses and enroll on my.harvard. You won’t be able to enroll for degree credit in Harvard Extension School courses, Radcliffe Seminars, or in courses not given by one of the Faculties of Harvard University and MIT.

To petition to receive concentration credit for a course please complete this petition signed off by your department and submit to the Registrar’s office, by the 5th Monday of the term in which you are taking the course. If you have not yet declared your concentration you may petition for concentration credit retroactively by the fifth Monday of your fourth term in residence.

Visit the course search in my.harvard to view the cross-registration credit conversion tool. Look for the button titled “Credit Conversion” below the search bar.

Holds on your Study Card
Advising Hold: As you know, 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.

Independent Study

Visit: 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?
See Michael asap!

Tutor On-Call
The Tutor on call from September 9 – 16 is Gabe Koehler-Derrick. In the event of an emergency he can be reached at 617-851-8419.

Upcoming House Events
HUPD Bike & Laptop Registration
Tuesday, September 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Dining Hall

HUPD officers will be in the Dunster Dining Hall on Tuesday, September 10, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to assist with bicycle and laptop registration. Bike registration is free, while there is a $30.00 fee (cash or check only) for registering laptops using the new Lo-Jack for Laptop Program. Be sure to stop by to register your belongings!

Wednesday, September 11, 8:30 pm

Dunster House Facebook

Want to know all about Dunster House? Check out the Dunster Facebook on the House website! You can learn all about House events, Tutors, staff, SCR members, academic and specialty advisers, fellow students, and take a look back at some of the best photos from last year! (To access the facebook just log into the House website and type in the password that appears on the page.)

Harvard Late Night at the Art Museum
Thursday, September 11
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Bring your HUID and head to the museums to kick off the year with art, fun, food, friends, and more.

Visit our special exhibition Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art, listen to the museums in new ways with sound design by DJ Saskia, explore the collections with a Student Guide, meet your Student Board, and pick up an application for our undergraduate student programs. Bring your HUID to the Art Study Center to see works available to rent through the Student Print Rental Program.

Free and open to all Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. Student HUID required at the door. Enter via Quincy Street. Please leave backpacks and large bags at home. Space is limited, and students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Academic Resource Center
Workshops and Discussions

September 9, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
– Adjusting to the American Classroom

– Study Skills for the Bilingual Mind

September 18, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Adjusting to the American Classroom

Academic Coaching
Academic coaches help students to learn more about their ideal learning styles and environments, show them how to customize their semester, help students plan for when they are returning from leave or recovering from a concussion, and direct them to other appropriate resources on campus as needed. ARC coaches support students from all disciplines.

Harvard College students are eligible for free Academic Coaching services. To request a 30-minute one-on-one academic coaching consultation, please click the below link or email us at

Academic Calendar
• Fall Full Term Course Registration for all students due
• Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically 16 credits
• 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 FAS
• Fall Session 1 Course Registration Deadline

• Make-up Examinations for last spring term
• Fall Session 1 – Add/Drop Deadline – no fees

• Fall Full Term – Last day undergraduates may drop or add any course w/out a fee
• Fall Session 1 – Course Withdraw Deadline – no fees

• 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
• Last day March Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
• Last day 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

Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
Harvard College
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!