Mooseletter – August 31, 2015

Welcome from the House Masters
Roger and Ann Porter

We are delighted to welcome you to Dunster House for the 2015-2016 academic year. To our seniors, welcome back to the House you called home as sophomores. The dining hall shines a bit brighter and the House library gleams with a well-deserved polish. You will also find new features as you explore the House, such as an expanded grille and lounge area, a smart classroom, new seminar rooms and cozy study nooks, and much more. To our juniors and sophomores we extend a special welcome to the sparkling renovated Dunster House. Dunster is also home this year to twenty resident tutors, five of whom are new. Both the new and returning resident tutors are capable and committed. We encourage you to take every opportunity to get to know them. We know that they are looking forward to getting to know you.

In the coming weeks and months, you will find your hours filled with classes and research, extracurricular activities and jobs. We hope and trust that you will find Dunster an oasis, a home away from home. However you choose to take part in House Life this year, whether by playing intramurals, attending Stein Clubs, or relaxing in the dining hall, know that you each represent an integral part of our caring, thoughtful, and inclusive community. We are fortunate indeed. Like good stewards, we want to use these facilities wisely and well and to pass them on in the great condition in which we received them.

The outstanding staff at Dunster House do much to make our lives pleasant and convenient. Please let them know, early and often, how much you appreciate them and their efforts on our behalf.
Many of you have written and called since the spring term ended to let us know how things were going. We are delighted that the summer break has proven both relaxing and productive. We are eager to see you all and to hear about your summers.

We have good reason to be hopeful at the beginning of this academic year. On the horizon is your first residential community meeting, a mandatory event in which you meet your neighbors and absorb the ground rules of house life. Ask your residential community tutor for the time and place. Keep an eye out for information about Master’s open houses, ice cream bashes, wonderful HoCo events, meals with Faculty members in the SDR, Faculty dinners and other House events.
As the year gets underway, we hope you will let us know how you are settling in, any ideas you may have that will contribute to life at Dunster, the classes you are or will be taking and the activities and events you are involved in outside of the classroom. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

Welcome from the Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Welcome to D-House! I’m excited and honored to be your Dean. As your CAO (Chief Academic Officer), I am responsible for your academic and overall wellbeing and success at Harvard. I also teach in the Department of Government, where I focus on the study of executive leadership and politics in the United States. Over the course of the year, I hope to be able to help you think through and manage the various challenges and opportunities that may impact your happiness and success at the College.

I am available in both formal and informal settings, in my office (E303H) and in our beautiful new dining hall at meals and various functions. Office hours offer great opportunities to get to know you. I have both open hours as well as sign-up hours. You will be informed about office hours on a week to week basis here in the Mooseletter. I am also happy to meet outside office hours if you prefer to meet over a meal or at a different time. I look forward to getting to know you well and to many great conversations!

Carlos’s Office Hours
Monday, 8/31: 10-noon, open
Tuesday 8/1 10-noon, open
Wednesday, 8/2: 2-5, open

Please drop by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. My office is at E303H. Prior to your appointment with me, please see Diana in E303A.

Tutor On-Call
A different tutor will be on call each week for help with emergencies that may arise during the weekend. Their names and contact info will be posted in the Mooseletter and on the Dunster website.

The Tutor on call from August 31 to September 7 is Bekah Stout. She resides in Dunster E414.

Upcoming House Event
Tuesday, September 1, 5:00 pm
BBQ and Opening Assembly followed by Dunster Tower Lighting Ceremony

Important Dates
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015
Last day for all undergraduates to register online without a fee.

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015
Academic year begins
Classes will follow a Monday schedule on Wednesday, September 2nd
Classes will follow the normal schedule beginning Thursday, September 3rd
Wednesday, September 9th will be the first meeting of classes that meet only on Wednesday

Monday, Sep 7, 2015
University Holiday: Labor Day

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015
STUDY CARD DEADLINE Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load (typically four courses) on by 5:00 pm.

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015
Plan of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for transfer students who entered in Fall 2014 with second¬ semester Sophomore or Junior class standing

Monday, Sep 14, 2015
Makeup Examinations for 2014-15 begin.

Friday, Sep 18, 2015
November Undergraduate Degree Application Due.
Final degree applications for November 2015 degree candidates due.

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

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
FIFTH MONDAY 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.

Announcements from the Student Health Services
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.

Announcements from the Bureau Of Study Counsel
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 a.m. (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.

Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

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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!