Moosletter – February 4, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Hello Dunster, Happy Lunar New Year! In Chinese culture, we spend the days leading up to the new year cleaning the house, so that on the day itself, we don’t sweep away good luck and fortune. In the same spirit, I also plan to sweep away memories of Maroon 5’s awful halftime show, and Adam Levine’s pillow case of a tanktop. (That did not spark joy.) Maybe now is the time to de-clutter your life as well: dropping bad habits, dropping less interesting classes from your Crimson Cart, cleaning up your rooms. It will be a great way to start the semester. To the seniors, please make sure to complete your senior record check forms so that you can graduate. You can drop them off in the House Office or email them to Diana. In the next two weeks, we will also start to interview prospective resident tutors for next year, so keep an eye out for an email to be a part of the interviews. Have an awesome second week of classes, and good luck to IM Basketball B & C, Broomball, Squash, and Dodgeball!

***On a separate note, Dunster House strives to be an inclusive space of belonging for all of our students, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, belief, class, status, or history. With respect to the decision regarding Harvey Weinstein, you are always welcome to speak with me, your faculty deans, tutors, or staff. Always.***

Advising hold
Please be in touch with your concentration adviser.

How to Cross-Register
Visit the Cross Registration website for petition instructions. Petitions are due the Friday before the free Add/Drop deadline. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school. Also note that cross-registered classes do not ordinarily count towards your GPA, nor count for concentration credit. To apply for concentration credit submit this form to the Office of the Registrar by the Fifth Monday of the term.

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 February 20.

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.

Simultaneous Enrollment
Students ordinarily may not enroll in courses that meet at the same time or overlapping times. Exceptions to this rule are granted by the Administrative Board only in the specific circumstances described The Harvard College Handbook for Students. Please come see me if you have any questions about simultaneous enrollment. Speak with Michael about the procedure. All Simultaneous Enrollment requests must be brought before the AdBoard no later than the Tuesday preceding the Add/Drop deadline (5th Monday).

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, February 5: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, February 6: 3-5 pm
Friday, February 8: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at If these times don’t work with your schedule, please email Diana for alternate times. My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The Tutor on-call from February 4-11 Rahima Bensaid. In the event of an emergency she can be reached at 617.851.8419.

Senior Common Room Dinner
Tuesday, February 6, 2019
6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner
RSVP Required

Dunster Class of 2020 Junior Dinner

Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 pm, Dunster Dhall
RSVP Deadline Today, Monday, February 4th
All Juniors received a paperless post invitation on Wednesday, January 30th
Be sure to check your College email account and spam folders!

Applying for a Fall Round I Interhouse Transfer
Deadline: Monday, February 11
Apply Online: Housing Portal

If you plan to apply for an IHT please reach out to Rachel at and she can walk you through what this means for you, your roommate(s), and your future housing accommodations!

Important to Know:
Detailed information about the application process can be found on the DSO website, HERE.

Individuals and groups of 2 accepted. If applying as a group of two, both students will be approved or denied together.

If your IHT application is successful, you are required to transfer to your new House at the beginning of the next term. You cannot rescind your application after the IHT decision has been made.

Applying for an InterHouse Transfer does not guarantee you will be accepted into your desired House(s).

If you have questions regarding housing accommodations, or whether you will be eligible to participate in the housing lottery in your desired House(s), please contact the respective House Administrator.

BSC – Upcoming Workshops and Discussions
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street

Developing a Semester Plan
February 1, 2019, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Be proactive in designing a realistic plan to achieve your goals for this semester. Register at

Keeping Ourselves Accountable
Weekly Wednesday meetings until May 15, 2019 (except Wed., March 20, 2019)
3:00 to 5:00 pm
Work independently and purposefully on your own while in the company of others, with brief group and/or individual consultation. Attend regularly or occasionally. To register, email

Sharpening Academic Skills
February 8, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 am
A workshop to help you learn about resources — at Harvard and within yourself — that can help you develop and sharpen academic skills, including planning and prioritizing, getting started on challenging tasks, thinking flexibly, remembering and using information, organizing your life and work, and focusing your attention despite distractions and temptations. Register at

Study Strategies for the Bilingual Mind
February 8, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Explore cognitive processes of bilingualism and approaches to enhance the learning experience for bilingual students at Harvard. To register, email

Time Management
February 8, 2019, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Identify your priorities, learn how to plan and manage your time more effectively, and develop strategies for dealing with challenges. Register at

Bereavement Group for Students
Feb. 11, Feb. 19, Feb. 25, March 4
5:30-7 pm in the Pusey Room
The Memorial Church of Harvard University

Whether you’ve already lost a loved one or you are in the midst of losing someone now, you are invited to attend a bereavement support group for Harvard students. All students are welcome to share in this safe, secular space of connection, contemplation, and conversation. With Rev. Wes Conn and Student Program Fellow Lara Glass. To register or for more information: Email or call 617-384-5467. The Memorial Church of Harvard University, One Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

Important Dates
February 11, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.

Makeup examinations for 2018-2019 fall term begin.

Deadline to submit a fall term Inter-House Transfer Application (Round 1).

Deadline to submit a Returning Student Housing Application for fall housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term. The Returning Student Housing Application can be found here.

February 18, Monday
University holiday: Presidents’ Day.

February 25, Monday
Last day upon which a full-semester or Spring 1 course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record. No course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail or from Pass/Fail to letter-graded status for the spring term after this date.

Last day upon which students may petition to divide a year-long indivisible course with approval.

February 25, Monday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee.

After this date, students will be charged one half of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

March 1, Friday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the fall term are due at the Office of International Education.

March 1, Friday, through March 2, Saturday
Junior Family Weekend.

March 11, Monday
Last day upon which students may withdraw from a spring term course. Last day upon which students may withdraw from a year-long 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.

March 16, Saturday, through March 24, Sunday
Spring recess.

April 1, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2019 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2019 and November 2019 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2019 and November 2019 degree candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in May 2020 or November 2020, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2019, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

Last day upon which May 2019 and November 2019 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.
April 1, Monday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one half of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged three quarters of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

April 1, Monday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the summer are due at the Office of International Education.

April 10, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2021.

May 1, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

May 2, Thursday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged three quarters of tuition, and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged the full amount of those costs. See the chart under Financial

Information for details of room and board charges.
Last day in the spring term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

May 2, Thursday, through May 8, Wednesday

May 9, Thursday, through May 18, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 13, Monday
Deadline to submit a fall term Inter-House Transfer Application (Round 2).

Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for the fall term without financial penalty.

May 19, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 27, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day.

May 30, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 31, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

Mooseletter is also posted on the Dunster House website:

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!