Mooseletter – February 11, 2019

From the office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy

Dearest Dunster,
We have a whole lot going on this week! First of all, please don’t forget the deadline to add/drop without a fee is today. You have until February 25th to add/drop with a fee, and to turn in your pass/fail forms. Our CARE and Pre-Law tutors will be holding a discussion and listening session on Tuesday regarding Dean Ron Sullivan’s representation of Harvey Weinstein and alleged representation of Prof. Roland Fryer. On Wednesday, we will be celebrating our middle children of the House, our beloved juniors, for dinner. Saturday is the snow-tubing event, and on Sunday, the battle of the brains is happening at Trivia Night in the Grille. Jiho and I have been planning for a fun and exciting night. Bring your friends – Arrive early to claim a table. For all the faithful readers of the Mooseletter, we are revealing that one of the categories is “Dunster House” trivia. Brush up because from what I hear, resident tutors Gabe, Jonny, and Emilie, are planning on wiping the floor with the shattered dreams of the JCR. Finally, next Monday is President’s Day, a university holiday, and also the day we hope students and resident tutors will join in interviewing prospective resident tutors for next year. And Happy Valentine’s Day!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, February 12: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, February 13: 3-5 pm
Friday, February 15: 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, please email Diana for alternate times. My office is at E303H.

Reminder about Parties
Register, register, register. If you plan on having anything resembling a gathering with music and loud conversation, just register it. And remember, quiet hours still apply to the seminar and music rooms after 11 pm each night.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from February 11-18 is Deborah Palmer. In the event of an emergency she can be reached at 617-8518419.

Class of 2020 Junior Dinner
Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 pm in the Dining Hall
RSVP Required

The dining hall will be closed the night of Wednesday, February 13 for the Dunster House Junior Dinner. If you have a reservation for this event you should have received a confirmation email on February 5th. For those not attending, we encourage you to enjoy a meal with your friends in other Houses that evening. A list of Inter-house dining restrictions can be found on the HUDS website. The closest House without dining restrictions is our neighbor Mather.

Spring Faculty-Student Dinner
Registration Required
Tuesday, March 5th
Reception 5:30 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm

-Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 24, at midnight
-Space is limited, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis
-Please invite only 1 Professor/TF per group
-Only one person, the student group leader should complete the registration form
-Ask the professor whether others have invited him/her before registering and, if so, form a small group.

Upcoming BSC Workshops & Discussions
For more for a complete list, more information, or registration, visit

Problem-Set Courses: Challenges, Approaches, and Strategies
February 15, 2019, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
Learn about approaches and strategies for P-SET courses to most effectively learn and synthesize the material. Brainstorm approaches to challenges. Register at

Preparing for and Taking Exams
February 20, 2019, 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Location: Cabot Library LL03
Consider how to effectively learn and review course material, consolidate your understanding, anticipate the nature of an exam, and practice useful exam-taking strategies. Register at

Post-Concussion Strategies and Coping Workshop
February 21, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
For Harvard College students who experience academic, social, or other aftereffects of a concussion. No registration.

Attending to Attention: Strategies for Focus and Concentration
February 22, 2019, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
Develop strategies to manage difficulties with attention. Register at

Note Making
March 1, 2019, 1:30am to 3:00pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
Explore the common challenges to effective note making. Build and develop strategies for active note making for lectures, reading, and preparing for exams. Register at

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.

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.

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.

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

Welcome back to Dunster! I have been the administrative assistant to the Dean since 2009: managing student records, answering your academic questions, and coordinating Commencement and other House events. 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. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which includes academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information you will find useful. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Dean or just want to chat, please stop by! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my family and two Boston Terriers in Bedford, MA. I also love reading, traveling, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any! Let's have another great year in Dunster!