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Message from the Dean of Students

Dean Katie O'Dair

Dear Harvard College Parents and Guardians,

Warm Fall greetings! While the leaves are still turning golden red and yellow across the Yard, the weather feels a bit colder, and with that I am reminded that Winter Break is quickly approaching. The Break is a time for unwinding, contemplation, and reconnection with friends and loved-ones. Here at Harvard College, Winter Break is also an opportunity for students to return to campus early to participate in Wintersession which runs from January 13-22, 2017.

Wintersession is a fun, informal program that enables students to participate in student-initiated and College-led programming, including a wide selection of programs that broaden life skills, develop leadership capacities, and explore a wide range of arts, health, and service-related opportunities.

I encourage you to speak with your student about this, and to have them connect with their adviser, proctor, tutor, or dean about Winter Break and what is the best plan for them. You will find more information about Wintersession and Winter Break in this newsletter.

With kind regards,

Katherine O’Dair
Dean of Students


Plan Ahead!

John Harvard Statue
Freshman Family Weekend
November 4-5, 2016

Please finalize your preparations for this upcoming weekend!



Wintersession - students playing the drums
January 13-22, 2017

Please keep Wintersession in mind as you and your student consider travel plans for winter break.




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Get Involved

Freshman Parent Webinar—A Virtual Connection »

Parents and Guardians of the Class of 2020, please join us on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. (EST) for a webinar that will be broadcast live at college.harvard.edu/parent-webinar.

THE Game »

The 133rd installment of the Harvard-Yale football game will be played (November 19) at historic Harvard Stadium this year. Come be a part of this great tradition. If you are attending the game, please consider joining members of the Harvard College community for a hearty buffet lunch before cheering on the Crimson. Register now.


Did You Know?

The University is pleased to announce that the dining services strike is over and that on Wednesday, October 16, Local 26 workers voted to ratify their new contract. Harvard University Dining Services has already started the process of bringing operation back-up to full-speed, with full operations resuming by November 2, 2016.

Students at the Carpenter Center


At Carpenter Center, an explosion of creativity

At the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, students are able to experience the synthesis of art, design, and education through the exhibition of existing works and production of new commissions. The Center strives to bring people, ideas, and objects together in generative ways that provide unparalleled experiences with contemporary art, ultimately enriching the creative and intellectual lives of our audiences.




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