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North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex

Welcome to the North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex. We invite you to tour the public areas of the Complex at your leisure. This brochure will guide you to and through several points of interest and provide brief overviews of the various schools, programs and departments housed here.

About North Quad North Quad is a combination of sophisticated academic spaces and adjoining residential housing for upper-level undergraduate students. The complex includes classrooms, studios and offices for five information and communication-related University programs. The result is a unique environment in which lively interactions among students and faculty flow seamlessly from classrooms and hallways to faculty offices and living areas. Located on North State Street, between Huron and East Washington Streets, North Quad is the new northwest gateway to the University of Michigan’s Central Campus area. It is bounded on the south side by Ann Arbor’s cosmopolitan State Street shopping area.

Second Floor— Street Level 1 Ferber-Kaufman

East Huron Street

Family Lobby 2 Benedek Family

Media Gateway


3 Multicultural Lounge


4 University Housing



Living Learning and Theme Communities

6 School of Information

Classroom, Room 2255 7 Courtyard

South State Street


4 5

9 Courtyard

8 Dining Center

Opportunity Space, Room 2450


10 Room 2435

to First Level



9 Residence Hall

11 Service Elevators



8 Sprayregen Family Plaza


East Washington Street

Shared Spaces North Quad supports a vibrant, technologically rich, internationally focused community where formal and informal learning takes place 24/7. A number of shared spaces have been designed to support the needs of students, faculty and staff in the complex as well as those in the greater campus community. A programming coordinator is charged with developing innovative exhibit and events programs for these spaces, with the guidance and support of the North Quad Programming Advisory Committee.

In 1956, the University purchased the Ann Arbor High School building and the Carnegie Library and named the complex the Henry Simmons Frieze Building, in honor of the first dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. North Quad was built on this site; many of the Frieze Building's decorative elements were incorporated into the faรงade.

First Floor 12 Academic Elevators

East Huron Street

13 Department of

Commmunication Studies, Fifth and Seventh Floors




14 Screen Arts & Cultures,

Sixth Floor 15 Gayle Morris Sweetland

Center for Writing

16 Language Resource Center


17 Screen Arts & Cultures


18 Classroom, Room 1135 19 Stairs to Street Level

South State Street

Production Studios


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12 13 14


East Washington Street

Tour Highlights

Ferber-Kaufman Family Lobby (Entrance on East Washington Street) While you may begin your tour at any location, we suggest that you start at the Ferber-Kaufman Family Lobby. Here, visitors to North Quad can find helpful information and directions to the many resources available in the Complex.

The Benedek Family Media Gateway The two-level Media Gateway (shown on the front cover) encourages collaboration and small group gatherings in an informal, lounge-type setting. The open areas are used for individual study, small meetings and informal discussions on a drop-in basis. Display screens featuring student/faculty work and digital signage are also available for individual and group use. On the first level, informal seating is complemented by three team rooms for collaborative group study.

Multicultural Lounge, Room 2175 The Multicultural Lounge doubles as a classroom by day and a student lounge by night. Residents use the space for Hall Council meetings and for culturally themed events and programs. The room is equipped with a number of audio-visual features including a projector, a large remote-controlled screen, in-ceiling audio speakers, cable TV interface and a video conferencing system. Ultimately, the goal for the Multicultural Lounge is to serve as a gathering place where North Quad residents can talk and learn about identities.

University Housing The North Quad Residential Community is home to approximately 450 upper-level undergraduate students. Options include single rooms or suite-style doubles and triples. Residential facilities feature: • A Community Center where students can ask questions, collect their mail, learn about events and services or hang out with friends; • The Community Learning Center, a collection of computing resources and spaces for individual and group study; • More than 20 lounges for study and relaxation, many with digital displays that accept input from computers, game players, DVD players and cable television; • A community living room and kitchen on the 10th floor—with a panoramic view of the campus and Ann Arbor—used for casual gatherings as well as learning activities and social events for North Quad residents; and • Professional and student staff who serve as mentors, guides and community builders for all North Quad residents.

University Housing provides living accommodations for approximately 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students each year — nearly 30% of the University’s total student population. Residence Halls like North Quad function as smaller, more accessible communities within the University of Michigan. They help new students make a successful transition from high school to college and provide a sense of belonging. Nearly 40% of residents return for their sophomore, junior and even senior years because of the conveniences and the friendships they establish. Note: The Residential Tower is not open to the public.

Tour Highlights

Living/Learning and Theme Communities There are two living/learning programs in North Quad: the Global Scholars Program and the Max Kade German House. All residents are members of International Impact, a theme community. The Global Scholars Program (GSP) brings international and U.S. students together to collaborate as interculturally competent global citizens. The program champions meaningful change and innovative leaders of tomorrow. GSP students are upper-level undergraduates who live at North Quad, take an academic course focused on international competency, attend a monthly lecture series and work together on a collaborative group project that is presented at an end-of-year symposium. The Max Kade House is the only language house on campus and a unique opportunity for undergraduates. The House is designed for students who are interested in German language and culture, and who enjoy the opportunity to speak German with fellow students on a daily basis. While residents need not be German majors, a proficiency equal to second-year college German is required. The International Impact Theme Community is designed to advance residents' appreciation for the diversity of our world and to provide opportunities for students to mobilize resources and make an impact on the global community.

School of Information Classroom, Room 2255 The School of Information (SI) explores the relationship between people, information and technology. Faculty and students conduct research on the role of information technology in society. SI is primarily a graduate school. In the 2010/11 academic year, there are 350 master’s degree students in ten different specializations and 50 doctoral students. In collaboration with the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and the College of Engineering, the school offers one of the newest interdisciplinary majors at the University: an undergraduate concentration in Informatics. The major was introduced in 2008 and over 100 students have enrolled to date. In addition to four state-of-the-art classrooms at North Quad, the School of Information has three research labs: • A behavioral economics lab for human-subject experiments in information systems design; • A computing lab for simulations of specific environments such as a city street for application testing; and • A multi-screen display technology lab with wall-sized panels for scientific visualization and collaboration between remote sites.

Tour Highlights

Courtyard The central courtyard area is a space for students, faculty and staff to connect, relax and unwind. The tables and benches encourage small impromptu gatherings and the lawn space is often dotted with students who enjoy reading or studying here. The salvaged architectural elements that punctuate this space are from the landmark Frieze Building that once stood on the site.

Dining Center With its chandeliers, magnificent arched windows and soaring architecture, North Quad’s Dining Center is reminiscent of a grand ballroom. When not in use for meal service, the venue is available for special University functions and events. The Dining Center includes: • A servery featuring display-style food preparation at each of three main serving stations; • New menus daily, with an emphasis on international cuisine and healthy choices; • A coffeehouse serving gourmet coffee drinks, teas and food items; and • A dining hall with a seating capacity of 190.

Residence Hall Opportunity Space, Room 2450 Adjacent to the Collaboration Space is the Residence Hall Opportunity Space — a prime location for interactions and programs shared by the residential and academic units in the Complex. This space is ideal for larger programs and events geared toward International Impact, North Quad’s residential theme community.

Room 2435 This space is intended to showcase a rich variety of content such as student and faculty produced work, international news, films and documentaries. The area provides an ideal location for lectures, workshops, design jams, poster sessions and other group activities. Programming for this space is developed collaboratively by all of the schools and programs housed at North Quad.

Service Elevator to First Floor To continue the tour on the first floor, take the service elevator to floor 1E. Turn right and go to the end of the hall. Turn left and then right to reach the Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center.

Academic Elevators Take the academic elevator to the 6th floor to visit the Department of Communication Studies or the Donald Hall Collection. Use the elevators to return to the first level and continue your tour.

Tour Highlights

Department of Communication Studies, 5th and 7th Floors The mission of this department is to study and teach about the mass media and emerging media: their evolution, effects, uses by everyday people, regulation and industry practices. Communication Studies is dedicated to cultivating thoroughgoing media literacy among its students and to producing cutting-edge scholarship about the media’s impact on individuals and society. Communication Studies has a highly sought-after and rigorous concentration with a world-renowned faculty, a prestigious interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and a large cohort of dedicated and successful alumni and alumnae.

Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, 6th Floor Students in the program create and study moving images as seen on a variety of screens, from movie theaters to television to computer monitors, and hand-held electronic devices. With a strong undergraduate curriculum of production, screenwriting, and film studies, and the addition of a burgeoning doctoral program, Screen Arts & Cultures offers a vibrant intellectual and artistic community in North Quad. The Screen Arts & Cultures Department also features the Donald Hall Collection, a library containing thousands of screenplays, DVDs, videotapes and laserdiscs. Seed funding for the collection was established by Robert Shaye and the Four Friends Foundation.

The Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing This program offers a variety of services, including: • One-on-one support to students who seek writing assistance; • Oversight of both the First-Year Writing Requirement and the Upper-Level Writing Requirement; • Writing courses for students at every level, and the Sweetland Minor in Writing; • Instruction in support of writing in new media; • Resources for faculty to incorporate writing into their courses; • Resources and training for GSIs and graduate student writers; and • Research on writing. The Sweetland Center for Writing began as the English Composition Board in 1978 and was endowed in 1998 by U-M alumnus John Sweetland. Each year, the program serves 4500 students in its faculty-run Writing Workshop, 3000 students in its peer tutoring centers and 850 students via an Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Language Resource Center The Language Resource Center (LRC) serves, supports and promotes the study and instruction of foreign languages, cultures and literatures at the University of Michigan; providing a rich collection of audio, video and print materials, instructional consultation and specialized facilities for accessing foreign language media. Established in 1948, it is one of the oldest LRCs in the nation as well as one of the largest, supporting over 40 languages offered at the University.

Screen Arts & Cultures, Production Studios, Rooms 1440, 1465 and 1490 The studios are equipped for multiple modes of media arts production, including television, 16mm film, animation, and special effects, and can support a robust array of classroom instruction.

Classroom, Room 1135 There are 19 classroom spaces at North Quad. Both small discussion-style rooms and larger tiered lecture rooms are scheduled through the Office of the Registrar and are available to the University community. North Quad also includes three technology labs and three instructional video/television studios.

Residential Programs

Academic Programs

Global Scholars Program T: 734.764.3573 E: globalscholars

Department of Communication Studies T: 734.764.0420 E:

Max Kade German House T: 734.764.5355 E: german/kade

Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing T: 734.764.0429 E:

University Housing T: 734.763.3164 E: housing

Language Resource Center T: 734.647.0759

and Departments Board of Regents

Julia Donovan Darlow, Ann Arbor Laurence B. Deitch, Bingham Farms Denise Ilitch, Bingham Farms Olivia P. Maynard, Goodrich Andrea Fischer Newman, Ann Arbor Andrew C. Richner, Grosse Pointe Park S. Martin Taylor, Grosse Pointe Farms Katherine E. White, Ann Arbor

and Departments

School of Information T: 734.647.3576 E: Screen Arts & Cultures T: 734.764.0147 E: contact.htm North Quad Programming T: 734.615.4583 E:

Mary Sue Coleman, ex officio

Design Architect: Robert A. M. Stern Associates Executive Architect: Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architects and Engineers Photography: University of Michigan Photo Services Graphic Design: University Housing

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734-763-0235, TTY 734-647-1388. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.

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North Quadrangle Residential & Academic Complex  

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