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How to Find SI-CDO in North Quad

We continue to settle in and learn our way around North Quad – it is great to be here! I wanted to confirm and clarify some key points to help you in accessing the building and using the spaces available to you:

North Quad Building Access
Quite a few of the exterior doors at North Quad still have signs that say “closed to the public.” These will remain for a few more weeks while final construction and moving in furniture is completed to discourage too much foot traffic. However, SI is now in the building and SI students have access – so SI students are not “the public” and are free to come on in!

Finding SI within North Quad
To get to SI within North Quad, I find it is easiest to come up the steps off Washington Street, enter the courtyard and turn left, then enter the second set of doors on your left. Inside those doors you will find the academic elevators just beyond the entrance to the dining hall. Come up to the third floor and the Student Affairs suite (where the SI Career Development Office is located) is just around the corner on the right (room 3360).

Dining Hall within North Quad
Speaking of the Dining Hall, it will be open by end of August, and you can purchase meals there as you wish using cash, credit or Blue Bucks, or which can be applied to your Mcard. You can also purchase a meal plan. See http://www.housing.umich.edu/dining/menus for details.

SI Student Lounges
Note that the new SI student lounges (two spacious adjoining lounges, one for socializing/eating, the other for study and group work) are on the first floor, so if you took the academic elevator down to level one, come off the elevator and go right, then walk down the hall a short way to the SI student lounge (room 1295). The lounge furniture will not arrive until mid-August; I will email you when the lounge is ready for your use. You will access the lounge by swiping your Mcard. The social/eating lounge has vending machines and a kitchen area with microwave and full size refrigerator.

Group Project Meeting Rooms
There are several group meeting spaces on the first floor which will have card swipe access; these are not fully furnished yet so I will email you when they are ready and will provide guidelines for accessing these rooms.

Faculty/Staff lounges – for faculty and staff use
On the third and fourth floors of SI, there are faculty/staff lounges which are not physically closed off but are not for master’s student use. Since doctoral students are also staff due to their teaching and research appointments, they will have access to the faculty/staff lounges. There are some alcove areas on floors three and four which will soon be furnished and students could land there to work from a laptop or chat with someone, but even if the faculty/staff lounges aren’t occupied when you walk by, please respect the purpose of these spaces.

There will also be lots of space for students to relax or work in the public areas on the first and second levels of the building, such as in the Media Gateway.

Note to doctoral students: While doctoral students don’t move into North Quad until October along with faculty and staff from the SI North building, you are welcome to use the lounges, meeting rooms, and common areas when at North Quad.

Hopefully you received my recent email inviting you to the North Quad Housewarming event on September 15. Also watch your email for an invitation to visit the Student Affairs suite on the first day of classes for morning coffee and baked goods!

Please let me know if you have additional questions now or later as you begin to use the North Quad facility. We will do our best to help make your transition to our new space as smooth as possible.


Judy Lawson
Director, Admissions and Student Affairs
School of Information
University of Michigan

Posted by kkowatch at August 9, 2010 01:14 PM


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