The North Campus Grove

University’s sustainability guide for this space: Sustainability Summary. For more information about this project, please visit this webpage.


The four-acre lawn at the center of North Campus has been renovated this past summer, transforming it from a space people pass through into one where they linger and connect. It includes:

  • New walkways and a large, paved plaza next to the central tower,
  • “Hills” around the plaza that create a natural amphitheater,
  • More than 180 additional trees in a rolling landscape,
  • Rain gardens that capture storm water runoff

… and even a volleyball court.

Among other things, our speakers will share the latest news on the Grove, its intended uses, and the process of reserving space.

A video of the presentation appears below:

Our speakers include:

Nick Smith: Director of Center for Campus Involvement and University Unions Associate Director: My professional journey took me to Ann Arbor from Philadelphia. Throughout my career, I have gained experience in a variety of areas in student life, including new student orientation, study abroad, multicultural affairs, and service learning. My heart, though, has remained with the community building that occurs with students and staff through campus programs and student organizations. I enjoy the meaning making, partnerships, and learning that occur with these experiences, particularly within the unions at the University of Michigan. I give back to the profession by being a volunteer with the Association of College Unions International.
Kristie Filipchuk: Center for Campus Involvement Student Advisor: I over see a variety of areas. I work with Student Organizations to help facilitate training and risk management education. LeaderShape Institute is something I work with as Program Coordinator here on campus. I also manage the Grove Space on North Campus, which includes working with student groups to help them have successful events outdoors.
Ann Zalucki: Associate VP of Facilities and Operations: Ann manages the outdoor events program for the U-M campus, the liquor licenses for the university’s licensed facilities and all special event alcohol licenses, notices to occupy City of Ann Arbor sidewalks in front of U-M properties, and is the associate director of the University Film Office.
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