Margaret Waterman Alumnae Group

This University of Michigan Alumnae group was established in 1953 and named after its sponsor, Margaret Lawlor Waterman. When it began, it was part of the Alumni Association’s organization for women, The Alumnae Council. Women joined Waterman to support the advancement of female students, faculty, and alumnae in the university community. Today Waterman membership is open to all who support its mission: to support and promote, through cooperation with Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, the advancement of the interests of the University of Michigan and closer fellowship among alumni/ae, students and friends.

The group’s primary fundraiser is its Town Hall Celebrity Lecture series, which brings four speakers a year to the Ann Arbor campus for a combined lecture and luncheon. The money raised provides scholarship funding for University of Michigan students regardless of gender. The more than $500,000 of scholarship funds distributed has helped over 150 students attain their educational goals.

Message from the President

Welcome to the Waterman Alumnae Group Website!

Established in 1953, the Waterman Alumnae Group continues to be a robust non-profit organization dedicated to charitable and educational purposes. The Waterman Alumnae Group has a mission of providing support to University of Michigan students.  The Waterman Town Hall Celebrity Lecture Series continues to be the primary way to raise funds for scholarships. We anticipate providing a total of $37,500 in scholarships to eight students for the 2023-2024 academic year and hope to continue or even increase that in the 2024-2025 academic year.

The Town Hall series of lectures and luncheons planned for the 2024-2025 season will resonate with a diverse group of members.  We strive to provide insightful, informative and entertaining speakers.  The series will continue to be held in person at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building.  You can read about our upcoming speakers on the Town Hall page and view the Town Hall brochure for 2024-25.  You have the option of joining or renewing by mail or using the secure online registration/renewal process that you can find on the Join Waterman page. If you’re coming with a group of friends, you’ll be able to request seating at the same table whether registering online or by mail.  Membership is open to all, so gather a group of friends to join you!

Please register and include any group seating requests by June 15, 2024.

While most of the membership fee covers the cost of lunch and speaker fees, we welcome your help in a variety of ways.  Whether you wish to make a direct contribution to our scholarship endowed fund or would like to serve on a committee or the board of our group, we welcome your participation.  It takes a village to accomplish all that our group does each and every year.

We welcome your membership in the Margaret Waterman Alumnae Group and support of our lecture series.  Not only will you be enriched with exceptional lectures, but you will be helping to support eight amazing Michigan students in the process.

Best wishes,

Janice Trouba

Register today for the 2024-25 Town Hall season! Mail-in forms and online registration & payment are available on the Join Waterman page. Please register by June 15, 2024.