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 $400,000 donated for this purpose has helped over 150 students attain their educational goals.

Message from the President

Welcome to the Waterman Website!

The Margaret Waterman Alumnae Group was established 64 years ago as a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Annually the group raises funds for scholarships for need-based students at the University of Michigan. Through memberships in our Town Hall Celebrity Series and the generosity of our program sponsors and donors to the Waterman endowment at the University, we have been able to grant 335 scholarships as of the 2017-2018 school year.

During the 2017-2018 season of the Town Hall, Celebrity Series will feature thought-provoking guest lecturers at four luncheons at the Michigan Union on the University campus.

This season’s speakers are:

  • Jim Laurie, an International Journalist and Media Consultant, will speak on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
  • Author and Literary Scholar Elliot Engel, will be our second speaker on Thursday, November 9.
  • The Mind’s Influence on our Health and Happiness with be the topic of psychologist and Amherst College professor Catherine Sanderson on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
  • Bestselling Author Denise Kiernan rounds out the lineup on Tuesday, April 24.

Please become a Waterman member and join us for these exciting speakers. Go to the new membership page to find more information on the 2017-18 season.  It gives more details about our featured speakers and includes a membership form to complete. Membership to the Waterman Alumnae Group is open to all.

Please return to this website to see a list of the social events planned for the 2017-18 season. We look forward to seeing you at Town Hall!

Cliff Sheldon

2017-2018 Waterman Board President