A Note About Next Season

Our luncheons will be held in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, starting in October 2018, due to the renovation of the Michigan Union. Most of the tables at WCC seat eight individuals. This is a change and change can be challenging, however big pluses are easier conversing at the tables and convenient and free parking. Members will be receiving e-mails and other communications from the Waterman Transition Committee that is working hard to make sure the move to WCC is as smooth as possible. Please see the recent brochure sent to members by mail for further information.

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 2018-2019 season of the Town Hall, Celebrity Series will feature thought-provoking guest lecturers at four luncheons at the Morris Lawrence Building on the Washtenaw Community College campus.

Next season’s speakers are:

  • Chuck Underwood, a Generational Study Pioneer, will speak on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
  • Author, Newspaper Coumnist, Speaker, Rochelle Pennington, will be our second speaker on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
  • American Historian, and Authority on Lincoln and the Civil War, Louis Masur will be the third speaker on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
  • Interpreter of American and European Music (and expert on George Gershwin) Orin Grossman rounds out the lineup on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Please become a Waterman member and join us for these exciting speakers. Go to the new membership page to find more information on the 2018-19 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 2018-19 season. We look forward to seeing you at Town Hall!

Cliff Sheldon

2017-2018 Waterman Board President