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 Alumnae Group Website!

The Waterman Alumnae Group was established in 1953 with thirty members as a non-profit organization dedicated for charitable and educational purposes.  The Waterman Group membership has grown over the years to over four hundred active members and the main purpose now is to raise money to provide scholarships for deserving University of Michigan students.  This is done through a series of four Town Hall Lecture/Luncheons (October, November, April, May), several other social events, program sponsors, and contributions made to the Waterman Endowment Fund at the university.  Currently there are eight scholars each receiving $5,000. for their U-M education.  Some of these wonderful students will often join us for a Town Hall lunch (as their schedules permit) and they are a delight to talk with and most thankful for the monetary help that Waterman provides.

There are four excellent speakers chosen for the 2019-20 season and you can read about them by clicking “Town Hall” at the top of this website.  You can also view (and print out) the brochure for 2019-20 to fill out and mail to become a member.  Membership is open to all.  The Town Hall lecture/luncheons are held at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence building (get directions).  Easy and free parking!

There are two extra Special Events planned for this Fall…open to members and their friends and families.  The first is on Thursday, Sept. 19th at the U-M Kelsey Museum from 10-11:30.  Carrie Roberts will speak on “Ancient Color in the Roman World.”  The second event is on Tuesday, Oct. 29th at the Ann Arbor City Club from 10-11:30.  The speaker is Sharon McRill who will discuss her work (and book) “Downsizing the silver tsunami: who to call and where does the stuff go?”  Event information will be sent out to members closer to the event dates.

Please consider becoming a member and take part not only in hearing thought provoking speakers while enjoying lunch, but also aiding in raising much needed funds for students.

Best Wishes,

Ann D. Moln

Waterman President