Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar
This program is offered by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association to promote synergy and communication between students, distinguished alumni and other members of the campus community. The program provides students with role models that exemplify achievement of the university’s mission through professional accomplishments and/or public service. It is one way the Alumni Association uses its resources to enhance the value of the student experience and maintain a lifelong relationship with alumni.
The Alumni Association designs a scholar’s visit in conjunction with schools and colleges befitting his or her field of expertise. The multi-day visit typically includes lectures, workshops and seminars for undergraduate and graduate students, and a lecture to the campus community followed by a reception hosted by the Alumni Association. The program aims to promote face to face interaction between students and accomplished alumni in an informal setting.
The program was established in 1989 through an endowment from the Trustees of the University of Massachusetts Building Association, and was named after Eleanor Bateman ’23, a founding member. A dedicated and loyal alumna for over seventy years, Ms. Bateman supported the university in a number of leadership positions. Her involvement as a volunteer and benefactor enriched many aspects of campus life for both students and faculty members.