The Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence program brings accomplished alumni back to campus for lectures, workshops and conversations with students and alumni. Established in 1989, the program is named after Eleanor Bateman ’23 who supported the university in a number of leadership positions and was a loyal alumna for more than seventy years.

The 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.

Spring 2016: Aren LeeKong '98

From his start as an analyst at Citigroup Global Markets to his current role as a Managing Director and co-Portfolio Manager of the Strategic Capital Partners fund at Highbridge Principal Strategies, Aren LeeKong has dedicated himself to personal and professional growth through hard work, intellectual curiosity, and challenging himself to “keep going.” His career has been defined by those from whom he has had the opportunity to learn, and he, in turn, has committed to passing on what he has learned and sharing his success with others. Read More.

Contact the Alumni Association at to submit a nomination for the Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence.