As the Alumnae Association of Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls & our EMW Memorial Scholarship, Kitchen 8 strives to link our rich heritage with an exciting present and a bright future. As our association grows and technology changes, Kitchen 8 continues to expand its offerings to its membership. To do this, we created a new website with both public information and expanded member resources.


New Women dinner connects students and alumnaE

The K8 New Woman Dinner 2018 was a great success!  Thanks to all our members who donated food and special thanks to Camille Olcese who organized the event on September 12th.  The full report on the event will be included in our next K8 Annual Report magazine.

What a lively group of young scholars they were: 29 new Miller women and 22 new Watkins women!

HOUSEMOTHERS TO SHD's Program brings down the house!

If you missed it, I’m really sorry!!  K8 Annual Meeting Program co-chairs Elizabeth Boman and Pat Putnam, along with songwriter and performer Camille Olcese outdid themselves this year!  On April 28th, we took a walk down Memory Lane with Gayle Matchett in the role of Elizabeth Miller Watkins.  As she mused about the changes in her halls, Watkins & Miller, members of K8 took on the roles of various Housemothers through the years, finishing with the current SHD of Miller, Annie Lundeen.

Two women portrayed themselves!  Margaret Heisel, Resident Director of Watkins 1969-71, returned from her professorship at the University of California, Berkley, to speak about her time at Watkins during the turbulent 1970’s.  Kellie Hogan, an attorney from Wichita, KS with Kansas Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm, attended and portrayed herself, not only as a Watkins Woman 1989-92, but also as the SHD for Miller from 1993-95. 

Serious contemplation of changes in the halls was spiced with songs re-worked with original lyrics by Camille:  M-O-T-H-E-R, As Time Goes By and The Times They Are A’Changin’.  Those attending will remember some lyrics that literally stopped the show with laughter! 

All time periods were covered, from the first Watkins Housemother, Mrs. R.C. Morrow, through the inspirational Mother Julia Willard, to the first men to hold the SHD role at Watkins, James Vaglio, Luis Aranda and Tyler Treptow-Bowman. 

Look for a full story (complete with song lyrics) in our 2018 Annual Report Magazine!  Don’t miss your chance to come, reminisce and have lots of fun with Kitchen 8.  Other activities K8 held during the Alumnae Weekend included our EMW Memorial Scholarship awards, a guided tour of James Naismith’s ‘Rules of Basketball’, and a dutch treat dinner at Port Fonda restaurant. On the next day, we were treated to tea at the Watkins or Miller Alumnae Teas.  Mark your calendar for next year, April 26-29, 2019.  Get a group together and come home to Lawrence for the weekend.

Enjoy reading the 2018 Edition of the Kitchen 8 Magazine

Our 2018 Kitchen 8 Magazine is now available . CLICK HERE to download your electronic copy or visit our PUBLICATIONS page for past editions of our newsletter. We hope that you enjoy reading about life on Lilac Lane, within Kitchen 8, and our Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Recipients. We hope you enjoy the new publication.


Anyone touched by the legacy of Elizabeth Miller Watkins is eligible for Kitchen 8 membership. The Majority of our members are current or former Watkins or Miller resident and/or recipients of our Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship. Other Members are just interested in preserving EMW's legacy of compassion and selflessness. There are no dues for joining the organization. If you wish to join Kitchen 8, click the button below.
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Watkins & Miller Halls, a book newly published by the Historic Mount Oread Friends, details the story of Elizabeth Miller Watkins and her development of the two scholarship halls at the University of Kansas. The book was compiled by Kitchen 8 President Norma (Decker) Hoagland and launched during our 2016 Kitchen 8 Annual Meeting in April.  To purchase your copy of the publication click on the button below to order from the University Press website.

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