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  • 24 Sep 2018 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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!
  • 27 Jun 2018 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.
  • 31 Mar 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 900 New Hampshire, provides a special group rate discount for the Kitchen 8 Annual Meeting. Please RSVP for the reduced rate by Friday, April 6. Book your group rate for the Kitchen 8 Annual Meeting by calling at 785-842-8800 or click the button below.

  • 28 Dec 2017 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help us spread the word about to prospective applicants about the EMWMS application that is now available.

    SELECTION: All women enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at KU.

    • 3.0 GPA or higher on 4.0 scale
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Special consideration given to first time college women in family
    • Recipients may reapply annually
    Selection based on application contents, a short essay on the life and
    influence of Elizabeth Watkins, transcripts, and financial information.



  • 19 Dec 2017 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HELP US CELEBRATE Mrs. Watkins with cake and a 1930's ERA movie

    Come and Join Us!  We alumnae will celebrate Mrs. Watkins 157th Birthday on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Watkins Hall, along with Watkins and Miller Hall Residents and our scholarship recipients.  Meet at 8:30 PM in the living room of Watkins and we'll have gifts for the halls, cake and punch.  Then if you are able to stay a while, we are going to watch a 1930's era movie in the TV room with popcorn (pajamas optional!!)  We hear Mrs. Watkins loved movies, so this is a fitting way to enjoy her birthday!  If you would like to help us buy birthday gifts for the halls, please donate on our K8 website - and Thank You!  Hope you can join us!
  • 01 Oct 2017 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HELEN MARTIN GILES: We have lost a fabulous K8 sister. Helen Martin Gilles, a pediatrician in Lawrence passed away late this week. Her obit is in the Lawrence Journal-World. She lived in Miller from 1939-42, and her sister Corrine lived in Watkins. They remembered when Eleanor Roosevelt visited Miller Hall. In typical style, these sharp-witted sisters commented that the First Lady had a run in her hose!! Helen will be missed. Please go read about her remarkable life.

    MAURINE ADAMS: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Kitchen 8 sister, Maurine Adams. Maurine passed away on Wednesday, September 13, after enduring a host of medical issues. Her service was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, at the Methodist Church in Osage City. Her family wanted to ensure that her friends at Kitchen 8 knew of her passing.

  • 22 Aug 2017 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The date has been set for the New Women's Dinner to welcome the new residents of Watkins and Miller Halls:  Sunday, Sept. 17.  The dinner will be at Miller Hall this year. We'll meet to set up at 4:00 PM and eat at 5:00 PM.  

    This dinner is a great time to introduce Kitchen 8 to the new women and to begin building relationships of support and friendship.

    Our menu will be similar to previous years:  salads, rolls, and cookies.  If you can provide any of these, please email me at and let me know what you plan to bring. Salads should be able to serve 10 to 12 people.  It would also be helpful if you could make a card or slip of paper telling what the salad is and its ingredients to help people with food allergies. We'll place those on the table next to your dish. Thank you to those who have already volunteered.

    I hope to see you on Sept. 17!

    Lilac Lane Love,
    Camille Olcese
    785/856-0882 (home phone)

  • 08 Mar 2017 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    At the 2017 Annual Meeting a new set of bylaws will be proposed and voted upon. These bylaws changes would reflect Kitchen 8's new Incorporated 501(c)(3) status.  DOWNLOAD a PDF of the revised bylaws for your review.
  • 06 Mar 2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following is a list of candidates for the Kitchen 8 Board for 2017-2019. The candidates will be voted on during the 2017 Annual Meeting on April 22. All K8 members present at the Annual Meeting may vote. If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting you may vote online as an absentee must be done by midnight April 21, 2017.  For questions, contact the Annual Meeting Committee, Elizabeth Boman at


    Norma (Decker) Hoagland, W 1969-71


    Elizabeth (Ervin) Boman, W 70-74


    Paula (Hopkins) Wrigley, M 03-07


    Dana Diec, W 09-11


    Sarah Taggart, W 08-10 (Laura Draxler Sixta is retiring for a while, after doing a great job for K8.  Sarah graduated from KU, has her MA in Museology from the University of Washington in Seattle and has worked for a variety of museums.  She has just taken a job with the Kansas Historical Society – a perfect fit for everyone!)


    Judy (Johnson) Niebaum, M 58-61


    Camille (Icenogle) Olcese, W 71-74
    and Stevi Ballard, W 06-10


    Gayle Barry Mattchett, W 56-57


    Susan (Harshaw) Kissinger, W 70-74


    Valentine Baumann, W 03-05 (Many thanks to Alica Thomas for doing a superb job at this position for many years!  Susan and Valentine had co-chaired the selection committee for several years so this division of the work will work seamlessly.)


    Sarah (Wohlrabe) Shortall, W 72-76 (Sarah’s co-chair, Ali Zayas, is retiring for a while also. Many thanks to Ali!!)


    Cathie (Fuller) Miller, W 70-73
    and Sarah Greenup, W 08-12

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