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  • 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 vicepresident@kitchen8.org

    PRESIDENT

    Norma (Decker) Hoagland, W 1969-71

    VICE PRESIDENT

    Elizabeth (Ervin) Boman, W 70-74

    SECRETARY

    Paula (Hopkins) Wrigley, M 03-07

    TREASURER

    Dana Diec, W 09-11

    HISTORIAN

    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!)

    MILLER CAMPUS COORDINATOR

    Judy (Johnson) Niebaum, M 58-61

    WATKINS CAMPUS COORDINATORS

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

    LIZZIE'S LEGACIES COORDINATOR

    Gayle Barry Mattchett, W 56-57

    SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION CHAIR

    Susan (Harshaw) Kissinger, W 70-74

    EMWMSF ADVISORY CHAIR

    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.)

    WEBSITE/NEWSLETTER CHAIR

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

    MENTORING CHAIRS

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

    VOTE by ABSENTEE BALLOT
  • 20 Jan 2017 8:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Applications for the 2017-2018 Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarships are being accepted online now through March 1. 

  • 20 Jan 2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You are cordially invited to attend activities during the Kitchen 8 Annual Weekend in Lawrence. Events will take place from Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25. Many of the events are free; however, there is a $12 ticket cost for the Welcome Party and a $20 ticket cost for the Brunch at Maceli's. Please RSVP for the Welcome Party, Brunch, and Champagne & Sweets Celebration by April 6.

    REGISTER NOW:

    • ONLINE: Payment may be made online (with a $1 convenience fee per ticket) or at the door.


    KITCHEN 8 ANNUAL WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Miller Hall’s 80th Birthday Celebration
    APRIL 21 - APRIL 23, 2017
    Lawrence, Kansas

    FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017:

    • 3–5 PM    K-8 Board Meeting - Help us plan future events and celebrations! Open to Watkins/ Miller alumnae and residents at Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.
    • 6:30–?    “The Way We Were” Welcome Party and Chicken and Beef Taco Buffet at Hampton Inn Lobby, 2300 W. 6th St. Wear your favorite Watkins/Miller outfit and bring your scrapbooks and memorabilia. RSVP BY APRIL 6. PAY ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR. COST: $12 each ($13 online), includes buffet & soft drinks (BYOB)


    SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017: The Meet and Greet, Business Meeting and Elections, Program, and Celebratory Brunch events will be held at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire

    • 9 AM    Meet and Greet
    • 9:30 AM    Business Meeting and Elections
    • 10 AM    Program: "Miller Love!" - A Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Miller Hall! Come and enjoy hearing memories of life in Miller Hall from the 1940’s to the present. And you’ll learn why Miller Hall’s motto is “Miller Love!”
    • 11 AM    Celebratory Brunch with EMWM Scholarship Recipients and Watkins/Miller Residents - During brunch, test your knowledge of the history of the philanthropy of KU’s “Fairy Godmother.” Please consider a donation to cover brunch costs for a Watkins/Miller resident and/or EMW Scholarship recipient, who are guests of Kitchen 8. RSVP BY APRIL 6. PAY ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR. COST: $20 each ($21 online), includes brunch
    • 12 PM    Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Award Presentation at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire
    • 2:30 PM    A Legacy in Stone Tour at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine St.
    • 5–6:30 PM    Champagne & Sweets to Celebrate Miller’s 80th Anniversary at Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts. RSVP BY APRIL 6. There is no cost for this event.


    SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017:

    • 2–4 PM    Watkins Alumnae Tea at Watkins Scholarship Hall, 1506 Lilac Lane
    • 2–4 PM    Miller Alumnae Tea and Special 80th Anniversary Celebration at Miller Scholarship Hall, 1518 Lilac Lane
    • 4 PM    Honoring "Lady Bountiful" - Traditional visit to lay flowers on the grave of Elizabeth Miller Watkins at Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Ave.
  • 09 Jan 2017 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Calling all interested women for Kitchen 8 elections!  Look at our board positions and if you would like to be a candidate or have questions regarding a position , please let us know. Contact our current President, Norma Hoagland, at normahoagland@kitchen8.org she will get right back to you! Give back- help out!!

  • 15 Dec 2016 6:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Kitchen 8 will be publishing our first magazine publication in early 2017. We would like to update our mailing address records for our members so that we mail your copy to the proper address. Please update your records on file by logging in and clicking "View Profile" your member profile in the upper right corner of the website. Please update your information by January 1, if possible. Thank your for your assistance in keeping your membership information up to date.


    PERSONALIZE YOUR MEMBER PROFILE:

    Each Kitchen 8 member has a private Member Profile page that allows the member to freely update their own email, contact information, hall history, and Kitchen 8 committee involvement. You may adjust privacy settings as you would like on your Personal Page. At Kitchen 8 we wish to maintain your privacy while connecting former hall residents with current residents and EMW Memorial Scholarship Recipients. Approved Kitchen 8 members are the only ones who have access to the searchable directory. The information that other members may view is first, maiden and last names, hall, first years in hall, and current city of residence. In the upper right hand corner you may select "Logout", "Change Password", or your name. To make changes to your membership information, including privacy settings, please select your name. That will allow you to view your current profile and select "Edit profile" should you wish to do so.
  • 14 Dec 2016 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to our new website

    As the free Alumnae Association of Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls, 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 have created a new website with both public information and expanded member resources.

    PUBLIC INFORMATION:

    Visitors to the public side of the website will still have access information about our association, our board, Kitchen 8's contact information, our benefactress, or the annual Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship. For the most recent alumnae and current resident information, how to get involved in Kitchen 8, current hall happenings, and to register for upcoming events please see the "News" tab. In addition, visitors may purchase the new Watkins and Miller book, register online for upcoming events, and donate to the Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship fund or the Kitchen 8 Sugar Bowl fund.

    MEMBER RESOURCES:

    Our new website will allow the association to consolidate its existing website offerings with its member signup, roster maintenance, event registration, and emailing systems. One of the most exciting features is that members will now be able to connect via private professional and social discussion forums to better facilitate our Mentoring Program. In addition, members may easily search for other Watkins and Miller Alumnae and send them messages, while maintaining everyone's privacy. The member directory works similarly to Facebook's Messenger program, allowing the e-mailing of individuals without divulging the member's email information. This private "Member Resources" section will also contain our Kitchen 8 newsletters, Watkins and Miller Scholarship Hall scrapbooks, our bylaws, and treasurer's report. To access these resources, please login in the upper right corner of the site or join Kitchen 8 today.

    PERSONALIZE YOUR MEMBER PROFILE:

    Each Kitchen 8 member has a private Member Profile page that allows the member to freely update their own email, contact information, hall history, and Kitchen 8 committee involvement. You may adjust privacy settings as you would like on your Personal Page. At Kitchen 8 we wish to maintain your privacy while connecting former hall residents with current residents and EMW Memorial Scholarship Recipients. Approved Kitchen 8 members are the only ones who have access to the searchable directory. The information that other members may view is first, maiden and last names, hall, first years in hall, and current city of residence. In the upper right hand corner you may select "Logout", "Change Password", or your name. To make changes to your membership information, including privacy settings, please select your name. That will allow you to view your current profile and select "Edit profile" should you wish to do so.
  • 17 Nov 2016 9:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2016-2017 Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholar Rajvi Shah was selected as one of ten finalists selected for the 26th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, all seniors, participated in the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. Two winners, one male and one female, was announced during halftime of the KU-Oklahoma State Homecoming football game Oct. 22 at Memorial Stadium.

    Rajvi Shah, a neurobiology, psychology and French major, was president of the Honors Program Student Council. She served on the Student Health Advisory Board and the executive boards of MEDLife KU, the KU Society of Scientists and the South Asian Student Association. In 2015, she was honored as a KU Woman of Distinction, and she received the Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Outstanding Contribution Award in 2016.

    The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 scholarship to two students. The winners will present at the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

    The award was first given in 1991 to recognize one male and one female student for achievement. Names of winners are listed on a plaque on the fifth level of the Kansas Union. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview. The finalists and their academic majors are listed below, along with highlights of their campus achievements. CLICK HERE for the complete article about this prestigious award.

  • 08 Sep 2016 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KU is rightfully proud of its unique and popular scholarship hall system.

    J-W Editorial Staff
    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    The ongoing effort to revitalize older scholarship halls at Kansas University is a smart investment in a unique and special student community.

    The first two scholarship halls — Miller and Watkins — were established in the 1920s for women students thanks to financing from one of the community’s most generous early philanthropists, Elizabeth Miller Watkins. The first men’s hall, Battenfeld, was opened in 1940. The scholarship hall system more than doubled during the 1950s with construction of Douthart and Sellards halls for women and Pearson, Stephenson and Grace Pearson for men. Several other buildings served as scholarship halls for periods ranging from a few years to a few decades, but after the closing of Jolliffe Hall in 1969, the scholarship hall community on the east side of campus was made up of the eight halls, which housed about 400 students.

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  • 08 Sep 2016 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Five-year, $15.3 million effort is modernizing KU’s older scholarship halls

    By Sara Shepherd
    June 26, 2016

    Kansas University Student Housing is in the middle of a multimillion-dollar project that officials say will lift its eight oldest scholarship halls — a student housing offering that is unique to KU — into the next half century.

    “This is an aggressive effort to breathe new life into that infrastructure and keep these halls viable for another 30 to 40 years,” housing director Diana Robertson said.

    The scholarship halls being renovated were built between the 1920s and the 1950s, Robertson said.

    Complete heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical infrastructure overhauls — “basically gutting out all the mechanicals” — is the most critical part of the renovations, she said. Work also includes remodeling of the halls’ community kitchens and cosmetic updates such as new paint and furniture.

    Renovations to Stephenson, Pearson, Sellards and Douthart were completed in 2014 and 2015, at a cost of about $1.8 million apiece, Robertson said.

    This summer, workers are active inside the university’s two oldest scholarship halls, both located on Lilac Lane: Miller, built in 1927, and Watkins, built in 1926. Project costs are estimated at $2 million for Miller and $2.1 million for Watkins, according to KU’s capital improvement plan.

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