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  • 16 Feb 2019 10:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kitchen 8 Board meeting will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts in Lawrence.  All K8 members and interested parties are welcome.  Click here to view the agenda.  If you have an item you would like to request to be put on the agenda, please contact Norma Hoagland at 

  • 16 Feb 2019 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kitchen 8, Inc. will hold its Annual Meeting at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Maceli’s in Lawrence.  The agenda is:

    •  Approval of minutes of 2018 Annual Meeting (DOWNLOAD MINUTES)
    •  “State of the Halls” reports by Watkins Hall President and Miller Hall  President
    • Reports of officers (Pres., Vice Pres., Sec., Treas., Watkins & Miller Campus Coordinators)
    • Election of officers and Board members
    • Program entitled “Women Who Dared.” 

    This meeting is open to all.  There are openings for officers and Board members.  If you are interested in getting involved, contact Elizabeth Boman at  If you would like to add an item to the agenda, contact Norma Hoagland at  Click here to view the minutes of the 2018 K8 Annual Meeting. 

    All K8 members present at the Annual Meeting may vote on the slate of officers.  Voting online will be available from March 15 until midnight April 20, 2019

    Following the Program, we will have a celebratory Brunch and Awards Ceremony to honor our Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Recipients for 2019-20.  See the form below for the schedule and to make your reservation.  We treat our Watkins Hall and Miller Hall residents to brunch, along with our Scholarship Recipients, so please consider a donation to cover the cost of our guests, even if you cannot attend.  Thank you from Kitchen 8!  We hope to see you there and at the Hall Alumnae Teas the following day on Lilac Lane! 

  • 16 Feb 2019 9:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    An article about Elizabeth Watkins appeared recently in the Lawrence Business Magazine. To read the whole article, click the image below.

  • 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.

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