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.