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Welcome to Kitchen 8

Elizabeth Miller Watkins, through generosity, creativity, and foresight, created Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls at the University of Kansas with the "dream to aid self-supporting girls to get an education."

As all Miller and Watkins residents know, each hall has 7 small kitchens. Although the use of the 7 kitchens has evolved over time, they still remain an integral part of life and camaraderie within the halls. Our organization serves as a link betweenthe past and present women of Miller and Watkins as a metaphoric "Kitchen 8."


Give Me S'More Time with Miller Hall Ladies

About 30 Miller women gathered at the home of Miller Campus Coordinator Judy (Johnson) Niebaum (Miller 1958-61) for Soup and S'Mores on September 27. The women gathered at the Miller Hall Retreat for some fun and to get to know each other a bit.


Mentoring Project Seeks Your Input

Dear Watkins and Miller Alumnae,
Greetings from Kitchen 8, your alumnae organization comprised of residents, past and present of Watkins and Miller Halls. As the official keepers of the legacy of Elizabeth Miller Watkins, one of our goals is to provide a community of support for previous and current residents.

We hope to create a way for alumnae, students and recent grads to build bridges and support each other by a mentoring project. The goal of the project is to connect Watkins/Miller residents and recent graduates with alumnae. Kitchen 8’s strong member base of more than 460 alumnae provides a great starting point. We have Watkins/Miller alumnae living in 39 different states and four different countries. Our alumnae are engaged in a variety of professions and endeavors. With those kinds of credentials we can be the best resource for our fellow Sisters of Lilac Lane. This survey is a way to start this process and we appreciate your feedback and information.

The survey is a way for us to network and create social and career contacts. Your participation is purely voluntary, but we already know the generosity of our group. If you participate in the survey we would like to make available the info you are comfortable giving us to women in the Watkins Miller community. We are in the process of securing this info so it goes out only to this group.

This is a way for those of us who received the benefit of living at Watkins and Miller to give back. We will look forward to hearing from you.

CLICK HERE to take the mentoring survey so we can begin linking you with current Watkins and Miller residents who could benefit from your experiences.

Mentoring Project Committee of Kitchen 8
Cathie Miller
Sarah Greenup

Mark Your Calender

2016 Events:

Saturday, April 23 -- Watkins Hall 90th Anniversary Celebration and Gala

Join us for the 90th Anniversary Evening Gala to celebrate the premiere of the Watkins and Miller Hall books and presentation of the EMW Memorial Scholarships.

Sunday, April 24 – Watkins and Miller Alumnae Teas

2017 Events:

Saturday, April 22 – Miller Hall 80th Anniversary Celebration and Special Events

Sunday, April 23 -- Watkins and Miller Alumnae Teas

Our Mission

Kitchen 8, K-8, is an alumnae organization comprised of residents, past and present, of these halls and other supporters of Mrs. Watkins' tradition. As the official keepers of her legacy we endeavor to provide a community of support for previous, current and future residents through mentorship, charitable contributions through the Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, staying informed of the condition of Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls and striving to follow her example of compassion and selflessness.