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 between the past and present women of Miller and Watkins as a metaphoric "Kitchen 8."
New Women Dinner
Earlier this month the New Women of Miller and Watkins Hall gathered with Kichen 8 Members and Hall Alumnae to build connections and understand the traditions of these special scholarship halls. Below are some photographs taken during the evening's events.
Watkins Hall Update
Hello! I am happy to say that I have survived move-in week and the first week of classes! I thought I would share this with you since Watkins is having a WONDERFUL beginning to our year in terms of participation in the Schol Hall Olympics and in terms of positive attitudes! This is one of my first weekly e-mails to the hall that reflects our accomplishments and details some goals that have the creed in mind.
We will be giving the New Women their New Women Gifts at our next house meeting. (I decided this so that there will be a reward for their continued participation and also anticipation for what the next meeting will bring.)
The aprons arrived in a timely manner and will be so very helpful! I will be going over to Miller sometime this weekend to give them their half of the aprons. Perhaps we will even use the opportunity to decorate our aprons as an opportunity to bond as sister halls! More news to come.
Lilac Lane Love!
Watkins Scholarship Hall, President
Teach for America, Campus Campaign Coordinator
America Reads, Tutor
University of Kansas, Elementary Education 2015
Kitchen 8 is embarking on an exciting and historic project – we are writing a book about Elizabeth and Jabez Watkins and Elizabeth’s dream to help “the girls who must travel uphill” by building Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls. Working in cooperation with the Historic Mount Oread Friends (HMOF), our book will be the fourth in HMOF's series “Biography of a Building.” HMOF already has published books on Spooner, Old Fraser and Dyche Halls. In order to make this book a reality we need your input. CLICK HERE for more infromation.
2013 K-8 Annual Meeting
There was truly something for everyone during the Kitchen 8 Weekend, April 26-28, 2013: A tour of the renovated Outlook, exploration of the history of Watkins & Miller Halls, explanation of the new Campus Historic District, a personal encounter with archives of Elizabeth's own, re-connecting with past friends and time to get to know the new women in our halls. For more information about the weekend CLICK HERE.
Weekend in Photographs
If you missed out on the weekend or want to relive the wonderful experience, take a look at some of the photographs that were taken at this year's Annual Weekend.
Touring Mrs. Watkins Home
At 4:00 p.m. on April 26, the board was joined by about 30 residents and 20 alumnae for the short walk to The Outlook, where we were greeted by Shade Little, the Chancellor’s husband and our tour guide for the next few hours. To get a feeling for the visit, see the Lawrence Journal World’s front page story by CLICKING HERE. It was very satisfying to see, on the front page, a photo of current residents alongside recent alumnae, circled around Elizabeth’s portrait, still hanging in the dining room, where it has hung for years. A new brochure on The Outlook was given to all and it has a very appropriate mention of Watkins and Miller Halls and Elizabeth’s concern for “the girls who must travel uphill.”
During the 2013 Annual Meeting, Pat Putnam of the Annual Meeting committee led the elections and the slate was voted in unanimously. The elected officers include:
President: Norma (Decker) Hoagland
Vice-President: Elizabeth (Ervin) Boman
Secretary: Paula (Hopkins) Wrigley
Treasurer: Mary Emerson
Historian: Laura (Draxler) Sixta
Watkins Campus Coordinator: Bev (Runkle) Benso
Miller Campus Coordinator: Judy (Johnson) Niebaum
EMWMSF Advisory Committee Chair: Gayle (Barry) Matchett
EMWMS Selection Committee Co-Chairs: Alica Thomas and Susan (Harshaw) Kissinger
Website Coordinator: Michelle Loewenstein
Newsletter Co-Coordinators: Sarah (Wohlrabe) Shortall and Ali (Bannwarth) Zayas
Mentoring Co-Coordinators: Emily Bannwarth and Cathie (Fuller) Miller
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.