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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."

2015 Annual Meeting

Thank you for a memorable 2015 Kitchen 8 Annual Meeting, Luncheon and Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Awards! It was wonderful to see so many of you at the weekend's festivities and events. Check back soon for pictures and more information.

2015 Walking Tour of the KU East Historic District


2015 Miller Alumnae Tea


2015 Election

Kitchen 8 Officers were elected at the 2015 K8 Annual Meeting. The following is a list of election candidates voted on Saturday, April 25. All terms will be for two years.

President: Norma Decker Hoagland
Vice-President: Elizabeth Ervin Boman
Secretary: Paula Hopkins Wrigley
Treasurer: Mary Emerson Gomez
Historian:  Laura Draxler Sixta
Watkins Campus Coordinators: Camille Icenogle Olcese, Stevi Ballard
Miller Campus Coordinator:  Judy Johnson Niebaum
Scholarship Selection Co-Chairs: Susan Harshaw Kissinger, Valentine Baumann
Advisory Committee Chair:  Alica Thomas
Website Chair:  Lynne Coblammers
Newsletter Co-Editors: Sarah Wohlrabe Shortall, Ali Bannwarth Zayas
Mentoring Co-Chairs: Cathie Fuller Miller, Sarah Greenup


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2015 Newsletter

Enjoy the newest edition of the Kitchen 8 Newsletter.


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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.