Kate Hevner Mueller served Indiana University from 1937 to 1969 as Dean of Women, Senior Counselor for Women, and Professor of Education. Dr. Mueller was a national pioneer for women professionals and developed the Master’s Program in College Student Personnel (Higher Education and Student Affairs) at Indiana University in the early 1950s. The Kate Hevner Mueller Senior Awards were established in 2013 to honor IU seniors who have proven leadership on campus both inside and outside of the classroom and who have improved the IU community by their presence.
This year, Indiana University has selected 28 outstanding recipients for the Kate Hevner Mueller Outstanding Senior Award. In this article, we congratulate Meloddy Gao for her ability to represent Dr. Mueller’s essential goals of the university: to promote intellect, develop personality, and inspire citizenship and leadership to all students.
Meloddy will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with minors in Law and Public Policy and Sustainable Fashion. She has been a legislative intern for the U.S. House of Representatives through the Washington Leadership Program, an intergovernmental relations intern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a summer advocate with the Organization of Chinese Americans – Asian Pacific American Advocates. With her multiple hands-on experiences in public policy, Meloddy served as a career peer educator at the O’Neill Career Hub, where she authored a weekly newsletter and advised students throughout the job application process. Meloddy also served as the Social Advocacy Chair and as the President of the Asian American Association at IU, where she spearheaded leadership development workshops and created promotional materials for the annual Indiana Asian American Conference.
When asked to share a few acknowledgements for those who helped support her during her journey at IU, Meloddy said:
All of my accomplishments would not be possible without all the people that have supported me. I am endlessly thankful for my family, professors, mentors, peers, and communities that have made everywhere I go feel like home.”