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 Rachel Aranyi 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.
A Herman B Wells Scholar, Rachel is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies and minors in Sociology, Religious Studies, and History from the College of Arts and Sciences. Rachel is the current Student Body President of the IU Student Government (IUSG) and the was part of the first Jewish-Muslim Student Body president/Vice President pairing in the Big Ten. In her role as Student Body President, she has lobbied for a dedicated interfaith prayer space, something the University is currently working to implement on campus. She worked with Residential Service Programs to have Kosher and Halal food options added to the current dining options, and has worked with Indiana University to become a plastic bag free campus beginning next year. Some other IUSG policies Rachel has worked to change include permanently eliminating the add/drop fee for schedule changes, and the addition of thirty-one seats to the IUSG Student Body Congress for multicultural organizations. In addition to her IUSG work, she competed on the IU Ethics Board, founded the Girl Up at IU student organization, and served as a Hoosier Host through the College of Arts and Sciences Luminaries Program.
When asked to share her gratitude for her role as student body president, Rachel said:
It has been an honor and a privilege to attend IU and serve the student body. I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone from my IUSG Executive Team that worked hard to implement projects and advocate to help students. I would like to offer a special thank you to Dean Dave, Mara Dahlgren, Hannah Laughlin, Dean Paulin, Provost Robel, Ruhan Syed, Andrew Ireland, Christoph Irmscher, Carolyn Lipson-Walker, Alvin Rosenfeld, Mark Roseman, Paul Sheppard, and Jill Aranyi.”