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 Briana Hollins 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.
Briana is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informatics from the Luddy School of Informatics, with minors in Geography and History. Briana’s greatest achievements while at Indiana University include her undergraduate research and her work in the Groups STEM Initiative – both of which allowed her to meet leaders that gave her the confidence to go outside of her comfort zone and reach for the stars. Briana chaired the I Can Persist program, leading STEM activities at IU for high school minority girls. She also served as the inclusion chair for Bridge USA, a national bipartisan club that focuses on bridging the gap between red and blue political groups, and served as the undergraduate representative for the Informatics executive committee.
Briana had many supporters that stood by her side and cheered her on during her journey here at IU. When asked to share some special “thank yous,” she said:
I would like to thank my family and friends for standing by my side throughout this journey. Another enormous thank you to my mentor, who have lifted me up over the past 4 years and believed in me, even when I did not believe in myself.