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 Emma Gerrety 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.
Emma is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences, with a minor in Spanish. Emma’s academic successes include studying abroad in the Dominican Republic, serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the psychology department, and presenting her linguistics research at the Diálogos Conference. Her co-curricular experiences include serving as the Director of Education and Membership of the Hutton Honors Council Association, where she oversaw 15 different event planning councils. She also volunteered for the Wheeler Mission Center for Men and St. Paul’s Catholic Center.
When asked to express her gratitude for those who supported and encouraged her along the way, Emma said:
My parents have been my first and most consistent supporters in all my endeavors, academic and otherwise. Thank you Mom and Dad for giving me the space to make mistakes, celebrating my successes, and encouraging me through failures. I am so grateful to my mentors at IU for giving me opportunities to broaden my horizons, learn new skills and have an impact on the campus. Thank you to Dr. Lynn Cochran, Dr. Erik Willis, Dr. Amanda Diekman, Dr. David Pisoni, Carolyn Blank, and many others for your invaluable advice and support.”