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 Mackenzie Nworah for his ability to represent Dr. Mueller’s essential goals of the university: to promote intellect, develop personality, and inspire citizenship and leadership to all students.
Mackenzie received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from the School of Public Health in December 2020. He is currently a candidate for a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Kelley School of Business. During his time as an all-star athlete on the IU Football Team, Mackenzie received the Academic All-Big Ten Award all four years. He competed in the Stony Brook Women in Computer Science 2021 Health Hackathon, where his team won the “Best Beginner Hack” award for developing an innovative project with a novice background in technology. Mackenzie accepted a position with the Red Cross and will be working in Disaster Cycle Services.
In addition to his campus involvement, Mackenzie created the Chrismachelle Foundation to spread autism awareness around early intervention methods and techniques in combating regression during child development. This effort received a Congressional Award from US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee. Through the Chrismachelle Foundation, construction has begun on a school in Abuja, Nigeria for children with special needs.
Mackenzie is honored to be recognized as a recipient of the Mueller Award, he said:
It is with great honor that I accept such a prestigious award representing a powerful individual who had such a great impact on our community. I would like to thank my friends, family, professors, coaches, the Awards Committee, and most importantly God for molding me into the person I am today. I will continue to do my part to not only positively impact our community but the world as a whole. Thank you!