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 Morgan Hoffman 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.
Morgan is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (with academic honors) in International Studies and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. Morgan was a member of the Arabic Flagship Program and completed the Peace Corps Prep Certificate. She also completed her honor thesis, “Sport for Development: Transgenerational Trauma and the Isreli-Palestinian Conflict,” and had international experiences in Jordan, Mexico, Ghana, Croatia, and Greece. Morgan served as the mental health chair for Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority where she facilitated mental health awareness and wellness programs for the sorority house members. She also served as President of IU Seeking Refuge, organizing “Room at the Table” events that brought Bloomington residents, Seeking Refuge members, translators and local asylee families together to promote cross-cultural understanding, using this as a model for overcoming xenophobia.
When asked to share her gratitude, Morgan expressed gratitude for her professors and advisors, she said:
I am grateful for the remarkable support I received from my professors and advisors during my time at IU. I would like to especially thank my advisors for IU Seeking Refuge, Dr. Alramadan and Dr. Cohen, for their guidance, mentorship, and unwavering support of our mission. I would also like to thank Professor Helmke, Assistant Dean Rana, Dr. Kousaleos, Dr. Pinaud, and Dr Abegunde for their support, engagement of global issues, and the many impactful opportunities they provided. It has been an amazing four years at Indiana University, and especially the Hamilton Lugar School.”