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 Olivia Reed 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.
Olivia is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the School of Public Health with minors in Psychology and Global Health Promotion. She is a Hutton Honors College Scholar, Founder’s Scholar and recipient of the Kate C. Remley Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to one person in the School of Public Health for high academic achievement. She was involved in the Hutton Honors College as both a mentor and an ambassador, serving as a representative for the college to prospective students. Olivia also held various leadership roles in MEDLIFE, as Language and Culture Chair, Director of Service Learning Trips, and Chapter President. With MEDLIFE she volunteered in Ecuador and Peru. She also volunteered in the Bloomington community with Beehive Homes, where she cultivated relationships with nursing home residents.
When asked to express her gratitude, Olivia said:
I extend my sincerest thank you to Tiffany Petit and Donna Lane for nominating me for this award and for all the guidance and assistance they have given me over the last few years. To Fritz, I am forever grateful for your friendship, advice, stories, and dinners. To my parents, roommates, and everyone else who has helped me reach this point today, the only words I can find are thank you!”