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 Richard Liu 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.
Richard is earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Liberal Arts Management Program honors certificate. A Stadelmann Scholarship recipient for his outstanding performance in economics, Richard had research and intern experiences with the Wilson Center, where he did research on the educational impact of the “Plastic Pipeline” and designed grant proposals on ocean plastics removal and China’s coal transition. On campus, Richard served as the Director of Productions for the Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity and is the Chair and founded a committee to support the Robert Liu Memorial Fund, raising $12,000 with his team to help improve access to and awareness of student mental health services.
When asked to share a few special “thank yous” Richard said:
Thank you to Professors Krukava and Karaagac for guiding me to work that I love. Thank you to my friends, but most importantly Celeste, for inspiring me to help my community. Thank you to Mom, Dad, and Rob for strength, for love, for everything that I am.”