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 through their presence.
This year, Indiana University has selected 27 outstanding recipients for the Kate Hevner Mueller Outstanding Senior Award. In this article, we congratulate Ting Yuan (Daniel) Kang, Katelyn King, Ali Klein, Taylor Longhitano, and Mout-Maine Moustapha for their ability to represent Dr. Mueller’s essential goals of the university: to promote intellect, develop personality, and inspire citizenship and leadership to all students.
Ting Yuan (Daniel) Kang is graduating from the Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree in Finance. He led the Little 500 Riders Council, a community of over 500+ participants, while serving as the bridge of communication between the IU Student Foundation and students. When he wasn’t riding or leading riders, Daniel was a student program coordinator at the Center of Academic Success at the Kelley School of Business, where he restructured the Kelley academic peer coaching program, significantly increased course advising and course offerings, and enhanced the coaching experience for students. Additionally, Daniel was a consultant with 1Kelley Consulting.
When reflecting on those that have impacted him most during his time at IU, Daniel said:
I have been incredibly fortunate to work with Academic Success at Kelley, IU Student Foundation, and 1Kelley Consulting. More importantly, I am extremely grateful for my family, friends and the IU community for being by my side throughout this journey. Thank you and GO HOOSIERS!
Katelyn King is graduating from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs degree in Management. She served as the Director of Advocacy for Queer Student Union, where she led a team fighting for queer livelihood across the Bloomington campus and university system. Katelyn led a project advocating for more single-occupancy restrooms on campus. She also led social justice education programs as the Training Programs Coordinator at the IUB LGBTQ+ Culture Center.
When reflecting on those that have impacted her most during her time at IU, Katelyn said:
I am incredibly grateful to all of the amazing mentors I’ve had throughout my time at IU for helping me grow into the person I am today. I’m also forever indebted to all of the lovely folks who I’ve been lucky to lead – the Student Educators, my committee members, and the Advocacy Leadership team. Lastly, I’d like to thank the QSU Executive Board and the entire queer community at IU for always having my back.
Ali Klein is graduating from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She served as President of IU Dance Marathon, the largest student organization on campus, and the largest student-run single-campus philanthropy effort in the country. In 2022, Ali led IUDM in raising over $3.23 Million for Riley Hospital for Children, and Ali had the opportunity to share her brother’s legacy with IUDM to inspire fundraising. Ali herself raised over $50,000 in her four years making a tremendous impact on IU Dance Marathon and Riley, contributing to the $50 Million raised since the organization started in 1991.
When reflecting on those that have impacted her most during her time at IU, Ali said:
Thank you to Riley Children’s Foundation staff and the IUDM LLC Board for their ongoing support of IUDM and our students. Thank you to my four fellow students on the IUDM Board of Managers, the IUDM Executive Council, and my family for standing by my side and achieving great things together. Lastly, thank you to all IUDM donors, alumni, and participants for being integral parts in making IU a home for me.
Taylor Longhitano graduated from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Bachelors of Science in Public Affairs degree in Law and Public Policy. She served as Treasurer and President of the Sailing Club, where she made it a goal to bring new people to the sport and create a more welcoming and inclusive organization. Taylor’s extensive extracurricular career includes supervising peers in her role with IU Dining; teaching as a teaching assistant; serving on the Civic Leaders Center Advisory Board; and guiding the Hutton Honors Council at Union Street. She also interned abroad with a municipal government in Santiago, Chile to improve labor capacitation programs. Taylor is continuing her Hoosier journey into her graduate career, as she is currently working towards a Master of Public Affairs degree at the O’Neill School.
When reflecting on those that have impacted her most during her time at IU, Taylor said:
I want to thank Professor Helmke for his contributions to the Civic Leaders Center community and his continued support throughout the rest of my undergraduate career. I also want to thank Andreas Bueckle, the Head Coach for the Sailing Club, for his mentorship, both on- and off-the water. Finally, none of this would have been possible without the support of my loving parents and grandparents.
Mout-Maine Moustapha is graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. He was President of the National Panhellenic Council, an executive council member of Alpha Phi Alpha Incorporated, and actively involved in the Minority Association of Premedical Students, African Students’ Association, Muslim Student Association, the NAACP, and the Black Student Union. Mout-Maine received the National Scholar Award from the Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. Education Foundation.
When reflecting on those that have impacted him most during his time at IU, Mout-Maine said:
I want to thank my parents and my family members for their continued support, all my brothers of Gamma Eta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc., and all my board members and the professors, who sought to ensure my success.