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Lance Connolly Born in Rushville, Indiana, and raised to be a Hoosier fan—but realizing that Purdue University offered one of the best Hospitality and Tourism Management schools in the country—Lance Connolly earned his Bachelor of Science, becoming a lifelong Boilermaker in 2009.

As the Assistant Vice President for Special Events with the Purdue for Life Foundation, Lance manages a team of event professionals focused on a range of development, engagement and signature university events.

Known for his out-of-the-box ideas and keen design sense, Lance has placed Purdue in a spotlight all its own. In 2017–19 he took on additional responsibility as the Executive Producer for Purdue’s yearlong sesquicentennial: 150 Years of Giant Leaps. This additional role afforded him opportunities to produce international events and bring publicity to the University on a global level, including successfully orchestrating a Giant Leaps event in Mumbia, India.

Lance serves on the Advisory Board for the Academic Event Professionals (AEP) and is frequently called upon to speak to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) and at national conferences such as The Special Event Conference.

Before joining the University Development Office in 2015 as the Director of Special Events, Lance, a former Varsity Glee Club Member, was Director of Donor Relations and Events with Purdue Musical Organizations, where he led performance tours to Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France along with countless domestic tours.

Lance currently resides in the Greater Lafayette community with his partner, their two daughters, and rescue dog, Sven. When not working around campus, Lance enjoys traveling to new places and entertaining friends and family. “Life is all about experiences” he says, and he intends to partake in as many as he can.

Purdue for Life Foundation

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.