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The Honors College Alumni Network unites Honors College students and ODK campus leaders, past and present. The Honors College mission is clear: to create and foster well-rounded global leaders. Our students impact society through leadership development, undergraduate research, community and global experiences, and interdisciplinary academics. The alumni network supports those same initiatives and serves as a place for alumni and friends to continue their involvement and support of the programs that had such an impact on their lives.

The Honors College Alumni Network provides opportunities to stay involved on campus or off, to support Purdue University, the Honors College, and ODK in ways that are meaningful to you. Mentor students, plan or join in activities and student-alumni events, and grow your personal network with Honors College alumni and friends around the state, the nation, and the world.

When you become a member of the Purdue Alumni Association, you are showing your support for the Honors College Alumni Network. Your inspiration, your goals, and your voice are all amplified through the power of our community. Together, we become a much greater force for action and growth in our careers, in our lives, and in the world.

The Purdue community is a proud family connected by tradition, accomplishment, and a world-class institution. As you know, the Honors College was established to educate the whole student and bridge the gap between curricular and extracurricular learning. It is dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities that enhance the honors-student experience. The alumni network complements and continues those quests by allowing Honors College and ODK alumni and friends to stay connected and support the Honors College through time, talent, and gifts. An alumni steering committee of volunteers will be planning networking events with alumni and students to support the already established giving opportunities that benefit students of the Honors College.

To receive news and event information from the Honors College Alumni Network, please update or provide your e-mail addressexternal link.


There are several giving opportunities already available through the University Development Office for the Honors College. Donations received are tax deductible and count toward your giving to Purdue University.

Check out the giving areas already establishedexternal link.

Donate to the Honors College Alumni Networkexternal link where the funds go towards furthering the mission of the Honors College Alumni Network and alumni outreach.

Contact Us

Staff Contact

Ben Paolillo
Senior Director of Clubs and Networks

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.