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Purdue Alumni Air Force ROTC Alumni Network

About the Purdue Air Force ROTC Alumni Network

The Purdue Air Force ROTC Alumni Network’s objectives include:

  • Personal networking through social events and fitness competitions
  • Professional networking through mentorship and tutoring
  • Intellectual development through guest speakers, panel discussions, and STEM and entrepreneurial activities
  • Recruitment and support of new alumni and Air Force ROTC students through fundraising, scholarships, and commissioning send-off gifts
  • Service commitments through volunteering and giving back to the Purdue University, Air Force, and Space Force communities


  • Elective Officers: The board of directors shall elect a president, vice president, and other officers. Additional officers may be appointed by the active members of the association at the regular annual meeting.
  • Terms: The officers shall take office immediately upon their election and shall serve for a term of three years or until successors are elected. Officers are eligible for reelection. Vacancies in any office may be filled for the balance of the term by the executive committee.
  • President: The president shall be the chief officer of the organization and shall be present at all PAFRAN and executive committee meetings. They shall be a member ex officio of all committees. They shall communicate with PAFRAN members to promote the welfare and increase the usefulness of the organization and shall perform other duties necessary to the office.
  • Board members: Board members should attend all meetings and assist in events, engagements, and growth of the network’s mission.

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.