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Purdue Alumni Army ROTC Alumni Network

About the Purdue Army ROTC Alumni Network

To fulfill its mission of connecting Purdue Army ROTC alumni and strengthening their bond to Purdue, the Purdue Army ROTC Alumni Network will focus on these objectives:

  • Networking: Develop a network of Purdue Army ROTC alumni aiming to grow a relationship between alumni and the university.
  • Professional development: Create a platform and opportunities where professional Purdue Army ROTC alumni can come together to support one another, provide useful resources, and create opportunities for the development and enhancement of professional skills.

This network was established in 2021. Original members were driven by an interest in initiating a relationship with Purdue Army ROTC alumni, the Boiler Battalion, and the university.

The mission of PARAN is to connect Purdue Army ROTC alumni, those actively serving, veterans, and former classmates in an interlaced network of professionals committed to connecting, coaching, teaching, and mentoring each other and the next generation of leaders. Purdue Army ROTC alumni include many distinguished individuals around the world who have led in the military, in business, and in their communities. 

PARAN will be a leadership-driven group committed to protecting a society that celebrates all Americans, including those from all communities protected by the blanket of freedom our alumni have dedicated and, in some cases, scarified their lives for. PARAN exists solely to serve as a foundation to develop former, current, and future leaders. 

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.