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About Purdue Asian Alumni Network

The Purdue Asian Alumni Network seeks to exemplify a commitment to diversity at the university and encourages a sense of community among Asian alumni. PAAN strives to be an inclusive association of alumni, students, friends, faculty, and staff who are committed to the advancement of Asians at Purdue. We support the university’s Asian community by:

  • Advocating for the recruitment and retention of students
  • Increasing financial support for students and alumni
  • Providing a supportive network
  • Serving as a voice for their interests



  • Provide an inclusive and diverse forum for those interested in expanding and elevating Asian interests in a global marketplace
  • Enhance the visibility and transparency of the Asian community to effectively build equity for opportunity and advancement
  • Aid the current and future student body interface with business opportunities to leverage connections, experiences, and knowledge.

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.