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Affinity Network Expectations


Events should appeal to a wide variety of alumni interests. Our ultimate goal is to create exceptional experiences for our constituents by incorporating a high level of planning prior to events and engaging in critical self-evaluation after events.

Networks will be asked to plan three virtual or in-person events per fiscal year in each of the following engagement programming categories:

  • SCHOLARSHIPS/STUDENT RECRUITMENT (e.g., scholarship fundraisers, student recruitment/PART programs, student retention, student send-off)
  • SERVICE (e.g., volunteerism)

Annual Requirements

  • Develop an annual activity plan
  • Maintain a social media presence, and include Purdue for Life Foundation staff as administrators on alumni-managed social media groups
  • Ensure your Foundation-maintained website is accurate
  • Assist with contact information updates on an ongoing basis
  • Sign and comply with the disclosure agreement for student addresses
  • Assign no less than three leaders to share network responsibilities
  • Provide the Foundation with one primary contact for your network
  • Assign leadership with staggered terms to ease transition
  • Comply with Foundation branding standards and guidelines


  • Two or more annual events in different categories: Social Connections, Professional Development, Well-being, Community Service, Purdue Service, Connection
  • Complete pre-event notification (no less than two weeks before) events
  • Complete post-event (no less than two weeks after) events
  • Develop Network Annual Activity Plan


  • Communicate with alumni at least 4 times a year
  • Communicate with the association at least monthly
  • Maintain a social media presence for alumni in your location, using the preferred local platform and include Purdue for Life Foundation staff as administrators on alumni-managed social media groups
  • Ensure your Foundation-maintained website is accurate
  • Maintain a community in the Purdue Alumni Association Portal, which includes posting all events and responding to inquires


  • All leaders are current members
  • Promote membership
  • Member pricing for events


  • Assist with contact information updates on an ongoing basis (at least once annually)
  • Sign and comply with Data/Contact Information Usage Agreement
  • Include Purdue for Life Foundation staff as administrators on Network-managed social media groups


  • No less than three involved members sharing responsibilities
  • One primary contact for the association
  • Staggered terms to ease transition
  • Serve at discretion of the association


  • Appropriate representation of Purdue and the Purdue for Life Foundation (Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct)
  • Comply with branding standards and guidelines
  • Always use your leadership role for Foundation rather than personal benefit

Contact Information

For additional questions or concerns, please contact your staff liaison.

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.