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Old Gold & Black

Old Gold & Black clubs align with the traditional Gold P program. The clubs display a high level of organization and performance. Old Gold & Black clubs receive additional PFLF support and resources. To be considered for Old Gold & Black, the following qualifications must be met:

Fulfill Annual Requirements

  • Adhere to the alumni club agreement.
  • Observe Purdue’s Statement of Integrity and Volunteer Expectations
  • Host 3 events for all alumni, friends, and fans in the club’s geographical area.

Additional support from PFLF for One Brick Higher in FY 2023-24

  • Engagement funds
  • Scholarship funds
  • Choice of 1 club-identity item
  • 1 Purdue-themed item from the scholarship fundraising collection.

Fulfill Annual Event Requirements

  • Participate in Purdue Day of Giving
  • Host a Purdue Day of Service event (not required in FY 2022-23)
  • Maintain an active scholarship program
  • Host 5 additional events per year, not including game watches.

Conduct Two Events That Supports Alumni Engagement

  • Partner with PFLF’s life-long learning for an event.
  • Work with the Purdue Alumni Recruitment for Tomorrow.
  • Host an event or program that engages alumni families in your community (not student send-off).
  • Host an event or program targeting young alumni and recent graduates
  • Coordinate a community service project to support a local organization
  • Partner with campus-entity on a program. Submit the speaker request form.
  • Host a professional networking event.
  • Host an intellectual activity (special-interest events, arts, etc).

Conduct Two of the Following Outreach Initiatives

  • Partner with a PFLF affinity group to host an event that engages diverse alumni in your community.
  • Participate in educational outreach programs with local schools or community organizations, such as tutoring or service-learning programs.
  • Coordinate an event in partnership with another local organization or another college/university’s local alumni club.
  • Participate in Purdue Ties alumni club pilot program. (Coming Spring 2022)
  • Partner with PFLF’s Volunteerism and Outreach and/or International Engagement and Alumni Travel programs. (In development.)
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.