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Alumni Living

If you want to live in a new, wellness-infused residential community designed for older adults that is adjacent to a globally respected research institution, then Varcity is the place for you!

Varcity offers state-of-the-art, amenity-rich living options within the burgeoning Discovery Park District, a massive, mixed-use development located at the edge of Purdue’s flagship West Lafayette campus. Varcity is an intergenerational center for excellence that is dedicated to lifelong learning and longevity.

Due to its official affiliation with the university, Varcity at Purdue will feature elements customized for the community:

  • Ground floor specifically designed for interaction with students, faculty, and the larger community.
  • Early childhood education center.
  • Expansive green spaces and professional-grade pickleball courts.
  • On-site lifelong learning center.
  • ID cards for all residents with access to university facilities.
  • Opportunities to audit lecture courses free of charge.
  • Collaboration with the university on research, teaching, student internships, and service opportunities.

When you choose Varcity, you’ll be joining a Discovery Park District community that is quickly transforming the face of Purdue.

Along with various cutting-edge research facilities, this growth includes Provenance, a walkable, dynamic community of townhomes, apartments, and single-family homes. Amenities at Provenance, which was designed to be a unique oasis for residents in all phases of life, include a clubhouse, nature trails, and restaurants.

In the heart of it all will be a 1938 barn donated by Purdue Trustee Sonny Beck. The Beck’s Family Barn will be relocated from Sheridan, Indiana, and reconstructed in Squirrel Park to serve as a restaurant and events center.

And we’re just getting started—we’re continually exploring ways to help you and everyone who loves Purdue find a perfect forever home on our beloved campus. Stay tuned!

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.