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The Purdue for Life Foundation frequently hosts engagement events at Boilermaker Station. You can also reserve the space as a venue for your own events.

Upcoming Events

Commencement Open Houses

These free events offer students and families a chance to celebrate graduation at Boilermaker Station by snapping a family photo, picking up alumni swag, and learning about ways to stay connected to Purdue. Here’s our schedule for this year’s spring commencement:

  • Friday, May 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET

Hosting an Event

Interested in hosting your event or meeting at Boilermaker Station? We have opportunities to host events for up to 75 people. Contact Carol Smith, director of student engagement at Purdue for Life, at for more information.

  • Our space can accommodate different types of events but most requests are for reception-style events with light refreshments and mingling. We can comfortably accommodate approximately 50 guests for this type of event. Food and drinks for this style of events must be ordered through Purdue Food Company.
  • Our conference room can be booked for gatherings of 6–10 people. Outside vendors can be used for these events. All reservations and questions can be directed to Carol Smith at
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.