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Two women and a man planting a tree for Purdue's Day of Service
Volunteers celebrate Arbor Day during fourth Purdue Day of Service

In celebration of Arbor Day and National Volunteer Month, 100 volunteers planted 260 trees at Purdue’s Horticulture Park on Friday, April 26, as part of a special spring Purdue Day of Service. Since the event launched in 2021, more than 450 volunteers have planted 861 trees at select campus locations.

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Jay Hart celebrating at the Oscars
Reluctant Hollywood hero takes unconventional journey to the red carpet

Jay Hart (HHS’80) has reached the pinnacle of success in the film industry, but his is not a typical Hollywood story. Hart is what screenwriters would call a reluctant hero. Hesitant at first to even go into the movie business, Hart ultimately overcame his reservations to build a successful career as a Hollywood set decorator—and win an Academy Award.

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Tyler Trent
Introducing the Tyler Trent Pediatric Cancer Research Center

Tyler Trent (AS T’18) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at 15 years old. Despite his diagnosis, he was determined to attend Purdue University and have a normal college experience. While undergoing aggressive cancer treatment, Tyler maintained a positive attitude, inspiring millions.

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Tyler Trent
Tyler Trent’s enduring impact

Many may recognize the name Tyler Trent and associate it with words like superfan, Boilermaker, or hero. They may think of a Motion P–covered suit jacket, a hashtag, or a spirited buzz cut. But Tyler Trent (AS T’18) was more than a Purdue student battling a cancer diagnosis, and his fight for a cure for pediatric cancer continues today.

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Bob Bowen
Alum Bowen celebrates 20 years of unique gameday tradition

Bob Bowen (CE’62, HDR E’07) has at least two enduring passions—Purdue and bicycling—and he has found a clever way to celebrate both loves at the same time. Once a year on the day of Purdue’s first home football game, Bowen leads a bike ride from Indianapolis to West Lafayette in celebration of the Boilermakers and new beginnings.

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Jerry Semler a former Purdue Professor who recently passed away.
Remembering Jerry Semler

The Purdue community mourns the death of accomplished business leader and proud alumnus Jerry Semler (M’58, HDR M’02). He died Monday, July 24, at age 86.

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Headshot of Daniel Dawes
A journey of engagement

As a student, Dan Dawes (A’80) was involved in several extracurricular activities, including fraternity living and student government. His engagement didn’t stop after graduation. He served as a recent graduate representative on the Purdue Alumni Association’s board of directors for three years.

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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.