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Purdue for Life Foundation CEO Folk steps down after 5 years of outstanding leadership

Purdue for Life Foundation President and CEO Matt Folk has announced that he plans to step down from his current role to focus his efforts on the growth of Purdue’s new Indianapolis campus, launching this summer, as Ambassador for Purdue in Indianapolis. A national search will be launched to identify the next leader for Purdue for Life Foundation. Folk will remain in his current role until the new CEO starts.

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Purdue President Mung Chiang with a group of students smiling. Two students are holding up a model rocket in the background
Purdue University celebrates record-breaking participation on Purdue Day of Giving

A record number of gifts for Purdue Day of Giving came in from Boilermakers around the world who rallied together for Purdue University on Wednesday, April 24. Throughout the 24-hour online, social media-driven fundraising effort, a historic 32,054 gifts brought in $76.5 million for the university—bringing Purdue Day of Giving’s cumulative total since its launch in 2014 to $497 million.

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Purdue University receives $100 million commitment from Lilly Endowment

Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved grants totaling $100 million to Purdue Research Foundation to support two major Purdue University initiatives, including $50 million each to support the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business and Purdue Computes. Together, these commitments represent the largest gift in the university’s history.

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Purdue trustees approve Daniels School building construction

To accommodate student enrollment growth across the university and strategic initiatives in the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business, Purdue University trustees gave approval to plan, finance, construct, and award construction contracts for an approximately 164,000-square-foot building on the West Lafayette campus.

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Inaugural Entrepreneurial Alumni Reunion
Purdue University hosts inaugural Entrepreneurial Alumni Reunion

Purdue University hosted a first-of-its-kind reunion for alumni innovators and entrepreneurs November 9–11 on the university’s West Lafayette campus. The inaugural Entrepreneurial Alumni Reunion, which was attended by approximately 200 Boilermaker entrepreneurs, convened experts from Purdue leadership, successful Boilermaker alumni, and emerging startups ready to make an impact on the world.

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Sonora Vasquez, a Purdue Global representative, hands out pamphlets and shares information about the school during an education center open house at Vandenberg Space Force Base.
Purdue Global cuts ribbon on first military base extension

Leaders from Purdue University’s Office of Industry Partnerships, Purdue Global and Vandenberg Space Force Base held a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the establishment of a Purdue Global education office within Vandenberg’s education center. This represents the first time Purdue Global has opened an extension office on a military base, specifically designed to serve military-affiliated students and the surrounding community.

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Purdue University and Trimble are establishing a state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Lab at Purdue focused on teaching and research for construction management and technology. The lab is expected to open in early 2024 and will be part of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s evolving footprint at Dudley and Lambertus Halls.
Purdue University to launch Trimble Technology Lab with focus on construction management technology

Purdue University and Trimble are establishing the state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Lab at Purdue, focused on teaching and research for construction management technology. The lab is housed within the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and will bring Trimble’s industry-leading construction technologies into a dedicated learning environment for Purdue students to learn and innovate.

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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.