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Shari Harmon Ashkar leaning against a pole posing in front of a pool
Changing Lives One Stitch at a Time

“A college degree is life-changing,” Shari Harmon Ashkar (HHS’75) says. “We’re so lucky to have a world-renowned university in Indiana that offers not only a wonderful education but also wonderful opportunities
as you’re studying. I’m very proud to join with Purdue and help someone get a head start on a better life.”

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Mark and Melanie Kidder smiling with their arms wrapped around one another
Lift as You Climb

“Lift as you climb” is a phrase Mark (S’95) and Melanie Kidder have come to live by. “You lift somebody else up and help them climb to the top with you,” Melanie explains.

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Raj Singh sitting and smiling next to a man in front of the ocean
A Giant Leap for Veterinary Dentistry

Raj Singh (S’86, DVM’90, MS’91) has a passion for animal care. After receiving his degrees, he practiced veterinary medicine in the California Bay Area for several years before he and his wife, Melissa, purchased Sunnyvale Veterinary Clinic. They later opened a feline-only practice and a third practice, Oakridge Veterinary Clinic. The couple sold all three practices in 2020.

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David and Alice Caputo smiling with their arms around one another
A Dedication to Liberal Arts

In 1983, as head of Purdue’s Department of Political Science, David Caputo received special permission to surprise his wife, Alice (MS LA’83), by presenting her diploma during her master’s graduation. This may be at the top of Caputo’s highlights from Purdue, but he spent 26 years on the West Lafayette campus collecting memories.

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Jack and Kay Hayes smiling while wearing Purdue Merchandise
The Road Back to Purdue

Proud Boilermakers Jack (ChE’70, MS NE’76) and Kay (EDU’72) Hayes regularly make the trip from their home in Maryland to West Lafayette to attend Purdue men’s basketball and football games. Over the years, the couple has made financial gifts to the John Purdue Club and various athletics programs. They also have generously supported the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, the School of Nuclear Engineering, the College of Education, and Purdue Musical Organizations.

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Purdue Indy
Purdue in Indianapolis Virtual Event

Learn more about our university’s next giant leap! A new, fully integrated extension of our flagship campus bringing the academic rigor and accessible excellence we’re known for to central Indiana.

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PC Annual Dinner
2023 Annual Dinner Video

This year’s President’s Council Annual Dinner was a futuristic tech extravaganza, celebrating Annual Weekend in style! From the cutting-edge decor to the electrifying performance by the Purdue Drumline, not to mention the enlightening speeches by CEO Matt Folk and President Chiang, the night offered a captivating glimpse into Purdue’s future. Join us in reliving the magic through these highlights.

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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.