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You graduated from Purdue! Now what?

The road after graduation isn’t always clear. But you’re in luck. With more than 600,000 alumni around the globe, there’s a whole family of Purdue graduates that have your back.

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No matter where you live in the United States, there’s a good chance we have a club near you.

Live outside the United States? Check out our global communities!

Mentoring on the Purdue Alumni Portal

Once you start your career, it’s important to have someone to confide in outside your organization. Mentors can help answer questions, give advice, and share their perspectives and experiences.

Join the conversation on the Purdue Alumni portal. There are hundreds of Purdue grads who have volunteered to act as a mentor.

Recent Alumni Network

Join the Recent Alumni Network — and explore other communities that match your interests. You can even start your own group! Disc golf, LARPing, apparel design — there’s room for everyone!

Recent Alumni Network Committee Members

  • Evan Smith (ChE’17) | New York City (committee head)
  • Clair Perry (HHS’17) | West Lafayette
  • Maddie Lesch (HHS’18) | Louisville
  • Lendsey Thicklin (S’15) | Boston
  • Alex Suppinger (A’18) | West Lafayette
  • Jordyn Kohlmeyer (ME’16) | Orlando

If you would like to get in touch with the Recent Alumni Network Committee to get involved, please email

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.