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Stewart Center Renovation

A modernized Stewart Center will become the home of Purdue’s student services, including admissions and financial aid. Designated spaces for student organizations will also be renovated to create a more open and lively atmosphere.

People at the Stewart Center Main Admissions Center

Beginning at the entrance from the Purdue Memorial Union, daylight will pour into the main level corridor, creating a welcoming atmosphere for everyone. The cohesiveness of the relocated student services will ensure that students know where to go for assistance from their first visit to campus.

Naming Opportunities:

Admissions Theater

Designed to be a beautiful spot to showcase Purdue, this is where prospective students and families on tours will watch an incredible welcome video. The theater will seat 150 students—much more than is currently available—and some of the chairbacks will feature Purdue traditions.

A rendering of a theater. The ceiling has wood that is shaped like a triangle and it's all over. There's a large screen at the end with two people standing next to it. There are seats and people sitting watching the movie and lecture.

Welcome Desk

An inviting welcome desk will greet prospective students and their families. Here, they can get University information and check in for campus tours and appointments with admissions or financial aid. Light-filled meeting rooms will be available for private conversations, and a waiting area will provide a relaxing spot to gather.

View of open air reception desk which is U-shaped. Man on wheelchair is facing a standing receptionist. Floor is marble type. There are people inside and outside around the desk. There's a big sign on left that says Purdue University with a picture of the campus in the background. This is a rendering.

LGBTQ Center

The new location for the LGBTQ Center will allow for a much-needed expansion of programming in a contemporary facility. Designed to be open and accessible, the center’s new home will be inside the Hicks Undergraduate Library to give students the space they need, as was determined in Purdue’s recent diversity and inclusion study.

People inside Purdue's LGBTQ cultural center talking

Student Organization Complex

After regular business hours, casual spaces and huddle rooms on the first floor will become available to students for collaboration, group work, and organization meetings. The complex will continue to the lower levels, where student organizations can enjoy flexible office space as well as an open coworking space. A beautiful staircase will allow for a visual connection between the two floors.

Purdue Students studying and talking around the Stewart Center Ground Student Organization

Additional Naming Opportunities:

Bursar Suite

Collaboration Spaces

Coworking Spaces

Dance Studio

LGBTQ Offices and Rooms

Meeting Rooms

Registrar Suite

By supporting the Stewart Center renovation, you are ensuring that prospective students and their families are provided with an incredible experience from the moment they step onto campus, and you are giving current students the best spaces to make lasting memories.

Contact Daniel Bolsen at or at 765-494-0252 to learn how you can support this project.

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.