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New Brick Work at Ross-Ade Stadium Made Possible by Two Loyal Boilermakers

Boilermaker fans can agree—there is just something special about Purdue football on game day. For some, it is the fun of gathering with friends to tailgate. For others, it is the sound of the “All-American” Marching Band. For many, it is the rush of seeing the Boilermakers take the field just before kickoff. Whatever it may be that stirs up the excitement and adrenaline, alums Jeff Hagerman (BSCEM ’93) and Bill Kriesel (BS ’87) have been experiencing it for quite some time.

These loyal Boilermakers come from Purdue families, so gold and black runs in their blood.

“Purdue’s been near and dear to my heart for a long time. It’s just a special place,” said Hagerman, chairman of The Hagerman Group.

That is why they decided to donate their resources and time to improve the interior look of Ross-Ade Stadium. Before the start of last football season, they installed new brick work down around the field. Hagerman and his construction company did the brick work, while Kriesel and his company, Precast Specialties, helped with precast concrete panels. They wanted to incorporate similar brick work found throughout campus and outside of Ross-Ade Stadium.

“It just looks better,” explains Hagerman. “It definitely softens it.”

“We wanted to pretty it up a bit, so we decided to put our heads together” says Kriesel.

The two say they not only wanted to help with the aesthetics and fan experience, they also wanted to help with the recruiting process.

“We wanted to make it look more appealing to possible recruits who are taking tours and picturing themselves playing at Ross-Ade,” said Hagerman.

“I see this work as a commitment by Purdue Athletics,” said Kriesel. “It demonstrates their commitment to constantly improve the football facilities and program.”

When Purdue takes the field for the first home game on September 7, fans are sure to be delighted by the brick work Hagerman and Kriesel made possible. They’ll be even more excited when the Boilermakers come away victorious. Boiler Up!

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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.