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Joanne Troutner

Pacesetter for a ‘Pet Project’

You could argue that Joanne Troutner (BA ’74, MS ’76) has long been a pacesetter for Purdue University.

The distinguished lifelong Indiana educator, digital media pioneer, author, and consultant continues to lead by example, donating her time, talent, and treasure to numerous affiliations at her alma mater.

Now, she’s setting the pace for a “pet project” dear to her heart.

In conjunction with the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine’s (PVM) 60th anniversary and approval to build the new veterinary teaching hospital, Joanne became one of the first 60 “Pacesetters” who made leadership gifts to support PVM’s upcoming Leave a Print fundraising campaign.

“I have a great love for animals,” states the Gaston, Indiana, farm girl who once bottle-fed Holstein calves. She showed Angus cattle and Hampshire hogs throughout her 10 years in 4-H, but a constant presence and pleasure are the canine companions in her life.

Joanne’s ongoing “love affair” began with Suzy, a Brittany spaniel. Over time, Saint Bernards, border collies, and a variety of hybrid dogs found a warm home—and heart—in the Troutner household.

A black Labrador retriever, Sammy, enjoyed “a wonderful and active life of 13 years thanks to the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine and Community Practice,” Joanne noted in a testimonial. Today, two more black Labs, Billie Sue and Brandy, are part of the Troutner pack—and the PVM clientele.

“My love of animals is coupled with a deep admiration and respect for the vets who help provide these companions with healthy, happy, long lives,” Joanne says. “Of course, I would choose to join the Vet Med Pacesetters as I look forward to new facilities and teaching options for the future vets educated at Purdue.”

A President’s Council leadership-level donor since 1981, Joanne has given back as a mentor for the Purduettes vocal ensemble and has served on various committees and boards, including the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Education. And, of course, she cherishes her time serving the President’s Council family as an advisory board member and, notably, as recent past chair:

“No one will ever know just how much my experience as chair has meant to me. It’s truly been a pinnacle of my experience at Purdue. I have had the opportunity to expand my circle of friends, travel to wonderful locations on President’s Council cruises, and give back to my University.”

Up next, Joanne will continue setting the pace as the volunteer chair for the reconstituted Women for Purdue organization, whose founding members meet this November to chart a course for women philanthropists at our University.

For Joanne Troutner, “Hail Purdue!” is more than a fight song. Staying involved is her way of staying ever true. And she says: “My Purdue experience has given me lifelong friends, a wonderful husband, a fulfilling career, and a life for which I am ever grateful.”

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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.