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Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
New York City is pure magic during the holiday season. With dazzling window displays, twinkling lights, and beautiful Christmas trees everywhere, NYC transitions to a holiday wonderland every December. So, grab your walking shoes, your shopping list, and your holiday spirit, and join President’s Council on this first-ever ladies trip!
Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

While in New York, you will:

  • Watch the famed Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
  • Enjoy the best view of Lady Liberty aboard a Cocoa and Carols Cruise
  • Hop aboard the Tea Around Town bus to take in the city sights
  • Eat at Butter, the restaurant of Food Network star and executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli

And more!

Space is limited. Register now

Note: New York City is one of the ultimate walkable cities. Although transportation is included for a few activities, several others are within walking distance. Guests should be comfortable walking on city streets for 15-minute stretches at a time.

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.