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Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Radio City Music Hall in New York City.


Cost: $1,225 per person. Includes daily breakfasts, two receptions, one lunch, two dinners, boat cruise, show, bus tour, and transportation to scheduled activities not within walking distance. Does not include travel arrangements, ground transportation to or from the airport, or hotel accommodations.

Note: Due to the planned itinerary, we strongly advise those who are not ambulatory against participating on this President’s Council trip. Our itinerary includes a significant amount of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain. Travelers must be able to climb on and off chartered motor coaches and a boat. If you would like to discuss your situation or have specific questions, please contact the President’s Council office at

Not Included


Lodging: President’s Council has a block of rooms reserved at the Embassy Suites Times Square just steps away from the heart of Manhattan. All President’s Council-sponsored transportation and excursions depart from this hotel.

  • King Jr. Suite: $529 per night plus 14.75% for state and city tax and a daily $3.50 occupancy tax. Note that the hotel does not have double beds, so you can get cozy with your bestie if you are sharing or use the pullout sofa in each room.
  • Hotel reservations must be made by Tuesday, November 5, 2024, to guarantee the group rate.
  • Use this link to book your room.

Air Travel

Guests will make their own travel arrangements to LaGuardia Airport (LGA), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Ground Transportation

The hotel is less than 20 miles from any of the three local airports. The best modes of transport to the hotel are a yellow cab, Uber/Lyft, or the robust New York City Public Transit System (trains/bus/subway).

Cancellation Policy

You may request to cancel for any reason prior to Tuesday, October 1, 2024, to receive a full refund for per-person trip costs. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. To request a cancellation, email the Purdue President’s Council at Please call 765-494-0900 with questions.

Cancellations past October 1, 2024, are not refundable.

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.