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Outdoor image of Traverse City, Michigan, featuring a setting on the water.
Join your President’s Council family in picturesque Traverse City, Michigan! A hub for foodies, wine connoisseurs, outdoor enthusiasts, and cherry lovers, Traverse City is surrounded by beautiful water and gorgeous beaches.

Enjoy a perfect end-of-summer getaway with fellow Boilermakers while making the weekend yours! You’ll have plenty of free time and customizable options to experience the best of Traverse City in your own personal way.
Overhead view of Traverse City, Michigan

Don’t miss your opportunity to:

  • Learn about the city’s rich history with a guided tour of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons
  • Enjoy the beauty of Grand Traverse Bay aboard a private schooner
  • Savor the diverse tasting rooms and wineries along the Traverse Wine Coast
  • Enjoy pre-trip activities, including the Sleeping Bear Dunes and golf at the Bear, the award-winning Jack Nicklaus course

Registration is open now, space is limited!

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

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.