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Purdue Athletics Next Moves Announced to Guide Fundraising Direction for 2022-23 Year

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Monday, Aug. 22) – It was a record year for the John Purdue Club in 2021-22, with an all-time best $83 million raised in pledged commitments and cash donations in support of Purdue Athletics. That level of generosity and ambition has positioned the Boilermakers to energetically launch into the 2022-23 season amid the ever-changing landscape of college athletics.
In a newly released letter to supporters titled “Purdue Athletics Next Moves,” fundraising objectives have been set for the John Purdue Club (JPC) annual scholarship and academic support fund, Phase 2 of the Ross-Ade Stadium renovations and other projects and endowments related to all 18 Boilermaker sport programs.
An exciting level of alignment and coordination for this endeavor has occurred, as Purdue Athletics and the JPC have collaborated with the Purdue for Life Foundation to pinpoint goals that will best help Purdue Athletics stand out among the Big Ten Conference and at the national level.
Additionally, full endorsement has been given to the external efforts of the Boilermaker Alliance, an entity formed by a passionate grouping of Purdue alumni to provide an elite presence in the era of Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) for Boilermaker student-athletes.
JPC members, season ticket holders, fans and friends of the Boilermakers can learn within the full letter how these objectives will enhance the Purdue student-athlete experience and bolster ongoing efforts by coaches and department staff. Click here to begin reading.
Boilermaker fans are encouraged to contact their Boilermaker Athletics Representative (BAR) or the John Purdue Club directly (765-494-2582) with any questions about how support can be offered.

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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.