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Join us on campus June 17–18 as women gather to motivate, uplift, and
connect with a supportive community of Purdue alumnae and friends.

Join us on campus June 17–18 as women gather to motivate, uplift, and connect with a supportive community of Purdue alumnae and friends.


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Visit our dedicated Tournament Time webpage!

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The Purdue for Life Foundation helps you and everyone who loves Purdue stay connected, get involved, and give back.

Purdue for Life brings together organizations you know well—including the Purdue Alumni Association, President’s Council, and the John Purdue Club—and adds even more ways for you to engage.

It’s a great day to be a Boilermaker, and for that, we have you to thank. When you participate on Purdue Day of Giving, encourage your neighbor’s kid to consider Purdue, and share the news about the world-changing discoveries and innovations being made by Boilermakers on campus and around the world, you are advancing our university. Thank you.


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Department of Chemistry renamed in honor of longtime donors James and Margaret Tarpo

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.