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Man with white hair and glasses and tweed jacket standing in front of a plaque. Plaque reads: "Collaboration Space through the generosity of Dr. Jeffrey S. and Barbara E. Kristoff"
Dr. Jeffrey Kristoff

What’s in a name?

What comes to mind when you think about something at Purdue being named after you?

It’s probably a building, right? For example, there’s the Frederick L. Hovde Hall of Administration, or—as we call it—Hovde Hall. There’s the Ward L. Lambert Field House and Gymnasium, named after the legendary Purdue basketball coach.

Thanks to generous Boilermakers around the world, there are thousands of named spaces on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. Some spaces are named in honor of people who have left an incredible legacy with the University, including the recent renaming of the Griffin Residence Hall buildings after Frieda and Winifred Parker.

However, many spaces are named by Boilermakers who made the decision to make a philanthropic gift to the University that holds a special place in their hearts.

“Study spaces provide a great opportunity for students to think, create, and collaborate,” says Dr. Jeffrey Kristoff (S’68) when speaking of the space he and his wife, Barbara, named. “We are honored to sponsor such a space in the unique environment of Chaney-Hale Hall for Purdue students today and in the future.”

Named spaces can be found across campus—and some of them might surprise you.

For example, there are atriums and terraces named after donors.

Living areas inside residence halls.

Single classrooms.

An elevator.

Even a single lane in the Boilermaker Aquatics Center!

Two people standing in front of glass. Beyond glass is a laboratory with students sitting down. Dave Hale is on the left with a suit and gold tie. Judy Hale is on the right with a jacket and blouse.
Dave (ECE’59) and Judy (P’61) Hale tour their named space within the Chaney-Hale Hall of Science.


Named spaces are funded in a variety of ways. Some spaces are named when donors write a check, while other agreements consist of a blend of lifetime gifts and an estate gift. The cost associated with  naming a space often depends on the age of a structure—active construction often involves a cash gift—and whether or not there is a current capital campaign in progress.

If you would like to leave your own legacy on the Purdue campus, there are a lot of opportunities available now. Some of the priorities include the newly renovated Purdue Memorial Union and the Gateway Building, a new facility in the heart of campus that will vastly expand the instructional space for the Purdue Polytechnic and the College of Engineering.

We welcome having a conversation with you and your family about naming opportunities on campus that might interest you.

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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.