Professional Development Conference

PDC 2024
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Interested in attending?

Register Now to attend PDC 2024, held at Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds.

Registration Opens September 1st
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Need a place to stay?

Reserve a hotel room in Lafayette, Indiana while you attend the two day conferece.

Reservations Open September 1st

Award Nominations Open until October 1st

The Crooks Award recognizes Extension Educators who have demonstrated excellence in Extension programming. Dr. Paul B. Crooks served as an Extension agent in Benton, Fountain, and Morgan Counties before becoming administrator of the statewide Better Farming-Better Living program in 1954. He later served as Associate Director of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service from 1962 82. Crooks also served as national president of Epsilon Sigma Phi in 1969, a group that recognized his leadership in 1973 with its Distinguished Ruby Award.

Please review the criteria below and consider nominating a deserving Educator:
Guidelines
1. A cash award of $2,000 may be presented to one Purdue Extension Educator each year. Recipients may receive the award only once.
2. The recipient must be a current Purdue Extension Educator at the time the award is given.
3. Selection emphasis will be placed on Extension Educators who have shown:
• Innovation in content and/or delivery systems
• Efforts to engage or support the engagement of underserved clientele
• Significant and sustained program impact over a period of several years
• Resource development appropriate to the assignment
• Contribution to team or other collaboration opportunities
• Contributions to the profession of Extension (professional organizations, presentations at regional/national meetings, publications in Journal of Extension, multistate projects, etc.)

Nominations
All nominations must be limited to two pages, single-spaced, font size 11. A single set of supplementary materials can be provided for review by the selection committee. Nominations for this award are submitted to the Purdue Extension Director’s Office. Submissions must be in electronic form (Word or PDF) and emailed to Carie Herbst (herbstc@purdue.edu). A selection committee appointed by the Director of Extension will review all nominations and make final selection of the recipient.

Historical List of PDC Award Recipients

The Sharvelle award recognizes Extension Specialists who have served the people of Indiana by demonstrating a high degree of proficiency and professionalism during their careers, along with a track record of excellence in Extension programming. The Sharvelle Award is given each year in memory of Eric G. Sharvelle, who was a Purdue professor of botany and plant pathology from 1946 to 1975. The award was established in 1985 by Dr. Derek and Sybil Sharvelle of Battle Ground, Ind. Please review the criteria below and consider nominating a deserving Specialist:

Guidelines
1. A cash award of $2,000 may be presented to one Purdue Extension Specialist each year. Recipients may receive the award only once.
2. The recipient must be a current Purdue Extension Specialist at the time the award is given.
3. Selection emphasis will be placed on Extension Educators who have shown:
• Innovation in content and/or delivery systems
• Efforts to engage or support the engagement of underserved clientele
• Significant and sustained program impact over a period of several years
• Resource development appropriate to the assignment
• Contribution to team or other collaboration opportunities
• Contributions to the profession of Extension (professional organizations, presentations at regional/national meetings, publications in Journal of Extension, multistate projects, etc.)

Nominations
All nominations must be limited to two pages, single-spaced, font size 11. A single set of supplementary materials can be provided for review by the selection committee. Nominations for this award are submitted to the Purdue Extension Director’s Office. Submissions must be in electronic form (Word or PDF) and emailed to Carie Herbst (herbstc@purdue.edu). A selection committee appointed by the Director of Extension will review all nominations and make final selection of the recipient.

Historical List of PDC Award Recipients

The Crooks Award recognizes Extension Educators who have demonstrated excellence in Extension programming. Dr. Paul B. Crooks served as an Extension agent in Benton, Fountain, and Morgan Counties before becoming administrator of the statewide Better Farming-Better Living program in 1954. He later served as Associate Director of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service from 1962 82. Crooks also served as national president of Epsilon Sigma Phi in 1969, a group that recognized his leadership in 1973 with its Distinguished Ruby Award.

Please review the criteria below and consider nominating a deserving Educator:
Guidelines
1. A cash award of $2,000 may be presented to one Purdue Extension Educator each year. Recipients may receive the award only once.
2. The recipient must be a current Purdue Extension Educator at the time the award is given.
3. Selection emphasis will be placed on Extension Educators who have shown:
• Innovation in content and/or delivery systems
• Efforts to engage or support the engagement of underserved clientele
• Significant and sustained program impact over a period of several years
• Resource development appropriate to the assignment
• Contribution to team or other collaboration opportunities
• Contributions to the profession of Extension (professional organizations, presentations at regional/national meetings, publications in Journal of Extension, multistate projects, etc.)

Nominations
All nominations must be limited to two pages, single-spaced, font size 11. A single set of supplementary materials can be provided for review by the selection committee. Nominations for this award are submitted to the Purdue Extension Director’s Office. Submissions must be in electronic form (Word or PDF) and emailed to Carie Herbst (herbstc@purdue.edu). A selection committee appointed by the Director of Extension will review all nominations and make final selection of the recipient.

Historical List of PDC Award Recipients

The Sharvelle award recognizes Extension Specialists who have served the people of Indiana by demonstrating a high degree of proficiency and professionalism during their careers, along with a track record of excellence in Extension programming. The Sharvelle Award is given each year in memory of Eric G. Sharvelle, who was a Purdue professor of botany and plant pathology from 1946 to 1975. The award was established in 1985 by Dr. Derek and Sybil Sharvelle of Battle Ground, Ind. Please review the criteria below and consider nominating a deserving Specialist:

Guidelines
1. A cash award of $2,000 may be presented to one Purdue Extension Specialist each year. Recipients may receive the award only once.
2. The recipient must be a current Purdue Extension Specialist at the time the award is given.
3. Selection emphasis will be placed on Extension Educators who have shown:
• Innovation in content and/or delivery systems
• Efforts to engage or support the engagement of underserved clientele
• Significant and sustained program impact over a period of several years
• Resource development appropriate to the assignment
• Contribution to team or other collaboration opportunities
• Contributions to the profession of Extension (professional organizations, presentations at regional/national meetings, publications in Journal of Extension, multistate projects, etc.)

Nominations
All nominations must be limited to two pages, single-spaced, font size 11. A single set of supplementary materials can be provided for review by the selection committee. Nominations for this award are submitted to the Purdue Extension Director’s Office. Submissions must be in electronic form (Word or PDF) and emailed to Carie Herbst (herbstc@purdue.edu). A selection committee appointed by the Director of Extension will review all nominations and make final selection of the recipient.

Historical List of PDC Award Recipients

Archive

Dave Mitchell’s Keynote Presentation: “Being Resilient in a Peak Performance Culture”

Becoming Resilient! is an experience that can best be described as performance psychology meets standup comedy.  Participants can expect to laugh out loud while they learn even more about themselves and the potential barriers to consistent personal contentment and performance excellence.

Attendees will learn some of the critical personal qualities that predict high levels of resiliency, take an assessment to learn more about their specific orientation towards stress, identify the intrinsic rewards that are necessary for them to perform at peak levels without risking burnout, and walk away with a heightened understanding of both the general nature of stress and their own strategy for maintaining resiliency.

Opening General Session recording

View Presentations and Roundtable Discussions & Presenters

Session 1

  • Building STEM Education for Youth Around UAVs (Drones)
  • Equipping Youth with Digital Literacy Skills for Emerging Careers in Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources
  • Smorgasbord of 4-H Volunteer Opportunities
  • Succession Planning: Opportunities, Data & How to Join the Team
  • Addressing Mental Health at Work – A New Extension Curriculum
  • We’ve Been Updating Captain Cash – You’ll be Happy with the Results
  • Updates on Elements, the New Reporting System
  • Purdue EMG Program: Diversity, Equity, and Belonging (D.E.B.)
  • Purdue Day of Giving – Extension 101
  • Strong Couples Project – A Scientifically Supported Online Program for Couples

Session 2

Session 3

  • 4-H Grievances
  • Food is Medicine in Your Community
  • Assistive Technology for Farmers, Gardeners, and Others with Disabilities
  • Harvest of the Month in Indiana
  • Development of a Statewide Program Through Multi-Agency Collaboration
  • Reaching Unserved Audiences in Southwest Indiana
  • Financial Camp
  • Purdue Extension Digital Agriculture Curriculum
  • Bridges Out of Poverty – Bring This Training to Your Community!
  • Community Development and Technical Assistance to Advance Environment and Energy Justice in the Great Lakes Region
  • What is ESP? Why Should I Join?

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

  • Budgeting, Managing Debt and Introductory Investing
  • The Role of Extension in Building Equitable Public Engagement and Integrating Health in all Policies in Monroe County
  • Gearing up for Safety: Production Agriculture Safety Training for Youth and Beginning Ag Workers
  • Cross-Program Collaboration Opportunities
  • Snacks to Feed Those in Need – Helping Students in Ohio County Who are Food Insecure to Learn, Grow and Thrive!
  • Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Extension Impact: A Team Approach
  • Conducting Purdue Extension Needs Assessments
  • Chat GPT: An Educator’s Secret Sidekick
  • Teaching Cultural Competency to Community Groups
  • The Nature of Teaching: Next Steps

 

Purpose

The Purdue Extension Professional Development Conference (PDC) serves multiple objectives. Firstly, it offers an annual platform for Purdue Extension Professionals across various program areas to engage in professional development, foster collegial relationships, and expand their networks. It serves as a gathering point for professionals from Purdue's campuses, regional offices, County Extension Offices, and Ag Centers. Additionally, the conference aims to acknowledge the achievements of Purdue Extension and its professionals, highlighting their positive contributions to Indiana residents. Moreover, it serves as a conduit for keeping Extension Professionals updated on the latest news, research, and opportunities both within Purdue University and throughout Indiana, ensuring they remain informed and equipped for their roles.

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