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February Announcements

Summer Salary

Purdue Extension invites proposals for summer salary support for Extension-related projects starting in 2024 or 2025. Faculty with academic year appointments engaging in summer Extension activities can apply, following outlined requirements. For details and submission guidelines, consult the provided RFP. Deadline for proposals is March 29, 2024. Contact Interim Director Angie Abbott for inquiries at

Funding preferences will be given to faculty with primary Extension appointments and an Extension responsibility that requires their presence during the summer to answer inquires, write newsletter articles, participate in field days, etc. All faculty receiving Extension summer salary are required to report activities of work and impact in the Extension reporting system each year. For help with entering data in the new Extension reporting system, called Elements for 2024, contact Julie Huetteman, 

For detailed information, please review the Extension Summer Salary RFP email that was sent on February 7th.

Professional development opportunities

Written by: Steve McKinley, Staff Development Specialist,

A variety of Professional Development Opportunities are available through Purdue Extension. Below is an overview of some of these:

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment has been offered to many Extension staff as a foundational tool for personalized development of cultural competence. The IDI assesses an individual’s mindset along developmental stages, from monocultural to multicultural. Participants receive a personalized Individual Development Plan, which is a roadmap to increase cultural competence.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to participate in the IDI and would like to do so, we have two virtual opportunities available for you. These one-hour Zoom sessions will be offered on Thursday, March 21, 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT) and Wednesday, May 1, 12:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. CT).

You may register for the date/time of your choice here. Registration will close one week prior to each session: March 14 for the March 21 session and April 24 for the May 1 session.

Professional Development Conference 2024

The 2024 Professional Development Conference (PDC) will be held December 4-5 at the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fairgrounds in Lafayette. Purdue Extension Administration is excited to be able to bring all Extension Professionals together again in 2024 for this overnight event to continue to build networking opportunities with colleagues across the state.

The 2024 PDC Committee has begun the process to plan an outstanding professional development opportunity for all campus and field-based Extension staff. Information will soon be available on how to submit a proposal that will allow you to share your content knowledge and areas of expertise at PDC through presentations, roundtable discussions, and posters/displays. Registration for PDC will open September 1.

Purdue Extension Onboarding

A set of onboarding resources is currently under development to provide a consistent, thorough onboarding experience for all new Purdue Extension staff, regardless of program or geographic area. Working groups representing county and campus staff and all program areas are reviewing existing information, updating the content as needed, and preparing for the resources to be housed on a new Purdue Extension Onboarding website. The expected release date for these resources is Fall 2024. 

New Educator Orientation

A group of 11 new Extension Educators and 2 Extension Specialists participated in the most recent New Educator Orientation at the end of January 2024. New staff had the opportunity to learn about Surviving and Thriving in Extension, Elements, Colors, Conflict Resolution, Success Factors, and the Purdue Extension Hub. Additionally, Educators spent time with representatives from their respective program areas.

New Educator Orientation is held three times annually, in January, May, and September. The next class will be held May 8-9, 2024.

Questions about these and other Purdue Extension Professional Development Opportunities may be directed to Steve McKinley, Staff Development Specialist, at

Purdue day of giving 

Purdue Day of Giving is a 24-hour online fundraising event that takes place this year on April 24th.  County Extension offices are encouraged to participate in healthy competition, as counties will be able to individually participate on leaderboards. Participation in hourly and full-day challenges can make your gift go even further, and any donation can help your county claim the top spots on the donation and participation leaderboards for additional bonus funds! Learn more at the Purdue Day of Giving website.

Purdue Foundation for Life hosted a webinar earlier this month that provided information on strategies, logistics, what makes the day work and key takeaways. This webinar recording is located on the Hub on the Purdue Day of Giving webpage found in the Quick Links menu. Check back for information as the page is frequently being updated with new information. Two Q&A sessions are scheduled for March 5th from 2-2:30 EST and April 4 from 3-3:30 EST.

In these Q&A sessions Kate Pottschmidt and Jill Parker will offer their time for those who want to pop in to ask questions, gain some ideas, or bounce around creative ideas you may have on promoting your county.

Counties are highly encouraged to complete the Faculty and Staff Confidential Certification in order to receive donor lists in a timely manner after gifts have been received. Donor lists will not be available to counties and leadership until mid-May or the third week of May because a request is required through our data team. 

A Purdue Day of Giving social media toolkit, complete with graphics, has been provided by Purdue Foundation for Life. This toolkit can be found on the Purdue Day of Giving webpage on the Hub and through the link below. In the near future, a tailored Extension Purdue Day of Giving will be provided and distributed for your assistance in planning your social feeds.

Purdue Day of Giving 2024 - Toolkit

mastering cascade cms: terms, features & layout tips session 2

Get ready to mark your calendars! We are thrilled to invite you to a hands-on virtual Cascade training session scheduled for March 12th at 1 PM EST. Please note that this session is limited to 40 participants. To ensure an effective and interactive experience, we kindly request that each participant joins individually using their own computer. Please refrain from joining as a group.


  • Date and Time: March 12th, 1:00 PM EST
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Trainers: Lily Morrissey and Gina Price

Training Topics:

  • Cascade terminology
  • Blocks
  • CTA buttons
  • Page layouts

How to Register: Please secure your spot by registering at the  Training Registration Link. Act fast, as spots are limited!We look forward to your active participation. To prepare for the training, we recommend reviewing the  Cascade User Guide. For personalized assistance or questions, feel free to contact Lily Morrissey.

Safe zone training

The Safe Zone training program equips participants to support LGBTQIA+ individuals and foster campus inclusivity. Attendance is free.

Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge of LGBTQIA+ terminology and history
  • Understand concepts of privilege and identity development
  • Engage with LGBTQIA+ student speakers
  • Learn to recognize and address unwelcoming behavior
  • Discover campus resources for LGBTQIA+ support

Register for Sessions:

  • Thursday, March 7th | 9:00am-12:00pm | In-person
  • Tuesday, April 16th | 9:00am-12:00pm | Virtual
  • Wednesday, May 22nd | 1:00-4:00pm | Virtual

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