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Love Will Keep Us Together

~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) ~ Ginger Evenson, Artist and Social Activist   Many years ago, I found myself in the crosshairs of my supervisor. It is a long, funny, and touching story about falling

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We All Come From Somewhere – Part 2

~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)     Last month, I offered a glimpse into our Purdue Study Abroad trip to Ireland focused on rural development. Our planned activities exceeded our expectations during the trip, but

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We All Come From Somewhere – Part 1

~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   My next two columns are NOT a travelogue. They ARE a love letter to “home.” Last month I had the privilege of co-leading a Study Abroad to the Republic

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An Ode to Humility

~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   Are you experiencing the same thing I am? I am uncertain if it is politics or the pandemic, but polarization appears to be winning the day. There was a

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Comes A Time

~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)     At the community level, when is the right time for a change? The answer to this question depends on your circumstances and your point of view. Those who

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Belonging and Making a Difference in a New Year

~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) ~ Kayla Wright, Community Development Educator, Marion County Extension, Co-author     Last month I discussed a personal journey involving lifelong learning and giving thanks. This month, I am looking

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Lifelong Learning and Giving Thanks

~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   Each year, the Purdue Extension Community Development team gives thanks. This year, I am thankful for lifelong learning. Cooperative Extension was founded as a resource for lifelong learning for

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Get A C.L.U.E.!

~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) You may have noticed a trend if you have been reading my blog in the Purdue Extension Community Development Newsletter, I spend a lot of time thinking about data and

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What are you most thankful for?

“I’m thankful for the ability to use technology to keep programs going—and to add in new elements.” ~ Gina Anderson “I am thankful for all of the ways Purdue has gone above & beyond to address the safety and protection of staff, faculty, students and the communities we serve throughout the pandemic.” ~ Cindy Barber

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Everything Counts…

~Michael Wilcox, Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development, Purdue Extension Every November, our Purdue Extension Community Development team takes a moment to reflect on what they are thankful for, personally or professionally. I always look forward to reading their reflections. However, this year has been like no other. Period. As such, it makes

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