Great Plains IDEA Awards
Great Plains IDEA recognizes community members who enrich the alliance and leave a lasting impact. Award winners are announced at the Great Plains IDEA annual meeting.
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized? Tell us about them using our easy online nomination form.
Friend of Great Plains IDEA
Established in 2006, the Friend of the Great Plains IDEA honors individuals who make a significant contribution to the alliance. Friend award winners strengthen the structure, improve operations, develop new processes and increase visibility of the alliance. Friends of Great Plains IDEA demonstrate exceptional leadership and play a pivotal role in the alliance. View past award recipients.
Karen Klomparins, Michigan State University
Greg Sanders, North Dakota State University
Faculty Excellence Award
Established in 2011, the Faculty Excellence Award recognizes a significant contribution of faculty in a Great Plains IDEA academic program. Award winners devote time, energy and resources to enhancing the alliance academic community. Faculty Excellence Award winners develop creative courses and mentoring programs or make a significant impact on teaching in a Great Plains IDEA program. View past award recipients.
Ashlie Lester, University of Missouri
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award was created by the Great Plains IDEA Cabinet to acknowledge exceptional dedication and service to the alliance. This award allows the Cabinet to express appreciation for significant contributions to the advancement and success of Great Plains IDEA.
Carol Gould, Executive Director, Great Plains IDEA Lead Institution
National Awards and Recognition
Our faculty, staff, programs and universities are recognized for their excellence in and out of Great Plains IDEA.
Abbey Nutsch, assistant professor of food safety and security at Kansas State University, partner in the Great Plains IDEA Food Safety and Defense Program, received the Outstanding Advisor Award from the K-State Global Campus. This award is given to a K-State faculty or staff member demonstrating exceptional efforts in assisting and advising distance students.
Stephanie Rolley, department head at Kansas State University, partner in the Great Plains IDEA Community Development program, received the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.