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.

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Friend of Great Plains IDEA

GP IDEA logo with just colored linksEstablished 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. 


Lynn Huffman, Texas Tech University

Karen Murie, North Dakota State University

Lisa Sharpe, Iowa State University

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Faculty Excellence Award

GP IDEA logo with just colored linksEstablished 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. 


M.J. Kabaci, Montana State University

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Distinguished Service Award

GP IDEA logo with just colored linksThe 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

Visit our page titled Celebrating our Programs & Faculty to learn how our faculty, staff, programs and universities are recognized for their excellence in and out of Great Plains IDEA.