National Awards and Recognition

Our faculty, staff, programs, and universities are recognized for their excellence in and out of Great Plains IDEA.

2019

Don Boggs, associate dean for academic programs for the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University and member of the AG IDEA Board of Directors, received a 2019 National FFA VIP Citation.  The award honors individuals who have dedicated 20 years of service to FFA and agricultural education on a national level. 

Gayle Doll of Kansas State University, faculty in the Great Plains IDEA Gerontology program, has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Gerontological Society of America, the country's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.  This award recognizes a person whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative, of impact, or any combination thereof. Nominated by peers, the recipient's achievements serve as milestones in the history and development of gerontology.

Jennifer Jorgensen of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, faculty in the Great Plains IDEA Merchandising program, was named a 2019 recipient of the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award. The honor comes with a cash prize.  Jorgensen is an assistant professor in the UNL Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design. The award is based on letters of support from colleagues or students, teaching evaluations, and details about teaching impact and teaching load.

Walter Fick of Kansas State University, faculty in the AG IDEA Grassland Management program and professor in the KSU Department of Agronomy, was honored with the 2019 Fellow Award at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Range Management.  The award recognizes SRM members for exceptional service and contributions to the Society and its programs in advancing the science and art of range-related resource management.

Sheree Moser, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, faculty in the Great Plains IDEA Family and Consumer Sciences Education program and assistant professor of practice at UNL, received the 2019 Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence that honors exemplary teaching in the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences. The award carries a cash gift for the recipient. Awardees are honored for 1) teaching in a manner that encourages engaged, active, and continuous learning, 2) holding high standards for student performance and providing support and attention to all students in meeting these standards, and 3) working to improve one’s teaching.

2018

Huston Gibson, Kansas State University, and Daniela Mattos, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, faculty in the Great Plains IDEA Community Development program, were elected to the board of directors for the Community Development Society, for a term running July 2018-2020.

Great Plains IDEA Community Development program faculty Gary Goreham, North Dakota State University, and Huston Gibson, Kansas State University, were appointed as country correspondents (USA) to the International Society of Community Development.  They attended the 2018 ISCD conference where one conference presentation included the film series created in collaboration with Kassi Sprecher, 2018 graduate of the Community Development program from KSU. The film series was supported by a 2017 Great Plains IDEA Faculty Grant co-written with Community Development faculty Mary Emery, South Dakota State University.

Gary Goreham, North Dakota State University, a partner in the Great Plains IDEA Community Development program, is the recipient of 2018 Community Development Society Outstanding Community Development Educator Award.  Awardees are members of CDS who exemplify the principles of good practice adopted by the society and who illustrate the principles in educational practice within formal and/or non-formal educational settings. 

Huston Gibson, Kansas State University, a partner in the Great Plains IDEA Community Development program, is the recipient of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Central Region, 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award for his online teaching in the program. Recipients are judged on leadership and service within the field as well as innovation in programming and use of innovative delivery methods. 

Heather Gibbs, The University of Kansas Medical Center, a partner in the Great Plains IDEA Dietetics program, was awarded The University of Kansas 2018 Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award. This award is selected through a vote of faculty and students in the KU School of Health Professions. The award recognizes excellence in teaching as well as outstanding contributions by the recipient in his or her field.

Rochelle L. Dalla, University of Nebraska--Lincoln, a partner in the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development program, was awarded the Outstanding Professional Paper/Publication Award from the National Council on Family Relations in the families and health section.  This annual award recognizes outstanding professional achievement through recognition of professional, scholarly papers written by a member of the families and health section.  Scholarly papers are considered research, professional review, theoretical development or critique, or presentation of new methodology papers.

2017

John Phillips, South Dakota State University, a partner in the Great Plains IDEA Community Development program, was inducted into the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hall of Fame. The NIFA Hall of Fame recognizes exceptional contributions to NIFA's mission at the local, regional, national, or international level and those who have made a positive impact on humans.  Phillips is the executive director of First Americans Land Grant Consortium and the land-grant director at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Barbara Stoecker, Oklahoma State University, a partner in the Great Plains IDEA Dietetics program, received the Distinguished Research Award from Kansas State University In October 2017.  This award recognizes a K-State College of Health & Humans Services graduate's significant contributions to humanity, K-State and the recipient's profession through research.  To be considered for this award, the recipient must have demonstrated significant achievements in research in her chosen area.

Yan Ruth Xia, University Nebraska-Lincoln, a partner in the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development program, received the 2017 Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring from the National Council on Family Relations. This award recognizes an NCFR member for excellence in mentoring junior colleagues, graduate students or undergraduate students.  Outstanding mentoring goes beyond classroom teaching and includes the provision of support, guidance, and opportunities for professional development.

Elaine Johannes, Kansas State University, a partner in the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development program, was recognized as the 2017 Communicator of the Year by the Kansas chapter of the Association for Communication Excellence.  The Communicator of the Year award is presented annually by the K-State Department of Communications and Agricultural Education and the Kansas chapter of the Association for Communication Excellence, the international professional association for Extension communicators.

Abbey Nutsch, Kansas State University, a 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.

2016 

Stephanie Rolley, department head at Kansas State University, a partner in the Great Plains IDEA Community Development program, received the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.