GPHCC 2018

Great Plains Honors Council Conference 2018

Scissortail Logo of the Great Plains Honors Council 2018 Conference

The Honors College at Oklahoma State University is proud to host the 2018 Great Plains Honors Council Conference. GPHCC will be taking place March 23-25, 2018, and we are ecstatic to welcome everyone to our home of Stillwater, OK.

Surviving the Times:

The Great Plains - the breadbasket of the United States and Mother Nature's playground. Nature is not always kind; with the blistering cold in the northern plains, droughts, dustbowls, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods, the Great Plains sees it all. The deprivations of man have also been felt here, from The Trail of Tears, to the Tulsa Race Riots, to the Oklahoma City bombing. But in spite of this, perhaps because of this, peoples of the Great Plains show massive resilience, compassion, community and hope. We celebrate, with our theme “Surviving the Times,” these communities, large and small, for their perseverance, their hope, their diversity, their compassion and their “True Grit”.

We will not be providing a printed version of the conference program. The program has been created to be fully accessible on electronic devices, including mobile. If you wish to have a physical copy, the program is available as a PDF to download and print. 
Why did we do this? Last year the Science and Mathematics Committee of NCHC became the Science Mathematics and Sustainability Committee. Part of the Committee's new charge was to help NCHC and its members reduce their impact on the environment. Conferences and the vast amount of paper and ink they consume are, of course, a big part of this impact. Since two of the Co-chairs of this committee are GPHC members (Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts) and were prime movers in this inititive, we felt we needed to practice what we preached hence the electronic only program.
General Information:

Please check back here often as we will continue to update this page with important conference information. 

During GPHC, there will be courtesy shuttles between campus and the conference hotels (Home2 and Fairfield), primarily for use by those groups who are flying to Stillwater. For other groups, we encourage them to enjoy the approximately 15-minute walk to campus from the conference hotels or to utilize their own transportation. There will be free parking permits available for pick-up at registration on Friday. If driving to campus, you may park in any of the Staff surface lots with a permit. Please do not park in the garages or in any otherwise reserved spaces.

OSU Parking Map

Parking lots 15, 16, and 17 (pictured in blue) are recommended. Please be aware that access to spots in lot 17 is via a one-way street. Drivers will need to approach these spots from Hester Street, not Knoblock. In general, any surface lot that is blue on the parking map is an okay place to park with the permit we will provide. 

Schedule at a Glance

All information provided below is tentative and subject to change.

Friday, March 23

2:00-6:00 p.m. - Conference Registration Open in Student Union Ballroom (parking permits will be available for those driving to campus)
2:30-4:30 p.m. - Poster Set-up Open in Starlight Terrace
3:00-6:00 p.m. - Transfer Student Fair in Student Union Ballroom
4:30-5:15 p.m. - Poster Judging in Starlight Terrace
5:15-6:00 p.m. - Poster Session in Starlight Terrace
7:00-9:00 p.m. - Welcome Banquet in Wes Watkins Center
9:00-10:00 p.m. - Student Moderator Training Wes Watkins Center
9:00-10:00 p.m. - Great Plains Honors Council Executive Board Meeting in Wes Watkins Center

Saturday, March 24

8:00-9:00 a.m. - Conference Registration - Classroom Building 114
7:45-8:30 a.m. - Boe Award Presentations in Student Union Little Theater & Classroom Building 313
8:45-11:40 p.m. - Oral Presentation Sessions in Classroom Building
12:00-5:30 p.m. – Excursions to OKC, Tulsa, and Guthrie (boxed lunches will be provided prior to departure in CLB 112 & 114)

1:00-4:30 p.m. - Professional Staff and Faculty Development Workshop
7:30-9:15 p.m. - Banquet and Plenary Speaker in Wes Watkins Center
9:30-11:00 p.m. - Board Games at Old Central

Sunday, March 25

8:00 a.m. – Great Plains Honors Council Building Meeting in Old Central 

Keynote Address:

Dr. Doug Miller, Assistant Professor of History at Oklahoma State University, will be delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Great Plains Honors Council Conference. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and specializes in Native North America, Modern U.S. History, Mass Incarceration, and Settler Custodialism. 

Dr. Miller's research focuses on Native American urbanization, mobility, and work in the twentieth century. His current book project, "Reservation Limits: Native American Urbanization and Mobility in the Twentieth Century," places the Bureau of Indian Affairs' midcentury relocation program in broader historical contexts in order to highlight Native people's preexisting, persistent, and often circular paths between tribal homelands and "mainstream" America. Through this approach, he prioritizes the ingenuity and fortitude generations of urban Indian families demonstrated as they forged new possibilities for Indian futures and new places for Indian belonging.

Dr. Miller is also currently developing an article and researching a second book project on Native American incarceration, recidivism, homelessness, and prison activism since the late nineteenth century. At OSU, he teaches Survey of American History, Native American History, U.S. History Since 1945, and History & Film: Native American History.

Contact Us:

If you need assistance from a member of the OSU Honors College Staff, please contact us at (405) 744-6799 or