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”.

General Information:

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

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 
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Poster Set-up Open in Starlight Terrace
5:00-5:45 p.m. - Poster Judging in Starlight Terrace
5:45-6:45 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. - Great Plains Honors Council Executive Board Meeting in Old Central

Saturday, March 24

7:45-8:30 a.m. - Boe Award Presentations in Student Union & Classroom Building
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)

12:30-5:00 p.m. - Professional Ftaff and Faculty Development Workshop
6:30-8:30 p.m. - Banquet and Plenary speaker in Wes Watkins Center

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