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Rachel Blumenthal works with her editorial team.

Professor initiates journal to expand on students’ work

December 8, 2015
KOKOMO, Ind. — A new journal provides students the opportunity for their creative works to be published without the pressure of a grade.

Field, which will make its debut spring semester, features poetry, design, research, and other items submitted by students at Indiana University Kokomo. Rachel Blumenthal, assistant professor of English, wants students to think outside the classroom.

During her undergraduate experience, Blumenthal worked as a poetry editor for her campus’ publication. This experience transformed the way she viewed her role as a writer and a critical thinker.

“I was able to imagine my audience more clearly, while also discovering the diversity of work that my fellow peers were writing,” Blumenthal said. “I hope our students here at IU Kokomo will have a similar process of discovery.”

Students may submit work ranging from research papers, to poetry, to design pieces, including submissions not created for a class. An editorial board, which includes both students and faculty, will review students’ work and decide what pieces best fit their audience for the spring issue. The student editors are able to use this experience as a one-credit internship.

“I want everyone to reimagine why we are here, and who sees our work,” Blumenthal said. “The Field is a venue where students from all majors can share their work with others.”

Natalie Barker, Fort Wayne, serves as design and layout director, which will benefit her as a new media major.

“A lot of the work in school is theoretical, so the more real-world opportunities we can have, the better,” said Barker, 25. “I am really looking forward to working with the entire team to come up with a journal that students, faculty, and staff will enjoy reading. I am so thankful for this amazing opportunity.”

The founders chose the name Field because of their vision of it as an open area of exploration for work in the arts and sciences.

“The name has much to do with the goal of expanding our vision,” Blumenthal said.

Submissions for potential publication can be sent to Blumenthal at rablumen@iuk.edu by December 21.

Story written by Kambren Stanley. Kambren is a student writer in the Office of Media & Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 12/08/2015