The Center for Great Plains Studies will release their second edition of their magazine, “Traverse,” in December.
“We’ve covered the LGBTQ+ community, the radio community (and) there’s some coverage of Dwight D. Eisenhower and his community,” said Hannah Henricks, “Traverse” design editor and senior communications major. “(The magazine is) taking different subjects and showing how diverse the Great Plains actually is.”
The newest edition is focused around water and the Great Plains, according to Susan Brinkman, “Traverse” managing editor and assistant.
“Traverse” has a staff of four people who, over the course of three to four months, gather information about the Great Plains, according to Brinkman.
“It’s pretty remarkable I think, when you look at it,” Brinkman said. “You have an 82 page full-color journal and there’s not a single person on the staff that has a full time job with the center or the publication. We’re all part time.”
The first edition of “Traverse” was released last spring.
“It’s been a huge learning experience since we’ve all kind of started doing it together.” Henricks said.
Rachel Newbold, graduate assistant for the center, works on advertisement and subscriptions for “Traverse.” This will be Newbold’s first issue.
“(The best part of “Traverse” is) recognizing the collaboration around campus and the meaningfulness of the publication,” Newbold said. “It represents the landscape and the people of the Great Plains and the stories behind it.”
One issue of “Traverse” costs $10 and a year subscription costs $14.
“We have about 200 subscribers throughout the United States, primarily public libraries and university libraries,” Brinkman said. “About 30 percent are individuals.”
The magazine hopes they will be able to reach beyond their current audience and teach more people about the Great Plains.
“If you don’t think that it’s relevant to your life or anything then you probably need to read a little bit,” Henricks said. “The pieces that we do include...become relevant even if you don’t live in the Great Plains.”
They utilize information from people around the nation and write their own articles, according to Brinkman.
“I think it’s something, coming from someone who’s not from the Great Plains, very educational on closer different aspects that anybody could pick it up and learn some stuff,” Newbold said.
The center is located on the third floor of White Library.
Max McCoy, professor of English, modern languages and journalism, is the director for the center and the Editor-in-Chief of “Traverse.” He is also the adviser for The Bulletin