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Flags Around the ITT


You could call it the United Nations of Smith College — 96 flags representing countries around the world, adorning 30 panels on the walls of the Indoor Track and Tennis facility.

The flags represent all the home countries of students who have attended Smith in the past 23 years. 

A flag collection was originally displayed several years ago, but over time had thinned out to only 53 flags as some had become worn and were not replaced, and as students from countries not before represented came to Smith. Since then as the college’s world representation has expanded, 43 new flags, from countries such as Bulgaria, Vietnam, Sweden and Tibet, have been added.

The updating project was assigned to Erin McDade ’08 and Christina Noh ’09, both student interns in the Events Management Office. After researching student records in admission and the College Archives, the students determined the countries represented at Smith and ordered the flags.

“A representative of Sentry Uniform & Equipment Co. in Chicopee visited the ITT early in the project to help identify existing and outdated flags,” said Peg Pitzer, director of events management, who oversaw the project. “He provided us with images of all current United Nations flags. We ordered the new flags from that company.”

Physical Plant personnel then hung the flags in alphabetical order on all four walls of the facility. Spaces remain for more flags as new countries are represented at Smith.

7/3/07   By Eric Sean Weld
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