11 Flags Added to International Flag Display in Student Recreation Center

New flags were added to the east gymnasium of the Student Recreation Center-North.

Eleven new flags representing the home countries of students who attended Southeast Missouri State University in recent years have been added to the display of international flags hanging in the rafters in the east gymnasium of the Student Recreation Center-North at Southeast Missouri State.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 3, 2009 – Eleven new flags representing the home countries of students who attended Southeast Missouri State University in recent years have been added to the display of international flags hanging in the rafters in the east gymnasium of the Student Recreation Center-North at Southeast Missouri State.

Department of Recreation Services employees Christina Matthews and Troy Vaughn climbed to the rafters on Friday, Feb. 27, to hang the new flags representing the Bahamas, Bolivia, Columbia, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Finland, Haiti, Hungary, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

The new flags were added to the original display of more than 50 international flags hoisted in the east gymnasium in the early 1990s to celebrate the diversity of the Southeast student body, past and present.

Vaughn, director of Recreation Services, said the department has received many suggestions in the past couple of years, and in early January, with the help of the Department of International Education, made a listing of new flags needed in the gymnasium space.

“There were several flags from countries that had not been updated or that we had students representing that were not up there,” Troy Vaughn said. “We thought it was time to make a few updates. We are making an investment in our international students and hoping that if they see their flag when they enter, they will be that more comfortable.

We are also ordering a flag for New Zealand, which we realized we didn’t have up,” he said. “That one is coming soon.

“A final project will be to post a map of the world and have each flag identified that is hanging in the rafters and associated with the world map so people can see and learn where these countries are located and what row their flag is in,” Vaughn said. “We are an educational institution and what better way to educate people than to tell them where these countries are located.”