Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Meaning of the Hall of Flags

If we are going to be successful in bringing back the flags without danger of going through this again in the future, it's meaning needs to be made clear in a very public way. My first thought is a new bronze plaque in the Hall stating exactly what it represents. As a starting point for discussion on what should be on this plaque, I propose the following three points previously posted on the petition site:

1. It represents the fact that our students come from the entire planet. We value, no so much diversity, but those who wish to become responsible engineers who contribute to their society, not just technically, but morally as well.

2. It represents the influence of The College of Engineering - University lack of reputation notwithstanding - around the entire world. I have always found influence to be more valuable than reputation.

3. It is reminder that becoming an engineer entails the acceptance of responsibility to make the entire planet a better place, not just to improve one’s home country.

We also need to make it clear that it is not UTA's Hall of Flags, but the College of Engineering's Hall of Flags. Non-CoE students may not request their country's flag be added. In recent years, the Hall has been identified with International Week much more closely than it should have been. This association must be broken completely, and the CoE should no longer take part in the IW festivities.

As I said, this is a starting point, not an end point. The exact wording will take some serious discussion, as the flags represent a lot of things to each of us. We just need to boil it down to a nice, simple statement.

Comments welcomed!!!


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Thu May 25, 03:46:00 PM PDT  
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Sat May 27, 01:52:00 AM PDT  
Blogger John Welborn said...

I have moved my suggestions for accurate wording to the following post on my personal blog so that I may modify them over time and directly accept any input.

Here: Hall of Flags Meaning

Wed Jun 07, 12:18:00 AM PDT  

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