Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

ISP thanks Mary Ann Loy for amazing work

From Anna Grace Peterson
Assistant Director of International Student Programs

When driving through the Square in Columbia, KY, a brightly colored signpost can be seen, sporting the names of various countries along with distances in miles and kilometers from Columbia to the location.

This project was generously created and organized by an ISP Host Parent and long-time supporter Mary Ann Loy in the fall of 2017. While the sign has been around for a few years, Loy has dedicated many hours this summer to refreshing the paint and updating the project to reflect each of the countries currently represented on the Lindsey campus!

The original inspiration for this project stemmed from similar signs on M*A*S*H, in Nantucket, and in other locations.

"We wanted to show how the international students bring the world to Columbia," says Loy, "we wanted these students to feel welcomed."

Loy was not alone in her work on this project: Involved parties included the Adair County High School art department, the ACHS industrial arts program, the LWC grounds staff, approval from the fiscal court, and others. This community-wide participation in the project is yet another show of support for LWC and the international community here on campus!

The signpost now stands proudly on the square for all to see. Thank you, Mary Ann Loy, for all of your dedication and support for ISP!

If you stop by the sign, take a photo and send it to to be featured on our social media!

This story was posted on 2022-09-01 10:37:41
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

ISP signs updated on Courthouse Lawn

2022-09-01 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Mary Anne Loy.
Mary Anne Loy stands with the signpost she created showcasing the dozens of countries represented by international students attending Lindsey Wilson College. The sign is located on the Greensburg Street side of the historic Adair County Courthouse lawn.

Read More... | Comments? | Click here to share, print, or bookmark this photo.


Quick Links to Popular Features

Looking for a story or picture?
Try our Photo Archive or our Stories Archive for all the information that's appeared on


Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270.403.0017

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.