Burnt Orange Adventures Around the World 

As the summer winds down, we asked Longhorns to share a glimpse of their summer travels and how they made sure to incorporate burnt orange in their adventures. From Iceland to Italy, alumni shared their UT pride across the globe. Check out some of our favorite pictures.  

Hawaii, United States 

This family of Longhorns celebrated incoming UT freshman Dylan Tam’s high school graduation in Maui. Thank you, Kathie Tam, BA ’01, Life Member, and Lyndon Tam BBA ’96, Life Member, for the great picture! 

Mount Everest, the Himalayas 

“This summer, my father and I climbed to Mount Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet) on May 14 and climbed our first Himalayan Peak, Mount Nangkartshang (16,404 feet) on May 15. I have previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (19,239 feet) back in 2019, too. What made this expedition extra special for my father and me was that I was 16 when I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and hence had to wait to become at least 18 to do more expeditions; then, COVID hit. My father began to train during COVID and, when all the risks were gone and climbing season opened, I convinced my 56-year-old father to do this one with me. The cherry on top was that he inspired me to come to UT Austin, as he did his PhD in Material Science at UT back in 1986 in Professor Dave Burrell’s laboratory and assisted Nobel Laureate Professor Goodenough in his laboratory, too. We carried the UT flag because going to UT was always our biggest common factor and now, we have two.” —Prerna Agarwal 

Vatican City, Italy 

Bruce Siebold, BS ’96, Life Member, and wife Lacey visited St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Italy, and represented the Longhorns this July.  

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland 

“Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is one of the most notable attractions in the South Coast region of Iceland. This is also where some parts of Season 7 of Game of Thrones were filmed. Reynisfjara was chosen as a filming location for Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. [In Game of Thrones,] Eastwatch-by-the-Sea is where the wall across the north of Westeros ends, and this is where Jon Snow and his hardy band of wight hunters land their boat before venturing north.” —Sarah Colby, BA ’00, Life Member 

Alaska, United States 

Sharon Hargraves, BS ’73, Life Member and husband William Hargraves, BBA ’72, Life Member brought the burnt-orange spirit to Alaska this summer. 

We love seeing that UT pride stays with our Texas Exes no matter how far they travel. Happy summer, Longhorns! 


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