Lighting Of The UT Tower


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The 307-foot tall UT Austin Tower, designed by Paul Cret of Philadelphia, was completed in 1937. Through the years, the Tower has served as the University's most distinguishing landmark and as a symbol of academic excellence and personal opportunity.Here is an overview of how and why the Tower lighting changes.

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Lighting Of The UT Tower

  1. 1. Lighting of the Tower Advisory Council Meeting March 2009
  2. 2. Behind the Lights Orginated by Carl J Eckhardt Jr., Head of UT Physical Plant when the Tower was built in 1931 He supervised construction of the Tower and developed the lighting system that took advantage of the Tower’s commanding architectural presence S First orange Tower lights in 1937, signaling a 9-6 football victory that spoiled Baylor University's unbeaten season Eckhardt help create guidelines for using orange lights on the Tower in 1947
  3. 3. Behind the Lights In 2001, President Faulkner appointed a committee to review Tower lighting. New guidelines were developed: • Lighting patterns should be distinct— • Academic/staff achievements — white top, orange shaft Athletics — orange top withSwhite shaft • Tradition Orange displayed for campus-wide events • Darkened Tower only used for solemn occasions • Other lighting options available
  4. 4. Standard Tower Tower entirely white S
  5. 5. White Top with Orange Shaft - Academic Faculty Academic Achievements— “Academic Convocation” Student Academic Achievements— “Honors Day” S Staff Achievements— “Staff Recognition Day”
  6. 6. White Top with Orange Shaft - Academic National Championship in Academic Team Competition S
  7. 7. Top Split – Orange and White w/Orange Shaft Gone to Texas – welcoming new students to campus Other events at President’s discretion S
  8. 8. Entirely Orange Tower - Sports Significant athletic victories Football victories Texas A&M victory S Big 12 athletics championships Student organization sports clubs with national championships
  9. 9. Orange Tower w/ #1- Sports Football Bowl Championships Series (BCS) 1 vs. 2 win NCAA championships for all other sports. S Tower Lighting for Rose Bowl National Championship Victory January 8, 2006
  10. 10. Orange Tower w/ #1 - Sports S View from Gregory Gym Rose Bowl National Championship Victory January 8, 2006
  11. 11. Orange Tower – Campus-Wide Accolades UT’s Birthday – September 15 Commencement Texas Independence Day – March 2 S Other campus-wide events at President’s discretion
  12. 12. Orange Tower w/White Shaft Football regular season victories, except Texas A&M Non-Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Victories S Other events at President’s discretion
  13. 13. Orange Tower w/Special Effects Commencement Other occasions at President’s discretion S
  14. 14. Dark Tower w/White Cap UT Remembers -- Annual Memorial Service Tower Garden Dedication Significant Solemn S Occasions such as Texas A&M Bonfire Tragedy Other Occasions at President’s Discretion
  15. 15. Dark Tower w/White Cap S Dark Tower September 11, 2001
  16. 16. Orange Tower w/Special Effects Commencement Other occasions at President’s discretion S
  17. 17. Orange Tower - Academic S National RE Finance Championship November 21, 2008 Won against Duke, The University of Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, UNC, MIT, Stanford, Vanderbilt and others.
  18. 18. Victory Celebration S MBAs celebrated by climbing Mount Adams in Washington State.