Kathryn Erlene Hopkins, a freshman in the College of Communication and Information and sister of Sigma Kappa sorority and member of the women's rugby team, passed away over Spring Break.
The 20-year-old Martinez, Calif., native died after complications from a long-boarding injury sustained Monday, March 17, at Yosemite National Park.
"Kate was an amazing addition to our chapter and she will be sorely missed," said Allison Michelle Smith, president of Sigma Kappa sorority and junior in supply chain management. "She was the kind of person that absolutely lit up the room with her incredible smile and magnetic energy."
On behalf of the sisters of Sigma Kappa, Smith said she would "like to thank everyone for all of your prayers and thoughts."
"The support of our peers has been absolutely incredible and speaks to how tremendously loved Kate was to her sisters, friends, UT and the community."
UT's Sorority and Fraternity Life webpage posted a Student Spotlight on Hopkins, writing, "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends in California and the many members of our campus community who were part of her life at UT."
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 28, at 4:15 p.m. in Circle Park. The service is open to the public.