The Order of the Golden Fleece society, started in 1904, is reserved for community members who have made a lasting contribution to the University of North Carolina. Its members include former Chancellor James Moeser, U.S. women's soccer star Mia Hamm, basketball legend Michael Jordan and former Student Body President Eve Carson.
This year 21 students and 5 staff were inducted to the society. North Carolina Hillel students nominated Sue Klapper, former NC Hillel Interim Executive Director, for all she has accomplished at UNC in the last 27 years. Other inductees include Aisha Saad, for her work strengthening the Muslim and Jewish relationships on campus and Yael Averbush, for her outstanding work ethic in soccer.
Last year Elizabeth Bernold, NC Hillel student President and Andrew Coonin, Campus Entrepreneurship Intern and Student Board member for Hillel International were both inducted in the honor society.
NC Hillel congratulates Sue Klapper, Aisha Saad, and Yael Averbuch for all their accomplishments.
Official Induction Speeches:
Sue Owens Klapper
For her devotion to helping prospective students realize their dreams of attending the University of North Carolina as Assistant Director of Admissions. Sue has served as a mentor, promoter of dialogue, and thoughtful cheerleader to students of every background. In her commitment to creating the strongest Carolina student body, Sue became the conscience of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, working to see that North Carolina meets its constitutional promise of access to higher education for all its citizens. The creation of a science advisory group and the construction of a powerful relationship between athletic coaches and the admission department serve as just two examples of her recruiting efforts. Sue also served as President of NC Hillel's community board, eventually stepping up to serve as Interim Director. At NC Hillel, Sue created a community, serving as a mentor and a role model with a southern toughness and deep love of people. Sue has made the University a home for thousands of students. For these and other accomplishments, the Order of the Golden Fleece proudly taps Sue Klapper.
Aisha Ihab Saad
For her dynamic and inspiring work as outreach coordinator for the Muslim Student Association. In this position and others Aisha connected a multitude of student organizations through engaging dialogue and strengthened bonds between unlikely partners. Aisha's diplomatic tenacity has allowed her voice to travel far, and her call to consciousness among her peers has enriched our campus' awareness and philosophy of service. Aisha's work has made the concept of interfaith collaboration a reality for her peers: the Interfaith Habitat for Humanity build site, Muslim-Jewish Arts Festival, and Fast-a-Thon serve as three programmatic examples of bridges she has helped to build between the Muslim and Jewish communities on campus and the Muslim and campus community as a whole. Additionally, Aisha's accomplishment as a Rhodes Scholar serves as an example for generations of Carolina students to aim high. For these and other accomplishments, the Order of the Golden Fleece proudly taps Aisha Saad.
Yael Friedman Averbuch
For her unyielding commitment to the sport of soccer, her team and the University. As a student athlete Yael has led the women's soccer team to two National Championship titles. She was recently named a recipient of the Today's Top VIII, an award given to the eight most deserving student athletes in all three divisions of NCAA competition, and has received almost every accolade in women's soccer including National Player of the Year. The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame also named her the 2009 Marty Glickman Outstanding Jewish Female Scholastic Athlete of the Year. Her stand-up character, commitment to academics and community serves as a model for all studentsâ€”athletes and non-athletes alike. For these and other accomplishments, the Order of the Golden Fleece proudly taps Yael Averbuch.