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Issack Endeshaw Boru
Founded in 1904, the Order of the Golden Fleece is Carolina's oldest and most prestigious honorary society. Members are selected based upon service to the University as reflected in scholarship, motivation, creativity, loyalty, and leadership in academic and extracurricular pursuits.
Boru will graduate in May with a BS in Radiologic Science. Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he was inspired to pursue a health care career after watching his father suffer the effects of a head contusion for more than a decade before the condition finally took his life. Boru believes that better medical care, particularly more advanced medical imaging, would have resulted in quicker diagnosis and more effective treatment for his father, and he is committed to improving health care quality internationally by becoming both a provider and an educator.
“I want to treat people the way my dad should have been treated every time he visited the hospital,” Boru said. “Through the UNC medical imaging program, I have learned not only how to acquire optimal medical images but also how to provide the best patient care possible.”
This spring, in addition to the Order of the Golden Fleece induction, Boru received the Hayden B. Renwick Academic Achievement Award and Kappa Omicron Black Male Appreciation Recognition. He was also one of only two students from North Carolina selected for the 2014 ASRT Student Leadership Program, which will enable students to attend the 2014 ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Orlando, June 26-29.
In the fall of 2013, Boru received the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Senior Award, an honor presented annually to an African-American graduating senior who exemplifies a strong presence on Carolina's campus. The Black Alumni Reunion (BAR)'s campus affairs committee selects the recipient each year, choosing candidates based on academic strength, leadership ability, positive community service/volunteer work, and a demonstrated desire to strengthen the bond between current students and alumni.
Within the Division of Radiologic Science, Boru was the recipient of a Phyllis Ann Canup Pepper Radiologic Science Memorial Fund Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year. The Pepper Scholarship Fund was established as a tribute to Phyllis Ann Canup Pepper, one of the earliest radiologic technologists to graduate from UNC, by her husband, Francis D. Pepper Jr., MD. For the 2012-13 academic year, Boru was selected to receive the Dr. Jerry Lambiente Radiologic Science Loyalty Fund Annual Scholarship, which was established through the generosity of Robert and Lauren Noble (’89).