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Tommy Morgan is 2016 Dean’s Scholar for Communication Studies
By Jordan Hite
Every year a senior from communication studies and another from media studies are honorably selected to become the dean’s scholars. This year, for communication studies, Tommy Morgan is the honoree.
“Because communication is such a large discipline, being the one student that was chosen was a huge honor,” stated Morgan.
The faculty of each program within the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences selects these students not only based on their academic abilities but their involvement in extracurricular activities as well.
A ceremony will be held on April 16, in order to give Morgan the recognition that he deserves for receiving this honor. Morgan’s parents and last remaining grandparents will also be attending the ceremony supporting him.
Morgan is an overachiever when it comes to his academics. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society where membership is attained through invite only to a group of the brightest students on campus. Morgan’s above average GPA of a 3.72 has not gone unnoticed here at Radford University and has given him many opportunities.
Because Morgan stands in the top percentile of his graduating class, he also has the privilege of being a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and currently serves as the Phi Sigma Pi chapter president.
“I didn’t want to just make it to college, I wanted to make the most of the opportunity I had and set myself up for success for the future,” he said.
Morgan has been writing for the Radford University edition of “The Odyssey” online this past year while also juggling a part-time serving job at Red Lobster in order to get through school.
Morgan is graduating from the university along with the Honors Academy this May, and will be pursuing a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at West Virginia University after that.
Originally, Morgan is from the small town of Stuarts Draft, which is right outside of Staunton, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. After graduating high school with only 500 other students, Morgan knew he had to get out of there and become something of himself.
Though college wasn’t something expected of him considering he is the first person in his family to attend college, Morgan has always known that it is something he would do. “I’ve known I’ve wanted to go to college ever since I was in elementary school and it was one of my goals that I was determined to achieve,” Morgan explained.
One final achievement made by Morgan since he has been at the university is his study abroad experience. During the summer of 2014, this self-driven young man traveled to London and Amsterdam where he did research on the cultural differences between British culture and American culture.
Morgan is hoping that once he is finally done with school that his hard work will pay off and he can land a career at a public relations firm.