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ASU to honor top students

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany State University will recognize its highest achieving students on Friday at its annual Honors Day Convocation at 10 a.m. in the HPER Gymnasium.

With the theme "Potential. Realized: Scholars Achieving Excellence and Success," the speaker will be Dr. Marla Black Morgan.

A 1994 summa cum laude graduate of Albany State with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, Morgan is a neurologist with Phoebe Neurology Associates in Albany. She holds an M.D. from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Ala. An Albany native, Morgan is the daughter of Helen Black, retired assistant director of the ASU Word Processing Center, and the late Dr. Billy C. Black, former president of Albany State.

While a student at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Morgan received the Resident Scholarship at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in 2001, the Samuel Clements Little Award in Neurology in 1998, and the University of Alabama School of Medicine Dean's Scholarship from 1994 to 1998.

Before returning to Albany, Morgan worked at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, where she served in the Department of Neurology as an assistant professor, clerkship director for neurology and assistant director of the residency program.

While a student at Albany State, she was a National Achievement Program Scholar, a University System of Georgia Regents' Academic Recognition Day Scholar and a Presidential Scholar. Morgan was also on the National Dean's List, was named the Highest Ranking Student at Albany State from 1990 to 1994, and received the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society George W. Gore Merit Scholarship in 1994.

Morgan and her husband, Martin, reside in Albany with their daughter, Natalie, 4.

In addition to student awards, the Honors Day Convocation will also include the presentation of the Teacher of the Year Award, the Researcher of the Year Award and the Staff Member of the Year Award.

For more information about the Honors Day Convocation, contact the Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.