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CHP launches 150th Anniversary Visiting Scholar Speaker Series

Dr. Mwata Dyson headshot

Towson University’s College of Health Professions kicked off the 150th Anniversary Visiting Scholar Speaker Series on Sept. 30 by welcoming health and wellness expert Dr. Mwata Dyson to campus for two days of student meetings, faculty receptions and a keynote address.

Dr. Dyson spoke to CHP students of all majors on Wednesday before mingling with college faculty and administration and touring the Department of Kinesiology and observing classes. On Thursday, he again met with students, a meeting that was simulcast to Towson University’s nursing students at the University System of Maryland (USM) Hagerstown Center.

Dr. Dyson was honored with a luncheon at West Village Commons before he gave a keynote address entitled, “Professional Transitions: Leaving a Legacy.” He spoke about his professional background before discussing topics such as success versus fulfillment, how to avoid burnout, and how to turn passions into a legacy. He then took questions from students.

Dr. Dyson currently works as an anesthesiologist in the New York City area and also serves as a national journalist on ABC, CNN and MSNBC, covering various issues and events including nutrition and fitness, Michael Jackson’s death, and stem cell research. A father of two young children, he runs a healthy living and fitness program for area children and teens to fight obesity, early onset diabetes and high blood pressure in children.

CHP was the first TU college to host a 150th Anniversary Visiting Scholar Speaker Series event.  The Fisher College of Science and Mathematics will host the next visiting speaker, Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday,” on Tuesday, October 20.