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September 17, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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UT Tyler Doctoral Student Wins Regional Entrepreneurship Contest with Veterans Project


Marylyn Harris of Houston, a student in The University of Texas at Tyler nursing doctoral program, has won the 2009 National Black MBA Association, Inc. Houston Chapter’s Innovation Whiteboard Challenge for a program she has created to assist veterans and their families, Dr. Linda Klotz, College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.    

As winner, Harris received a $1,000 cash prize and an opportunity to compete at the NBMBAA 31st Annual Conference and Exposition later this month in New Orleans, La.

She is a registered nurse and founder and current president of Harrland Healthcare Consulting, LLC.

“The Veterans Infosource Project is a 24/7/365 online coaching and counseling assistive service that helps eligible veterans, military spouses and dependents to be successful in their academic pursuits,” Harris said of her winning project. “The VIP Project was developed to meet the unmet needs of military students on the nation’s colleges and universities. The new Post 9/11 G I Bill, effective Aug. 1, 2009, allows veterans to transfer their educational benefits to spouses and dependents. The VIP Project exists to ensure that this special population gets the support they need to achieve academic success and to also improve their quality of life.”

The Innovation Whiteboard Challenge enables members to express their project concepts and business ideas to business leaders, entrepreneurs and funders.

Harris is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing with a research interest in post-traumatic stress disorder in military women and will graduate in spring 2013.

In July 2009, she was awarded the National Black Nurses Association’s Pay IT Forward Scholarship. Her memberships include Texas Nurses Association, National Black Nurses Association, National Organization of Veteran Business Owners and Houston Black MBA Association.

Harris enjoys traveling, volunteerism, whale watching and jazz.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved UT Tyler’s online doctoral nursing program in October 2007. The program, built on a model of strengths, enables nurses to study in the communities in which they reside while preparing them to serve as nurse educators and researchers who impact health locally and translate research findings globally.

For more information, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/nursing/phd/.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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