A Shining Example
Professor Cindy Gilbert has gone above and beyond and has been a shining example of someone who is dedicated to the service of the general public. Nursing by its very nature is a service profession, but she takes service to another level. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Gilbert consistently volunteers for service projects. For example, in 2012, she assisted the City of Little Rock’s Occupational Health Nurse with administering flu shots to more than 100 Little Rock firefighters, and she assisted with the Little Rock Health Fair, an incredibly important service project, where more than 500 flu vaccines were administered. These events alone accounted for 16 hours of service time.
Professor Gilbert has spent the largest percentage of her service time over the last two years coordinating the Love Your School, which is an effort by the Little Rock School District elementary schools to curb childhood obesity. In 2012, five UALR Department of Nursing faculty and 20 students volunteered over 160 hours to complete the measurements on 1,300 students from eight elementary schools. In 2013, six nursing faculty members contributed more than 100 hours, while 25 nursing students and two health science students contributed over 175 hours to the project. In his letter of support, Michael Drake, Chief Service Officer for the City of Little Rock, acknowledged that Professor Gilbert’s effort helped the City of Little Rock win the second-place prize for the Nation’s Outstanding Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (Mid-Size Cities) awarded by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Beverage Association in 2013 at the Winter Meeting held in Washington, D.C.
Professor Gilbert’s degrees include a M.S. from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. from Texas Woman’s University.