Jeff Lockhart, B.S. ’05, came to Henderson expecting to get a great education in dietetics. But he says his Henderson experience prepared him not just for a great job in his field, but for life in general. “Studying at Henderson was very challenging and I really had to work for my degree, which also prepares you for the challenging world ahead.”
Jeff said his choice of major was a matter of following his enthusiasm for healthful living: “I built my life around living a healthy lifestyle so it just made sense to follow what I had a passion about.” Once he got into the Family and Consumer Science program, he said he was impressed by the family atmosphere and how it fostered a sense of teamwork and motivation among the students.
After graduating, Jeff became a Nutrition Educator for the Arkansas Department of Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. He spent two years in that position before moving into his current role as Environmental Health Specialist. As an EHS, he helps ensure that the food consumed in local food establishments is safe and unadulterated.
Jeff’s advice for other Henderson students emphasizes the winning combination of hard work and making good use of the tools one’s been given. “You get out of life what you put in,” he said. “Learn to work hard…and enjoy the rewards. Most jobs are only eight-hour days for five days a week, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the finer, simple things as well.”