Chandelle Ulmer

Learning to be a good steward

Chandelle Ulmer, a sophomore exercise science major from Locust Grove, believes passionately in sustainability.

“In the Bible, we’re told to be good stewards of everything, because everything is a gift from God, a blessing,” she says.

For Chandelle, that touches every part of her life. She and two roommates live in the college’s Sustainability Theme House and work to promote the concept both on and off campus.

“Obviously, this world isn’t going to be here forever,” she says. “We need to be good stewards of what we’re given or it’s not going to be here. It’s important for our generation to realize that. We’re about to go into the workforce, and we must know that we can make a difference in the world.”

Chandelle says living in the Sustainability House is exciting.

“We have a garden and are growing carrots, turnip greens and mustard,” she says. “We get eggs from our two chickens. Whatever we have left over that we can’t eat we donate to the soup kitchen that is run by (LaGrange College) students. And we are attempting to partner with our neighbors.”

Even her choice of career reflects her interest in stewardship – taking care of the older generation.

“I’ve always wanted to work in physical therapy, specifically in an assisted living or nursing home,” she says. “I want to help those who are older because we want to keep them here as long as possible. Once they pass on, their wisdom goes with them and is lost forever. We should treasure and care for these people.”

Physical therapy appeals to Chandelle’s nurturing nature.

“I want (my patients) to feel like they are cared for and that I honestly want to help them,” she says. “They have lived their whole lives, and now it’s time for them to just settle down and be taken care of. It’s much more than a job to me.”

Chandelle serves as the director of service and sustainability for the Student Government Association and on the leadership team of Baptist Student Ministries. She also is part of Girls Only Bible Study.

But she will tell you that just before she started classes on the Hill, she was a bit apprehensive.

“I’m a very shy and quiet person,” she says. “I didn’t know if I was going to make friends or if I’d fit in. But during First Week’s Big Unorganized Ridiculous Party, I met my best friend. I just had to get over my fears and realize that this was going to be an awesome place – if I let it be.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.