Monday Message 3/25/13

Greetings to each of you at the beginning of Holy Week!

As I sit down to write this morning, these words are playing in the background of my mind: Ponder anew what the Almighty can do . . . .
Entering into this most blessed Easter season, let us ponder anew the significance of the proclamation “He is not here; he is risen, just as he said.”

The crosses located near the entrance to the campus serve as a visual reminder of our Lord’s sacrifice and of His victory over death.

A word of welcome goes to Dale Cutrer, who begins her work today as Dr. Enzor’s administrative assistant. Dale, we are glad to have you on board.

Welcome also to Christina Teel, who is filling in for Sonia in the Office of the Registrar. Thank you, Christina, for your assistance.

We are excited to welcome representatives from the Town of Blue Mountain to our campus on Tuesday evening for our annual appreciation dinner. We are grateful for our wonderful neighbors and excited about the opportunity to say thank you.

Please continue to remember Dean Jack Moser and his family as they are grieving the loss of his father.

Many thanks to Chris Driskell, Larry McMillin, Mayor Doug Norton, and David Rainey for their work in bringing the cross project to fruition.

The campus will be closed in observation of Good Friday. May your family be blessed as you gather to worship the risen Savior!

Monday Message 3/18/13

Good Morning and Welcome Back!

I trust that everyone enjoyed a restful and refreshing spring break.  With the break behind us, we are pressing on full speed toward the close of this semester.  Today begins the countdown toward the inauguration on April 26 (be on the lookout for the inauguration website premiering soon) and graduation on May 11.  Please be praying for all who are involved in the preparation for these two significant events.

Please remember also Dr. Darwin Brooks and his family.  Dr. Brooks’ mother passed away last week.

It is my pleasure to share the great news that Emanuel Devon Sanders (8 pounds, 7 ounces, 19.5 inches) was born at 8:34 am on Friday, March 15th. Congratulation, Sonia, and family!

Congratulations also to Anna Brooke Page, who was recognized as an Honorable Mention to the Coaches’ All-America Team by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Signs of spring are everywhere on our beautiful campus.  In celebration of the season’s official arrival this week, students are invited to the lawn of Armstrong Tuesday evening to assist in preparing Easter eggs for the town of Blue Mountain’s egg hunt on Easter weekend.  The fun begins at 5:30 and includes cupcakes!

We will close this week out with special guests on campus.  Please join me in extending a warm welcome home to our ministerial alumni who will be here for MA Day.  Welcome also to the prospective ministerial students who will be in attendance.  We are thankful for you!

Today we will be led by Scott Thomas from First Baptist Church of Brandon as we worship together in chapel.  On Friday, MA President Ron Harrison will lead us.

As we contemplate the wonder of spring, let’s offer praises to our Lord, who has the power to make all things new.  II Corinthians 5:17

Monday Message 3/4/13

Happy Monday Morning!

Winter snowfall on Saturday gave way to spring sunshine on Sunday, giving us a glimpse yet again of our Creator’s artistry and omnipotence!

It was great to see our Alumni Association Board of Directors on campus Saturday; lots of great ideas were generated.  Many thanks to association president Audrey Caldwell and to alumni director Lea Bennett for their work in planning a productive day.

A huge word of congratulations goes out today to Coach Lavon Driskell.  Coach Driskell was named TranSouth women’s Coach of the Year.  Anna Brooke Page was named Newcomer of the Year.  Anna Brooke and Jessi Hayles were both named to the All-TSAC first team; Kati Prince received honorable mention.  From the men’s team, Jarvis Fisher was selected to the All-TSAC second team; Kevin Daniels and Vladimir Filipovic were chosen to the All-Freshmen team.  We are proud of all of our Toppers!

I hope all who attended last week’s production of Forever Plaid enjoyed it as much as I did.  If you were there Tuesday evening you witnessed my theatre debut as a pianist.  My first piano teacher, Rita Clemmer Braddock, just happened to be in attendance and was pleased.  Thanks, guys, for the “help”!

Lea Bennett is our chapel speaker today.  Rebekah Ray, Marketing and Donor Relations officer with the Mississippi Baptist Foundation, will speak to us on Friday.

In observance of Employee Appreciation Day, all faculty and staff are invited to come by the Office of the President between 10:30 and 11:30 today to pick up a small memento as a token of gratitude for all that you do.

Sonia Sanders, Assistant to the Registrar, has officially begun her maternity leave.  Let’s keep Sonia and family in our prayers as they anticipate baby boy’s arrival in the next few days.

Please pray for me as I will be traveling next week to do SACS work on another campus.  Monday messages will resume on March 18.

Next week the campus will pause to observe a much-needed spring break.  Let’s pray that this time away will be safe and restful for all.

Have a great week!

Monday Message 2/25/13

Good Morning!
Wasn’t yesterday a beautiful Lord’s day!  I hope you were blessed by it as much as I was.  Last night I had the privilege of hearing our Chorale sing at First Baptist Church of Baldwyn and of hearing Dr. Meeks open God’s Word and remind us of the great joy that is ours in Christ.  Many thanks to Dr. Meeks, Dr. Long, Laura Long, Lea Bennett, Maria Teel, and our wonderful students for representing BMC so well.
I am grateful to all who prayed for our Board meeting last Friday.  We have an outstanding group of trustees, all of whom are dedicated to serving Blue Mountain College.  I am grateful to the President’s Cabinet for their careful preparation that contributed to a productive day.
Please join me in congratulating Amy Thurmond who has accepted the position of web site coordinator here at the College.
This week promises to be another busy one.  Tomorrow student Sarah Cox and professor Justin Spencer will be honored in Jackson at the 26th Annual Higher Education Day-Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE).  Sarah, Dr. Spencer, and I will have the opportunity to tour the State Capitol before attending the awards luncheon.
Tuesday evening is opening night for Forever Plaid, our spring musical comedy.  I hope everyone will make plans to attend.  The show runs for seven performances.  Check our website for more details.
Thursday evening is the annual BSU missions banquet in Ray Dining Hall.  Check with Tracy Moser for more details.
This weekend our Alumni Association Board will be on campus for their spring meeting.  We welcome President Audrey Caldwell and all the Board members back to campus and hope that their time together is productive.
Our Topper basketball teams will be in TranSouth conference play this week.  The men play at 7:00 Thursday night at Bethel; the women play at 7:00 Friday at Martin Methodist.  Both the baseball and softball teams will be in action at home this weekend.
Today we are delighted to have Dr. David Eldridge, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo, leading our chapel service.  I will have the opportunity to share some of the good things going on at BMC at Calvary this coming Sunday morning.  Please pray for me and for Mandy Lane, who will be singing in the morning service at Calvary.
Blessings to all for a good week!

Monday Message 2/11/13

Good Evening!

It has been a busy Monday resulting in the Monday Message coming rather late in the day!  I trust that your week is off to a good start.
Tuesday will be another busy day on campus as we welcome participants in the math and science tournament to BMC.
Please join me in praying for Pam and Jerry Bowman as they grieve the passing of Jerry’s father.  The funeral will be held at 11:30 tomorrow at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis.
Pray also for our colleagues at Southern who are dealing with the aftermath of yesterday’s tornado.
Blessings to each of you for a productive and pleasant week.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 2/4/13

Dear BMC Community,
I hope that your Monday has been a good one.  This Monday Message is coming late in the day, but that gives me the opportunity to say how much I enjoyed our chapel service this morning.  It was a blessing to hear about the experiences of our students who were on mission during the Christmas holiday.  Let’s pray that God will water the seeds that were planted during these trips to Mission Arlington and to China.  Thank you, Tracy, for your leadership.
It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Dr. Barbara Holland has announced her retirement at the end of the spring semester.  We celebrate Dr. Holland’s forty years as a teacher (seven here at BMC), recognizing the vast extent of her influence as an accomplished academician and as a mentor to many.  Dr. Holland, congratulations to you!
I am happy to welcome Chelsey Griffin to BMC as Data Manager for our Advancement area.  Chelsey, we are glad that you are here.
Congratulations to the Topper Baseball team on three wins—including two no-hitters—this weekend over Tougaloo.  Kudos to the Lady Toppers Basketball team for their win Saturday over Martin-Methodist.  The ladies play Judson tomorrow night at BMC.  Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams play at home Thursday against Fisk. Best wishes to the BMC Softball team for their home opener on Saturday against Williams Baptist. GO TOPPERS!
I’ll be speaking Wednesday at the Chalybeate Kappa Kappa Iota meeting.
Ponder the power of this promise as you journey into the week ahead:
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                                Philippians 4:19
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 1/28/13

 Good Morning, BMC Family!
I hope that everyone is well and ready to dive in to another busy week on the Hill.  I am pleased to report that we are starting Spring 2013 with a total of 515 students (including full- and part-timers).  We are grateful that these students have chosen the Christ-centered learning environment at Blue Mountain College in which to grow both academically and spiritually.
I’d like to offer a special word of thanks to Anna Quinn for graciously opening her home last Thursday evening for a recruiting event.  Thanks also to the BMC alums who provided the delicious refreshments.  It was a delight to meet several prospective students and their parents.
I enjoyed getting to meet several of our graduates this weekend at the Jackson-area alumni gathering.  It was a special treat to visit with Mary Jo Olander Dacus, class of 1945!
Come out and support the Toppers tonight at 6:00 and 8:00 as they take on Rust College.  The baseball Toppers will take on Tougaloo at 5:00 on Friday and then again at 1:00 on Saturday.
Please keep me in your prayers as my travels this week will include a trip to Georgia.
Psalm 90:17
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 1/21/13

Good Morning,

Filling the hallway of Lowrey this morning was the hauntingly beautiful sound of classic hymns being played on a flute crafted from a piece of bamboo by one of our very own students, Chas Monaghan.  What a way to start the week!  The melody called to mind the hymnist’s prayer:  “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”  May that be our prayer as we begin the first full week of class at BMC.
Doesn’t it feel great to have our students back on campus!  May Spring 2013 be your best semester ever and may you pursue your studies with excellence, being diligent to think Christianly about your discipline and about how you will use new-found knowledge and skills to make a difference for the Kingdom of God.
I am pleased to announce that Jack Moser has accepted the position of interim Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services.  Please join me in congratulating Coach Jack and in lifting him up as he serves the college in this important role.
Congratulations to Brandon Hughes for a fine junior voice recital last Thursday evening.
The Lady Toppers had a big win on Saturday over Mid-Continent; the men fought a hard fight that ended in an overtime heart-breaker.  Guys, we are very proud of you!  You played with heart, determination, and Topper Tenacity!
Thanks to all of our students, faculty, and staff who pledged to pursue the BMC Kindness Challenge this semester.  Today is MLK Service Day; opportunities abound to kick off your commitment to acts of kindness and service.  Many thanks to Mrs. Jean Harrington and the SDO4 team for organizing today’s activities.
Please pray for me as I will be traveling to Belhaven tomorrow for a meeting with MAICU presidents.
Topper Baseball is back- starting this weekend!  The season kicks off Friday as the Toppers take on the Belhaven Blazers at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.  We hope to see many fans and alums there cheering on the team and enjoying the fellowship at the post game Bar-B-Q supper at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.  Contact Paige Harrell ( to make reservations.
Finally, please pray for the Executive Committee of our Board of Trustees.  They will be meeting on campus on Friday.
Blessings to all for a rewarding day of service.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 1/14/13

Good Morning,

This is a day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  After a warm and wet weekend, we’re back to more typical January weather—just in time to start the spring semester!  How good it is to see the campus come back to life as students return to begin classes tomorrow.
Please join me in welcoming our new students and in welcoming Dr. Lois Hammond, director of our online business program.  We are glad that you are a part of the BMC community.
On Thursday we will welcome to campus participants in the fourth annual Construction Conference sponsored by BMC and Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Please pray for me as I will be traveling to Mississippi College tomorrow for the spring meeting of the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and as I prepare to speak in chapel on Friday.
I am looking forward to an outstanding spring semester with you at BMC.  Let us continue to seek God’s favor, to stand firm on our mission, and to shine bright for our Savior in all that we do on the Hill.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 1/7/13

Good Morning and Happy New Year!

I trust that you and your family enjoyed a joyful and restful holiday season.  We are grateful to our sovereign God for His blessings to us in 2012 and commit 2013 at BMC to Him, trusting in His providence and care.
Although most students have not yet returned to campus, members of our men’s and women’s basketball teams have arrived and are back in the swing of practice.  Both teams travel to Ecclesia College on Thursday; the men travel to Victory University on Saturday.  Play hard, Toppers!  Many thanks to all of the individuals and groups who have provided meals for our teams during the holiday break.  Special thanks to Lea Bennett for organizing this initiative.
Please pray for me this week as I will be speaking to the Tupelo Rotary Club today and to the Century Civic Club in Ripley on Thursday.  On Friday I travel to Mississippi College for a meeting of the Education Commission of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.
Join me in welcoming Duane Bullard to BMC in his new role as Development Officer.
Progress continues to be made at the Sportsplex site; thank you once again to all who have provided support for this significant endeavor.
Allow me to express once again our gratitude to the many, many supporters who have contributed to our Annual Fund; you are making a difference!
May God’s blessings be yours this week.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 12/17/12

Good Morning!

As you are no doubt aware, the shopping days left until Christmas are in the single digits; perhaps your to-do list—like mine--is still quite long.  It is so easy to become caught up in the “hustle and bustle” of the season that we miss the opportunity to marvel in its beauty and its true meaning.  Let’s take time to pause and give thanks for the greatest gift of all—Emmanuel, God with us!
Today is a red-letter day for Blue Mountain College as several of us will be traveling to Baptist College of Health Sciences to sign an agreement to partner in offering several programs, including medical sonography, medical technology, radiography, radiation therapy, respiratory care, and business/healthcare administration.  One hundred years ago Dr. B.G. Lowrey and Dr. W.T. Lowrey articulated a vision that ultimately led to the formation of a healthcare system that has now touched the lives of thousands upon thousands of Mid-Southerners; today that vision will be extended to include new opportunities for Blue Mountain College to partner in the provision of healthcare education, a venture which we will trust will serve to enhance the original mission.  For this partnership with BCHS, we are grateful.
Please remember our men’s basketball team as they travel to and from Morningside College in Florida for today’s game.  Go Toppers!
Offices at BMC will close on Tuesday, December 18, at 4:30 and reopen Wednesday, January 2, at 8:00.  Monday Messages will resume on January 7, 2013.
Best wishes to all for a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 12/10/12

Good Morning,

This Monday morning finds me in Dallas, where Dr. Enzor and I are attending the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Please pray for productive meetings and safe travels back to the Hill.
Finals are over and students (with the exception of  our Basketball teams) are at home with their families.  We were blessed with a fine fall semester.  Many thanks to our outstanding faculty and staff for their work in making the Fall 2012 semester a great experience.  Thanks be to God for His blessings upon us!
The Toppers Basketball teams traveled on Saturday to Walnut Ridge, AR to take on Williams Baptist. Congratulations to our Lady Toppers who brought home a win. Both teams fought hard to keep the contests close. Please remember the Lady Toppers on Tuesday as they travel to Hattiesburg to take on William Carey, and both teams on Saturday as they travel to Batesville, AR to take on Lyon College. GO TOPPERS!!
Many of you have commented about the lovely nativity scene that graces the front of the campus.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to see it, we invite you to come by, take a look, and reflect on that holy night long ago in Bethlehem when shepherds knelt before the newborn King.  If you can’t make it by, here’s a picture of the scene.  Thanks to Larry McMillin, Chris Driskell, Amy Thurmond, Joey Etheridge, and members of the facilities management team for putting this scene together for our community to enjoy.

Thanks to all who continue to contribute to the Annual Fund and to the Sportsplex.  We appreciate you!

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin


Monday Message 12/4/12

Good Morning!

Monday came and went in a whirlwind of activity, causing the Monday message to become the Tuesday message.  We are now in Day Two of Final Exams.  Please join me in praying for our students as they take exams and for our faculty as they give exams and complete their grading.  Please pray also for our students as they travel to their homes for the holiday break.  Our hope is that all will enjoy a restful and joyful time at home with family and friends.
Many thanks to all who came out to the Groundbreaking for the Sportsplex yesterday. We were blessed with a beautiful day.  I look forward to the day when we pack the bleachers to watch the Toppers at bat—at home!
I want to offer a special word of thanks to Tommy Peters, Chris Driskell, and Amy Thurmond for their amazing work in decorating Armstrong for the holidays.  It looks like something right out of Southern Living!  Thanks also to Tommy Peters, Lea Bennett, and Paige Harrell for hosting at the receptions yesterday.
Congratulations to the men’s and women’s basketball teams for two great wins on Saturday. Please remember both teams on Saturday as they travel to Williams Baptist.  Go, Toppers!
Thanks again to all who are contributing to the BMC Annual Fund!  We are so blessed by your generosity and your support.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
                                                            Philippians 1:3
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 11/28/2012

Good Day!

I hope everyone enjoyed a great time with friends and family and had plenty of turkey and dressing over the holiday!  Larry, Sam, and I enjoyed counting our blessings and anticipating the season of Advent.
To the many supporters who have already contributed to the Annual Fund, we are so very grateful!  Your contributions have made an immediate impact on the work of the College.  May God bless you for your generosity and for your ongoing support of BMC.
Congratulations to Beverly Moffitt for the wonderful article in Friday’s Daily Journal which chronicled her career and highlighted her love for BMC.  Beverly, we are so glad that you are here!
Our hearts are saddened this day by the passing of Hilda Hill.  Mrs. Hill, a dynamic member of the class of 1951, distinguished herself through her professional career as an educator in North Mississippi and served as Dean of Students at Blue Mountain College.  She received an honorary doctorate from the College in 2011.  Our prayers go out to the members of Mrs. Hill’s family.
Please pray for faculty and students this week as we enter the last week of class before final exams.   Undoubtedly, many papers and projects will be written and graded this week.  Pray for stamina and focus for all to finish strong.
Pray for me on Saturday as I address the WMU at New Baptist in Myrtle.
This Thursday evening at 4:30 faculty and staff, along with their immediate family members, are invited to gather for hot chocolate and cookies before posing for a Christmas photo in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium.  At 6:00 we will proceed to Lowrey Memorial for a time of lessons and carols in preparation for the Christmas season.
Our basketball teams will be traveling to play Morthland College today.  The men will play at home against Life on Thursday at 7:00.  Both teams will make their last home stand before the holiday on Saturday against Huntingdon and Dillard.
Many thanks to Tommy Peters and all the crew responsible for making the campus so beautiful for Christmas.  If you haven’t been on campus lately, we invite you to come by and enjoy the holiday décor.
Anyone in need of furniture, desks, tables, etc. will want to check out the “warehouse” sale this Saturday at the education building from 7:00 until noon.
May God’s blessings be yours today.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 11/19/2012

Good Morning,

Greetings to all on this Monday of Thanksgiving week.  Our students are already enjoying a much-needed break.  Offices are open today and tomorrow.  We will be closed the remainder of the week to observe the beginning of the holiday season with family and friends.  May we each take time to reflect on God’s bountiful blessings to us.  For His favor demonstrated to us in innumerable ways we are grateful!
I trust that our many alumni and friends have received a letter asking you to consider contributing to the College’s Annual Fund.  A glitch in our data management process caused some middle names to be noted incorrectly.  Please accept our apology for this mistake.  If you have not received your letter, I’ve attached a link to it here:  We hope that you will give prayerful attention to this opportunity to invest in the day-to-day operations of Blue Mountain College.
In the way of news, I am pleased to report that next year Blue Mountain College will hold membership in the Southern States Athletic Conference.  With the dissolution of the TranSouth Conference, BMC, along with former TranSouth members Martin Methodist and Bethel, will make the move to the SSAC next fall.
Please remember our men’s basketball team as they remain on the road with an exhibition game tomorrow night at the University of New Orleans.
Blessings to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 11/12/2012

Good Monday to Each of You!

Yesterday I was blessed by the opportunity to join in worship at First Baptist Church of Okolona.  Pastor Eric Boykin delivered a wonderful message on recognizing the glory of God as expressed in creation.  As I was driving home I saw glimpses of this glory all around in the brilliant sunlight that illumined the fall landscape, showcasing the colors of autumn.  This morning I received this video that reminded me again of God’s artistry through light and color.  If you have time, you might enjoy watching it too:  Click here:Colors
Please join me in saying a word of thanks to our veterans who serve our country so faithfully and bravely.  We appreciate all who serve!
Here’s some exciting news:   Four BMC students have qualified to compete in the NAIA national championship this Saturday in Vancouver, Washington.  Kelsea Hendrix and Latifa Swims will compete in the women’s 5k race at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site, and Austin Epting and Carter Witt will complete in the 8k men’s race.  Kelsea, Latifa, Austin, and Carter, we are so proud of you!
Congratulations to our men’s and women’s basketball teams; both are off to a great start.  If you haven’t been out to a Topper game, I hope you will come out soon.  Tomorrow night’s first game starts at 5:30.
I will be speaking on Thursday to the senior adults at First Baptist Church in Ripley.  Please pray for me as I prepare for this event.
Please pray as well for our recent graduate Tonya Gray, who was involved in a serious car accident.  Tonya is currently enrolled as a graduate student at BMC.
Don’t forget the retirement reception for Dr. Janice Nicholson on Thursday at 2:00 in conference room 27 of the admin building.
There will be one more Monday Message before Thanksgiving, but--for those who will be away or traveling--allow me to wish you and your family a very blessed season of gratitude.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 11/05/2012

Good Morning to All!

I hope everyone enjoyed Founders Day and Topper Homecoming as much as I did!  God blessed us with two beautiful, meaningful days jam-packed with opportunities to reminisce with old friends and to celebrate with new ones.  Dr. Coward’s address on “Founders, Finders, Keepers” was an inspiration to us all.  Congratulations, Dr. Coward, on being named a “Faithful Daughter” by the Alumni Association.  We are grateful to you for your leadership.
After much anticipation, I finally had the opportunity to see Dr. Meeks do the “Moses Rap.”  Believe me, it was worth the wait!
Congratulations to Courtney Ivy on being crowned Homecoming Queen.
Hats off to the Lady Toppers for a decisive win over William Carey and to the men for putting up a great fight.  The day ended Saturday on a moving note as we experienced the magnificence of Handel’s Messiah.  Many in attendance have expressed to me their gratitude to BMC for providing such a stellar experience for our community.  Thank you, Dr. Long, for envisioning and bringing to fruition an inspiring performance.
Please join me in praying for our nation as we have the opportunity tomorrow to exercise our right to vote.  I encourage everyone to vote as an expression of your Christian values.
This is Missions Emphasis week in chapel.  We were challenged this morning to go where God leads us in service to Him.  Please pray for our students who are considering where God would have them serve next summer.
Tomorrow evening at 5:30 the President’s Cabinet will serve “Apples at Armstrong” to our students.
Please pray for me as I will be speaking at First Baptist Church in Okolona on Sunday.
Hebrews 13:20-21 expresses my prayer for you this week.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 10/29/2012

It is the first day of a great week for Mississippi Baptists and for Blue Mountain College!  Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 177th Annual Mississippi Baptist Convention.  Let’s pray for an outstanding time of fellowship and worship, remembering specifically Executive Director Dr. Jim Futral (Class of ’67) and convention President Dr. David Hamilton (Class of ‘78) as they provide leadership.  It is BMC’s turn to give the college report, so please remember me at 9:10 on Wednesday.  On Tuesday evening I’ll have the opportunity to attend the Ministerial Alumni dinner.  I am looking forward to this special time and meeting lots of alums from across the state.
Returning to campus on Thursday morning, I’ll be ready to jump into a host of  special events, including Founders Day and Homecoming activities.   Thursday afternoon we will welcome Dr. David S. Dockery, president of Union University, to our campus for the Theta Alpha Kappa initiation. Thursday evening Dr. Mikki Galliher will give the 2012-13 Humanities Lecture in Garrett at 7:00.  A reception will follow.
Friday we will welcome Dr. Coward back to campus for the Founders Day chapel.  Immediately following chapel everyone is invited to attend the traditional planting of the presidential magnolia (just outside the north entrance to the admin building).  Check out our website for more details regarding a host of homecoming events, including Praise Jam Friday evening, tailgating on Saturday, the presentation of the homecoming court, Topper basketball, and a performance from Handel’s Messiah.  Wow—talk about a mountain of possibilities!
I am so excited to offer congratulations to the members of our men’s and women’s cross country teams.  On Saturday our women won the TranSouth Conference Championship and our men finished second.  Senior Austin Epting was named TranSouth Runner of the Year; freshman Carter Witt was named Newcomer of the Year.  Coach Phillip Laney was named women’s Coach of the Year.  Kudos to all!
I close today’s Monday Message with a bittersweet note.  After serving faithfully for 44 years in higher education, Dr. Janice Nicholson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Graduate and Special Programs, has announced her plans to retire at the close of the fall semester.  An alumna of the BMC class of 1964, Dr. Nicholson taught and held leadership roles at the University of North Alabama for 37 years.  Returning to serve her alma mater in 2005, Dr. Nicholson has played a critical role in the amazing growth of Blue Mountain College, providing leadership for the development of our graduate programs in education and for our strategic planning committee.  She holds the distinction of being the only graduate of BMC to serve as president, holding the position of interim president for a period of time this summer.  In the short time that I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Nicholson, I have come to love and appreciate her for her wisdom, her wit, and her dedication to this institution.  We will take time as a community later this semester to celebrate Dr. Nicholson’s great service to Blue Mountain.
Blessings to all!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin


Monday Message 10/23/2012

Good Morning!

Monday came and went without an opportunity for me to pen the Monday message!  The week is off to a busy and good start.  I was blessed on Sunday to share with our friends at First Baptist in Ripley about the things God is doing at BMC.  Last evening I had the same opportunity at the meeting of the Benton-Tippah Association.  It was great to see so many friends and to make new ones as well.
Later this week we will have many guests on campus, including Dr. Terry Dale Cruse from Missouri Baptist University and the North Mississippi Gifted Teachers group.  Dr. Cruse will be conducting a workshop with our admissions team, and the teachers of gifted students will be participating in their own workshop.  Please join me in extending greetings to these special guests on Friday.
Saturday is the long-awaited opening day for Topper basketball!  Come out and support the Toppers at 2:00 and 4:00 as they take on Belhaven.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
                                                                                    Psalm 118:24
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 10/15/2012

Good Morning!
I trust that everyone enjoyed a restful fall break.  The trees stepping out in their fall attire always take my breath away!
Please pray for me this evening as I give a report at Bissell Baptist Church in Tupelo during the Lee County associational meeting.  Tomorrow our Department of Education faculty will host a workshop led by Dr. Ann Singleton, associate dean of the School of Education and Human Studies at Union University.  On Friday we will welcome representatives from the Mississippi Education Commission to our campus for the final meeting of 2012.
Congratulations to Coach Laney and the Cross Country team for a strong finish at Saturday’s Choctaw Invitational at Mississippi College!
May Yahweh bless you
   and protect you;
may Yahweh make His face shine
   on you
and be gracious to you;
may Yahweh look with favor on you
and give you peace.
                           Numbers 6:24-26
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 10/8/2012

Good Morning,

On this the second Monday in October we observe Columbus Day, a day set aside to mark the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.  Columbus embarked on a great life-changing and world-changing adventure when he “sailed the ocean blue” in 1492.  It is fitting that on this day that we will welcome a number of prospective students to our campus, all preparing to set out on a new life-changing adventures of their own.  Please join me in welcoming Nelson, Frankie, Autumn, Kelsey, Blakney, Dane, Mallory, Samantha, Carson, Kayla, Madison, D.J., John, and Katelyn to the Hill.  Our prayers are with them as they seek to know where God will take them on the next step of their important journey.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Sound of Music!  Larry and I attended the Friday night performance and enjoyed a Broadway-worthy production right here at BMC.  Thank you, professors Andre and Kantack, for bringing this performance to our stage.
Many thanks again to our dedicated Board of Trustees for the very productive meeting on Friday.  We are blessed by your leadership.
Please pray for me as I will be traveling this evening to speak at the Monroe associational meeting at Cason Baptist Church in Amory.
May you and your family be blessed by the beauty of autumn as we enjoy Fall Break this coming Thursday and Friday.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin


Monday Message 10/1/2012

Good Morning,
Can you believe that it is the first day of October!?  The Hill will be alive this week with The Sound of Music.  I hope you are planning to attend.  Best wishes to the cast and crew for an outstanding performance.
In addition to welcoming our guests who will be attending the musical, we will also welcome our Board of Trustees to campus on Friday.  Please join me in praying for our meeting on Friday and in thanking God for the dedicated men and women who give so selflessly in service to BMC.
Lea Bennett, Anna Quinn, and I will be traveling Saturday to the Memphis Area Alumni Association’s Family Fun Day in Collierville.  Please pray for us as we represent Blue Mountain and remember as well Maria Teel, who is representing the college at the MAC conference in Hattiesburg tomorrow.  Thank you, Maria.
Next Monday is our first scheduled Topper Day.  Please encourage prospective students within your circle of family and friends to check us out!
The Office of the President was contacted recently to see if we would like to receive complimentary copies of a daily devotional book for our faculty and staff.  A copy will be placed in your mailbox today.
This month will be another busy one.  As we consider our full calendars, let’s be thankful for meaningful work and for the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing through Blue Mountain College.
In Christ,
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 9/24/2012

Good Morning,
What a lovely weekend we were blessed with!  Added to the privilege and blessing of being in the Lord’s house to worship, we marked the beginning of my favorite time of year with the first day of fall on Saturday.  I’m looking forward to adding a collection of pumpkins to the assortment of mums that now grace the front porch at Armstrong.
Saturday was also special because it included a meeting of the Middle Tennessee Alumni group on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville.  Many thanks to Frances Magers Massey and Patsy Henry Highland for their leadership in bringing this group together and to Lea Bennett and Jill West for making the trip up to engage with this great group of alums.  The day became a memory I will never forget when Laura Thompson Vaden of the class of 1949 presented me with her mother’s 1917 BMC class ring!  I am wearing with pride the ring that belonged to Annie Lee Spencer Thompson.  Thank you, Laura, for this amazing gift—it is a perfect symbol of the grace, dignity, generosity, and commitment that characterize the Blue Mountain graduate.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
                                                                                                                        2 Peter 1:2
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 9/17/2012

Good Morning, BMC Family,
Although today is a rainy day and a Monday, let’s use these circumstances to remind us of how God showers us with blessings and of how He graces us with new beginnings.
Here at the college we have been greatly blessed in many ways—one of which includes our friendship with Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) McClure Pattillo, an alumna of the class of 1949.   It saddens me to report that Mrs. Pattillo passed away on Saturday.  A celebration of her life will be held today at 11:00 at Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia; Tom and Bettye Coward will be attending the memorial service.  As you may recall, Mrs. Pattillo was presented with an honorary doctorate at the Spring 2012 Commencement.  Our prayers are with the Pattillo family as they reflect on the life of a woman recognized by all for her integrity, her character, and her quiet, gentle spirit.  For these characteristics and for Elizabeth McClure Pattillo’s vision for excellence in education, we give thanks.  The tribute to Mrs. Pattillo that was shared at Commencement is attached.
This week’s events include the Constitution Day observance in chapel today , the faculty/staff meeting at 3:30 this afternoon, and the CRV banquet on Thursday evening.  On Friday we will be led in chapel by Dr. Jim Futral, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

Congratulations to the Topper softball team for three wins on Friday.  Way to go, Coach Barefield!  Good luck to our women who are playing in the Freed-Hardeman invitational golf tournament today and tomorrow.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 9/10/2012

Good Monday Morning to All!

Wasn’t the weekend fantastic!  I’ve never seen a bluer sky than the one over the Hill yesterday.  I trust that you were blessed by the opportunity to worship with your church family and to enjoy the hint of fall that graced the weekend air.
Many thanks go out to Dr. David Hamilton for his encouraging words during last Friday’s chapel.  It was a pleasure to have you on campus, Dr. Hamilton.
We had a great day Saturday with lots of folks here to participate in Meet the Toppers day.  A big thank you goes to Coach Driskell and to all who helped make this event a fine success.
Please note that we are hosting today the Northeast Mississippi Pastor’s Conference.  Sessions begin at 9:00 at Lowrey Memorial and conclude at 2:45.  Dr. Jake Roudkovski, Professor of Evangelism at NOBTS, will be our speaker today at 10:00 in Berry Auditorium.  Please offer a word of welcome to all of our guests.

Please pray for me this week as I will be speaking at the Alcorn Baptist Ministry Training Banquet on Tuesday evening and then travelling to Millsaps on Wednesday for a meeting of the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
May the favor of the Lord rest on us this week and establish the work of our hands.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 8/27/2012

Dear BMC Community,
It has been a busy Monday for me, which means my Monday message is coming rather late in the day.  I hope that the day has been a good one for you.  I looked out my office window just a little while ago to watch soap-covered students preparing to plunge down a slip and slide on the green.  Oh, to be 18 again!  It was a happy sight.
As of this afternoon, we had officially registered 511 students.  A few more may be added through the last day to enroll on Wednesday.

I ask for your prayers as I will be finishing up my series on “Topper Tenacity” in chapel on Friday.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands—establish the work of our hands!
Psalm 90:17
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Monday Message 8/20/2012

Good Morning,

I hope that everyone enjoyed the weekend.  Saturday was a busy day on campus with members of the BMC Alumni Association Board on campus and with over 40 worship leaders here for a workshop.  Kudos to Lea Bennett and to Dr. Greg Long for their leadership of these events. 
It feels good to settle in this week to our regular routine after a hectic week of getting everything off to a great start.  Many thanks to everyone but particularly those in enrollment services, admissions, financial aid, the business office, and the registrar’s office.  We are blessed to have 265 residential students, including 165 returning students and 100 new students.  This number includes 143 women and 122 men. (We have two empty beds in men’s housing and three in women’s.)  At this point it appears that we are down in total enrollment from last fall; however, we are still in the process of registering a considerable number of students.  Faculty, thank you for encouraging students to follow through on the registration process.  I will update you as we draw closer to the end of the enrollment period.  We are thankful for every student God has sent our way!
Today in chapel Dr. Meeks introduced this year’s chapel theme:  “Get Engaged:  Getting to the Heart of the Matter.”  On Friday and then again next Monday I will have the opportunity to speak on how this theme relates to our mission and to our expectations for our students.  I covet your prayers.
May God’s blessings be yours today.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin


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