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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
October 22, 2014
Good Morning!

Greetings to each of you in the middle of another busy week on the Hill. Several of you are aware that I was in an accident over the weekend. Thank you for your expressions of concern. I am blessed and grateful to report that there were no injuries. In those few moments of experiencing a vehicle out of control I likewise experienced the totality of God’s being in control. How amazing to know that the God who controls all things and all situations delights in holding us firmly in the palm of His hand!

I want to thank Dr. Justin Spencer for the message he shared with us in chapel on Monday. I appreciate his testimony and pray that his words ministered to many in our community.

Tomorrow evening we will have special guests on our campus as members of the local chapter of our alumni association will meet here for dinner and fellowship. The evening will also include Duncan Schaefer’s worship leadership project at 7:00. If your schedule permits, I know that you will experience a blessing and that Duncan will appreciate your support.

Remember our students who will be participating in the BSU fall retreat this weekend. I also covet your prayers as I travel today to Chicago to participate in the inauguration of David S. Dockery as the new president of Trinity International University.

I offer a word of congratulations to Dr. Johnny Mattox for being named president of the Mississippi Science Teachers Association. I also am very pleased to recognize Dr. Ronald Meeks as our HEADWAE Teacher of the Year and Andrew Chesteen as our HEADWAE student of the year. Congratulations!

On a final note, I congratulate Dr. Stewart Bennett, Dr. Terry Taylor, and Dr. Sharon Enzor for their work on our new major in criminal justice. We received notice from our accrediting agency this week that this new program has been approved.

Blessings for a good rest of the week!

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delighteth in his way.”
Psalm 37:23

Posted by Monday Messages on October 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM
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October 13, 2014
Good Morning,

I hope that each of you enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing fall break. It was another banner weekend for area football fans. Congratulations to the Bulldogs and the Rebels for bringing accolades to our great state!

I am especially pleased today to extend congratulations to our own athletic program for a recognition that was announced last week at the annual MAC conference. It was my honor to accept on behalf of the College the Halbrook Award for Academic Achievement Among Athletes. This is award is presented to the four Mississippi institutions of higher learning with the highest percentage of graduating athletes. With a 100% rate, Blue Mountain College received the award for the independent colleges. BMC also received the John C. and Ernestine McCall Halbrook Achievement Award, which is given to the single college or university in the state with the greatest increase over the previous year in the percentage of athletes graduating. Brian McDonnieal and Katie Prince were also recognized as Halbrook certificate recipients. Congratulations, Toppers, for setting the bar high!

Today another fine group of prospective students will visit our campus for Preview Day. Please join me in giving them a warm welcome to BMC.

We are thankful for Dr. Cutrer’s message this morning regarding God’s peace, purpose, and plan. We will look forward to hearing from Jody Hill, author of 38: The Chucky Mullins Effect, on Friday. The book, which normally sells for $20, will be available to students for $5.00.

Tomorrow our campus will be the site of the Future Educators of American Leadership Conference, and tomorrow evening we will have the opportunity to listen as Dr. Nancy Kerns delivers the annual Humanities Lecture in Garrett Auditorium at 7:00.
Friday we will also host the members of the MBC’s Education Commission. We are thankful for the service of these individuals and look forward to their annual visit.

I close by welcoming back to campus Mrs. Joan Herrington. We are thankful for her recovery and return.

The forecast today is for threatening weather conditions. Please be mindful and be prepared. Please keep me in your prayers as I will be traveling later this afternoon to give a report to the North Central Association at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada.


Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delighteth in his way.”
Psalm 37:23

Posted by Monday Messages on October 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM
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October 6, 2014
Dear BMC Family,
Some college campuses are known for their iconic landmarks: a stately bell tower, an ivy covered hall, a massive library, or even an athletic arena made famous by the All-American who called it home. While ours has its own distinctive charms, it is not the Little Dell or the Gal-ry or Tyler Gymnasium that defines us--no, Blue Mountain College is defined by her people, and specifically by a cadre of gifted souls whom God called out for a lifetime of service to this special place. Throughout our long 140-plus years a few such souls have so invested their lives in this place that it is difficult to envision one without the other. We are deeply saddened today by the passing of Dr. Betty Hearn, a beloved professor of English who challenged and equipped her students to strive for the standard of excellence that defines BMC. Our fittest tribute is to conduct ourselves daily in a way that says "we are Blue Mountain College." Dr. Betty Hearn, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Please pray today for Dr. Betty's family--a family which includes the innumerable students whose love and appreciation of great literature and beautiful words began in her classroom. Those wishing to pen their own tributes to Dr. Betty may do so on the BMC Facebook page.

Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on October 6, 2014 at 10:43 AM
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September 22, 2014
Greetings to all on a beautiful Monday morning!

I trust that your day and your week are off to a fine start. We begin the week blessed by the opportunity to hear from our own Mrs. Sherrell Settlemires in chapel this morning. Dr. Tim Mims will be our speaker on Friday.

We will welcome to our campus this week many guests. Tomorrow the Executive Committee of our Board of Trustees will meet in preparation for our full Board’s regular fall meeting on Friday. We thank God for the dedicated men and women who serve so faithfully and capably on our Board.

Suessical, our fall musical, opens tomorrow evening at 7:30 in Garrett Auditorium with additional evening performances Thursday through Friday. Matinees begin at 9:30 on Wednesday and Thursday and at 1:30 on Friday. Please plan to attend what will most certainly be a delightful show!

These are full and busy days, but be encouraged! Fall break is just a few days away. (Offices will be closed October 9-10.)

Soli deo Gloria!

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delighteth in his way.”
Psalm 37:23

Posted by Monday Messages on September 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM
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September 22, 2014
Good Morning,

I hope everyone enjoyed the last weekend of the summer of 2014. The September equinox occurs this evening at 9:29, marking the official arrival of fall and ushering in a beautiful season to be on the BMC campus. The weather should be perfect when the faculty take on the students in softball tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. Come out and enjoy what will surely be an entertaining contest!

We welcome to chapel today Greg Spencer, pastor of First Baptist Church, New Albany. On Wednesday everyone is invited to the flagpole on the green at 7:30 a.m. for See You at the Pole. The sophomore class has a fun event planned for Thursday evening. Be sure to check out the ice cream social and bachelor auction benefit at 4:30 in the SUB.

While away from campus on Friday I received a text and a picture informing me that one of the large oaks near the SUB had fallen, the apparent victim of the consistent work of carpenter ants that had devastated the massive shade tree’s core. A host of metaphors and lessons can be gleaned from this occurrence, one of which will serve to conclude today’s Monday Message. Generations have undoubtedly sat in the shade of this tree, admiring its beauty and contemplating its strength. Its falling on Friday reminds us that it is inner strength which sustains us. As Paul prayed for the Ephesians, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”

 

May you experience God-given strength in your inner being today and throughout this week.

 

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delighteth in his way.”
                                                                                                    Psalm 37:23

Posted by Monday Messages on September 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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September 15, 2014
Good Morning!

I hope that everyone enjoyed a weekend that brought with it our first hint of fall—my favorite time of year. On this fall-like day we are pleased to welcome to our campus the pastors who are attending the Northeast Mississippi Pastor’s Conference. Please join me in extending to them a warm welcome to BMC. We will look forward to hearing from Dr. Brian Harbour as he leads us in chapel today. On Friday we will have the privilege of welcoming Senator Rita Potts Parks as our chapel speaker.

On Thursday evening Ray Dining Hall will be the setting for the annual CRV banquet. We look forward to hearing from our own Dr. Jim Futral and to welcoming our friends from the MBC Board. This occasion provides us another opportunity in which to express our gratitude to Mississippi Baptists for their many forms of support and encouragement. We are thankful to be partners in ministry together.

I have enjoyed stopping by the Wellness Center to see so many of our students taking advantage of this great new facility—and, yes, I have worked out a few times myself! Today the Wellness Center opens for use by our neighbors in the community. We are glad to make this option available and thankful for the support of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation.

May God bless your day and your week.

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delighteth in his way.”
Psalm 37:23

Posted by Monday Messages on September 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM
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September 2, 2014
Good Morning,

I trust that everyone enjoyed the long weekend and had the opportunity to relax a bit following the busy start to the semester. As of last Friday afternoon, 532 students had completed the enrollment process; a few additional students will complete the process today. These additions will put us slightly ahead of last fall’s enrollment, which was 532. We are pleased to welcome 24 students into our graduate programs, compared to 12 last fall. Nineteen students are dually enrolled at North Pontotoc. We are excited to welcome each of these students to Blue Mountain College!

As we settle in to the routine of the semester, we find that there is no shortage of opportunities for being engaged in the life of BMC. The Wellness Center has opened for use by faculty, staff, and students. An open house is scheduled for 10:00 on Saturday. The Johnnie Armstrong Gal-ry and Campus Store is open in its new location and is proving to be a great place both to shop and to hang out between classes.

In addition to the open house on Saturday, we will be introduced to our Topper athletes at Meet the Toppers Day. Festivities begin at 7:30 with registration for the annual Topper Day 5K Run/Walk followed by fun activities for children and the sale of Topper Gear at 10:00 in Tyler Gymnasium. The annual hamburger lunch will begin at 11:00 (tickets will be available on-site.) Athletes from all teams will be introduced at noon in the gym. Competition has already begun for some of our teams. On Saturday our women’s cross country team finished second to Tulane in the season opener at Mississippi College. Congratulations on a fine start!

We are pleased to welcome back to campus the members of our Alumni Association Board here for their fall meeting on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Please be in prayer for me as I will be traveling to Jackson for the MAICU meeting on Friday.

May the Lord order your steps through this day and the days ahead.

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delighteth in his way.”
Psalm 37:23

Posted by Monday Messages on September 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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