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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
August 19, 2014
Good Monday Morning to All!

What a blessing it was yesterday to see the campus come alive again with students claiming their places in the residence halls! They were greeted by the welcoming aroma of freshly baked cookies—many thanks to Nancy McDonald, to Anna Quinn, and to the alumni who sponsored this project. Thank you also to each faculty or staff member and to each student leader who assisted with the move-in. You were a tremendous help. (A special shout-out goes to Ricky Griffin, who responded quickly to address some special needs.) The evening closed on a special note as Jessie Kellum, Derek Hunter, and Taylor Clark led us in worship at the pier. Many thanks to Tracy Moser and to Jack Moser for organizing a meaningful event that concluded with a prayer at the Euzelian Gates as our students entered the campus to grow in wisdom.

So many have commented on the appropriateness of both LuAnne Travis Ford’s message in song and Dr. Fisher’s convocation address on Friday evening. What a way to start the new year! Emma Ainsworth, Pam Bowman, Tommy Peters, Chris Driskell, Amy Thurmond, and Nancy McDonald played a vital role in organizing such a special evening. Dr. Meeks and Dr. Long provided just the right opening and a most appropriate conclusion.

By the time you read this you may have already had your first shopping excursion to the newly-relocated campus store. Kudos to Dot Locke, Renita Gossett, Karen Thompson, and the host of volunteers who made the move happen in short order last week. By the response of those who attended the sneak peek on Friday evening, the new location is a big hit.

We are very hopeful that the new Wellness Center will be open for use by students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday (we will open to the community later). Locate your workout clothes and lace up your sneakers for a healthy start to the new year. An email or text will alert you regarding the opening. Join me in congratulating Amy Thurmond, Kevin Barefield, Stan Irwin, and Duane Bullard for their dedication to making the Wellness Center a reality.

I suspect I am not the only one grateful to see the dining hall open for business once again! The kitchen and serving areas are both very attractive and serviceable—well worth the wait! We are grateful for MMI Dining and for their contribution toward this very fine renovation.

If you have not visited the Southplex, I encourage you to stop by and see the transformation. Resident Manager Dave McDonald and his assistant Josh Swords will be happy to give you a tour. We are thankful to all who have worked to make this new residence hall happen and will formally acknowledge the many contributions later. Jack Moser, Tommy Peters, and Duane Bullard have played vital roles in preparing this new area for the fifteen young men who will call it home this fall.

Readying a campus for the return of students is no small endeavor, and this summer’s “to-do list” was longer than usual with all the projects we were pursuing. Please take the opportunity to thank Joey Etheridge and his team and Joyce Peters for their work in addressing the many details.

Lynn Gibson and his team have done a tremendous job with recruiting new students. Sheila Freeman and her staff and the staff in the Office of Business Affairs have worked diligently to meet the needs of new and returning students. We will share more enrollment information when the registration period is over. I appreciate all who participated in yesterday’s dedication service.

Today marks the first day of employment for Annabeth Barnes, who joins us as an admissions recruiter. Other staff additions/changes include the addition of Jermael Bingham as assistant men’s basketball coach and Phillip Laney as student activities director. Dave McDonald holds the position of resident manager at the southplex, and Nancy McDonald is our new Director of Alumni Affairs. Please take the time to get to know these great additions to our team.

Dr. Sharon Enzor continues to provide excellent leadership to our SACSCOC compliance report. We are nearing the deadline. Please continue to afford her your encouragement and support as she provides leadership for this important endeavor.

As classes begin tomorrow I take this opportunity to extend a special word of encouragement to our outstanding faculty. Thank you for your relentless pursuit of academic excellence and for inspiring our students to love God with their minds. We are especially grateful for the addition of Dr. Terry Taylor and Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell. Welcome to BMC!

I look forward to seeing you in chapel on Friday as we observe together the tradition of reading the 121st Psalm.

May the Lord order your steps this 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 August 19, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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May 5, 2014
Greetings!

The much-anticipated last week of the semester has arrived; students and faculty alike are focused on the task at hand—the taking and grading of final exams. Best wishes to all for a strong finish to what has been a very fine year at Blue Mountain College. Graduating seniors, by the writing of the next Monday Message you will be alumni of this austere institution. Thank you for investing yourself in this special place. May you daily reflect on the positive and productive ways in which BMC has shaped and influenced your life. Congratulations to each of you for a job well done!

Returning students, may your summer away be all that you hope for. We look forward to welcoming you back. Between now and your return, we will be busy with upgrades to the dining hall, the installation of the wellness center, and the renovation of the South Campus facility for men’s housing. It will be a full summer of preparing the campus for another great year.

As I noted in my last chapel address, now would be a great time to offer a special word of thanks to the faculty and staff who have devoted themselves to serving you at BMC. Please let them know how much you appreciate their investment in you.

Saturday will be a stellar day on our campus as we conduct our 141st commencement exercise. Our speaker for both services is Trudy Cathy White, the daughter of Truett Cathy, the founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A. Mrs. White and her husband John are the co-founders of the Lifeshape Foundation. Mrs. White serves as the Director of WinShape Camps for Girls. We will look forward to welcoming her and our many guests to the campus on Saturday.


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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

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April 30, 2014
Dear BMC Campus Community,
Our hearts are heavy today as we reflect upon the devastating effects of the storms which have ravaged our neighboring communities and our region over the last few days. Our friends and neighbors in the Tupelo area are faced with many challenges in the aftermath of the powerful tornado that left many homes and businesses destroyed. Even as we voice our prayers of gratitude for God’s protection, let us be faithful to pray for the strength and safety of those who are now faced with digging out and rebuilding. Along with our prayers, we can seek opportunities to serve. One way to participate is to donate new or gently-used clothing in one of the collection boxes that will be located around campus. For more information, contact Dean Jack Moser, Mrs. Tracy Moser, Jessie Kellum, or my office. Another way to help is by donating to the Red Cross (text "redcross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation for Mississippi relief) or to the Salvation Army (text "storm" to 80888 to donate $10 for Mississippi relief).

Join me in congratulating our Lady Topper softball team for qualifying for the SSAC Championship tournament this week in Gulf Shores, Alabama. We are proud of you!

I will be traveling on Friday to the inauguration of Dr. Rodney Bennett as president of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Best wishes for a productive “dead week.”

Youths may faint and grow weary,
and young men stumble and fall,
but those who wait upon the LORD
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:30-31

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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on April 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM
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April 15, 2014
Holy Week Greetings to All!

The tone for this sacred season was set beautifully Monday morning by Rita Sweat’s depiction of Mary Magdalene in chapel. If you did not have the opportunity to be with us for chapel, I encourage you to watch the video (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bmc-chapel). You will certainly be blessed and moved by Mary Magdalene’s account of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord.

I covet your prayers as I will be traveling to Atlanta this afternoon for a mid-week SACSCOC meeting.

Wednesday will be a fun day on our campus as we welcome students here for Literacy on the Lawn.

Kaitlyn Bruno’s recital, originally scheduled for Monday evening, has been rescheduled for April 28.

Our men’s golf team is playing in the SSAC Championship tournament this week. The baseball guys play Freed at home today and then hit the road later in the week. The softball team has a double header at home on Friday.

The College will be closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday. May you each experience great joy in celebration of the risen Savior this Easter Sunday.

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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on April 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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April 11, 2014
Greetings!

As I write this “late” edition of the Monday Message, I am being entertained by the sounds of students enjoying a beautiful spring afternoon. Kites are sailing, Frisbees are flying, and hammocks are swinging. It is good to be on the Hill on this lovely April day.


Here is a recap of some of the other events of recent days. Last Saturday Lea Bennett and I joined a great group of alums from the Greater Nashville area for fellowship over lunch. Many thanks to Frances Massey and Patsy Henry Highland for organizing this fine event. On Monday, Lea Bennett, Duane Bullard and I visited with a host of prospective students and friends of the College at events organized by Gary and Heather Linville. Thank you, Gary and Heather, for opening your home to us and for the opportunity to share the great BMC story.

Tuesday evening I was honored to be the speaker at ICC’s “Evening of Celebration Honoring Academic Excellence across the Curriculum.” Congratulations to each student who was recognized for his or her scholarly achievements!

Today I am traveling to William Carey University for the meeting of the MBC’s Education Commission. Please pray for safe travels and a productive meeting.

Kudos to the men’s golf team for setting a team record and for finishing in a tie for second place in the RedHawk Spring Classic at Canebrake Golf Club in Athens on Tuesday.

The baseball Toppers are on the road today and tomorrow; the women play at home both days. Come out and cheer them on!

Our own BMC Chorale will be in concert in chapel today. I know that their performance will be a blessing.

Enjoy the beautiful weekend ahead.

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130



Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

Matthew 22:37


Posted by Monday Messages on April 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM
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March 31, 2014
Good Afternoon,

I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful weekend. I discovered yesterday afternoon that it is a sure sign of spring when the Little Dell is filled with students soaking up sunshine from the vantage point of hammocks strung between two trees!

Before looking forward to this week, I want to pause and reflect on the great day we had here at BMC last Friday. Topper Preview Day was a big success; kudos to Lynn Gibson and to the Enrollment Services team for preparing a fine BMC experience. Many thanks to all faculty and staff for making our guests feel welcome. We were blessed to hear God’s Word proclaimed by Jeff Ginn, by Don Pucik, and by Ed Newton, and we were blessed to have so many of our ministerial alums back on campus. Many thanks to Dr. Meeks, Dr. Bain, Gary Linville, Lea Bennett, Anna Quinn, and Michael Warren for all that they did to make Friday a special day. Congratulations to Dr. David Hamilton for being recognized as the Alumnus of the Year.

Congratulations to Adam Hall for being named the SSAC’s golfer of the week last week.

I invite you all to join me in wishing for the members of our Chorale a safe and satisfying tour. The Chorale will be on tour April 2-6 and will visit eight cities. Pray for their safety and for the opportunities that they will have to minister in song.

Along with Anna Quinn and Lea Bennett, I will be in Nashville this Saturday to visit with BMC alumni from that area.

Our golfers are in action this week, and there’s also plenty of baseball and softball action as both teams have home games this week. Check the website for details.

Have a blessed week.

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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

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March 24, 2014
Good Morning!

The calendar has proclaimed the official arrival of spring, and the weekend did not disappoint. I hope that you and your family enjoyed the much-anticipated warmer weather.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Charles Fowler, pastor of Germantown Baptist Church, to BMC today to lead us in worship at the 10:00 hour. On Friday Dr. Jeff Ginn will be our speaker as we celebrate MA Day and welcome our ministerial alumni home to Blue Mountain College. Friday will be a special day as we welcome both these guests and a number of prospective students for Topper Day.

Tonight at 7:30 Lauren Murray and Sadie Sample will present their voice recital in Garrett Auditorium.

The baseball Toppers take on Lemoyne-Owen in a double-header at home on Tuesday; our softball and baseball teams are on the road later in the week.

Tomorrow we will host the employees of the Town of Blue Mountain for an appreciation dinner. We are grateful to Mayor Norton, to the Board of Aldermen, to Chief Johnson, to our volunteer firemen, and to each town employee for all that they do to make Blue Mountain a great place to call home.

Delight yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
Psalm 37:4-5

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

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