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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
November 17, 2014
Good Morning,

Since many of you will be away next Monday, let’s consider ourselves in Thanksgiving mode today. We have so much to give thanks for here on the Hill. For starters, we are thankful for our fabulous faculty—a finer group of scholar-teachers would be hard to find. We are thankful for our dedicated staff and for their commitment to stellar service. We are thankful for the members of National Management Resources and MMI Dining for their hard work. We are thankful for our Board of Trustees. We are thankful for our amazing students. Finally, we are thankful for the mission of Christian higher education to which God has called us. What a privilege it is to serve together in pursuit of significant Kingdom work!

Join me today in congratulating Coach J.D. Parker upon logging his 100th collegiate win on Saturday as our Toppers claimed a “W” over Morthland College. Both basketball teams will be on the road later this week. The Lady Toppers play in their home opener tomorrow evening at 5:30. Please come out and show them your support.

On Sunday at 2:00 BMC will host the Town of Blue Mountain’s annual Thanksgiving service. Please join us in Modena Lowrey Auditorium for this time of worship and prayer.

With gratitude for each of you,
Dr. Mc


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 November 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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November 10, 2014
Good Morning,

I begin this week by offering a sincere thank you to all who participated in the Founder’s Day events on Friday and in the Topper Fest events on Saturday. Jim Buchanan and Leora Duce enlightened and encouraged us with their addresses during the Founder’s Day chapel. A special thank you goes to Zac Gooch and Rachael McFatridge for their spot-on portrayals of John and Emma Armstrong. As always, we are grateful to Dr. Long and the BMC Chorale for leading us in worship through song. A big, big thank you goes to our Alumni Association and to Nancy McDonald for their hard work in planning these special events.

Kudos to Chelsey Griffin, Kayce Bragg, David McDonald, and Lynn Gibson for putting together a wonderful scholarship luncheon, a great open house at the southplex, and an unforgettable evening with Ellie Holcomb Saturday night. Thank you, Lynn, Joan, Kayce, Taylor, Anna Beth, Beverly, Michelle, and Deborah for heading up a fine Topper Preview Day.

While many of us were enjoying the Topper Fest activities on Saturday, one group spent the day working in the SUB to renovate the area once occupied by the bookstore. We are thankful for the work of Mr. Billy Matkins (husband of Dr. Kay Matkins, former professor here), Dr. Jeff Sweatt, Dr. Terry Taylor, Mr. Brian McElroy, Mr. Wayne Alexander, Dr. Terry Cutrer, and Mrs. Dale Cutrer.

We look forward to observing missions day in chapel today and to hearing from our BSU Fine Arts teams on Friday. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to the BSU spaghetti supper Thursday evening.

Today we welcome our cooperating teachers from area schools. We are thankful for our partnership with each of these teachers.

Please mark your calendar with a big star on Thursday evening. Our BMC Chorale will present Vivaldi’s Gloria! At 7:00 in the MLB auditorium. What a great way to begin the holiday season! Invite a friend to come with you to support our chorale and to enjoy this magnificent musical presentation.

The home basketball season begins Saturday at 4:00 when our men take on Morthland College. Let’s show our support by packing out Tyler Gymnasium! Topper men and women are on the road at Tougaloo tomorrow; the women will be on the road Saturday.

I’ll be hitting the road again today through Thursday doing SACS work. Pray for safe travels.

The semester is flying by; only three weeks of class remain followed by exams. (Students will enjoy a week-long Thanksgiving break!) Make the most of your time and plan to finish well!

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Let us not miss the opportunity to salute the men and women who have served our country so valiantly. They fought for us.

Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen.
Jude 24-25

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 November 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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November 3, 2014
Greetings on the first Monday of November!

The sunshine streaming in the windows of Lowrey Administration building this beautiful morning herald the start of a great week at BMC. Today is Missions Monday in chapel; we look forward to learning about the opportunities God continues to give our students to serve on mission for Him.

On Friday we will observe Founders Day in chapel. Nancy McDonald, Anna Quinn, and the leadership of our Alumni Association have planned a wonderful program that focuses on “celebrating the faithful.” We extend a warm welcome to all who will join us for this celebration, including featured speakers Jim Buchanan and Dr. Leora Duce.

Following the Founders Day chapel we will honor our special guests who support BMC through the establishment of endowed scholarships. These guests will participate in the annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon in Ray Dining Hall. Please join me in seeking opportunities to make these special friends feel welcome.

At 2:00 on Friday we will make our way to the Southplex for an open house at 2:00. Everyone is invited to tour this fine new facility.

The excitement continues on Saturday as the Alumni Association hosts our annual Topper Fall Festival beginning at 9:00. Get an early start on your Christmas shopping by visiting the many vendors who will be selling their wares. Baptist College of Health Sciences, our nursing program partner, will be on site conducting a health fair. Rite Aid of New Albany will be offering flu shots. For more details, visit the BMC website.

And there’s more—on Saturday evening Dove Award winner Ellie Holcomb will be in concert right here on the BMC campus! Tickets are $5.00 for BMC students and $7.00 for the general public. Youth ministers bringing groups get in free! Please plan to be here for a special time of worship Saturday evening.

I close today’s Monday Message with some exciting news. In addition to being ranked 23rd in the US News & World Report rankings for colleges in the Southern region, Blue Mountain College is ranked #2 in the US News rankings for colleges in the South that are considered to be a “Best Value.” According to US News, colleges in this category are considered to be “above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account.” Thanks be to God for this important recognition!

Best wishes to our Topper basketball teams as they begin regular season play this week on the road. We will be cheering you on!

I covet your prayers as I will be traveling on Friday afternoon to Union University to participate in the inauguration of Dr. Dub Oliver as UU’s new president.

May the Lord order our 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 November 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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October 27, 2014
Greetings,

I hope everyone enjoyed the lovely fall weekend. A highlight of my weekend was worshipping at Germantown Baptist Church Sunday morning. The BMC Chorale partnered with the GBC choir to lead the congregation in a time of praise to our Lord. Duncan Schaefer was a featured soloist. Thank you to Greg Long and Laura Long for your leadership in arranging this opportunity.

I’m looking forward today to hearing Dr. Danny Sinquefield, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett. Please pray for Bro. Danny as he leads us in worship and study at 10:00.

This is a special week for Southern Baptists in the State of Mississippi. The Mississippi Baptist Convention kicks off tomorrow at First Baptist in Jackson. Please pray for our Executive Director, Dr. Jim Futral, and for convention president Dr. Matt Buckles as they lead this important event. Several of us will be traveling to participate in the convention activities beginning this afternoon. We are grateful to the churches of the MBC and look forward to this opportunity to fellowship, worship, and express our appreciation for their support. I’m especially looking forward to greeting our ministerial alumni at the annual dinner on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday at 10:00 students can “choose a chapel” from a host of very interesting options. Check out this list:

· Dr. Justin Spencer, Dr. LeAnn Carter, & Dr. Michael McCrory “Graduate School 101: What To Expect When You Are Expecting Graduate School” will meet in ADM 32

· Dr. Johnny Mattox and Dr. Martha Pratt “How To Become the Teacher’s Pet” will meet in ADM 24

· Mrs. Lea Bennett, “Juggling a Family and School”, will meet in Garrett Auditorium

· Dr. Jeffrey Sweatt “Round Table Discussion For Resident Hall Assistants & House Presidents” will meet in FW 113

· Dr. David Shankle & LeeAnne Price “Getting Noticed In A Tough Economy: Resume & Interview Tips” will meet in FW 108

· Deena Elliott “Just Do It! Why Weight?” will meet in the Upper Level of Sub

· Tracy Moser “Mission Opportunities/Becoming Mission Minded” will meet in BSU Broach

· Bruce Peters “Managing What You Have” will meet in FW 211

· Bro. Brad Hill “Life In The Ministry After BMC” will meet in FW 112

· Mr. Steve Robbins “Sustainability - Let’s Don’t Hurt the Environment” will meet in Ray Dining Hall

Don’t forget the fall festival at 6:30 this Thursday evening.

Have a joyful 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 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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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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