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February 6, 2017
Good Morning,
Congratulations to all Patriots fans for an exciting come-back win in last night’s Super Bowl! It was a fun game to watch and a good reminder of the rewards that accompany perseverance and focus.

“Ample” doesn’t begin to describe the opportunities that this week affords the BMC community. Numerous guests will spend time on campus this week, beginning with Dr. Bill Simms in chapel today. The Finance and Administration committee of our Board will be here this afternoon, followed by Maggie Garrett, our guest vocalist, who will perform at 7:00 in Garrett auditorium. This concert is a featured event in our Carter Lectureship series and is open to the public.

Tomorrow we are pleased to host our annual math/science tournament. Please join me in welcoming these students and their teachers to our campus.

A host of faculty from several sister institutions will be here this week and next week to lead academic program review sessions in several of our departments. This week’s guests include faculty from Union University.

On Thursday our Executive Committee will return to campus to make preparations for the full Board meeting on February 24.

Of course, there is no shortage this week of athletic events. JV basketball will be in action in Tyler Gymnasium tomorrow night at 7:00; the varsity teams will be at home on Thursday and on Saturday. Topper tennis begins its season on Friday in Jackson. Best wishes to Coach Creekmore and the team for a great season!

Kudos to our Topper baseball team for being 5-0 with the start of the season. They take to the road tomorrow but will be back at home Friday and Saturday. Please plan to show these athletes your support.

On Friday I will have the opportunity to share some thoughts with you in chapel. I covet your prayers as I prepare for our time together.

May the joy of the Lord be your strength throughout this day and this week.

Dr. Mc



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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18





From: Pam Bowman
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2017 8:34 AM
To: Barbara McMillin
Subject: RE: Monday Message

Union will be here Thursday, Lee will be here Monday the 13th, and MB will be here Thursday the 16th.


From: Barbara McMillin
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2017 8:33 AM
To: Pam Bowman
Subject: Monday Message

Are the visitors from Lee, Union, and MB all here this week?



Good Morning,
Congratulations to all Patriots fans for an exciting come-back win in last night’s Super Bowl! It was a fun game to watch and a good reminder of the rewards that accompany perseverance and focus.

“Ample” doesn’t begin to describe the opportunities that this week affords the BMC community. Numerous guests will spend time on campus this week, beginning with Dr. Bill Simms in chapel today. The Finance and Administration committee of our Board will be here this afternoon, followed by Maggie Garrett, our guest vocalist, who will perform at 7:00 in Garrett auditorium. This concert is a featured event in our Carter Lectureship series and is open to the public.

Tomorrow we are pleased to host our annual math/science tournament. Please join me in welcoming these students and their teachers to our campus.

A host of faculty from several sister institutions will be here this week to lead academic program review sessions in several of our departments. We welcome these guests from Union University, Lee University, and Missouri Baptist.

On Thursday our Executive Committee will return to campus to make preparations for the full Board meeting on February 24.

Of course, there is no shortage this week of athletic events. JV basketball will be in action in Tyler Gymnasium tomorrow night at 7:00; the varsity teams will be at home on Thursday and on Saturday. Topper tennis begins its season on Friday in Jackson. Best wishes to Coach Creekmore and the team for a great season!

Kudos to our Topper baseball team for being 5-0 with the start of the season. They take to the road tomorrow but will be back at home Friday and Saturday. Please plan to show these athletes your support.

On Friday I will have the opportunity to share some thoughts with you in chapel. I covet your prayers as I prepare for our time together.

May the joy of the Lord be your strength throughout this day and this week.

Dr. Mc



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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on February 6, 2017 at 9:02 AM
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January 31, 2017
Greetings on this the last day of January!

With February on the doorstep that means that baseball season arrives this week. Our baseball Toppers hit the road for action on Wednesday and will be in action Friday afternoon at BNA park. While we are immensely grateful for the opportunity to play at BNA, we are getting closer every day to our first true home game at our very own Sportsplex. Pray for plenty of sunshine and favorable conditions for completion of the work so that our Toppers can take the field here on campus as soon as possible.

In the meanwhile, basketball season continues with home games this Thursday night against Faulkner University. Come out and cheer the Toppers on to victory! Our bowlers will be on the road Saturday for their first event this spring.

I too will take to the road (and the air) on Wednesday as I will be traveling to a college in Florida to serve on an NAIA membership evaluation team.

Our thoughts and prayers go out this week to those who have recently lost loved ones. May God give you comfort and peace during these difficult days.


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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18

Posted by Monday Messages on January 31, 2017 at 3:13 PM
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January 27, 2017
Greetings,

This is either a really late Monday Message—or a fairly early one! In any case, I want to share some things with you that I trust are timely for today.

Today’s “Monday Message” pales in comparison this week to another venue that also provides news from BMC. On Tuesday Blue Mountain College was featured in a news article in none other than the Wall Street Journal! Explaining the efforts numerous small private colleges are making to pave the way for students to make seamless transfers from community colleges to four-year institutions, the article, complete with pictures, cites the relationship between BMC and Northeast Mississippi Community College as a partnership that serves students well. If you don’t subscribe to the WSJ, you can locate the article through a search on Facebook. We are thankful for this nation-wide recognition.

Yesterday we were honored to have Susan Parker on campus. Susan is Congressman Trent Kelly’s Communications Director. The WSJ article will be featured in next week’s email update from Congressman Kelly’s office. You can sign up to receive this update on the Congressman’s website: trentkelly.house.gov
In other news, let me remind everyone that sponsorships are still available for the second annual BMC Scholarship gala featuring Trent Harmon. We are looking forward to this very special event to be held on campus on April 13. Contact Nancy Grisham at 1-662-685-4771 x255 for more information.
We are thankful that Dr. Kenny Digby, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Christian Action Commission, was able to be on campus on Monday to deliver our chapel address. Today we will hear from Wayne Vandiver, Director of the BSU at NEMCC.

I am very pleased to learn of the strong response to the Leora Duce Leadership Initiative on our campus. If you are interested in pursuing the LDLI diploma, please stop by the Alumni office to see Mrs. Lynn Harrison.

I close today by reminding everyone to continue to pray for our sister institution William Carey University. When WCU officials deem it is safe for volunteer assistance, we will certainly organize a group for this purpose. For now, donations of school supplies and laptops are needed. You may drop off supplies in the boxes located in the Admin hallway; computer equipment should be taken to Brett Fowler. I am grateful to Brett for coordinating this effort. Gift cards are also much appreciated and can be left with Tracy Moser at the BSU. #CareyStrong

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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on January 27, 2017 at 3:17 PM
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January 16, 2017
Greetings to each of you on this MLK Day!

To commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students, faculty, and staff at Blue Mountain College are spending this day performing acts of service across our campus and across our community. There is much to be learned from Dr. King’s admonitions to his followers, including the instructions “to seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.” May our actions today both illustrate and enhance the legacy of Dr. King.

I am deeply saddened to report this morning the passing of Mr. David Gregory. A member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church team of volunteers who had come to campus to continue their work on the Palmer-Donnell house, Mr. David became ill Saturday evening while staying on campus and passed away late that night having suffered either a stroke or a heart attack. The craftsman responsible for the intricate woodwork adorning the Palmer-Donnell house, Mr. David spent his final days and hours doing what he loved to do: use his skills on mission for Christ. His many contributions to the P-D house will serve as visual reminders of his selfless commitment to service and to the building of God’s Kingdom. We will pass along arrangements when they become available. Please keep Mr. David’s family and his church family in your prayers.

May you find inspiration in the service of others and may others find themselves blessed through your efforts today.

Dr. Mc



Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18

Posted by Monday Messages on January 16, 2017 at 3:07 PM
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January 10, 2017
Greetings!
It is a pleasure on this blustery day to welcome our returning students and to greet the new students who are taking their first courses at BMC. Of course, we are thankful for our devoted faculty and welcome them back from a much-deserved break.

Periodically this spring in the Monday Message I want to highlight books that I have read or that I am currently reading that I consider to be especially thought-provoking and timely. I look forward to conversing with those of you who have an interest in the same works. Of course, I’m always eager to receive recommendations for “good reads,” so don’t hesitate to pass titles along. The work that has captured my attention in recent days is John S. Dickerson’s The Great Evangelical Recession.

Published in 2013, Dickerson’s book examines the status of evangelical Christianity in the United States. The first half of the book describes the number of evangelical Christians in our nation and projects the impact of what Dickerson presents as a surprising decline. According to Dickerson (and substantiated by a number of studies), evangelicals account for 7% of the population. In the second half of the book Dickerson focuses on a series of steps Christian leaders must take to respond to these changing demographics. Among other responses, Dickerson encourages Christians to make a difference for the Kingdom simply by looking for ways to do good and by devoting ourselves to discipleship. Let us do our best to heed this simple admonition in 2017!

As we settle back in to the swing of things this week, I encourage our students to start strong so that you can finish strong. Form good study habits early and avail yourself of the support available in the TLC. Make this your best semester yet!

Keep me in your prayers as I will travel to Jackson Friday for the winter Education Commission meeting at MC. Our basketball teams will be in Hattiesburg Thursday to take on William Carey and in action again on Saturday here at home. Make plans to be at Tyler Gymnasium at 2:00 to cheer on the Toppers!

Have a great week!


Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on January 10, 2017 at 3:06 PM
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January 3, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy New Year!

I trust that your Christmas and New Year observances were filled with much love, joy, and peace. As we work our way back into the swing of things, you perhaps have found yourself pausing to figure out what day it is, or maybe you are finding it hard to write “2017” after practicing “2016” for so long. Instead of settling smoothly back into our daily routine, now is the opportune time to form some new habits. I was challenged this morning as I read leadership guru Tim Elmore’s description of his end-of-year ritual: he sets aside time to review the prior year and then spends half a day writing his “action list” for the coming year. This list features ways in which he plans to grow during the 365 days that together form 2017. His list includes his answers to the following questions:
  1. What are my greatest dreams for 2017? What projects will these dreams require of me? What daily actions must I engage in to fulfill them?

  2. What standards will I live by, throughout the next year:

    • Heath Standards
    • Family Standards
    • Financial Standards
    • Friendship Standards
    • Personal/Spiritual Standards

  3. In what areas of my life do I most want to grow in 2017?
  4. What books will I read this next year to achieve those growth goals?
  5. What mentors will I seek out to achieve those growth goals?
  6. What magazines will I scan and file to achieve those growth goals?
  7. What events will I attend to achieve those growth goals?
  8. What podcasts (audio recordings) will I listen to, to help me grow?
  9. What will I do Monday through Friday to be intentional about my growth?
Perhaps these questions will prompt each of us to devise our own intentional growth plans. May we indeed discover new and productive ways in which to grow together at BMC in 2017!

With our students still away enjoying the break, our activity list this week is shorter than usual. Our men’s and women’s basketball teams take to the road to compete against the College of Coastal Georgia and Brewton Parker on Thursday and Saturday. Pray for their safe travels.

Staff are invited to participate in the next GROW BMC prayer session at 11:00 Wednesday in the auditorium. At noon on Friday Dr. Ronald Meeks will lead the quarterly trustee prayer session, also in the auditorium. Dr. Meeks has planned a time of “upper room” reflections; please plan to participate in either or both of these important gatherings. If you can’t be on campus, please plan to pray where you are.

Have a blessed week!



Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on January 3, 2017 at 2:57 PM
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December 7, 2016
Greetings to all on this Wednesday of Exam Week!

At this point we are half way through finals. I hope that everyone is faring well and staying on course to finish strong. Drs. Enzor, Mattox, Teague, and I have just returned from the annual SACSCOC conference in Atlanta, where the three of them presented in two different sessions. Their presentations were well received, and they represented Blue Mountain College—as they always do--with excellence. They made this president proud!

Also deserving of recognition is our very own Dr. Lela Hale, who was elected last week as the new Marshall County Superintendent of Education. While we will certainly miss Dr. Hale, who has been in every way an outstanding faculty member, we wish her much success as she provides leadership and encouragement to the faculty and students of the Marshall County school system.

Kudos to our Alumni Director Kayce Bragg and to our Alumni Association President Renelda Pharr Owen for their organization of last weekend’s Topper Fest. Although the weather was somewhat frightful, we still had a good turnout and lots of fun was had by all.

If you have not had the opportunity to do so, please congratulate Miss Johnnie upon the naming of Tyler Gymnasium court in her honor on Saturday. It was a special and unforgettable moment.

I want to offer my appreciation to Dr. Delise Teague for her leadership of our “own a piece of BMC history” project. Delise organized the production and promotion of plaques and nameplates made from the original floor in the gymnasium. Proceeds have gone toward the cost of replacing the floor. The following individuals contributed in significant ways to this project: Connie Newby Davis, Cliffa Foster, Charlette Bain Foster, Vicki Price, Johnnie Armstrong, H.L. Rowen (who made the plaques and nameplates), Bob Hill, Mark & Kellie Fowler, Nancy Byrd, Amy Thurmond, Kayce Bragg, Jody Hill, Emma Ainsworth, Lavon Driskell, Clint Gannon, and Will Kollmeyer. We are grateful for your tireless efforts. You can still support this cause. For more information on how to do so, contact Nancy Grisham.

I close this week’s message with a Christmas prayer for each of our students and their families. May this season’s celebration of our Lord’s nativity be filled with peace, joy, rest, and gratitude for the gift of a Savior. Enjoy your time away and be safe. We look forward to your return in January.



God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember Christ, our Savior,
Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.







Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on December 7, 2016 at 4:16 PM
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