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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
April 20, 2015
Good Morning!

Watching and listening last evening as another round of inclement weather pressed through our area, I observed something distinctive about how a storm makes its presence felt here on the “mountain.” Those of you who reside here with me will agree that thunder here doesn’t simply clap or roar—it truly rumbles. It is as if the first reverberation sets off a sound effect that isn’t exhausted until the system is entirely spent. The rumble seems to begin deep in the storm clouds and then ricochet back and forth between hill and sky, between Armstrong and Lowrey, offering a memorable performance and yet another stunning display of celestial power. In response to all of this, I stand amazed yet again of our Lord, who with a simple command calms the wind and silences the storm (Mark 4:39).

After a stormy evening, we begin another busy week at BMC. Today we welcome participants in the State Preaching Conference. We pray for a productive and inspiring day for each of these special guests.

On Wednesday the BMC Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Greg Long, will begin their spring tour, which will include stops in south Mississippi and the Florida panhandle. For Dr. Long, Mrs. Laura Long, and the entire Chorale, we pray that their travels will be safe and that their performances will be truly worshipful experiences for all involved.

Our baseball and softball teams will also be on the road throughout the week. Congratulations to Coach Fowler and the baseball team for two great wins over a highly-ranked Auburn-Montgomery team over the weekend! Congratulations also to our men’s golf team for receiving the SSAC Sportsmanship Award. To receive such an award is an excellent testimony of your ability to conduct yourself with civility, character, and integrity in the heat of competition. Let’s offer a round of applause as well for golfer Scott Milam, who was named an All-SSAC golfer last week.

On Tuesday evening at 6:00 please come and show support for Thomas Rakestraw and Brandi Long as they present a joint senior recital in Garrett.

Birthday greetings this week are in order for Allison Rameriez, Kacie Alley, Angelica Hunt, Josh Cline, Nancy Huerta, Benecia Barkley, Carie Gayden, Anna Dixon, Micah Russell, Anna Ash, Dr. Mitzi Dunagan, Steven Wilbanks, Renita Gossett, Miss Johnnie Armstrong, and Rita Newby.

With mixed emotions I announce today that Joan Herrington will be leaving us this summer to relocate to North Carolina. Joan’s sweet spirit and encouraging ways will certainly be missed here at BMC. Please join me in thanking Joan for her more than seven years of service here at the College.

May God bless this new week at BMC!

Dr. Mc



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

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Posted by Monday Messages on April 20, 2015 at 11:15 AM
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April 13, 2015
Greetings,

Let us begin this week by focusing on the goodness of God and the many ways in which He bestows His favor upon us. 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

Counting “school days” only, twenty days remain until Commencement on May 9. Seniors, enjoy these remaining days. Our prayer is that you will finish strong. May the Lord establish the work of your hands! We will celebrate the accomplishments of these students at our annual awards day program on Friday at 10:00.

Today in chapel we will hear from assistant professor of biology Dr. Mitzi Dunagan.

Weather permitting, the baseball and softball diamonds at BNA Park will be busy this week with Topper action Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Check the website for times.

Wednesday will be a fun day on campus as Literacy on the Lawn returns to the Hill. We look forward to welcoming many young visitors to this special event.

I am especially excited this week about an event that will occur at 3:00 in the Faculty Parlor in Whitfield. DiDi Ruff Nicolau will be our guest speaker at a TACT-sponsored event called “Sweet Tea and Civility.” DiDi will be speaking on the life of her grandmother, BMC alumna Jessie Berry Doty. The story of DiDi’s grandmother, affectionately known as “Munny,” is a compelling and inspiring one. If your schedule permits, please come out to learn how civility characterized and shaped the life of Jessie Berry Doty.

A familiar face returns to campus today. We are pleased to welcome Chelsey Griffin back from maternity leave.

This past Saturday I enjoyed the company of several of our Nashville area alums. What a treat to hear from the Singing Belles! This Saturday several of us will be traveling to Huntsville to fellowship with graduates and to visit with prospective students from the North Alabama area.

Give the following folks a birthday greeting this week: Steven Colburn, Jade Albritton, Nathan Bailey, Trinity Faulkner, James Shemwell, Rolanda Tipler, Brandi Long, Johnathan Ogletree, Anna Davis, Emma Baxter, Page Rowland, Brittany Tallant, Drew Warford, Stephanie Rowell, Jordan Mixon, Gabrielle Malone, Jacob Russell, Dr. Johnny Mattox, and Dale Cutrer.

Dr. Mc




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

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Posted by Monday Messages on April 13, 2015 at 11:13 AM
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April 6, 2015
Good Morning!

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!

I hope that you and your family enjoyed a beautiful Easter weekend in observance of the resurrected Lord.

This week marks the much anticipated arrival of our SACSCOC reaffirmation team on the BMC campus. Please join me in extending to these special guests a warm welcome to Blue Mountain College.

We will welcome Rob Chambers to campus Thursday evening to present a lecture on “The Establishment and Future of Israel in Hostile World.” Mr. Chambers is Senior Consultant with the Christian Action Commission in Jackson. The lecture, which begins at 6:30 in Berry Auditorium, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and by Pi Gamma Mu.

Many BMC-ers are celebrating birthdays this week: Dr. Jeff Sweatt, Angela Wilbourn, Mary Dee Emerson, Bryana Davis, April Nicholson, Whitney Gunn, Vlad Filipovic, Jamieon Davis, Lee Pittman, Zach Gooch, Amanda Mask, Tucker Trumbo, Tori Baldwin, James Baker, Lisa Bradley, Mandy Koon, Deserae Farrell, and Cassidy Blaylock.

If you have not had the opportunity to cheer our baseball and softball teams on this season, Tuesday is your day! Both teams will be in action Tuesday afternoon at the BNA Sportsplex in New Albany.

Thursday afternoon at 3:00 in the SUB we will host the first annual BMC Research Day. Congratulations to each student whose scholarly endeavors will be featured at this inaugural event. Thursday evening our theatre students will be presenting a musical theatre showcase at 7:30 in Garrett.

We are pleased to have Rev. Philip Cooper as our chapel speaker today and Dr. Randy Bostick as our speaker on Friday.

I will be traveling to Jackson on Thursday afternoon and then on to Hattiesburg on Friday for the spring meeting of the Education Commission. On Saturday Nancy McDonald, Anna Quinn, and I will visit with our Greater Nashville area alums. Keep us and our teams who are traveling in your prayers.

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 April 6, 2015 at 11:12 AM
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March 23, 2015
Greetings on a sunny Monday morning!

The sun streaming into the Admin this morning heralds the beginning of week filled with opportunities. I will fast forward to Friday when our ministerial alumni will return to campus for MA Day. Since 1956 Blue Mountain College has been blessed with the privilege of equipping young men for their calling into the ministry. We are delighted to welcome this special group back to campus and look forward to hearing from Nicholas Hughes in chapel on Friday and from Dr. Tommy Vinson at the MA luncheon.

We will enjoy the presence of another special guest this week as Dr. Leora Duce returns to campus to participate in job preparation workshop sponsored by the Department of Business. Dr. Duce will focus on dressing and preparing for interview success at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Tomorrow Ryan Hutcheson will lead a session on resume building at 8 a.m.; on Saturday students will participate in a series of mock interviews.

A huge word of congratulations is in order today for our very own Shane Butler, who not only participated in the NAIA Division I All-Star basketball game this weekend but was named Most Valuable Player! What an honor for Shane and for BMC!

On Thursday evening Ciara Boyle will present her senior project at 7:30 in Garrett. Ciara has graced the Garrett stage with many a fine performance. We wish her the best on Thursday evening.

Keep our baseball and softball teams in your prayers as they will be traveling throughout the week. Go Toppers!

Be sure to offer a birthday wish to Julia Harrington, Eric Hunter, Derek Bailey, Taylor Campbell, Barrius Smith, Amanda Walker, Aaron Parmer, Paris Moreland, John Gory, DeShun Thomas, Jo Gilley, and Brittney Sullivan.

Many thanks to our QEP leaders who will be conducting discipline-specific information meetings today related to our Quality Enhancement Plan.

May God’s blessings be yours this week! May the light shine brightly for His glory on this Hill!

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

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Posted by Monday Messages on March 23, 2015 at 9:24 AM
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March 16, 2015
Welcome back! I hope that everyone enjoyed the time away. With spring break behind us, we are now 54 days away from graduation. May 9 will be here before we know it!

I invite you to join me today in congratulating one special senior—Shane Butler. Shane has been named to the NAIA Division I All-Star basketball team and will represent BMC at the All-Star game in Kansas City this Saturday. Shane, we are very proud of you!

Today is the day many have been anticipating for quite a while: HeBrews is open! The doors opened at six this morning. Be sure to stop by and check out the cozy and comfortable setting while you enjoy a latte, frappe, or smoothie. They have sweet tea for those non-coffee drinkers. I also recommend the grilled cheese and bologna sandwich. J

Tomorrow evening Dr. Terry McRoberts, professor of music at Union University, will present a classical piano recital in Garrett auditorium beginning at 7:00. Dr. McRoberts is a gifted musician; I am sure that you will enjoy his performance.

Today in chapel we will have the opportunity to hear more about our Quality Enhancement Plan: CARE. On Friday we will have the great privilege of hearing from our very own Johnnie Armstrong. Keep Miss Johnnie in your prayers as she prepares to share words of encouragement with us on Friday.

Celebrating birthdays this week are Misti Roberts, Heather White, Reed Davis, Adam Seahorn, Jesse Taylor, Jonathan Crum, Lauren Treadaway, Ashley Johnson, Richard Rudasill, Michael Horton, and Zachary Stephenson, David Harrell, and Annabeth Barnes.

Our baseball and softball teams will be on the road this week, but the guys will be at home for action Friday night and Saturday. Our men’s golf team is participating in the William Carey University Invitational. Pray for safe travels and good play for all.

I look forward to seeing our Greater Memphis Area alumni this weekend at the annual scholarship luncheon.

With tomorrow being St. Patrick’s Day, we are sure to hear about the “luck of the Irish.” Let’s use this celebration as a reminder that “luck,” sometimes defined as a force that brings good fortune, is actually God at work bringing blessings into our lives.

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. Deuteronomy 28:6-8

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President


Posted by Monday Messages on March 16, 2015 at 9:18 AM
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March 2, 2015
Greetings to all on this rainy Monday!

We are happy to welcome today a great group of prospective students to Blue Mountain College. Preview Day begins at 9:00 in the SUB. Please take the opportunity to greet these students and their parents and to let them know how pleased we are that they have elected to visit our beautiful campus. Included on their agenda today is time for chapel at 10:00. They will be blessed, as we all will, by hearing Dr. Larry Robertson share God’s Word.

The baseball Toppers will be in action at home this week, playing Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at BNA Park. The ladies will travel to Gulf Shores later in the week for tournament action.

I am thrilled to report today that both our men’s and women’s basketball teams have qualified for the SSAC post-season conference tournament. Both teams will travel to Montgomery, Alabama, with the guys playing on Wednesday and the girls on Thursday. A big congratulation goes to our coaches and players as they participate for the first time in tournament play. We are cheering you on!

In closing, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Crews has been hired for the 2015-2016 year as Associate Professor of English. Dr. Crews holds the Bachelor of Arts in English from Mississippi College, the Master of Arts in English from Mississippi College, and the Doctor of Philosophy in English from Georgia State University. She is a Eudora Welty Scholar and her major area in her doctorate was 20th Century American Literature of the South. Her minor area of concentration in her doctorate was Composition and Rhetoric focused on Composition Pedagogy. Dr. Crews taught at Madison Central High School and for the past 6 years has been Assistant Professor of English at Shorter University. She is a native of New Albany and the daughter of a BMC graduate, Pat Crews. Dr. Crews will add to the expertise in the Department of Language and Literature and BMC students will benefit from her expertise. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Crews to BMC this fall.

Join me this week in extending birthday wishes to Josh Crowder, Ben Adkins, Carla Gaillard, Kristen Milewski, Becky Russom, Emily Sewell, Vicky Spencer, Kelsey Scott, Jessica Jones, Laterea Hill, Mary Elizabeth Minchin, MaTavia Cox, Rebecca Kennedy, and Zachary Calderon.

May God’s blessing be yours 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

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Posted by Monday Messages on March 2, 2015 at 9:16 AM
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February 23, 2015
Dear Campus Community,

How grateful we are to see the sun shining brightly on the mountain today! The poet Shelley asked “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” Let’s be encouraged that Spring can’t be too far behind!

We have a very busy week on campus. The spring musical, Songs for a New World, opens Tuesday night at 7:30 with performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in addition to matinees (see the website for more information on the matinee schedule). The softball team is in action at home today and Thursday. The baseball team will take the home field on Thursday also. Saturday is Senior Day in Tyler Gymnasium as both basketball teams will be in action against Martin Methodist. Keep all teams in your prayers as they also have away games this week. I encourage you to come out and support our actors and our athletes as they shine on the stage, the field, and the court.

We will have a very special day on campus Friday as our Board of Trustees gathers for its annual spring meeting. We are grateful for their service to BMC and pray God’s blessing on their work.

Dr. Emily Derrick will share with us in chapel today; the BSU ministry teams will lead us in worship on Friday.

With last week’s crazy weather, I did not post a Monday Message. So, here’s a belated birthday wish to Savannah Buck, Leslie Nicole Lewis, Crystal Trullet, Courtney Britton, Sarah Lowery, Jake Omedeo, William Carr, DeAundre Smith, and Kayla McMillen. Greetings this week go to Jacob Clayton Meeks, Courtney Vanderford, Mary Katherine Hathorn, Megan Elizabeth Watkins, Cassandra Miller, Annabelle Smith, Dr. Stewart Bennett, Cole McBride, Myra Jean Simmons, and Peyton Holland.

I close with a word of thanks to the great folks at First Baptist Church of Winona. I had the privilege yesterday of sharing an update on BMC with them in the morning service. Thank you, Dr. Mimms, for extending to me this invitation. I’d also like to thank the members of our Alumni Association Board for giving me the opportunity to share an update at their meeting on campus Saturday. Thank you, alums, for your faithful support of your alma mater!


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

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Posted by Monday Messages on February 23, 2015 at 12:45 PM
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