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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
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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February 9, 2015
Good Morning,

I hope that each of you enjoyed a great weekend and took the opportunity to join with other believers in worship. I’m still reflecting on Friday’s chapel service—thank you, Anfernee and Dr. Honea, for inspiring us in song and in word. We welcome Jim Ray today and Lee Brand to our chapel time on Friday.

Just a reminder that we have special guests on campus today and tomorrow; we are pleased to welcome the accreditation team from the State Department of Education. These guests are here to conduct their periodic review of our own teacher education program.

On Tuesday we will host participants in this year’s math/science tournament. Please welcome and encourage these area high schoolers as they seek to do their best.

It is a busy week leading up to Valentine’s Day on Saturday. The bachelor/bachelorette auction Tuesday at 5:00 will surely spark some interest!

Our basketball teams are on the road this week. Pray for their safe travels. A special word of congratulations goes out to our baseball Toppers; these guys swept the series with Union over the weekend! We are so proud of you! The season’s first opportunity to cheer the Toppers on at home happens this Friday and Saturday as they take on Belhaven. Please come out and show them your support.

I’m looking forward to being at Tiplersville Baptist Church this Wednesday night for the joint January Bible Study with Falkner, Walnut, and Providence Baptist Churches. Dr. Meeks is the leading the study. On Sunday night I’ll be at First Baptist, Baldwyn, with Bro. Stanley Huddleston (rescheduled from this week).

On a bittersweet note, I share with you today that our Development Officer, Duane Bullard, has indicated that he will begin his full-time retirement in May. We will celebrate Duane’s service to our community at a later date.

Birthday greetings this week go to Demargo Bell, Sarah Brown, Patrick Clendinning, Casey Davis, Katie Denton, Grace Durbin, Micayla Everett, Caitlin McDaniel, and Sarah Roberson.

I close this week’s Monday Message asking each of you to keep the family of U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee in your prayers. We are saddened by Representative Nunnelee’s passing. His service will be at 2:00 this afternoon at Calvary Baptist in Tupelo.


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 9, 2015 at 12:43 PM
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February 2, 2015
Good Morning,

On this Monday morning following the Super Bowl I’m sure there will be no shortage of water cooler conversation about the play that won the game for the New England Patriots. Here’s a big shout out to Malcolm Butler, the Vicksburg native who is being hailed as the hero of the game. In one of many post-game interviews, Malcolm noted that he was simply in the right place doing what he was supposed to do. May we begin this week at BMC prayerful that the Lord will order our steps, guiding us too to be in the right place and doing what He would have us do!

Speaking of shout-outs, kudos to both Topper basketball teams for their Saturday victory over Belhaven and to the Topper baseball team for a great win Saturday over sixth-ranked Georgia Gwinnett. Basketball returns to Tyler Gymnasium on Saturday as Bethel comes to BMC; baseball action happens in Jackson, TN on Friday and Saturday as the Toppers take on the Union Bulldogs. I encourage you to come on out or to travel along and show these great athletes your support.

We had a great day on Saturday with the central Mississippi area alums and Dr. and Mrs. Fisher. Many thanks to Maria Teel and Norma Ruth Robbins Lee for hosting a great event.

Today students will complete the Student Satisfaction Survey during the chapel period. We look forward to hearing from Dr. Honea on Friday.

We are happy to welcome to campus this week members of our Board of Trustees who will be here for their committee meetings in preparation for the full Board meeting on February 27.

Birthday greetings this week to Dr. Emily Derrick, William Allen Downs, Katy Ruth Ferrell, Haley Forsythe, Rachel McFatridge, Jessica Maria Mensi, Marina Posadas, Hanna Roberts, Kimberly Robinson, and Mary Emma Turner.

I look forward to being at First Baptist, Baldwyn, with Bro. Stanley Huddleston this coming Sunday night.

Have a great week!

Posted by Monday Messages on February 2, 2015 at 11:40 AM
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January 20, 2015
Happy Tuesday to All!

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to all who participated in yesterday’s MLK Day of Service. Students, faculty, and staff joined forces to pick up trash, rake leaves, paint the porch at the Victorian house, clean the sanctuary at Lowrey, polish silver, bag and carry out groceries, visit nursing home and hospice residents, work in Tyler Gymnasium, serve at My Choices, and participate in an array of projects at other locations. As I shared during our devotional time, Dr. King once said that “all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Thank you all for pursuing your respective tasks with painstaking excellence.

We will end this week on another special note on Saturday as we celebrate Topper Homecoming. The Homecoming Court will be presented at 12:30 in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium, followed by both basketball teams taking on William Carey in Tyler gym. (Family and friends of the court are invited to a reception at Armstrong at 11:00.) The games begin at 2:00. We are delighted to welcome back to campus all of our alums and especially those associated with former Topper basketball teams. With Mari Hubbard, Dixie Everett, Johnnie Armstrong, Jack Moser, and Lavon Driskell all in attendance, we will have the opportunity to interact with every coach who has led a Lady Topper team.

Please keep my in your prayers as I am traveling today to MC for the MAICU meeting.

Blessings for a great week at BMC!






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 January 20, 2015 at 2:06 PM
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January 12, 2015
Greetings to all on a very rainy Monday!

What a pleasure it was this morning to welcome a great group of new transfer students to Blue Mountain College! In our orientation session I challenged them to invest themselves in the life of BMC by looking for opportunities to grow, support, and serve. I know that each of you will extend to these new students a warm welcome to the Hill.

Of course we are delighted to welcome our returning students back to campus after the long holiday break. I trust that all are ready to hit the ground running as day classes resume tomorrow. Graduate and evening classes begin tonight. May this be your best semester ever at BMC!

I hope that everyone takes note of the posters dotting the campus in recognition of our new CARE project. CARE--COLLABORATIVE AND ACTIVE LEARNING THROUGH COURSE REDESIGN TO ENGAGE STUDENTS—is the name of our Quality Enhancement Plan. You’ll be hearing much more about this important project and how it will impact learning on our campus in the days ahead.

Just a friendly reminder that our Wellness Center opens daily at 6:00 a.m. I know that many of you have set fitness goals for 2015; utilizing the equipment at the WC is a great way to meet those goals. (I’ve been going at 6:00. Join me and we will hold one another accountable!)

Our Topper roundballers are having great seasons. After a trip to Martin Methodist on Thursday, they will be in action at home Saturday. Let’s pack Tyler gymnasium and show the Toppers that we are behind them 100%. A big shout-out goes to Shane Butler for breaking the men’s all-time scoring record last Friday night with a total of 1,426 points. Way to go, Shane!

For those needing new BMC attire and/or gift items, the Johnnie Armstrong Gal-ry and Campus Store will be open Saturday afternoon 1:30-4:00.

I look forward to seeing everyone in chapel on Friday, at which time I will have the opportunity to set the stage for the upcoming MLK Day of Service (January 19).

Stand firm. Shine bright. Be a blessing. Give God the glory.



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 January 12, 2015 at 2:11 PM
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January 5, 2015
Good Morning and Happy New Year!

Isn’t it great to have sunshine to usher in the first Monday of the new year! I hope that each of you enjoyed a restful and refreshing break with family and friends. My family and I saw the New Year arrive in Chicago; we were happy to head south before snow blanketed the upper Midwest. As the holidays come to a close, it is sometimes challenging to get back into the “swing of things.” I am grateful today for the privilege of returning to a routine that supports the life-changing mission of Blue Mountain College. May God instill in us today a renewed appreciation for and commitment to the work to which He has called each of us.

A special word of congratulations today to our Topper basketball teams. Their road trips last week resulted in a sweep for BMC. Our men defeated conference-leading Brewton-Parker on Saturday and are on a four-game winning streak. The women grabbed their fifth consecutive NAIA win. Both teams will be in action Friday and Saturday at home. Let’s start 2015 off by turning out in force to cheer our Toppers on to victory!

I will be traveling on Friday to Mississippi College for the January meeting of the Education Commission.

Blessings to all for a great 2015!

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 January 5, 2015 at 10:37 AM
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December 1, 2014
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around BMC! From the beautiful trees and nativity scene in Lowrey to the wreaths and garlands bedecking the campus, it is clear that the most wonderful time of the year has arrived. Many thanks to Tommy Peters, Jack Moser, Nancy Byrd, Amy Thurmond, Steven Wilbanks, Chelsey Griffin, Annabeth Barnes and Carol Peters for making the Christmas transformation happen.

We will celebrate the season of our Lord’s birth together tomorrow evening with Lessons & Carols beginning at 7:30 in Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to join us for this time of worship led by the BMC Chorale under the direction of Dr. Greg Long.

Basketball fans will have plenty to cheer about this week with games in Tyler Gymnasium on four nights this week. The men take on Lyon tonight at 7:00; the women play Fisk tomorrow night at 5:30. Tougaloo will be in town Thursday evening for women’s and men’s games. The women will play Southern at 2:00 on Saturday.

Today in chapel we welcome Rita Sweatt back to BMC for what I am sure will be another moving dramatic monologue.

Faculty, staff, trustees, and students are invited to Armstrong Thursday afternoon from 3:30 until 5:00 for a Christmas open house in celebration of Armstrong’s 75th anniversary.

Please keep me in your prayers as I will be away Saturday through Tuesday for the annual SACSCOC conference in Nashville.

Pray for our students as they complete the last week of class before finals. May they stay focused and finish strong!


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 December 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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