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August 22, 2016
Greetings on Monday of the first full week of class!

As I have noted before, my family and I really enjoy watching the Olympics and cheering our favorite athletes on to victory. In his daily Breakpoint devotional Eric Metaxas writes today about the many Olympic athletes who are people of faith, including swimmers Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel, diver David Boudia, and four-time gold medal winner Simone Biles. (Faculty members may recall that Dr. Enzor shared Michael Phelps’ story at our meeting last week.) Noting that we rarely see the testimonies of these Christians in the televised reports, Metaxas shares the story of the rugby team from Fiji. After dominating Great Britain by a score of 43-7, the Fiji team won the country’s first gold medal. Describing their response after this amazing victory, Metaxas writes:

Then the winning players huddled and sang, both in English and Fijian: “We have overcome / We have overcome / By the blood of the Lamb / And the Word of the Lord / We have overcome.” Then they received their medals humbly—on their knees!

What a testimony and what an inspiration for us! May we likewise humble ourselves and give God the glory for the great things He has done!

We were blessed and encouraged today by Dr. Meeks’ chapel message on “Growing Together with BMC.” I look forward to the many opportunities we will have this year to grow together in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.

Just a reminder—if you did not have an opportunity to affix your signature to the Honor Code banner, you may still do so. It will be on display prior to Chapel in the Lowrey foyer.

Please join me in welcoming some special guests to campus on Wednesday. The members of our Executive Committee and the Finance and Administration Committee will be here to begin analysis of our campus master plan.

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 August 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM
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August 9, 2016
Good Afternoon,

Last night my family and I cheered wildly as Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian brought home the gold for the USA in the Olympic 4 x 100 men’s freestyle swimming relay. What a moment! What a team!

Last Friday, with the heat index hovering around 110 degrees, a number of hardy souls braved the heat to participate in Campus Beautification Day. Others joined the race to complete our last-minute tasks by investing their energy and expertise in assembling furniture at the Topper Lodge—and still others persisted in critical office work to ensure that we are ready for the return of our students. What a day! What a team! Blessings to each of you for your dedication to our shared mission at BMC.

This week holds a host of opportunities as we welcome back our stellar faculty. We will celebrate the start of the new year together on Thursday evening as faculty, staff, trustees, student leaders, and special guests gather for our annual Blue and Gold Dinner. We will be encouraged on this evening by American Family Radio’s J.J. Jasper. We are grateful to MMI for providing the meal for this special event.

Of course, the week culminates with move-in day on Sunday. I want to say a special word of thanks to Samantha Kohler and the members of our Student Activities Committee, Becky Parker, Dave McDonald, Andrew Higdon, Jack Moser, and Renita Gossett. They have planned a great series of events, all designed to celebrate the arrival of our students, many of whom will be beginning their status as Toppers. A highlight of these events will be the dedication service at 4:00 in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. We will observe our annual tradition of “entering to grow in wisdom” at the gates at 8:00 on Monday evening. I encourage all returning students, faculty, and staff to be on hand to applaud and encourage our new students as they begin their educational journey at Blue Mountain College.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Johnny L. Mattox has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in addition to his service as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. In this new role Dr. Mattox will be responsible for serving as the Title IX Coordinator, hearing appeals for attendance issues, serving as an advocate for the Quality Enhancement Plan, and for serving as the liaison for Academic Affairs with the Alumni Association. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Mattox.

Allow me to close today with one other Olympic reflection. Watching the dramatic finish of both the men’s and the women’s cycling road races (150 miles), I was stunned as the two races ended in similar fashion—with the lead biker losing in the last few yards as another racer came from behind to steal the lead and the gold medal. Both races were marred by horrific crashes, crashes which allowed the would-be winner to establish what appeared to be an insurmountable gap between the lead cyclist and the pack of contenders. Unable to keep the pace and fend off the competition, neither leader could muster the required energy to claim the prize. Having managed their pace and enjoying the benefits of riding in a pack, the ultimate medal winners made Olympic history.

Much can be gained by a steady pace and a collaborative effort; let’s contemplate and practice these strategies as we press toward our end-of-summer finish line.


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


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





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Posted by Monday Messages on August 9, 2016 at 8:43 AM
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August 1, 2016

I failed to mention in today’s message that I will share my anniversary date with John Baker, who begins work today as an admissions recruiter. An alumnus of the class of 2013, John is excited to return to BMC and to join in the work of GROW BMC. Please extend to him a warm “welcome back.”


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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on August 1, 2016 at 8:41 AM
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August 1, 2016
Good Morning,

Even though it seems that the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” are still echoing through the halls of Lowrey, August has arrived, bringing with it all the excitement that accompanies the start of another academic year at BMC. The days before we welcome a host of new and returning students to the Hill are few—and the to-do lists are still long—but it will all fall into place!

Today marks a special anniversary for me as it was four years ago today that I had the privilege of beginning my tenure as the eighth president of Blue Mountain College. I pause at this moment to thank God for the innumerable ways in which we have witnessed His goodness and grace on each of these 1,460 days! I am also grateful to each of you; the McMillins are blessed to call you family and to work alongside you in pursuit of the mission of BMC.

As you may have already heard, Friday was Austin Kimbrough’s last day at BMC. He is leaving his post here to devote more time to the ministry. Austin has ministered here to many students and particularly those who wear the Topper baseball uniform. We are thankful for his dedicated service to BMC and pray God’s continued blessings to him and his family. (I understand he may be on campus today; look for an opportunity to wish him well.)

How thankful we are for the need to observe another day of registration on Thursday! It’s not too late to become a BMC student, so keep spreading the word about the opportunities to grow at Blue Mountain College.

Tomorrow at 8:30 U.S. Representative Trent Kelly is scheduled to visit our campus. We will host an informal “meet and greet” in the foyer of the admin. Faculty and staff are encouraged to come by and offer a word of welcome.

We would be far from ready for the fall were it not for the tireless efforts of a number of volunteers representing churches from across the state and from Alabama. The following groups have spent countless hours on campus this summer constructing, remodeling, painting, weeding, and cleaning:

Liberty Baptist, Newton, MS
Smithville Baptist, Smithville, MS
Bartahatchie Baptist, Amory, MS
FBC Amory
FBC Ripley
Harrisburg Baptist Church, Tupelo, MS
Harmony Baptist Church, New Albany, MS
Brandon Baptist Church, Brandon, MS
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL

Thank you for sharing your time, your talents, your energy, and your expertise at Blue Mountain College!

Our volunteers have done so much to make so many projects happen; on Friday we will take the opportunity to put on the finishing touches by observing “Campus Beautification Day.” With your PC member’s approval, you may elect on Friday to participate in one of the campus projects that Joyce will be sharing with you by email. Given the volume of activity this time of year, we know that not all staff will be able to participate. Please check with your PC member before you commit to working outside of your office. MMI will provide lunch for all who are involved in this project. Thank you in advance for helping make our campus shine!

Blessings to all for a great first week in August.



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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on August 1, 2016 at 8:40 AM
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June 6, 2016
Greetings!
The first day of June has arrived and that means we will be celebrating Homecoming on the Hill shortly. We are pleased to welcome home alumni from far and near. A special welcome and congratulations go to the Class of 1966; these graduates will observe their 50-year reunion and be inducted into the Golden Flame society on Friday. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to all who return to the Hill this weekend for a special time of reconnecting and remembering.

Please keep me in your prayers as I will be traveling this afternoon to Montgomery to attend the SSAC President’s meeting tonight and tomorrow. I will be on the road again Saturday following the alumni business session to attend the annual IABCU meeting in Asheville.

It has been a pleasure and a blessing this week to have the crew from Mt. Zion Baptist Church on our campus to continue their work on the Palmer-Donnell house. We appreciate the sacrifice of their time and the investment of their expertise in moving this project forward.

Happy Homecoming!

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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9


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Posted by Monday Messages on June 6, 2016 at 1:27 PM
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April 26, 2016
Good Morning,
It is the beginning of “Dead Week,” which means that BMC students are focusing their time and attention on finishing strong. Best wishes to all who are laboring to present final projects, to polish final performances, and to complete research papers!

If you need a break from your studies, come out this afternoon at 3:00 to support the softball team and/or at 4:00 to cheer on the participants in the international/USA soccer match. Tomorrow plan your break time to coincide with the night of worship led by our gospel choir at 6:00 in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. You will be blessed, refreshed, and rejuvenated!

The baseball Toppers are on the road this week; SSAC softball tournament action takes place this weekend.

Allow me to congratulate once again the family of Dr. James E. Buchanan, Jr. upon the naming of our business office suite in his honor. We are proud for his legacy of service to be honored in this way. If you haven’t seen the newly remodeled suite, stop by and check it out. Many thanks to Joyce Peters, Stan Irwin, Amy Thurmond, Tommy Peters, and the NMR staff for all that you did to prepare for Saturday’s celebration.

Congratulations to Rebekah Smith, to Dr. Nancy Kerns, to Mr. Bill Dowdy, and to all the contributors to the 2016 Mountain Breeze. Kudos as well to Brianna Edgeworth, to Dr. Elizabeth Crews, and to the entire staff of 2016 Mountaineer. Thank you for preserving the many memories made in 2015-16 at BMC.

Finish strong!




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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on April 26, 2016 at 8:06 AM
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April 18, 2016
Good Afternoon,
This week is already off to a great start with our gospel choir setting the tone in worship this morning! Dr. Brent Barker shared an inspiring message. We are glad to have him and all of the pastors who have gathered on the Hill today to participate in the State Preaching Conference.

Tomorrow will be a fun day as we welcome lots of kids to campus for Literacy on the Lawn. We’ll be playing softball at home tomorrow and then baseball at home Friday and Saturday. Tomorrow evening will be a special occasion as we set aside time at 7:00 in Lowrey Memorial to commission our summer missionaries. Students, I look forward to seeing you in chapel on Wednesday. I’ll be sharing the GROW BMC plan as well as a special surprise. You will want to be there! The Mountain Breeze and The Mountaineer will be presented in chapel on Friday.

Thursday is Research Day. I congratulate each of our student scholars and their professors for their outstanding work. Thank you, Dr. Dunagan, for your leadership of this event. Presentations take place at 3:00 in the SUB.

I’m delighted to announce several new appointments. Beverly Hickey has assumed the role of Director of Financial Aid; Brad Hill has moved to the role of assistant director. Janice Prather will continue in financial aid in a part-time role. Janice, we are grateful for your service to BMC. Dr. Ronald Meeks has assumed responsibility for all ministerial recruiting alongside his faculty responsibilities. Warner Creekmore will join the BMC team as our tennis coach; Brandon Hardin has been named our band director.

On Saturday at 11:00 we will honor the long and meritorious service of the late James Ellis Buchanan, Jr. by naming our business office in his honor.

Recruiting efforts for GROW BMC are in full swing; keep spreading the word that there are great opportunities at Blue Mountain College! Lynn Gibson will be at McNairy Central on Thursday. If you are in that area and need information, be sure to touch base with him.

I continue to receive much encouraging feedback from last Tuesday’s scholarship gala with Tim Tebow. Over 2500 people were inspired by Tim’s testimony with many making decisions for Christ. For that we are most thankful! We are also very grateful to have raised approximately $150,000 for our general scholarship fund. Soli Deo Gloria!


Have a great week!

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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on April 18, 2016 at 2:43 PM
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