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February 1, 2016
Good Morning,

Are you ready for some . . . BASEBALL? While it certainly is warm enough today for a trip to the ballpark, it is still hard to believe that it is time to play Topper baseball—but it is definitely time. The season cranks up Friday at New Albany at 2:00 against Judson with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00. Let’s help our guys start the season strong by showing our support. Of course, there’s still plenty of basketball action to enjoy. Both teams are at home Thursday evening to take on Martin Methodist and again on Saturday to take on Bethel. Congratulations to the Lady Toppers for a great win over William Carey on Saturday!

Steve Robbins and I will be traveling Wednesday and Thursday to Michigan to study some programs offered at a sister institution. Keep us in your prayers as we head north.

We are delighted to have Dr. Cindy Townsend as our chapel speaker today. Dr. Townsend is the executive director of our state WMU.

Blessings to all for a great week on the Hill!


Dr. 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 February 1, 2016 at 9:19 AM
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January 19, 2016
Greetings to all on a very cold Tuesday morning!

This message is coming to you on a Tuesday because yesterday was a very full day at BMC! I am grateful to our Service Committee for planning such a productive day filled with opportunities to minister both on campus and throughout our community. Brett Fowler, Jason Wells, Dot Locke, Phillip Laney, and Beth Rinehart did a great job identifying options for service on our annual “day on” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Many thanks to all who braved the cold to join in on one of the projects.

If you weren’t at Tyler Gymnasium yesterday afternoon for our games against Brenau and Dalton State, all I can say is you missed out in a big way. Our ladies claimed another conference win, and our men defeated defending NAIA champion Dalton State by a score of 88-75. The atmosphere in Tyler was electrifying as fans used their “Topper Boppers” (thanks, SBA) to express their support for our BMC athletes. Both teams are on the road to face Loyola and then the University of Mobile later this week.

Tonight at 7:00 James Lewis and Marc Lewis will lead during Prime Time at the BSU. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss either.

I’m looking forward to our TACT Leadership Seminars this week at 4:30 tomorrow and then again at noon and 3:00 on Thursday. See Kayce Bragg if you haven’t signed up.

I’ll be on the road Friday attending the meeting of our MBC Education Commission at Mississippi College.

Stay warm!

Dr. Mc


Dr. 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 January 19, 2016 at 9:18 AM
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January 11, 2016
Good Morning,
How pleased I am to welcome our students back to campus for the Spring 2016 semester! It is going to be a great spring at BMC. In addition to engaging in active learning under the tutelage of our stellar faculty, this semester will afford you the opportunity to hone your leadership skills as we launch our first series of TACT Leadership Seminars. In chapel on Wednesday, I’ll share more information about how you can participate. I strongly encourage you to commit to being a part of this special initiative.

Monday, January 18, is MLK Day—a time traditionally observed at BMC as a “day on not a day off.” Brett Fowler will be sharing with us in chapel this Wednesday some of the service projects that are planned for that day. I hope that each of you will plan to give back to our community through service in some way on this special day. I will share more about the significance of the day in chapel on Friday.

A major event on our campus this spring will be our first Ministers and Wives Dinner on Thursday, April 7. Drs. Chuck and Rhonda Kelley will provide words of encouragement for our special guests—the ministers and their wives who so faithfully serve our area congregations.

Of course a highlight of Spring 2016 is BMC’s first scholarship gala on April 12 with Tim Tebow as a special guest and speaker. Student tickets are available in the Business Office. Join me in committing now to pray for Tim as he prepares to address our community in April.

I’m pleased today to announce that Mr. Jody Hill is transitioning from his role as development consultant to a new role as Director of Development at Blue Mountain College. Please join me in congratulating Jody and in welcoming him to our campus.

Tonight’s the night to cheer on your choice for the national college football championship. Students can enjoy the pre-game hype and the game itself at the welcome back party in the SUB at 6:00.

The Topper basketball teams take on Middle Georgia at 2:00 and 4:00 on Saturday. If you haven’t been to a Topper game this season, I encourage you to turn out for Saturday’s games and show your support for our athletes and coaches. Let’s pack Tyler Gymnasium and cheer our teams to two victories!

Also, let me encourage you to visit HeBrews this week and let Mr. David know how much we appreciate having such a great place to hang out and enjoy our favorite form of coffee--I’m all about the sugar-free caramel latte with skinny milk and no whip (as Mr. David describes it)!

As you read this, I am en route to Jackson for the winter MAICU meeting. I will look forward to welcoming everyone back in person on Tuesday.

Dr. Mc

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



Posted by Monday Messages on January 11, 2016 at 10:23 AM
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January 4, 2016
Happy New Year!

I trust that everyone has enjoyed the time away. This is the day of the new year when our resolutions become official—or at least that is how I approach them. (It’s tough starting a diet or exercise program when you are technically still “on holiday”!) As we begin 2016 I would like to share with you a challenge that a friend shared with me several years ago. As I re-read this challenge just this morning, I resolved afresh to pursue these attitudes and actions in 2016:

1. Let’s be more amazed that we are forgiven than that we are right.
2. Let’s focus on the magnificent things we hold in common.
3. Let’s look for, and assume, the best motive in others’ viewpoints, especially when we disagree.
4. Let’s avoid gossiping altogether.
5. Let’s identify evidences of grace in each other and speak them to each other and about each other.
6. Let’s speak criticism directly to each other if we feel the need to speak at all.

A source of encouragement to me each day is the email devotional that I receive from Bible Gateway with excerpts from the writings of A.W. Tozer. It’s called “Tozer on Christian Leadership.” If you are looking for a new devotional to start off the new year, I recommend that you subscribe to this one.

We will start the new year off with some great basketball action tonight in Tyler Gymnasium. Both teams take on Brewton Parker. The women play at 5:30 followed by the men at 7:30. Come out and cheer on our Toppers! Both teams will be on the road Thursday and Saturday.

This year our Board of Trustees is taking the lead in making prayer a priority at BMC. The first quarterly prayer meeting will be this Friday at 11:00 in the sanctuary of Lowrey Memorial. Bro. Randy Bostick will lead our prayer time as we focus on thanking God for His blessings upon our College and on lifting up our petitions for BMC. You are welcome to attend if your schedule permits.


Dr. 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 January 4, 2016 at 3:29 PM
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November 30, 2015
Welcome back!

It is the last Monday of class as next Monday will mark the first day of final exams. For students, this is a season of heightened anticipation, a time of anxiously awaiting both the tests and the results. As the calendar turns to December, the anticipation that accompanies Christmas affects us all. During this “most wonderful time of the year,” there are family traditions and holiday experiences that we each eagerly await. Perhaps some of you are like me and think Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if for some reason you miss seeing your favorite holiday movie (White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kay), listening for your favorite holiday song (“Angels among Us” and “White Christmas”), singing along to your favorite carol (“Silent Night”), wearing your ugly Christmas sweater (I’ll definitely be wearing mine), and joining your family in your own special traditions (we “camp out” under the Christmas tree on the eve of Christmas eve).

However, while these traditions are certainly to be enjoyed, they are not the things to be most greatly anticipated. During this first week of Advent, let us ponder anew the prophecy found in Micah 5:2: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Even in the midst of these busy and demanding days, may we not lose sight of the fulfillment of our greatest need: the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ.

Today Dr. Ronnie Barefield will lead us in worship during the chapel hour. On Thursday we will devote our attention to celebrating the coming of the Messiah during our annual Lessons and Carols program at 6:00 at Lowrey Memorial. For many, this special and beautiful service marks the beginning of the Christmas season. This event is open to the public; we hope you will join us in this celebration.

Prior to the Lessons and Carols service on Thursday evening, faculty, staff, and students are invited to Armstrong for the annual Christmas open house from 4:00 until 5:30.

Tonight our men will take on Freed-Hardeman at 7:00 in Tyler Gymnasium; they will face Morthland at 7:30 on Thursday. The women are on the road this week. Plan to come out tonight and Thursday to show our guys your support!

On Saturday Dr. Sharon Enzor’s mother went home to be with the Lord. Please keep Dr. Enzor and her family in your prayers.

I will be traveling this Saturday to Dallas and then on to Houston for the annual SACSCOC meeting. I will be returning Tuesday evening.

Blessings to all for a productive and focused final week of class!

Dr. Mc



Posted by Monday Messages on November 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM
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November 17, 2015
Greetings to all on this blustery Tuesday!

The busyness of the week before Thanksgiving break defines our campus today as students and faculty focus on completing the assignments and grading that must occur before all depart to spend time with family around the holiday table. I pray that each of you will experience a productive week so that next week you will indeed have an opportunity to enjoy some time to relax with your loved ones. Yesterday in faculty/staff meeting, Dr. Bullard challenged us to consider what we would have today if we only had what were thankful for yesterday. Let us take to heart this insight into the importance of giving thanks, and let us be mindful of the many ways in which God blesses us at Blue Mountain College.

I am delighted today to issue a special word of congratulations to Drew Warford and William Thompson for earning first and second place recognition in the sophomore class category at last weekend’s regional National Association of Teachers of Singing regional conference. This conference includes participants from institutions of all sizes, so this recognition is especially meaningful. Way to go, Drew and William!

Our basketball Toppers will be on the road later this week for games in Georgia on Thursday and Saturday. Our baseball Toppers will play their Blue/Gold series today at 4:00 at Ripley High School.

On Thursday evening Richard Yarber will present his senior worship project at 7:00 in the auditorium.

Nancy McDonald, Jody Hill, Ryan Dewberry, and Kayla Maddux will accompany me on Friday to Starkville for an area-wide Hilltop Happening. We hope to see lots of BMC folks for this special event at 10:00 at Meadowview Baptist Church.

Travel safely and enjoy the Thanksgiving break!

Dr. Mc


Pray for Paris!



Dr. 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 November 17, 2015 at 3:21 PM
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November 10, 2015
Good Tuesday Morning to All!

Many thanks to everyone who made Founders Day, the Scholarship Luncheon, the Cliff Duren concert, Topperfest, and Homecoming such special events. It was great to see the Hill bustling with so much activity. We are grateful for all the guests who joined us for these events and contributed to the festivities.

As I noted last week, the season of Thanksgiving is upon us. This week let us pause and give thanks specifically for those who serve and have served as a member of the military. I saw a sign recently which read “Thanksgiving is the day when we give thanks for the things we have. Veterans Day is the day when we give thanks for those who fought for the things we have.” We salute our veterans, acknowledging the sacrifices that they make to preserve and protect our great nation.

Congratulations are in order for our cross country team. Page Rowland and Breanna Snipes have qualified for the NAIA national meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 21. Page finished third and Breanna fifth in the SSAC championship last weekend. The women’s team finished second overall. Rachel Starnes was named to the all-freshman team and received the individual Champions of Character award. Page and Breanna are two of only four SSAC competitors in the NAIA meet. The men’s team finished fourth in the SSAC, with Carter Witt making the All-Conference team and the All-Academic team. Michael Matheny earned All-Academic honors as well; Jordan McKay was named the individual Champions of Character winner. These students also made the All-Conference team: Page, Breanna, Rachel, Catherine Snyder, and Nikki Taylor. Catherine, Page, Nikki, Cassidy Blaylock, and Micayla Everett earned spots on the women’s All-Academic team. The women brought home the Sportsmanship Award. Way to go, XC runners!

Today we are happy to welcome the 55+ Club from First Baptist Church of New Albany to our campus for their Thanksgiving program. On Thursday we will host the chaplaincy training program in the Education building, and we will celebrate Thursday afternoon the new initiates into Kappa Delta Pi.

Our men’s basketball traveled to UT Martin last night and will hit the road again Friday to play Ohio Midwestern and then travel to Bluefield College on Saturday. The ladies travel to Williams Baptist on Thursday.

We are delighted to have Dr. Enzor back on campus. Continue to pray for her full recovery, for Chris Driskell, and for Rita Newby, who is recovering from gall bladder surgery.

Jody Hill and I will be traveling on Thursday to Jackson for the annual meeting with the Hearin Foundation.

I am grateful to all who have responded so favorably to the civility initiative that I announced in chapel on Monday. Student leaders have already stepped up to participate in the planning of this initiative. There’s room for more. Let me know of your interest.

May your week be productive and blessed!


Dr. 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 November 10, 2015 at 3:20 PM
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