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September 19, 2016
Good Afternoon!
Congratulations to our cross country teams for their achievements over the weekend. Our women’s team finished first in the Dalton State meet with the men taking home third place. Great work, Toppers! Our bowlers saw their first action in a tournament sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University. Our golfers finished second in the Transouth Tournament in Muscle Shoals. The JV baseball team will be on the diamond at BNA Park this Thursday at noon.

Tomorrow our faculty and staff will once again take on the students in our annual softball classic; the intramural field at 4:30 is the place to be. It’s a great time to cheer on your favorite team and check out the new fitness trail, made possible by the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi. The lights on the trail should be completed this week, making it possible for walkers and runners to enjoy the trek in the cool of the evening.

Worship leader Jessica Crawford will be on campus Friday for a mini concert at 10:00. Learn more about Jessica through any of these links:

https://www.facebook.com/jessicacrawfordmusic (Facebook)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YynHwA17M-M (Personal Testimony)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unoPz25ui_k (Interview)

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 September 19, 2016 at 10:49 AM
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September 15, 2016
Good Afternoon,
We are past the half-way point of another week; I hope that the half we have just finished has been productive for all.  We were blessed on Monday by the company of so many of our Northeast Mississippi pastors.  Last evening afforded the opportunity to greet another special guest as former University of Southern Mississippi punter Luke Johnson encouraged our athletes to focus their efforts on glorifying God.
 
I had the privilege last night of addressing the New Albany Pilot Club in conjunction with members of area Anchor Clubs.  I appreciate all who attended, including a number of BMC alums.
 
Allow me to encourage everyone to come out Friday afternoon from 2:00 until 6:00 or Saturday morning from 10:00 until 2:00 for an “elegantly different” fundraising  fashion show in Garrett auditorium.  Clothing from the CABI line will be available for order, and you will get to see the beautiful attire that the ladies in the BMC Chorale will wear in concert this fall.
 
Students, just a reminder—Friday is the deadline to apply for membership in the Blue Crew.  Liz, John, Adam, and Lynn need you on the Crew!
 
I conclude today with some very exciting news.  Yesterday the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of colleges and universities were released.  Last year BMC was ranked 22nd in the South in the top tier of the regional college category; this year we are ranked 7th!  In the “Best Value” category BMC is ranked #2 in the regional college category (South).  Congratulations to our outstanding faculty, staff, and students for this impressive showing.
 
But wait—there’s more!  I am pleased to confirm that the GROW BMC fall goal of 565 students has been met and surpassed for a record high enrollment.  Thanks be to God for this tremendous blessing!  Of this number, 26 are graduate students and 320 are residential.  Soli Deo Gloria!
 
 
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 September 15, 2016 at 4:17 PM
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August 29, 2016
Good Afternoon,

With the first full week of class now behind us, we are now settling in to the rhythm of the fall semester. Students are now trekking across campus much more confidently, having determined the shortest route to their respective classes. The best ENO locations have been identified and claimed, and the optimum time to arrive for dinner and avoid the line has been duly noted. It is good to be back in swing of things at BMC.

Tomorrow night affords us the wonderful opportunity to hear one of the America’s finest organists, Walter Strony, bring our new Protégé 40th Anniversary model organ to life in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. The program begins at 7:00 and is open to the public. Students, make plans to hear this gifted musician before heading over to Game Night in the SUB at 8:00.

This week also affords students, faculty, and staff alike the chance to go for the gold in the BMC Olympics. For more information on how to participate, contact Rebecca Parker at extension 108.

Don’t miss out on hearing Jason Cook tonight at 7:00 at Broach as Prime Time gets underway.

Best wishes for a strong start to the Topper Cross Country team as they head to MC on Friday for the season opener. #toppertenacity

We have another busy week ahead of us, but a three-day weekend awaits! Enjoy your Labor Day!


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 29, 2016 at 10:51 AM
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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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