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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
October 6, 2014
Dear BMC Family,
Some college campuses are known for their iconic landmarks: a stately bell tower, an ivy covered hall, a massive library, or even an athletic arena made famous by the All-American who called it home. While ours has its own distinctive charms, it is not the Little Dell or the Gal-ry or Tyler Gymnasium that defines us--no, Blue Mountain College is defined by her people, and specifically by a cadre of gifted souls whom God called out for a lifetime of service to this special place. Throughout our long 140-plus years a few such souls have so invested their lives in this place that it is difficult to envision one without the other. We are deeply saddened today by the passing of Dr. Betty Hearn, a beloved professor of English who challenged and equipped her students to strive for the standard of excellence that defines BMC. Our fittest tribute is to conduct ourselves daily in a way that says "we are Blue Mountain College." Dr. Betty Hearn, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Please pray today for Dr. Betty's family--a family which includes the innumerable students whose love and appreciation of great literature and beautiful words began in her classroom. Those wishing to pen their own tributes to Dr. Betty may do so on the BMC Facebook page.

Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on October 6, 2014 at 10:43 AM
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September 22, 2014
Greetings to all on a beautiful Monday morning!

I trust that your day and your week are off to a fine start. We begin the week blessed by the opportunity to hear from our own Mrs. Sherrell Settlemires in chapel this morning. Dr. Tim Mims will be our speaker on Friday.

We will welcome to our campus this week many guests. Tomorrow the Executive Committee of our Board of Trustees will meet in preparation for our full Board’s regular fall meeting on Friday. We thank God for the dedicated men and women who serve so faithfully and capably on our Board.

Suessical, our fall musical, opens tomorrow evening at 7:30 in Garrett Auditorium with additional evening performances Thursday through Friday. Matinees begin at 9:30 on Wednesday and Thursday and at 1:30 on Friday. Please plan to attend what will most certainly be a delightful show!

These are full and busy days, but be encouraged! Fall break is just a few days away. (Offices will be closed October 9-10.)

Soli deo Gloria!

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 September 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM
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September 22, 2014
Good Morning,

I hope everyone enjoyed the last weekend of the summer of 2014. The September equinox occurs this evening at 9:29, marking the official arrival of fall and ushering in a beautiful season to be on the BMC campus. The weather should be perfect when the faculty take on the students in softball tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. Come out and enjoy what will surely be an entertaining contest!

We welcome to chapel today Greg Spencer, pastor of First Baptist Church, New Albany. On Wednesday everyone is invited to the flagpole on the green at 7:30 a.m. for See You at the Pole. The sophomore class has a fun event planned for Thursday evening. Be sure to check out the ice cream social and bachelor auction benefit at 4:30 in the SUB.

While away from campus on Friday I received a text and a picture informing me that one of the large oaks near the SUB had fallen, the apparent victim of the consistent work of carpenter ants that had devastated the massive shade tree’s core. A host of metaphors and lessons can be gleaned from this occurrence, one of which will serve to conclude today’s Monday Message. Generations have undoubtedly sat in the shade of this tree, admiring its beauty and contemplating its strength. Its falling on Friday reminds us that it is inner strength which sustains us. As Paul prayed for the Ephesians, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”

 

May you experience God-given strength in your inner being today and throughout this week.

 

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

Posted by Monday Messages on September 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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September 15, 2014
Good Morning!

I hope that everyone enjoyed a weekend that brought with it our first hint of fall—my favorite time of year. On this fall-like day we are pleased to welcome to our campus the pastors who are attending the Northeast Mississippi Pastor’s Conference. Please join me in extending to them a warm welcome to BMC. We will look forward to hearing from Dr. Brian Harbour as he leads us in chapel today. On Friday we will have the privilege of welcoming Senator Rita Potts Parks as our chapel speaker.

On Thursday evening Ray Dining Hall will be the setting for the annual CRV banquet. We look forward to hearing from our own Dr. Jim Futral and to welcoming our friends from the MBC Board. This occasion provides us another opportunity in which to express our gratitude to Mississippi Baptists for their many forms of support and encouragement. We are thankful to be partners in ministry together.

I have enjoyed stopping by the Wellness Center to see so many of our students taking advantage of this great new facility—and, yes, I have worked out a few times myself! Today the Wellness Center opens for use by our neighbors in the community. We are glad to make this option available and thankful for the support of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation.

May God bless your day and your 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

Posted by Monday Messages on September 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM
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September 2, 2014
Good Morning,

I trust that everyone enjoyed the long weekend and had the opportunity to relax a bit following the busy start to the semester. As of last Friday afternoon, 532 students had completed the enrollment process; a few additional students will complete the process today. These additions will put us slightly ahead of last fall’s enrollment, which was 532. We are pleased to welcome 24 students into our graduate programs, compared to 12 last fall. Nineteen students are dually enrolled at North Pontotoc. We are excited to welcome each of these students to Blue Mountain College!

As we settle in to the routine of the semester, we find that there is no shortage of opportunities for being engaged in the life of BMC. The Wellness Center has opened for use by faculty, staff, and students. An open house is scheduled for 10:00 on Saturday. The Johnnie Armstrong Gal-ry and Campus Store is open in its new location and is proving to be a great place both to shop and to hang out between classes.

In addition to the open house on Saturday, we will be introduced to our Topper athletes at Meet the Toppers Day. Festivities begin at 7:30 with registration for the annual Topper Day 5K Run/Walk followed by fun activities for children and the sale of Topper Gear at 10:00 in Tyler Gymnasium. The annual hamburger lunch will begin at 11:00 (tickets will be available on-site.) Athletes from all teams will be introduced at noon in the gym. Competition has already begun for some of our teams. On Saturday our women’s cross country team finished second to Tulane in the season opener at Mississippi College. Congratulations on a fine start!

We are pleased to welcome back to campus the members of our Alumni Association Board here for their fall meeting on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Please be in prayer for me as I will be traveling to Jackson for the MAICU meeting on Friday.

May the Lord order your steps through this day and the days ahead.

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 September 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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August 19, 2014
Good Monday Morning to All!

What a blessing it was yesterday to see the campus come alive again with students claiming their places in the residence halls! They were greeted by the welcoming aroma of freshly baked cookies—many thanks to Nancy McDonald, to Anna Quinn, and to the alumni who sponsored this project. Thank you also to each faculty or staff member and to each student leader who assisted with the move-in. You were a tremendous help. (A special shout-out goes to Ricky Griffin, who responded quickly to address some special needs.) The evening closed on a special note as Jessie Kellum, Derek Hunter, and Taylor Clark led us in worship at the pier. Many thanks to Tracy Moser and to Jack Moser for organizing a meaningful event that concluded with a prayer at the Euzelian Gates as our students entered the campus to grow in wisdom.

So many have commented on the appropriateness of both LuAnne Travis Ford’s message in song and Dr. Fisher’s convocation address on Friday evening. What a way to start the new year! Emma Ainsworth, Pam Bowman, Tommy Peters, Chris Driskell, Amy Thurmond, and Nancy McDonald played a vital role in organizing such a special evening. Dr. Meeks and Dr. Long provided just the right opening and a most appropriate conclusion.

By the time you read this you may have already had your first shopping excursion to the newly-relocated campus store. Kudos to Dot Locke, Renita Gossett, Karen Thompson, and the host of volunteers who made the move happen in short order last week. By the response of those who attended the sneak peek on Friday evening, the new location is a big hit.

We are very hopeful that the new Wellness Center will be open for use by students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday (we will open to the community later). Locate your workout clothes and lace up your sneakers for a healthy start to the new year. An email or text will alert you regarding the opening. Join me in congratulating Amy Thurmond, Kevin Barefield, Stan Irwin, and Duane Bullard for their dedication to making the Wellness Center a reality.

I suspect I am not the only one grateful to see the dining hall open for business once again! The kitchen and serving areas are both very attractive and serviceable—well worth the wait! We are grateful for MMI Dining and for their contribution toward this very fine renovation.

If you have not visited the Southplex, I encourage you to stop by and see the transformation. Resident Manager Dave McDonald and his assistant Josh Swords will be happy to give you a tour. We are thankful to all who have worked to make this new residence hall happen and will formally acknowledge the many contributions later. Jack Moser, Tommy Peters, and Duane Bullard have played vital roles in preparing this new area for the fifteen young men who will call it home this fall.

Readying a campus for the return of students is no small endeavor, and this summer’s “to-do list” was longer than usual with all the projects we were pursuing. Please take the opportunity to thank Joey Etheridge and his team and Joyce Peters for their work in addressing the many details.

Lynn Gibson and his team have done a tremendous job with recruiting new students. Sheila Freeman and her staff and the staff in the Office of Business Affairs have worked diligently to meet the needs of new and returning students. We will share more enrollment information when the registration period is over. I appreciate all who participated in yesterday’s dedication service.

Today marks the first day of employment for Annabeth Barnes, who joins us as an admissions recruiter. Other staff additions/changes include the addition of Jermael Bingham as assistant men’s basketball coach and Phillip Laney as student activities director. Dave McDonald holds the position of resident manager at the southplex, and Nancy McDonald is our new Director of Alumni Affairs. Please take the time to get to know these great additions to our team.

Dr. Sharon Enzor continues to provide excellent leadership to our SACSCOC compliance report. We are nearing the deadline. Please continue to afford her your encouragement and support as she provides leadership for this important endeavor.

As classes begin tomorrow I take this opportunity to extend a special word of encouragement to our outstanding faculty. Thank you for your relentless pursuit of academic excellence and for inspiring our students to love God with their minds. We are especially grateful for the addition of Dr. Terry Taylor and Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell. Welcome to BMC!

I look forward to seeing you in chapel on Friday as we observe together the tradition of reading the 121st Psalm.

May the Lord order your steps 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

Posted by Monday Messages on August 19, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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May 5, 2014
Greetings!

The much-anticipated last week of the semester has arrived; students and faculty alike are focused on the task at hand—the taking and grading of final exams. Best wishes to all for a strong finish to what has been a very fine year at Blue Mountain College. Graduating seniors, by the writing of the next Monday Message you will be alumni of this austere institution. Thank you for investing yourself in this special place. May you daily reflect on the positive and productive ways in which BMC has shaped and influenced your life. Congratulations to each of you for a job well done!

Returning students, may your summer away be all that you hope for. We look forward to welcoming you back. Between now and your return, we will be busy with upgrades to the dining hall, the installation of the wellness center, and the renovation of the South Campus facility for men’s housing. It will be a full summer of preparing the campus for another great year.

As I noted in my last chapel address, now would be a great time to offer a special word of thanks to the faculty and staff who have devoted themselves to serving you at BMC. Please let them know how much you appreciate their investment in you.

Saturday will be a stellar day on our campus as we conduct our 141st commencement exercise. Our speaker for both services is Trudy Cathy White, the daughter of Truett Cathy, the founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A. Mrs. White and her husband John are the co-founders of the Lifeshape Foundation. Mrs. White serves as the Director of WinShape Camps for Girls. We will look forward to welcoming her and our many guests to the campus on Saturday.


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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on May 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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