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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
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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November 24, 2014
Greetings,

In the stillness of this start of Thanksgiving week I am reminded of Dr. Leora Duce’s Founders Day address in which she likened Blue Mountain College to the “still, small voice” of I Kings, chapter 19. Let us give thanks today for God’s presence and power both then in the day of Elijah and today at this special place called BMC!

Please keep in mind that our Topper basketball teams will be in action this Friday beginning at 5:30 in Tyler Gym. After a day of shopping, enjoying leftovers, and watching football, come on out and cheer our teams on to victory. They will be encouraged by your support.

By the way, if your schedule permits on Thursday, tune in to Fox Sports South at 3:30 for this week’s SSAC Southern Sports Showcase. BMC will be featured.

May each of you enjoy this week, taking time both to count your blessings and to find ways to express your gratitude. Offices will close Tuesday at 4:30 to allow staff additional time to prepare for Turkey Day. 

From the McMillin family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!


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 November 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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November 17, 2014
Good Morning,

Since many of you will be away next Monday, let’s consider ourselves in Thanksgiving mode today. We have so much to give thanks for here on the Hill. For starters, we are thankful for our fabulous faculty—a finer group of scholar-teachers would be hard to find. We are thankful for our dedicated staff and for their commitment to stellar service. We are thankful for the members of National Management Resources and MMI Dining for their hard work. We are thankful for our Board of Trustees. We are thankful for our amazing students. Finally, we are thankful for the mission of Christian higher education to which God has called us. What a privilege it is to serve together in pursuit of significant Kingdom work!

Join me today in congratulating Coach J.D. Parker upon logging his 100th collegiate win on Saturday as our Toppers claimed a “W” over Morthland College. Both basketball teams will be on the road later this week. The Lady Toppers play in their home opener tomorrow evening at 5:30. Please come out and show them your support.

On Sunday at 2:00 BMC will host the Town of Blue Mountain’s annual Thanksgiving service. Please join us in Modena Lowrey Auditorium for this time of worship and prayer.

With gratitude for each of you,
Dr. Mc


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 November 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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November 10, 2014
Good Morning,

I begin this week by offering a sincere thank you to all who participated in the Founder’s Day events on Friday and in the Topper Fest events on Saturday. Jim Buchanan and Leora Duce enlightened and encouraged us with their addresses during the Founder’s Day chapel. A special thank you goes to Zac Gooch and Rachael McFatridge for their spot-on portrayals of John and Emma Armstrong. As always, we are grateful to Dr. Long and the BMC Chorale for leading us in worship through song. A big, big thank you goes to our Alumni Association and to Nancy McDonald for their hard work in planning these special events.

Kudos to Chelsey Griffin, Kayce Bragg, David McDonald, and Lynn Gibson for putting together a wonderful scholarship luncheon, a great open house at the southplex, and an unforgettable evening with Ellie Holcomb Saturday night. Thank you, Lynn, Joan, Kayce, Taylor, Anna Beth, Beverly, Michelle, and Deborah for heading up a fine Topper Preview Day.

While many of us were enjoying the Topper Fest activities on Saturday, one group spent the day working in the SUB to renovate the area once occupied by the bookstore. We are thankful for the work of Mr. Billy Matkins (husband of Dr. Kay Matkins, former professor here), Dr. Jeff Sweatt, Dr. Terry Taylor, Mr. Brian McElroy, Mr. Wayne Alexander, Dr. Terry Cutrer, and Mrs. Dale Cutrer.

We look forward to observing missions day in chapel today and to hearing from our BSU Fine Arts teams on Friday. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to the BSU spaghetti supper Thursday evening.

Today we welcome our cooperating teachers from area schools. We are thankful for our partnership with each of these teachers.

Please mark your calendar with a big star on Thursday evening. Our BMC Chorale will present Vivaldi’s Gloria! At 7:00 in the MLB auditorium. What a great way to begin the holiday season! Invite a friend to come with you to support our chorale and to enjoy this magnificent musical presentation.

The home basketball season begins Saturday at 4:00 when our men take on Morthland College. Let’s show our support by packing out Tyler Gymnasium! Topper men and women are on the road at Tougaloo tomorrow; the women will be on the road Saturday.

I’ll be hitting the road again today through Thursday doing SACS work. Pray for safe travels.

The semester is flying by; only three weeks of class remain followed by exams. (Students will enjoy a week-long Thanksgiving break!) Make the most of your time and plan to finish well!

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Let us not miss the opportunity to salute the men and women who have served our country so valiantly. They fought for us.

Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen.
Jude 24-25

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 November 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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November 3, 2014
Greetings on the first Monday of November!

The sunshine streaming in the windows of Lowrey Administration building this beautiful morning herald the start of a great week at BMC. Today is Missions Monday in chapel; we look forward to learning about the opportunities God continues to give our students to serve on mission for Him.

On Friday we will observe Founders Day in chapel. Nancy McDonald, Anna Quinn, and the leadership of our Alumni Association have planned a wonderful program that focuses on “celebrating the faithful.” We extend a warm welcome to all who will join us for this celebration, including featured speakers Jim Buchanan and Dr. Leora Duce.

Following the Founders Day chapel we will honor our special guests who support BMC through the establishment of endowed scholarships. These guests will participate in the annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon in Ray Dining Hall. Please join me in seeking opportunities to make these special friends feel welcome.

At 2:00 on Friday we will make our way to the Southplex for an open house at 2:00. Everyone is invited to tour this fine new facility.

The excitement continues on Saturday as the Alumni Association hosts our annual Topper Fall Festival beginning at 9:00. Get an early start on your Christmas shopping by visiting the many vendors who will be selling their wares. Baptist College of Health Sciences, our nursing program partner, will be on site conducting a health fair. Rite Aid of New Albany will be offering flu shots. For more details, visit the BMC website.

And there’s more—on Saturday evening Dove Award winner Ellie Holcomb will be in concert right here on the BMC campus! Tickets are $5.00 for BMC students and $7.00 for the general public. Youth ministers bringing groups get in free! Please plan to be here for a special time of worship Saturday evening.

I close today’s Monday Message with some exciting news. In addition to being ranked 23rd in the US News & World Report rankings for colleges in the Southern region, Blue Mountain College is ranked #2 in the US News rankings for colleges in the South that are considered to be a “Best Value.” According to US News, colleges in this category are considered to be “above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account.” Thanks be to God for this important recognition!

Best wishes to our Topper basketball teams as they begin regular season play this week on the road. We will be cheering you on!

I covet your prayers as I will be traveling on Friday afternoon to Union University to participate in the inauguration of Dr. Dub Oliver as UU’s new president.

May the Lord order our 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 November 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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