Were we not blessed in great ways this weekend—two great commencement services and then a beautiful Mother’s Day! Our pastor yesterday encouraged us to affirm, acknowledge, and appreciate all that our mothers have done for us. In addition to reflecting on the love of my own mama, of my Aunt Lillian, of “Mom,” and Sam’s “Mimi,” I was reminded of all the great women who gladly and selflessly assumed the role of “on campus” mother to so many over the long history of BMC. From Sarah Holmes Lowrey to Modena Lowrey “Mother” Berry to Lottie Palmer Donnell to May Hall Buchanan to Sadie Lee Clark Wells to Frances Tyler to Lucille Travis—the list could go on and on. We affirm, acknowledge and appreciate the legacy of these godly women and their influence on the lives of countless Blue Mountain College students.
Here’s a special “shout out” to our fantastic faculty and staff, to the National team, and to the MMI team for going all out to make Saturday a wonderful day. If you would like to view the service, you can still do so by going to our website: http://www.bmc.edu/graduation_video.asp
To conclude, I’d like to remind everyone to please keep in mind the importance of our Annual Fund initiative. The College needs the support of our alumni and friends to finish strong this fiscal year. Your contribution will indeed make a difference. Thank you.
“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do . . . .”
Posted by Monday Messages on May 13, 2013 at 3:33 PM
Seniors, this one is for you. This week you will turn in your last papers, make your final presentations, and take your last final exams. I ask everyone who is reading this message now to pause and say a prayer for our graduates. Pray that they will stay focused and finish strong. Pray that they will savor their last week on this beautiful campus, finding time to pause and reflect on what Blue Mountain College has meant to them. Pray that they will know the joy of a job well done, and pray that they will have a profound sense of peace about where God is taking them next. Seniors, have a blessed week. We are thankful for you.
We are looking forward to a great day on Saturday when, for the first time, we will hold two commencement services. Candidates for the B.A. and the B.S. degrees will receive their degrees in the 10:00 service. Candidates for the B.S. in Education and the Master of Education will be awarded their diplomas in the 2:00 service. A reception for all graduates will follow the morning service. I will have the privilege of addressing both groups.
A special word of congratulations goes to sophomore Kacie Harris, who has been awarded a Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship for post-graduate study at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Kacie, a biology major and cross-country runner from Tupelo, is the second BMC student to earn the scholarship in recent years. Way to go, Kacie!
I will be traveling tomorrow to the MAICU meeting at Millsaps.
It is another special week on campus, bringing to a close what has been a great year on the Hill. So many have done so much to contribute to a successful year. Faculty, you have planned, taught, counseled, encouraged, and supported—well done! Staff, you have processed, prepared, listened, and managed—great job! I am thankful for each of you.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin President
Posted by Monday Messages on May 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM
I hope that everyone enjoyed a restful weekend after a very action-packed week at BMC! Each of the inaugural events was meaningful and memorable. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a very special event and to all who displayed their support and encouragement through their attendance, prayers, and words of encouragement.
We now move out of inauguration mode into commencement mode as the excitement begins to build for our two graduation services on May 11. Seniors, the countdown has begun! Enjoy these days and plan to finish strong.
Congratulations to the BMC Chorale for their outstanding inaugural concert. You presented a stellar performance that was beautiful and worshipful.
Congratulations are also in order for our BMC softball team, who posted the first winning season in our young team’s history with a record of 23 and 18 in regular season play. The Lady Toppers will begin post-season play on Wednesday. We are proud of you!
Last week was obviously a week of firsts, as our men’s golf team brought home the TranSouth Conference Championship and earned a trip to Oregon to play in the nationals. Way to go, guys!
After all of the formal events of last week, we will change the pace and tone a bit this evening at 6:00 on the Green as we enjoy the Inaugural Sunset Celebration. Come out and enjoy hot dogs, snow cones, ice cream, cotton candy, music, games, and a movie!
I’ll conclude this week’s Monday Message asking you to focus with me on the phrase “Soli Deo Gloria,” a Latin term for “glory to God alone.” Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers have used this phrase or the initials “S.D.G.” to focus the attention of their audience on the only One to Whom glory and honor are due. Let’s focus our attention today and every day on ascribing to our Lord the praises due to Him alone.
(The flowers are some of the many that graced Armstrong last week. Enjoy.)
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin President
Posted by Monday Messages on April 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM
Here we are at the start of a much-anticipated week. The campus is glowing and buzzing with activity. Before we take off into the whirlwind of activities that this week holds, let’s pause, take a deep breath, and focus our attention on the One deserving of our worship, keeping Him at the center of all that we do. Psalm 150 will set the tone for the week:
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
Words of congratulations are in order today for Dr. Sharon Enzor, to whom the Mountain Breeze was dedicated, and to Sheila Freeman, who received the same honor for theMountaineer. Congratulations to the staffs and sponsors of these publications for their hard work.
Kudos to Dr. Stewart Bennett and the student interns who received the “Golden Hammer” from the Union County Historical Society and Heritage Museum for their contributions as volunteers.
A big “way to go” to all of our student athletes who were honored at Saturday evening’s Athletic Awards program.
Here’s a shout out to Jon Tyler White and the members of the praise team who led so capably at last night’s “Thinking Christianly” worship service at First Baptist, New Albany. It was a wonderful evening.
We welcome today Dr. Rhonda Kelley as our “inaugural” chapel speaker. Dr. Kelley will sign copies of her books in the foyer of the admin building immediately following the service.
Remember the commissioning service for our summer missionaries at 6:30 on Wednesday at Lowrey Memorial.
The rest of the week’s activities are outlined on the website: http://www.bmc.edu/inauguration.asp. Off-campus constituents please remember, if you can’t attend the inaugural celebration on Friday, you can watch it via our website.
Pictured below is the newest addition to our campus: a prayer garden designed by Chris Driskell with the help of Tracy Moser, Larry McMillin, and the National Management team. If you can’t join us in person this week, picture yourself sitting on this bench as you voice a special prayer for Blue Mountain College.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President Blue Mountain College PO Box 160 Blue Mountain, MS 38610 662.685.4771 Ext. 130
Posted by Monday Messages on April 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM
What a beautiful start to a new week! I couldn’t resist snapping the photo below of an iris in bloom just steps away from the north door of the admin building. This is just one example of the beauty that graces our wonderful campus. I was reminded of the devotional passage in yesterday’s Jesus Calling calendar by Sarah Young:
“Heaven is both present and future. As you walk along your life-path holding My hand, you are already in touch with the essence of heaven: nearness to Me. You can also find many hints of heaven along your pathway, because the earth is radiantly alive with My Presence. Shimmering sunshine awakens your heart, gently reminding you of My brilliant Light. Birds and flowers, trees and skies evoke praises to My holy Name. Keep your eyes and ears fully open as you journey with Me.”
This week’s journey includes opportunities to celebrate achievements and academic excellence. Today in chapel the Mountain Breeze will be presented; on Friday we will observe Awards Day and the presentation of the Mountaineer.
Congratulations are in order today for Tina Wood, a teacher assistant and BMC education major. Tina was awarded the state and chapter Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Grant-in-Aid award for students pursuing teacher education.
Many thanks to all who have visited our website or called to register attendance at next week’s inaugural celebration. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions. Instructions will be posted on the website for those who are unable to attend but plan to watch the program online.
If your schedule permits, make your way to Garrett at 2:30 on Wednesday for Chas Monaghan’s senior voice recital.
Best wishes to all the Middle Tennessee alums who will gather for a luncheon on Saturday.
Our heartfelt prayers go out today to Derek Keener, whose father recently passed away; to Tera Hill, for the passing of her aunt; and to Lisa Madrigal, whose step-son was killed in the tornado that struck Noxubee County last week.
As Sarah Young notes in her devotional, may the hope of heaven encourage you as you walk along the path of life with our Lord this week.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin President
Posted by Monday Messages on April 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM
What a wonderful weekend! Spring sunshine is energizing—I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. My weekend included the opportunity to meet many of our Memphis area alumni and friends. Kudos to Audrey Caldwell, Emily Crump Hayes, and all who made the Memphis Area Spring Scholarship Luncheon such a special event.
Let me remind everyone that Inauguration Week is fast approaching. If you have not been able to register your attendance online, please call 1-662-685-4771 and speak with Pam Bowman. Details regarding inaugural events are posted on our website at http://www.bmc.edu/inauguration.asp.
Theatre lovers take note: at 7:30 tonight in Garrett Auditorium the Department of Fine Arts will present the BMC Musical Theatre Showcase. The event is free and promises to be a fun evening featuring songs from more than a dozen Broadway musicals.
Sports lovers will be excited to hear that our Lady Toppers Softball team swept two games with Bethel last week to secure sole possession of second place in the TranSouth conference. They take on nationally ranked Freed-Hardeman today at 5 and 7 in Henderson. Two wins will put us a half game behind conference leader Freed. It is a short 70-mile trip—not too far to go to show our softball ladies our support! Freed travels here on Friday and Saturday for baseball.
Mandy Lane presents her student recital tomorrow evening in Garrett at 7:00.
Please remember our BMC Chorale as they depart Wednesday for their concert tour.
On Wednesday we will celebrate “Wacky Weather” as a part of this year’s Literacy on the Lawn event. A host of kindergarten students will enjoy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, science demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet meteorologist Dick Rice. Welcome, future Toppers!
May God bless each of you with a great week!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin President Blue Mountain College PO Box 160 Blue Mountain, MS 38610 662.685.4771 Ext. 130
Posted by Monday Messages on April 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Sunshine is streaming through my windows this morning, heralding the arrival of April and a host of spring activities. It is hard to believe that we are now in the last full month of the 2012-13 academic year—and this last month promises to be a busy one. Preparations are underway for an array of inaugural events. Stay tuned to the website for details.
I am looking forward to being at First Baptist of Hickory Flat this evening for “Magnificent Monday,” a time of community worship in celebration of the Resurrection. Pine Grove Baptist Church, Flat Rock Baptist Church, and First Methodist Church will join the First Baptist congregation for this special event. Our chorale will contribute to the evening of worship.
I am delighted this morning to congratulate Jessica Graves, a senior from Ripley, for receiving the first place award for her one-act play Family Ties at the 2013 Southern Literary Festival at Columbus State University. The Southern Literary Festival originated on the campus of BMC, so this is an especially meaningful award.
Congratulations are also in order for Brandon Bates. A science education major, Brandon was chosen by the Education faculty as the BMC outstanding teacher intern for the 2012-2013 academic year. Brandon completed his internship in December and was hired by Desoto County Schools in January. He will be recognized at a reception this Friday at the Mississippi Department of Education in Jackson for the outstanding teacher interns from all Mississippi public and private colleges/universities.
We are happy to welcome Dr. Rick Blythe of First Baptist, New Albany, to campus today for chapel.
On Wednesday we will welcome area Associational Missions Directors to our campus for their spring meeting.
Please pray for me as I will be speaking to the Ripley AAUW chapter on Thursday evening and then traveling to William Carey University on Friday for our spring Education Commission meeting. I’m looking forward to being with our Memphis area alumni on Saturday at their spring luncheon.
There is no shortage of Topper activity with baseball and softball in full swing. The men travel to MississippiValley and to Tougaloo this week; the women play Martin Methodist at home on Tuesday and then travel to Bethel on Friday. Go, Toppers!
Blessings to all for a Magnificent Monday and a great week!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin President
Posted by Monday Messages on April 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM