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July 9, 2013
Good Morning!

I hope that the week is off to a great start for everyone. Larry, Sam, and I enjoyed the opportunity for some “beach” time last week; several in our community are away now. I hope everyone travels safely and finds time to relax with family and friends.

As we made the turn off of Highway 15 on Saturday we were excited to see the work going on at the Victorian house. A great team of volunteers from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, has returned to continue their outstanding work on this lovely home that will one day house our Office of Alumni Affairs. Please join me in welcoming this team back and in thanking them for their hard work and expertise. Check the progress out on Facebook.

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Maria Teel has accepted a position as an administrative assistant to the Executive Director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Maria, a graduate of the Class of 2003, has served the College faithfully for 10 years, the last 8 as Director of Admissions. Maria, we know that God has opened a wonderful new door of opportunity for you. I speak for everyone when I say that you will be missed. We wish you the best and trust that God has great plans for you.

Perhaps you have noticed the dust flying on the northeast corner of the campus. Mr. Kenneth Hill and his team are working diligently toward the completion of Phase I of the Sportsplex, the installation of the drainage for the baseball and softball fields. Here’s a big high five to Mr. Kenneth and his crew for their dedication to the task.

Have a blessed day!


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 July 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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June 28, 2013
Dear BMC Family,

Since I will be off campus this coming Monday, I'm going to consider this very late communiqué as both this week’s and next week's "Monday Message." Even though summer didn't officially arrive until late last week, first summer term is already behind us, and we are one-fourth of the way into second term. Teaching and learning in the short terms require considerable "Topper tenacity"--kudos to faculty and students alike for your perseverance during these intense summer sessions.

I'm often asked what administrators and staff members do during the months between the regular semesters.  As I'm sure all involved would agree, there is no shortage of activity as we are busy tying up loose ends from one academic year and making preparations to begin a new one.  Among those preparations are efforts to enhance our campus in ways that will serve our new and returning students when they arrive on campus for the fall semester.  I'm putting this word out to anyone who would like to sponsor a couple of student activity projects that would undoubtedly prove to be very popular with our students:  namely, an outdoor basketball court and a sand volleyball court.  These are relatively small-scale projects that can be done fairly inexpensively.  If you would like to help, or know someone who would be interested, please contact me for more information.

A project of greater magnitude is, of course, the BMC Sportsplex.  Thanks in advance to all who have registered to attend this evening's Sportsplex banquet sponsored by the North Mississippi BMC Alumni Club.  We are especially grateful to the "superpac" participants for underwriting this event, which is designed to garner financial support for this important new facility.  The importance of moving forward with construction of the Sportsplex cannot be overstated:  the baseball and softball Toppers need a place to practice and play right here on campus, and the golf teams need a practice range.  Having our own facility will enable us to host intercollegiate competitions at home in a venue that is comparable to those found on the campuses of our competitors.  We believe the Sportsplex will serve as yet another reason students will want to attend Blue Mountain College.

In closing, thanks to Larry McMillin, Chris Driskell, Stan Irwin, and the members of the National Management team for providing us with this beautiful patriotic display on the Green.  It is a wonderful way to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.  Next Monday Message:  July 8

May God bless each of you with a safe and happy holiday. 

 

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 June 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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June 21, 2013
Dear BMC Family,

Ever have a day when nothing has been crossed off the “to do” list at the end of the day?  I’ve noticed that Mondays are particularly notorious for this phenomenon.  Yesterday was one such day for me.  Isn’t it comforting to know that we serve a God who has total control and perfect timing?  Today’s “to do” list is in His hands!

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
                                Isaiah 55:8-9

We are thankful that everyone had a safe trip to the CAMS conference.  Lavon Driskell, Chris Driskell, and I will be traveling on Thursday to Atlanta for a Southern States Athletic Conference meeting; please pray for a productive meeting and safe travel.

Join me in welcoming the elementary and junior high basketball campers to BMC this week.  Play hard, guys!

On Saturday at 11 we will welcome to our campus Mayor Doug Norton and members of the Blue Mountain Board of Alderman for their Swearing In Ceremony.  The event will take place in Paschal Student Union Building. 

Many thanks to all who have contributed to this year’s Annual Fund.  We are grateful to you for helping us to stand firm and shine bright as we pursue the opportunity to provide a Christ-centered education to the students of Blue Mountain College.  There is still time to participate in this year’s fund.  Check out our website for more information: https://www.bmc.edu/giving_to_bmc.asp

Have a blessed Tuesday!
 


Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

President

Posted by Monday Messages on June 21, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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June 5, 2013
Good Morning!

Having spent part of Sunday and much of Monday in Marietta, Georgia, I spent Tuesday catching up. The result is a Wednesday Message. I am pleased to report that Dr. Enzor, Dr. Mattox, Dr. Shankle, Mrs. Peters, and I had a very productive trip to the “kick off” meeting for our next SACS reaffirmation visit in 2015. We can mark our calendars now for the big visit, which will occur April 7-9, 2015.

Join me in welcoming a host of young athletes to our campus for the first of the summer’s sports camps. We hope that there are a number of future Toppers in the group! I spent several summers as a BMC basketball camper, making some great friends and great memories. That’s where I first learned about Topper Tenacity!

We are eagerly anticipating the arrival on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of our alumni and friends who will gather to celebrate Homecoming on the Hill. It will be my great privilege to induct members of the class of 1963 into the Golden Flame Society, to visit with each of the reunion classes, to experience the Fabulous Follies, and to address the group gathered for the annual meeting on Saturday. I am looking forward to hearing from Dr. Tim Townsend at the luncheon on Friday. Lots of folks “liked” identifying the young women from the Class of 63 who were featured on the BMC Facebook page. (Check us out on Facebook and Twitter.) That was a fun activity and a great way to get everyone in the mood to reminisce about good times and good friends from days gone by.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have contributed to this year’s Annual Fund initiative. You are making a difference at BMC! For more information, go to http://www.bmc.edu/givingonline.asp
Have a blessed Wednesday!



Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on June 5, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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May 20, 2013
Good Morning,

Entering the admin this morning, I was greeted with a fresh new look (check out the pictures).  The front entry and the hallway have been lightened and brightened with a new coat of paint.  We are thankful for the team of volunteers from Harrisburg Baptist Church and from the Pearl River Baptist Association for their giving of their time and expertise to make Lowrey sparkle.  The folks from Harrisburg were on campus last week; our friends from Pearl River came mid-week and are still with us working on other projects.  As you see them around campus today, be sure to stop and tell them how grateful we are for their generosity and service. 

As you pray, please remember our coaches who are traveling to the Southern States Athletic Conference meeting today at Auburn-Montgomery.  Pray also for Lela Hale, who had surgery on Friday.  Continue to remember our friend Richard Bradford, who is recovering from a stroke.  Tom Kemner left our campus on Friday afternoon and was en route to Nairobi on Saturday.  Pray for safe travels and a productive journey for him.

I am happy to announce that Dr. Nancy Kerns has accepted a faculty position at BMC.  She will be joining us this fall as an assistant professor of English.  Dr. Kerns holds the Ph.D. in English from Purdue University and will be coming to us from Victory University in Memphis.

Please keep in mind the importance of giving to the Annual Fund: http://www.bmc.edu/givingonline.asp 

We have much to be thankful for today!

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.  II Thessalonians 1:3

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 May 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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May 13, 2013
Good Morning!

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
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May 6, 2013
Good Monday Morning!

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
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