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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
November 19, 2012
Good Morning,

Greetings to all on this Monday of Thanksgiving week.  Our students are already enjoying a much-needed break.  Offices are open today and tomorrow.  We will be closed the remainder of the week to observe the beginning of the holiday season with family and friends.  May we each take time to reflect on God’s bountiful blessings to us.  For His favor demonstrated to us in innumerable ways we are grateful!
I trust that our many alumni and friends have received a letter asking you to consider contributing to the College’s Annual Fund.  A glitch in our data management process caused some middle names to be noted incorrectly.  Please accept our apology for this mistake.  If you have not received your letter, I’ve attached a link to it here:  We hope that you will give prayerful attention to this opportunity to invest in the day-to-day operations of Blue Mountain College.
In the way of news, I am pleased to report that next year Blue Mountain College will hold membership in the Southern States Athletic Conference.  With the dissolution of the TranSouth Conference, BMC, along with former TranSouth members Martin Methodist and Bethel, will make the move to the SSAC next fall.
Please remember our men’s basketball team as they remain on the road with an exhibition game tomorrow night at the University of New Orleans.
Blessings to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on November 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

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November 12, 2012
Good Monday to Each of You!

Yesterday I was blessed by the opportunity to join in worship at First Baptist Church of Okolona.  Pastor Eric Boykin delivered a wonderful message on recognizing the glory of God as expressed in creation.  As I was driving home I saw glimpses of this glory all around in the brilliant sunlight that illumined the fall landscape, showcasing the colors of autumn.  This morning I received this video that reminded me again of God’s artistry through light and color.  If you have time, you might enjoy watching it too:  Click here: Colors
Please join me in saying a word of thanks to our veterans who serve our country so faithfully and bravely.  We appreciate all who serve!
Here’s some exciting news:   Four BMC students have qualified to compete in the NAIA national championship this Saturday in Vancouver, Washington.  Kelsea Hendrix and Latifa Swims will compete in the women’s 5k race at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site, and Austin Epting and Carter Witt will complete in the 8k men’s race.  Kelsea, Latifa, Austin, and Carter, we are so proud of you!
Congratulations to our men’s and women’s basketball teams; both are off to a great start.  If you haven’t been out to a Topper game, I hope you will come out soon.  Tomorrow night’s first game starts at 5:30.
I will be speaking on Thursday to the senior adults at First Baptist Church in Ripley.  Please pray for me as I prepare for this event.
Please pray as well for our recent graduate Tonya Gray, who was involved in a serious car accident.  Tonya is currently enrolled as a graduate student at BMC.
Don’t forget the retirement reception for Dr. Janice Nicholson on Thursday at 2:00 in conference room 27 of the admin building.
There will be one more Monday Message before Thanksgiving, but--for those who will be away or traveling--allow me to wish you and your family a very blessed season of gratitude.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on November 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

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November 5, 2012
Good Morning to All!

I hope everyone enjoyed Founders Day and Topper Homecoming as much as I did!  God blessed us with two beautiful, meaningful days jam-packed with opportunities to reminisce with old friends and to celebrate with new ones.  Dr. Coward’s address on “Founders, Finders, Keepers” was an inspiration to us all.  Congratulations, Dr. Coward, on being named a “Faithful Daughter” by the Alumni Association.  We are grateful to you for your leadership.
After much anticipation, I finally had the opportunity to see Dr. Meeks do the “Moses Rap.”  Believe me, it was worth the wait!
Congratulations to Courtney Ivy on being crowned Homecoming Queen.
Hats off to the Lady Toppers for a decisive win over William Carey and to the men for putting up a great fight.  The day ended Saturday on a moving note as we experienced the magnificence of Handel’s Messiah.  Many in attendance have expressed to me their gratitude to BMC for providing such a stellar experience for our community.  Thank you, Dr. Long, for envisioning and bringing to fruition an inspiring performance.
Please join me in praying for our nation as we have the opportunity tomorrow to exercise our right to vote.  I encourage everyone to vote as an expression of your Christian values.
This is Missions Emphasis week in chapel.  We were challenged this morning to go where God leads us in service to Him.  Please pray for our students who are considering where God would have them serve next summer.
Tomorrow evening at 5:30 the President’s Cabinet will serve “Apples at Armstrong” to our students.
Please pray for me as I will be speaking at First Baptist Church in Okolona on Sunday.
Hebrews 13:20-21 expresses my prayer for you this week.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on November 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

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October 29, 2012
It is the first day of a great week for Mississippi Baptists and for Blue Mountain College!  Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 177th Annual Mississippi Baptist Convention.  Let’s pray for an outstanding time of fellowship and worship, remembering specifically Executive Director Dr. Jim Futral (Class of ’67) and convention President Dr. David Hamilton (Class of ‘78) as they provide leadership.  It is BMC’s turn to give the college report, so please remember me at 9:10 on Wednesday.  On Tuesday evening I’ll have the opportunity to attend the Ministerial Alumni dinner.  I am looking forward to this special time and meeting lots of alums from across the state.
Returning to campus on Thursday morning, I’ll be ready to jump into a host of  special events, including Founders Day and Homecoming activities.   Thursday afternoon we will welcome Dr. David S. Dockery, president of Union University, to our campus for the Theta Alpha Kappa initiation. Thursday evening Dr. Mikki Galliher will give the 2012-13 Humanities Lecture in Garrett at 7:00.  A reception will follow.
Friday we will welcome Dr. Coward back to campus for the Founders Day chapel.  Immediately following chapel everyone is invited to attend the traditional planting of the presidential magnolia (just outside the north entrance to the admin building).  Check out our website for more details regarding a host of homecoming events, including Praise Jam Friday evening, tailgating on Saturday, the presentation of the homecoming court, Topper basketball, and a performance from Handel’s Messiah.  Wow—talk about a mountain of possibilities!
I am so excited to offer congratulations to the members of our men’s and women’s cross country teams.  On Saturday our women won the TranSouth Conference Championship and our men finished second.  Senior Austin Epting was named TranSouth Runner of the Year; freshman Carter Witt was named Newcomer of the Year.  Coach Phillip Laney was named women’s Coach of the Year.  Kudos to all!
I close today’s Monday Message with a bittersweet note.  After serving faithfully for 44 years in higher education, Dr. Janice Nicholson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Graduate and Special Programs, has announced her plans to retire at the close of the fall semester.  An alumna of the BMC class of 1964, Dr. Nicholson taught and held leadership roles at the University of North Alabama for 37 years.  Returning to serve her alma mater in 2005, Dr. Nicholson has played a critical role in the amazing growth of Blue Mountain College, providing leadership for the development of our graduate programs in education and for our strategic planning committee.  She holds the distinction of being the only graduate of BMC to serve as president, holding the position of interim president for a period of time this summer.  In the short time that I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Nicholson, I have come to love and appreciate her for her wisdom, her wit, and her dedication to this institution.  We will take time as a community later this semester to celebrate Dr. Nicholson’s great service to Blue Mountain.
Blessings to all!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on October 29, 2012 at 1:14 PM

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October 23, 2012
Good Morning!

Monday came and went without an opportunity for me to pen the Monday message!  The week is off to a busy and good start.  I was blessed on Sunday to share with our friends at First Baptist in Ripley about the things God is doing at BMC.  Last evening I had the same opportunity at the meeting of the Benton-Tippah Association.  It was great to see so many friends and to make new ones as well.
Later this week we will have many guests on campus, including Dr. Terry Dale Cruse from Missouri Baptist University and the North Mississippi Gifted Teachers group.  Dr. Cruse will be conducting a workshop with our admissions team, and the teachers of gifted students will be participating in their own workshop.  Please join me in extending greetings to these special guests on Friday.
Saturday is the long-awaited opening day for Topper basketball!  Come out and support the Toppers at 2:00 and 4:00 as they take on Belhaven.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
                                                                                    Psalm 118:24
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on October 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

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October 15, 2012
Good Morning!
I trust that everyone enjoyed a restful fall break.  The trees stepping out in their fall attire always take my breath away!
Please pray for me this evening as I give a report at Bissell Baptist Church in Tupelo during the Lee County associational meeting.  Tomorrow our Department of Education faculty will host a workshop led by Dr. Ann Singleton, associate dean of the School of Education and Human Studies at Union University.  On Friday we will welcome representatives from the Mississippi Education Commission to our campus for the final meeting of 2012.
Congratulations to Coach Laney and the Cross Country team for a strong finish at Saturday’s Choctaw Invitational at Mississippi College!
May Yahweh bless you
   and protect you;
may Yahweh make His face shine
   on you
and be gracious to you;
may Yahweh look with favor on you
and give you peace.
                           Numbers 6:24-26

Posted by Monday Messages on October 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

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October 8, 2012
Good Morning,

On this the second Monday in October we observe Columbus Day, a day set aside to mark the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.  Columbus embarked on a great life-changing and world-changing adventure when he “sailed the ocean blue” in 1492.  It is fitting that on this day that we will welcome a number of prospective students to our campus, all preparing to set out on a new life-changing adventures of their own.  Please join me in welcoming Nelson, Frankie, Autumn, Kelsey, Blakney, Dane, Mallory, Samantha, Carson, Kayla, Madison, D.J., John, and Katelyn to the Hill.  Our prayers are with them as they seek to know where God will take them on the next step of their important journey.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Sound of Music!  Larry and I attended the Friday night performance and enjoyed a Broadway-worthy production right here at BMC.  Thank you, professors Andre and Kantack, for bringing this performance to our stage.
Many thanks again to our dedicated Board of Trustees for the very productive meeting on Friday.  We are blessed by your leadership.
Please pray for me as I will be traveling this evening to speak at the Monroe associational meeting at Cason Baptist Church in Amory.
May you and your family be blessed by the beauty of autumn as we enjoy Fall Break this coming Thursday and Friday.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on October 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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