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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
March 4, 2013
Happy Monday Morning!

Winter snowfall on Saturday gave way to spring sunshine on Sunday, giving us a glimpse yet again of our Creator’s artistry and omnipotence!

It was great to see our Alumni Association Board of Directors on campus Saturday; lots of great ideas were generated.  Many thanks to association president Audrey Caldwell and to alumni director Lea Bennett for their work in planning a productive day.

A huge word of congratulations goes out today to Coach Lavon Driskell.  Coach Driskell was named TranSouth women’s Coach of the Year.  Anna Brooke Page was named Newcomer of the Year.  Anna Brooke and Jessi Hayles were both named to the All-TSAC first team; Kati Prince received honorable mention.  From the men’s team, Jarvis Fisher was selected to the All-TSAC second team; Kevin Daniels and Vladimir Filipovic were chosen to the All-Freshmen team.  We are proud of all of our Toppers!

I hope all who attended last week’s production of Forever Plaid enjoyed it as much as I did.  If you were there Tuesday evening you witnessed my theatre debut as a pianist.  My first piano teacher, Rita Clemmer Braddock, just happened to be in attendance and was pleased.  Thanks, guys, for the “help”!

Lea Bennett is our chapel speaker today.  Rebekah Ray, Marketing and Donor Relations officer with the Mississippi Baptist Foundation, will speak to us on Friday.

In observance of Employee Appreciation Day, all faculty and staff are invited to come by the Office of the President between 10:30 and 11:30 today to pick up a small memento as a token of gratitude for all that you do.

Sonia Sanders, Assistant to the Registrar, has officially begun her maternity leave.  Let’s keep Sonia and family in our prayers as they anticipate baby boy’s arrival in the next few days.

Please pray for me as I will be traveling next week to do SACS work on another campus.  Monday messages will resume on March 18.

Next week the campus will pause to observe a much-needed spring break.  Let’s pray that this time away will be safe and restful for all.

Have a great week!

Posted by Monday Messages on March 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

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February 25, 2013
Good Morning!
Wasn’t yesterday a beautiful Lord’s day!  I hope you were blessed by it as much as I was.  Last night I had the privilege of hearing our Chorale sing at First Baptist Church of Baldwyn and of hearing Dr. Meeks open God’s Word and remind us of the great joy that is ours in Christ.  Many thanks to Dr. Meeks, Dr. Long, Laura Long, Lea Bennett, Maria Teel, and our wonderful students for representing BMC so well.
I am grateful to all who prayed for our Board meeting last Friday.  We have an outstanding group of trustees, all of whom are dedicated to serving Blue Mountain College.  I am grateful to the President’s Cabinet for their careful preparation that contributed to a productive day.
Please join me in congratulating Amy Thurmond who has accepted the position of web site coordinator here at the College.
This week promises to be another busy one.  Tomorrow student Sarah Cox and professor Justin Spencer will be honored in Jackson at the 26th Annual Higher Education Day-Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE).  Sarah, Dr. Spencer, and I will have the opportunity to tour the State Capitol before attending the awards luncheon.
Tuesday evening is opening night for Forever Plaid, our spring musical comedy.  I hope everyone will make plans to attend.  The show runs for seven performances.  Check our website for more details.
Thursday evening is the annual BSU missions banquet in Ray Dining Hall.  Check with Tracy Moser for more details.
This weekend our Alumni Association Board will be on campus for their spring meeting.  We welcome President Audrey Caldwell and all the Board members back to campus and hope that their time together is productive.
Our Topper basketball teams will be in TranSouth conference play this week.  The men play at 7:00 Thursday night at Bethel; the women play at 7:00 Friday at Martin Methodist.  Both the baseball and softball teams will be in action at home this weekend.
Today we are delighted to have Dr. David Eldridge, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo, leading our chapel service.  I will have the opportunity to share some of the good things going on at BMC at Calvary this coming Sunday morning.  Please pray for me and for Mandy Lane, who will be singing in the morning service at Calvary.
Blessings to all for a good week!

Posted by Monday Messages on February 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM

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February 11, 2013
Good Evening!

It has been a busy Monday resulting in the Monday Message coming rather late in the day!  I trust that your week is off to a good start.
Tuesday will be another busy day on campus as we welcome participants in the math and science tournament to BMC.
Please join me in praying for Pam and Jerry Bowman as they grieve the passing of Jerry’s father.  The funeral will be held at 11:30 tomorrow at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis.
Pray also for our colleagues at Southern who are dealing with the aftermath of yesterday’s tornado.
Blessings to each of you for a productive and pleasant week.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on February 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

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February 4, 2013
Dear BMC Community,

I hope that your Monday has been a good one.  This Monday Message is coming late in the day, but that gives me the opportunity to say how much I enjoyed our chapel service this morning.  It was a blessing to hear about the experiences of our students who were on mission during the Christmas holiday.  Let’s pray that God will water the seeds that were planted during these trips to Mission Arlington and to China.  Thank you, Tracy, for your leadership.
It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Dr. Barbara Holland has announced her retirement at the end of the spring semester.  We celebrate Dr. Holland’s forty years as a teacher (seven here at BMC), recognizing the vast extent of her influence as an accomplished academician and as a mentor to many.  Dr. Holland, congratulations to you!
I am happy to welcome Chelsey Griffin to BMC as Data Manager for our Advancement area.  Chelsey, we are glad that you are here.
Congratulations to the Topper Baseball team on three wins—including two no-hitters—this weekend over Tougaloo.  Kudos to the Lady Toppers Basketball team for their win Saturday over Martin-Methodist.  The ladies play Judson tomorrow night at BMC.  Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams play at home Thursday against Fisk. Best wishes to the BMC Softball team for their home opener on Saturday against Williams Baptist. GO TOPPERS!
I’ll be speaking Wednesday at the Chalybeate Kappa Kappa Iota meeting.
Ponder the power of this promise as you journey into the week ahead:
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                                Philippians 4:19
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on February 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

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January 28, 2013
Good Morning, BMC Family!
I hope that everyone is well and ready to dive in to another busy week on the Hill.  I am pleased to report that we are starting Spring 2013 with a total of 515 students (including full- and part-timers).  We are grateful that these students have chosen the Christ-centered learning environment at Blue Mountain College in which to grow both academically and spiritually.
I’d like to offer a special word of thanks to Anna Quinn for graciously opening her home last Thursday evening for a recruiting event.  Thanks also to the BMC alums who provided the delicious refreshments.  It was a delight to meet several prospective students and their parents.
I enjoyed getting to meet several of our graduates this weekend at the Jackson-area alumni gathering.  It was a special treat to visit with Mary Jo Olander Dacus, class of 1945!
Come out and support the Toppers tonight at 6:00 and 8:00 as they take on Rust College.  The baseball Toppers will take on Tougaloo at 5:00 on Friday and then again at 1:00 on Saturday.
Please keep me in your prayers as my travels this week will include a trip to Georgia.
Psalm 90:17
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on January 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

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January 21, 2013
Good Morning,
Filling the hallway of Lowrey this morning was the hauntingly beautiful sound of classic hymns being played on a flute crafted from a piece of bamboo by one of our very own students, Chas Monaghan.  What a way to start the week!  The melody called to mind the hymnist’s prayer:  “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”  May that be our prayer as we begin the first full week of class at BMC.
Doesn’t it feel great to have our students back on campus!  May Spring 2013 be your best semester ever and may you pursue your studies with excellence, being diligent to think Christianly about your discipline and about how you will use new-found knowledge and skills to make a difference for the Kingdom of God.
I am pleased to announce that Jack Moser has accepted the position of interim Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services.  Please join me in congratulating Coach Jack and in lifting him up as he serves the college in this important role.
Congratulations to Brandon Hughes for a fine junior voice recital last Thursday evening.
The Lady Toppers had a big win on Saturday over Mid-Continent; the men fought a hard fight that ended in an overtime heart-breaker.  Guys, we are very proud of you!  You played with heart, determination, and Topper Tenacity!
Thanks to all of our students, faculty, and staff who pledged to pursue the BMC Kindness Challenge this semester.  Today is MLK Service Day; opportunities abound to kick off your commitment to acts of kindness and service.  Many thanks to Mrs. Jean Harrington and the SDO4 team for organizing today’s activities.
Please pray for me as I will be traveling to Belhaven tomorrow for a meeting with MAICU presidents.
Topper Baseball is back- starting this weekend!  The season kicks off Friday as the Toppers take on the Belhaven Blazers at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.  We hope to see many fans and alums there cheering on the team and enjoying the fellowship at the post game Bar-B-Q supper at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.  Contact Paige Harrell ( to make reservations.
Finally, please pray for the Executive Committee of our Board of Trustees.  They will be meeting on campus on Friday.
Blessings to all for a rewarding day of service.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on January 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

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January 14, 2013
Good Morning,

This is a day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  After a warm and wet weekend, we’re back to more typical January weather—just in time to start the spring semester!  How good it is to see the campus come back to life as students return to begin classes tomorrow.

Please join me in welcoming our new students and in welcoming Dr. Lois Hammond, director of our online business program.  We are glad that you are a part of the BMC community.

On Thursday we will welcome to campus participants in the fourth annual Construction Conference sponsored by BMC and Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Please pray for me as I will be traveling to Mississippi College tomorrow for the spring meeting of the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and as I prepare to speak in chapel on Friday.

I am looking forward to an outstanding spring semester with you at BMC.  Let us continue to seek God’s favor, to stand firm on our mission, and to shine bright for our Savior in all that we do on the Hill.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Posted by Monday Messages on January 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

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