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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
September 3, 2013
Greetings!
Welcome back after the long Labor Day weekend. I trust everyone had the opportunity to spend time with family, enjoy an end-of-summer cookout, and perhaps watch your favorite team kick off the season.
I am happy to start the week by reporting that 526 students are enrolled at Blue Mountain College this fall, compared to 513 last fall. We are thankful for each and every one!

It is my pleasure to welcome two new staff members to our community today. Taylor Clark has joined us as a recruiter, and Kayce Carr starts today coordinating student leadership and advancement activities. Kayce will also assist with recruiting. Please join me in welcoming Taylor and Kayce back to BMC.

Congratulations to the Lady Toppers for their first place finish this weekend at the Mississippi College Cross Country season opener. Way to go, ladies!

Friday and Saturday will be busy days on campus. Dr. David Hamilton, Pastor of West Heights Baptist Church and President of the Mississippi Baptist Convention, will be our chapel speaker. We will welcome our Executive Committee to campus Friday afternoon (rescheduled from last week). On Saturday our Alumni Association Board be on the Hill for their fall meeting. 

On Saturday we will also welcome Topper fans from far and near to our annual Meet the Toppers Day. Festivities begin at 9:00 with the BMC 5K. Fans can purchase Topper gear in the gym at 10:30 and enjoy lunch at 11:00 ($6 for a great grilled burger meal). Our athletes will be introduced at 12:30 in Tyler Gymnasium. Come on out and support the Toppers!

I will be traveling to Jackson on Thursday, so keep me in your prayers.

Please remember the family of golfer Austin Holt, Austin’s grandfather passed away yesterday.
Also, please remember the family of Cross Country team member, Micayla Everett whose grandmother passed away recently and funeral service was held yesterday.
Blessings to all for a great week.

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on September 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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August 26, 2013
Greetings on Monday afternoon!
The first full week of class is off to a wonderful and warm start. I can’t imagine a better way to begin the week and the semester than with the inspiring message delivered this morning by Dr. Ronald Meeks in chapel. I know that we are going to be enlightened and encouraged by the many speakers who will examine what it means to “Love the Lord with All Your Mind.”

Let me encourage everyone to attend the memorial concert tomorrow evening honoring the memory of Mr. G. Edward Ludlow. The concert begins at 7:00 in the sanctuary at Lowrey Memorial. The Blue Mountain College Chorale will perform as will former organ students of Professor Ludlow, including Betty Lowry Sisk, Sandy Freeman Coutoumanos, Lisa Johnson, and Bevin Gregory Wilder. President Emeritus E. Harold Fisher will deliver a memorial address.

On Wednesday we will welcome to our campus Mr. Mike Hall, Commissioner of the Southern States Athletic Conference.

Please keep me in your prayers as I prepare Friday’s chapel address.

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on August 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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August 19, 2013
Greetings—and Welcome Back!

Today we celebrate the much-anticipated arrival of our beloved BMC students. We welcome our returning students, our new freshmen, and our transfer students to the campus of Blue Mountain College. Our faculty are ready to impart knowledge and to facilitate significant learning experiences. Our staff are ready to answer questions and “take care of business.” Our residence halls and houses are ready to become home away from home. Our campus is ready—for the 141st time—to resonate with the energy and enthusiasm of students entering to grow in wisdom so that they are prepared for the day when they will depart to serve. What an exciting time! We pray that God’s favor will rest upon us as we begin the 2013-14 academic year on the Hill.

Today, of course, is move-in day for residential students. Lunch will be served in the dining hall from 11 until 1:30. Cost for guests is $3.25.

Many parents and grandparents are with us today to help their student settle in. I look forward to meeting the parents of freshmen at 3:00 in the gym. The freshmen commitment service will take place at 3:30, also in the gym. If your schedule permits, please join us for this special time of prayer for these students and their families.

Students, don’t miss the SBA Back-to-School party at 6:30 tonight in the Paschal Student Union. Check your orientation information for other events you won’t want to miss throughout the week, including the movie on the green Friday evening.

Classes begin on Wednesday!

Students will assemble for chapel on Wednesday, and then the entire BMC family will gather for a welcome and the reading of the 121st Psalm at 10 on Friday.

Best wishes to all for a fabulous start to Fall 2013.

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on August 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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August 12, 2013
Good Morning,
What a busy week we have before us! We are eight days away from the start of the 2013-14 academic year, and we have a host of events and activities designed to get the year off to a great start. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our first faculty/staff meeting on Wednesday at 1:00 in Fisher-Washburn 108. We’ll be using that time to review the recent work of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and to collaborate on goals/strategies for the next long-range plan.

Allow me to offer a special word of welcome to those BMC faculty and staff members who will be observing their first fall on the Hill.

*Dr. Emily Derrick, Assistant Professor of Psychology
*Dr. Kendall Honea, Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Chair, Department of Kinesiology
*Dr. Nancy Kerns, Assistant Professor English
*Mrs. Angie Skelton, Instructor of Business
*Daniel Rodgers, Resident Director, Cockroft

Duane Bullard, Dale Cutrer, Chelsea Griffin, Brad Hill, Vanessa Jones, Christina Smith, and Jeannie Thompson joined us during the 2012-13 academic year, so this will be their first fall at BMC. Please join me in extending a warm Blue Mountain welcome to each of these individuals.

Later this week faculty will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Dee Fink, author of Creating Significant Learning Experiences (Jossey-Bass, 2003). We are honored to have Dr. Fink on campus and eager to learn from his insights and experience.

Finally, Friday evening will be a very special event as we gather at Ray Dining Hall for Convocation. Our speaker for the evening is Dr. Carla Sanderson, Union University Provost. I know that we will be blessed and inspired by Dr. Sanderson’s words.

As the picture below confirms, baby koi don’t like to pose for a picture, so if you would like to see them more clearly you will need to visit the pond in the Little Dell. They are the newest inhabitants on the Hill.

May God’s favor rest upon us as we continue the tradition of excellence begun 140 years ago.



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 August 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM
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August 6, 2013
Good Monday Morning to All!

I trust that everyone enjoyed a pleasant weekend and we are ready to take on another week. August has replaced July on the calendar and has brought with it the sense of anticipation for “back to school.” There’s just something in the air that says it is time to purchase new backpacks and new binders, to stock up on erasers and highlighters, and to listen for the early morning rumble of the school bus. When I see a big yellow bus I’m always reminded of Mr. Everett McMillin and later “Coach” Gray, the drivers of #99, who transported me the three miles to and from school every day. These consistent servants displayed daily their patience, care, and concern, making a lasting impression on each of their young passengers. Let’s remember and encourage all those who return to school today and are afforded opportunities to make positive and lasting impressions.

An encouraging word for this week:
Christ promises that consistent servants who are pure in heart “shall see God.”
(from The Gentle Art of a Servant’s Heart by Charles R. Swindoll)

I will be traveling on Saturday to Hattiesburg, where I will have the privilege of speaking at the 1:00 commencement at William Carey University. Please pray for me as I prepare for this opportunity.


Barbara McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on August 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM
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July 22, 2013
Good Morning,

We are delighted to welcome our music campers to BMC today. Please extend greetings to these young people and the camp staff as they spend time on the Hill this week. Summer school wraps up tomorrow; best wishes to our summer students who will be taking their finals on Tuesday.

I am happy to report that Troy Newby is being released from the hospital in Tupelo today.

Work continues at the Sportsplex site. For more information on the status of the project and how to contribute, check out the BMC website. Many thanks to all who have contributed already; your support is enabling us to keep the machines rolling! A special word of thanks goes to the members of our Topper baseball team and to Coach Fowler for volunteering their time last week to assist in some cleanup work at the site. Thanks, guys, for helping and for demonstrating true team spirit!

Several in our community are traveling this week; we pray that time away is safe and relaxing. One of our travelers, Miss Johnnie, is back home. Welcome home, Miss Johnnie!

Have 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 July 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM
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July 15, 2013
Good Monday Afternoon!

I hope everyone enjoyed a restful weekend. It is hard to believe that it is the last full week of summer session before next week’s exams. Summer is flying by!

Please keep Rita and Troy Newby in your prayers today. Troy was hospitalized yesterday with an accelerated heart rate. He is in the ICU at New Albany.

I’m looking forward to meeting many of our alumni this evening at a gathering of graduates from Lee, Union, Pontotoc, Prentiss, and Itawamba Counties.

Many thanks again to the team from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, for their great work on the Victorian House. What a transformation!

Happy are the people who know
the joyful shout;
Yahweh, they walk in the light
of Your presence.
They rejoice in Your name all day long,
and they are exalted
by Your righteousness.
Psalm 89:15-16



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 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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