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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
October 26, 2015

Good Morning,

It has been a while since we have had a rainy day and a Monday. We are thankful for these much-needed showers of blessing. As I write this morning, I am in Jackson preparing for the Mississippi Baptist Convention, which begins in the morning. Please pray today for Dr. Jim Futral, our executive director, and for Dr. Matt Buckles, our convention president. Pray for all who will be leading in worship and all who will be conducting the business of the convention. How thankful we are for Mississippi Baptists and for the opportunity to gather for this special event.
On Tuesday evening BMC ministerial alumni will gather for their annual convention dinner at 5:00 in the Christian Life Center at FBC. Marc Hoover will share a message from God's Word, and I will have an opportunity to share an update on the college.
Wednesday at 9:20 I will give this year's college report to the full convention. My focus will be on our celebration of 60 years of ministerial education at BMC. Please pray specifically for this special presentation. May we appropriately express our gratitude for the privilege that is ours of serving in this capacity and may God receive the glory.
Back on the home front, Jennifer Brock Marshall will share in chapel today. She is the author of Out Came the Son. On Wednesday students can "choose a chapel"; on Friday they will complete the Student Satisfaction Survey.
Let's hope for a break from the rain for this afternoon's trip to the Pumpkin Patch at 5:30.
I encourage everyone to make plans to attend tomorrow evening's Fall Chorale Concert at 7:00 in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. You will most certainly enjoy a wonderful evening filled with beautiful music.
On Friday tickets will go on sale for the spring scholarship gala with Tim Tebow. Students, faculty, and staff will have an opportunity to receive tickets at a discounted rate. I will provide more information on how to obtain these tickets later this week.
Blessings to all for a great week!
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Posted by Monday Messages on October 26, 2015 at 9:37 AM
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October 19, 2015
Good Afternoon,

I hope that your week is off to a good start. Bro. Rick Blythe blessed us this morning with his chapel message. We are thankful for him and for his service to the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.

I want to encourage everyone to attend this week’s production of Leader of the Pack. Performances are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 in Garrett. (Check the website for matinee times.) Our students and faculty have worked diligently to prepare what will most certainly be a delightful performance. Don’t miss it!

Tomorrow at 11 the Graduate School and Seminary Fair takes place in the SUB. Students, this is a great opportunity to check out some excellent programs and make plans for your studies beyond BMC.

I have the opportunity this evening to share with the Alcorn Baptist Association a report on developments here at the College. I will travel to Ecru on Friday to give a report to the Pontotoc Association.

On Sunday afternoon Nancy McDonald, Anna Quinn, and I will be traveling to Puckett Baptist Church for a meeting with prospective students. If you have friends in the area, let them know that they are welcome to join us. Contact Nancy McDonald for more information.

Here’s a challenge worth pondering and practicing: Let’s identify evidences of grace in each other and speak them to each other and about each other.


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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on October 19, 2015 at 9:53 AM
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October 12, 2015
Good Morning,

I hope that the second half of the fall semester is off to a great start for each of you. Today is a special day on campus as we welcome a host of prospective students and their families to BMC. Please join me in thanking these folks for choosing to spend their day with us and in encouraging them as they consider making Blue Mountain College their college of choice.

After we hear from Dr. Ken Hester in chapel this morning, current students are invited to enjoy the cookout on Hearn Plaza and the music provided by the Mizells, featuring Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sam Mizell. Lunch will be served from 11:00 until 1:30.

Today our golfers will hit the links at the Freed-Hardeman Invitational. On Wednesday our softball Toppers will travel to Ole Miss to play in the Ole Miss Fall Softball Scrimmage. The cross country team will compete at Mississippi College this weekend.

I will travel to Jackson on Thursday to attend a luncheon honoring Senator Thad Cochran.

On Friday we will welcome the members of the Education Commission of the Mississippi Baptist Convention to our campus for their fall meeting.

Here is a thought to ponder as we begin a new week devoted to Christ-centered academic excellence:

“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is Curiosity.

There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is Vanity.

There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love.”
― Bernard of Clairvaux




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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9



Posted by Monday Messages on October 12, 2015 at 9:51 AM
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September 28, 2015
Good Morning,

I hope that everyone enjoyed a restful weekend. Perhaps cloud cover in your locale did not prevent you from observing last night’s “super moon” and lunar eclipse. If you missed it, as I did, you’ll have another chance in 2033!

Today in chapel we will hear from Dr. James Noble, and on Friday Dr. John Boler will bring our chapel address. On Thursday evening you can enjoy a spaghetti supper at the BSU; check with Tracy Moser about tickets. This is a great way to support our mission teams. On Friday we will welcome our Board of Trustees to campus for their fall meeting. Please join me in greeting them and thanking them for their service to Blue Mountain College.

Congratulations to our Lady Toppers for winning three games at this weekend’s fall softball bash at Belhaven. Kudos as well to our cross country teams for a good showing at the Rhodes Invitational. The cross country teams will travel to Delta State this weekend for their next competition. Our golfers are in Batesville, Arkansas, today and tomorrow for the Lyon Invitational. Go, Toppers!

Look for opportunities today to pursue academic excellence, to practice intellectual integrity, to promote civility, and to develop Christian character. Have a blessed week!


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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on September 28, 2015 at 9:47 AM
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September 8, 2015
Greetings!

I hope that the long holiday weekend afforded you with all the opportunities that accompany the Labor Day weekend: hamburgers, watermelon, homemade ice cream, the return of football, and time to relax with family and friends. With Labor Day behind us, we settle in now to the routine of the fall semester. This week begins with special guests on campus. Participants in the annual January Bible Study Preview are on campus this morning and this evening. Please join me in greeting them and making them feel welcome.

Make plans now to be on campus Saturday for our annual Meet the Toppers Day in Tyler Gymnasium. The 5K run begins at 8:30 with activities starting at 10:00 in the gym. This is your chance to meet all of our athletes, to stock up on Topper gear, and to enjoy some tasty burgers and “fixins.”

The Topper athletic season is already off to a fantastic start with our cross country teams posting great times at the MC meet last Friday. The guys finished third out of seven, and the ladies finished second behind MC. Page Rowland placed first, and Catherine Snyder finished second. Congratulations to Coach Laney and to our Topper runners!

Many of you are asking for information regarding tickets for the Tim Tebow event in April. We will be releasing details shortly. Please feel free to contact Jody Hill at 662-685-4771, ext. 111 or at jhill@bmc.edu with inquiries. Let’s pledge as a community to pray for Tim as he prepares to share with us on April 12.

Have a blessed week!

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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9



Posted by Monday Messages on September 8, 2015 at 1:26 PM
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August 24, 2015
Happy Monday to All!

I trust that your weekend was all that you hoped it would be! Today begins the first full week of class at BMC and a return to a more routine schedule. If my math is correct, this is my 55th full-time semester in higher education—and I still love the excitement and anticipation that accompanies another new beginning.

I can’t think of a better way to start this week than to hear from our chapel speaker Dr. Larry Robertson, President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, pastor of Hillsdale Baptist Church in Nashville, and father of senior Morgan Robertson.

The chapel period on Friday will be extended as we celebrate the beginning of the 2015-16 academic session with a formal convocation service. The occasion will include a recessional with faculty leaders in full regalia and a presentation of the college’s emblems. I will have the privilege of delivering this year’s convocation address; please pray for me as I seek the appropriate words for this occasion.

We will also welcome on Friday the members of our Alumni Association Board who will be attending their fall meeting Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Please lift up in prayer new student Denio Chirindza. Denio’s father passed away on Friday. Please continue to pray for Chris Driskell, who is recovering from surgery.

Be strong and of a good courage!

Dr. Mc

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9



Posted by Monday Messages on August 24, 2015 at 8:44 AM
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August 17, 2015
Good Morning and Welcome Back!
What a delight it was yesterday to witness the joy of friends reunited, the excitement of freshmen finding their way, and the buzz of anticipation that always accompanies the start of a new year! The dedication service in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium was a time to express gratitude to the parents, grandparents, and caregivers who have invested their lives in the lives of these students who will now call BMC home. It was also a time of commitment, as students and their families pledged to pray for one another and to support one another in new ways during this new phase in their life journey. Following the service, the Hill was hopping with activity as the residence halls and houses welcomed their new occupants. (Frankly, I’m always astounded by how much “stuff” the average dorm room can hold: recliners, rugs, refrigerators—yes, I did see a recliner!)

We are thankful for God’s blessings on the successful start of the 143rd session of Blue Mountain College; included among those blessings are the contributions of many who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a smooth start. James Lewis set the tone for the year last Thursday evening at the Blue and Gold Dinner. Joey Etheridge and the NMR team worked tirelessly to make the campus ready for the return of students. Stan Irwin did all the many things that we call on Stan regularly to do and even more. A host of alumni baked and distributed cookies to make the welcome to BMC even sweeter; Dot Locke manned the campus store so that parents could stock up on Topper gear. A team from First Baptist of New Albany assisted students with moving into the residence halls. Andrew Harbor challenged us with an inspiring message at the worship service last night.

Our staff has done an amazing job of preparing for this fall, and our faculty continue to invest in academic excellence, particularly through their commitment to the CARE project. Certainly we have much to look forward to as we begin another year at BMC.

Already, the calendar is full; pay close attention to the weekly update that Tommy Peters provides and participate in as many activities as your schedule allows.

Last night’s “wisdom walk” was postponed due to rain; we will try again tonight after the BSU party. This is a tradition we began last year at the Euzelian Gate. We will gather there tonight at 8:00 to enter “to grow in wisdom.”

On a personal note, allow me to thank each of you for your expressions of concern for Sam and for your prayers following his injury at the football game Friday night. He is improving and will go this afternoon for an MRI and consultation with the doctor. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

May God bless each of you today with strength, courage, joy and peace!

Dr. Mc

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9



Posted by Monday Messages on August 17, 2015 at 8:42 AM
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