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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
September 30, 2013
Greetings on this rainy Monday!

Our day was brightened by the challenge delivered this morning in chapel by Dr. Daniel Caldwell, Dean of the Cooper School of Missions at William Carey. Thank you, Dr. Caldwell, for presenting David to us as a model for loving God with our minds.
This is the week many of us having been looking forward to with great anticipation. Annie opens on campus tomorrow and runs through Saturday, October 5th. Evening performances are scheduled for October 1, 3, 4, and 5, beginning at 7:30 in Garrett auditorium. Check out our website for information on matinees. Best wishes to the cast and crew for a fabulous run!
We welcome our Board of Trustees to our campus this Friday for their annual Fall meeting. Please be in prayer for their time on campus. We are grateful to each of them for their service to Blue Mountain College.

Have a blessed week!

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 September 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM
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September 23, 2013
Good Morning! 

As an English professor, I’m always interested in learning new words—particularly words that describe a common occurrence. I had no idea, for instance, that the billowy trail left behind by a jet is called a “contrail.” I learned this weekend that the scent outside after it rains is called “petrichor.” Wasn’t it a blessing to enjoy the “petrichor” that followed Friday’s much-needed rain? This new word reminded me of the song that likens the name of Jesus to the “fragrance after the rain.” How good it is to be refreshed and blessed by the name of our Lord!

We will welcome to our campus today the Executive Committee of our Board of Trustees: Harold Wayne Hankins, Mary Childs, Linda Gholston, and David Hamilton. Thank you for your service to BMC.
Tomorrow is the annual faculty-student softball game. Play hard and have fun!

Have a wonderful week!

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 September 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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September 9, 2013
Good Afternoon!

I hope that you have enjoyed this very warm Monday. Helping us get the week off to a great start were the many pastors from North Mississippi and West Tennessee who were on campus today for the Northeast Mississippi Pastor’s Conference. Tomorrow we will welcome the participants in this fall’s January Bible Study workshop led by Dr. Matt Buckles of First Baptist, Vicksburg. Also, tomorrow at 3:05 in Fisher Washburn 108 Dr. Cheryl Ware, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at Itawamba Community College, will host an information session on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other arm/hand conditions.


One way to beat the summer heat is to enjoy some sweet tea or choose from a host of other tasty concoctions at the Mountain Fountain, located in the Johnnie Armstrong Gal-ry. We’re grateful to Gary and Heather Linville for setting up shop and making these refreshments available to the campus.

Congratulations to the BMC men’s golf team for their tournament win today!

I’ll be speaking Thursday evening to the Century Civic Club in Ripley.

Please remember Carter Witt in your prayers. Carter’s grandmother passed away today.

Check out this special Brandon Heath song as a pleasant way to end a busy day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DEHb1UjsLo



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 September 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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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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