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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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May 11, 2015
Good Morning,

I hope that all of our moms enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday and that everyone found some time to rest after a marvelous day here on the hill on Saturday. Congratulations once again to each member of the Class of 2015! We feel your absence even today as the summer lull has already settled in.

Allow me to express my gratitude to all who contributed in some way to the success of the two services on Saturday. First, hats off to our stellar faculty for inspiring, challenging, and encouraging each student to stay the course and finish well. I can’t say enough about each of you. Your investment in the lives of these students is life-changing. May God bless each of you for heeding the call to teach, to mentor, and to care.

Kudos to Sharon Enzor, Dale Cutrer, Sheila Freeman, Susie Brady, Sonia Sanders, and Christina Smith for managing the myriad academic issues leading up to commencement.

Congratulations to Jack Moser and Tommy Peters for seeing that each student was in his/her appointed place. Nancy McDonald, Anna Quinn, and Terri Stanford represented our Alumni Association beautifully. Pam Bowman did an outstanding job of planning for and hosting all of our guests, including those who were part of the platform party.

Joan Herrington, Jean Harrington, Amy Thurmond, Susie Brady, Dale Cutrer, Nancy Byrd, Christina Smith, Sonia Sanders, Chris Driskell, Nancy McDonald, Duane Bullard, Tracy Moser, Hailey Horne, and Pam Pharr were excellent greeters, while Lynn Gibson, Lavon Driskell, Taylor Clark, Brad Hill, and Curt Fowler made sure that graduates and guests reached their destinations efficiently and comfortably.

Thanks to Joyce Peters, Rita Newby, and Ann Snyder - caps and gowns were distributed and collected without a hitch. Dot Locke and Renita Gossett manned the campus store so that grads and their families could take home “alumni” t-shirts. Emma Ainsworth, Danny McKenzie, Kevin Barefield, David Harrell, and Jim Gossett ensured that the day was captured for posterity on paper, in photographs, and on the web.

Many thanks to Johnnie Armstrong, Doug Bain, Jim Andre, and Ronald Meeks for leading us in and out so smoothly. Darwin Brooks, Laura Long, Greg Long, and Jerri Lamar Kantack blessed us through their musical talents, setting the tone for two beautiful services. Congratulations to Dr. Teresa Arrington upon her retirement from BMC.

The day was enhanced by the beauty of the campus and by the delicious refreshments served at the reception. Please join me in thanking Joey Etheridge and the NMR team and Deborah Smith and Chef Brett of the MMI team.

And last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to Dr. Futral for his outstanding and memorable messages (look out for those oranges!).

Saturday was a special day for some of our staff because of family members who became graduates of BMC. Deborah Cook celebrated with her son Bryan, Annabeth Barnes celebrated with her mother Karen, and Kayce Carr celebrated with her husband Seth. Beverly Hickey’s son Kyle received the master’s of music degree from the University of Mississippi.

Another of our own earned recognition for completing a graduate degree at Ole Miss on Saturday. Austin Kimbrough received his master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel.

All in all, it was a wonderful day—a day on which the favor of God rested. His mighty hand stayed the storm, blessing us with a lovely day on which to consider all the many ways in which He has ordered our steps throughout 2014-15. Thanks be to God!

Later today, we will welcome to our campus the first of several volunteer groups who will be serving on our campus this summer. Please join me in making the volunteers from Pocahontas Baptist Church feel welcome and appreciated. On Friday we will host a group of visitors from Chewalla Baptist Church, where Delise Teague is a member.

Friday will be the first of several “casual days” as well as the first Friday on which we will close at 3:30 (through August 7).

I will be traveling to Jackson tomorrow to meet with the Nominating Committee of the MBC. Please keep me in your prayers.

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

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delighteth in his way.”
Psalm 37:23

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Posted by Monday Messages on May 11, 2015 at 8:34 AM
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May 6, 2015
Greetings to each on you this Wednesday afternoon!

I was out of town on Monday and missed the opportunity to wish each one well as the process of taking and grading finals began. I pray that everyone is holding up as we near the finish line. We look forward to Dr. Jim Futral being with us on Saturday as we conclude what has been an outstanding year at BMC. We trust that it will be a day of great celebration for each of our 2015 graduates, their families, and friends. Included in the largest graduating class to date (approximately 160) are our first four students to complete the business administration program online. Kudos to each of them for this special accomplishment!

The close of another academic year always brings with it a host of transitions, several of which have already been announced. Dr. Teresa Arrington will be recognized in the 10:00 service Saturday as she begins her retirement from BMC. Michelle Hall, Director of Financial Aid, will be leaving the College in June as she and her family will be relocating to Kansas. Kevin Barefield will transition from coaching softball to coaching golf, while retaining his role as Director of Information Technology. Please join me in wishing each of these members of the BMC family the best as they assume new roles, some here and some in new places.

May God order our steps toward a strong finish to the 2014-15 year!

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

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delighteth in his way.”
Psalm 37:23



Posted by Monday Messages on May 6, 2015 at 8:32 AM
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