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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
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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July 9, 2013
Good Morning!

I hope that the week is off to a great start for everyone. Larry, Sam, and I enjoyed the opportunity for some “beach” time last week; several in our community are away now. I hope everyone travels safely and finds time to relax with family and friends.

As we made the turn off of Highway 15 on Saturday we were excited to see the work going on at the Victorian house. A great team of volunteers from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, has returned to continue their outstanding work on this lovely home that will one day house our Office of Alumni Affairs. Please join me in welcoming this team back and in thanking them for their hard work and expertise. Check the progress out on Facebook.

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Maria Teel has accepted a position as an administrative assistant to the Executive Director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Maria, a graduate of the Class of 2003, has served the College faithfully for 10 years, the last 8 as Director of Admissions. Maria, we know that God has opened a wonderful new door of opportunity for you. I speak for everyone when I say that you will be missed. We wish you the best and trust that God has great plans for you.

Perhaps you have noticed the dust flying on the northeast corner of the campus. Mr. Kenneth Hill and his team are working diligently toward the completion of Phase I of the Sportsplex, the installation of the drainage for the baseball and softball fields. Here’s a big high five to Mr. Kenneth and his crew for their dedication to the task.

Have a blessed day!


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 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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June 28, 2013
Dear BMC Family,

Since I will be off campus this coming Monday, I'm going to consider this very late communiqué as both this week’s and next week's "Monday Message." Even though summer didn't officially arrive until late last week, first summer term is already behind us, and we are one-fourth of the way into second term. Teaching and learning in the short terms require considerable "Topper tenacity"--kudos to faculty and students alike for your perseverance during these intense summer sessions.

I'm often asked what administrators and staff members do during the months between the regular semesters.  As I'm sure all involved would agree, there is no shortage of activity as we are busy tying up loose ends from one academic year and making preparations to begin a new one.  Among those preparations are efforts to enhance our campus in ways that will serve our new and returning students when they arrive on campus for the fall semester.  I'm putting this word out to anyone who would like to sponsor a couple of student activity projects that would undoubtedly prove to be very popular with our students:  namely, an outdoor basketball court and a sand volleyball court.  These are relatively small-scale projects that can be done fairly inexpensively.  If you would like to help, or know someone who would be interested, please contact me for more information.

A project of greater magnitude is, of course, the BMC Sportsplex.  Thanks in advance to all who have registered to attend this evening's Sportsplex banquet sponsored by the North Mississippi BMC Alumni Club.  We are especially grateful to the "superpac" participants for underwriting this event, which is designed to garner financial support for this important new facility.  The importance of moving forward with construction of the Sportsplex cannot be overstated:  the baseball and softball Toppers need a place to practice and play right here on campus, and the golf teams need a practice range.  Having our own facility will enable us to host intercollegiate competitions at home in a venue that is comparable to those found on the campuses of our competitors.  We believe the Sportsplex will serve as yet another reason students will want to attend Blue Mountain College.

In closing, thanks to Larry McMillin, Chris Driskell, Stan Irwin, and the members of the National Management team for providing us with this beautiful patriotic display on the Green.  It is a wonderful way to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.  Next Monday Message:  July 8

May God bless each of you with a safe and happy holiday. 

 

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 June 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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June 21, 2013
Dear BMC Family,

Ever have a day when nothing has been crossed off the “to do” list at the end of the day?  I’ve noticed that Mondays are particularly notorious for this phenomenon.  Yesterday was one such day for me.  Isn’t it comforting to know that we serve a God who has total control and perfect timing?  Today’s “to do” list is in His hands!

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
                                Isaiah 55:8-9

We are thankful that everyone had a safe trip to the CAMS conference.  Lavon Driskell, Chris Driskell, and I will be traveling on Thursday to Atlanta for a Southern States Athletic Conference meeting; please pray for a productive meeting and safe travel.

Join me in welcoming the elementary and junior high basketball campers to BMC this week.  Play hard, guys!

On Saturday at 11 we will welcome to our campus Mayor Doug Norton and members of the Blue Mountain Board of Alderman for their Swearing In Ceremony.  The event will take place in Paschal Student Union Building. 

Many thanks to all who have contributed to this year’s Annual Fund.  We are grateful to you for helping us to stand firm and shine bright as we pursue the opportunity to provide a Christ-centered education to the students of Blue Mountain College.  There is still time to participate in this year’s fund.  Check out our website for more information: https://www.bmc.edu/giving_to_bmc.asp

Have a blessed Tuesday!
 


Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

President

Posted by Monday Messages on June 21, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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