It is the first day of a great week for Mississippi Baptists and for Blue Mountain College! Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 177th Annual Mississippi Baptist Convention. Let’s pray for an outstanding time of fellowship and worship, remembering specifically Executive Director Dr. Jim Futral (Class of ’67) and convention President Dr. David Hamilton (Class of ‘78) as they provide leadership. It is BMC’s turn to give the college report, so please remember me at 9:10 on Wednesday. On Tuesday evening I’ll have the opportunity to attend the Ministerial Alumni dinner. I am looking forward to this special time and meeting lots of alums from across the state.
Returning to campus on Thursday morning, I’ll be ready to jump into a host of special events, including Founders Day and Homecoming activities. Thursday afternoon we will welcome Dr. David S. Dockery, president of Union University, to our campus for the Theta Alpha Kappa initiation. Thursday evening Dr. Mikki Galliher will give the 2012-13 Humanities Lecture in Garrett at 7:00. A reception will follow.
Friday we will welcome Dr. Coward back to campus for the Founders Day chapel. Immediately following chapel everyone is invited to attend the traditional planting of the presidential magnolia (just outside the north entrance to the admin building). Check out our website for more details regarding a host of homecoming events, including Praise Jam Friday evening, tailgating on Saturday, the presentation of the homecoming court, Topper basketball, and a performance from Handel’s Messiah. Wow—talk about a mountain of possibilities!
I am so excited to offer congratulations to the members of our men’s and women’s cross country teams. On Saturday our women won the TranSouth Conference Championship and our men finished second. Senior Austin Epting was named TranSouth Runner of the Year; freshman Carter Witt was named Newcomer of the Year. Coach Phillip Laney was named women’s Coach of the Year. Kudos to all!
I close today’s Monday Message with a bittersweet note. After serving faithfully for 44 years in higher education, Dr. Janice Nicholson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Graduate and Special Programs, has announced her plans to retire at the close of the fall semester. An alumna of the BMC class of 1964, Dr. Nicholson taught and held leadership roles at the University of North Alabama for 37 years. Returning to serve her alma mater in 2005, Dr. Nicholson has played a critical role in the amazing growth of Blue Mountain College, providing leadership for the development of our graduate programs in education and for our strategic planning committee. She holds the distinction of being the only graduate of BMC to serve as president, holding the position of interim president for a period of time this summer. In the short time that I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Nicholson, I have come to love and appreciate her for her wisdom, her wit, and her dedication to this institution. We will take time as a community later this semester to celebrate Dr. Nicholson’s great service to Blue Mountain.
Blessings to all!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin President
Posted by Monday Messages on October 29, 2012 at 1:14 PM