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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
August 9, 2016
What a team!
Good Afternoon,

Last night my family and I cheered wildly as Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian brought home the gold for the USA in the Olympic 4 x 100 men’s freestyle swimming relay. What a moment! What a team!

Last Friday, with the heat index hovering around 110 degrees, a number of hardy souls braved the heat to participate in Campus Beautification Day. Others joined the race to complete our last-minute tasks by investing their energy and expertise in assembling furniture at the Topper Lodge—and still others persisted in critical office work to ensure that we are ready for the return of our students. What a day! What a team! Blessings to each of you for your dedication to our shared mission at BMC.

This week holds a host of opportunities as we welcome back our stellar faculty. We will celebrate the start of the new year together on Thursday evening as faculty, staff, trustees, student leaders, and special guests gather for our annual Blue and Gold Dinner. We will be encouraged on this evening by American Family Radio’s J.J. Jasper. We are grateful to MMI for providing the meal for this special event.

Of course, the week culminates with move-in day on Sunday. I want to say a special word of thanks to Samantha Kohler and the members of our Student Activities Committee, Becky Parker, Dave McDonald, Andrew Higdon, Jack Moser, and Renita Gossett. They have planned a great series of events, all designed to celebrate the arrival of our students, many of whom will be beginning their status as Toppers. A highlight of these events will be the dedication service at 4:00 in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. We will observe our annual tradition of “entering to grow in wisdom” at the gates at 8:00 on Monday evening. I encourage all returning students, faculty, and staff to be on hand to applaud and encourage our new students as they begin their educational journey at Blue Mountain College.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Johnny L. Mattox has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in addition to his service as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. In this new role Dr. Mattox will be responsible for serving as the Title IX Coordinator, hearing appeals for attendance issues, serving as an advocate for the Quality Enhancement Plan, and for serving as the liaison for Academic Affairs with the Alumni Association. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Mattox.

Allow me to close today with one other Olympic reflection. Watching the dramatic finish of both the men’s and the women’s cycling road races (150 miles), I was stunned as the two races ended in similar fashion—with the lead biker losing in the last few yards as another racer came from behind to steal the lead and the gold medal. Both races were marred by horrific crashes, crashes which allowed the would-be winner to establish what appeared to be an insurmountable gap between the lead cyclist and the pack of contenders. Unable to keep the pace and fend off the competition, neither leader could muster the required energy to claim the prize. Having managed their pace and enjoying the benefits of riding in a pack, the ultimate medal winners made Olympic history.

Much can be gained by a steady pace and a collaborative effort; let’s contemplate and practice these strategies as we press toward our end-of-summer finish line.

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
II Peter 3:18

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


Posted by Monday Messages on August 9, 2016 at 8:43 AM

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