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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
April 16, 2018
Much will happen
Much will happen in this the last week before dead week, and it can all be summed up in one word: CELEBRATION! At BMC we have much for which to praise our great God, and we will do so in some special ways this week.

Tonight our fine arts students will highlight the accomplishments of the year with a showcase of the year’s best performances at 7:00 in Garrett. Wednesday at 3:00 in the SUB we will celebrate all of our Mountain Breeze winners. Thursday we will observe Research Day at 3:00 in the SUB—a time to learn about and celebrate the scholarly achievements of our students and their faculty mentors. At 4:30 on Thursday we will hear from our students who have earned the distinction of being Leora Duce Leadership scholars. We are grateful that Dr. Duce will be present to congratulate these students personally. We’ll close out the evening on Thursday at 7:30 with the Chorale’s spring concert (a preview of their Carnegie Hall performance).

On Friday we officially begin the 2018 commencement season with the Awards Day service during the chapel period at 10:00. Student accomplishments will be heralded and the 2018 Faculty Member of the Year will be named. I encourage everyone to participate to the extent possible in each of these worthy celebrations. Even before the winners are announced I want to extend my congratulations to all. Thank you for your hard work, your dedication, and your commitment to excellence.

In addition to Awards Day, Friday brings with it one of BMC’s newer yet highly anticipated traditions: the annual Scholarship Gala. We are excited to welcome America’s “Minister of Encouragement” Dr. Dennis Swanberg to Blue Mountain College as our featured speaker. Having heard “the Swan” on several occasions, I can tell you that we are in for a treat. As the saying goes, we will be “rolling in the aisles” with laughter. The gala will conclude with a tribute to President Emerita Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward and to former Chairman of the Board Dr. Bobby P. Martin as the education building officially becomes “Coward-Martin Hall.”

A look around campus confirms that we are ready for guests. Please join me in expressing thanks to Kelly Rushing and the staff of NMR for making the Hill shine in preparation for our big events.

Congratulations are in order this week for Mr. Jody Hill, who will transition into the role of Vice President for Community Relations and Director of the Blue Mountain College Foundation.

Kudos also to Coach Barefield and our men’s Topper golfers for bringing home first place from the Martin Methodist Spring Invitational.

I spent much of last week away from campus attending a meeting in Tucson. Being away, however, did not prevent me from enjoying at least a portion of the delightful concert presented by the Blue Mountain College band, under the direction of Brandon Hardin. For those of you who were unable to attend, here’s an excerpt from Blue Sound’s outstanding performance.


I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us-- yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7

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

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

Posted by Monday Messages on April 16, 2018 at 9:09 AM

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