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December 17, 2012
Good Morning!

 
As you are no doubt aware, the shopping days left until Christmas are in the single digits; perhaps your to-do list—like mine--is still quite long.  It is so easy to become caught up in the “hustle and bustle” of the season that we miss the opportunity to marvel in its beauty and its true meaning.  Let’s take time to pause and give thanks for the greatest gift of all—Emmanuel, God with us!
 
Today is a red-letter day for Blue Mountain College as several of us will be traveling to Baptist College of Health Sciences to sign an agreement to partner in offering several programs, including medical sonography, medical technology, radiography, radiation therapy, respiratory care, and business/healthcare administration.  One hundred years ago Dr. B.G. Lowrey and Dr. W.T. Lowrey articulated a vision that ultimately led to the formation of a healthcare system that has now touched the lives of thousands upon thousands of Mid-Southerners; today that vision will be extended to include new opportunities for Blue Mountain College to partner in the provision of healthcare education, a venture which we will trust will serve to enhance the original mission.  For this partnership with BCHS, we are grateful.
 
Please remember our men’s basketball team as they travel to and from Morningside College in Florida for today’s game.  Go Toppers!
 
Offices at BMC will close on Tuesday, December 18, at 4:30 and reopen Wednesday, January 2, at 8:00.  Monday Messages will resume on January 7, 2013.
 
Best wishes to all for a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!
 
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on December 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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December 10, 2012
Good Morning,

 
This Monday morning finds me in Dallas, where Dr. Enzor and I are attending the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Please pray for productive meetings and safe travels back to the Hill.
 
Finals are over and students (with the exception of  our Basketball teams) are at home with their families.  We were blessed with a fine fall semester.  Many thanks to our outstanding faculty and staff for their work in making the Fall 2012 semester a great experience.  Thanks be to God for His blessings upon us!
 
The Toppers Basketball teams traveled on Saturday to Walnut Ridge, AR to take on Williams Baptist. Congratulations to our Lady Toppers who brought home a win. Both teams fought hard to keep the contests close. Please remember the Lady Toppers on Tuesday as they travel to Hattiesburg to take on William Carey, and both teams on Saturday as they travel to Batesville, AR to take on Lyon College. GO TOPPERS!!
 

Many of you have commented about the lovely nativity scene that graces the front of the campus.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to see it, we invite you to come by, take a look, and reflect on that holy night long ago in Bethlehem when shepherds knelt before the newborn King.  If you can’t make it by, here’s a picture of the scene.  Thanks to Larry McMillin, Chris Driskell, Amy Thurmond, Joey Etheridge, and members of the facilities management team for putting this scene together for our community to enjoy.

 
Thanks to all who continue to contribute to the Annual Fund and to the Sportsplex.  We appreciate you!

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on December 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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December 4, 2012
Good Morning!

 
Monday came and went in a whirlwind of activity, causing the Monday message to become the Tuesday message.  We are now in Day Two of Final Exams.  Please join me in praying for our students as they take exams and for our faculty as they give exams and complete their grading.  Please pray also for our students as they travel to their homes for the holiday break.  Our hope is that all will enjoy a restful and joyful time at home with family and friends.
 
Many thanks to all who came out to the Groundbreaking for the Sportsplex yesterday. We were blessed with a beautiful day.  I look forward to the day when we pack the bleachers to watch the Toppers at bat—at home!
 
I want to offer a special word of thanks to Tommy Peters, Chris Driskell, and Amy Thurmond for their amazing work in decorating Armstrong for the holidays.  It looks like something right out of Southern Living!  Thanks also to Tommy Peters, Lea Bennett, and Paige Harrell for hosting at the receptions yesterday.
 
Congratulations to the men’s and women’s basketball teams for two great wins on Saturday. Please remember both teams on Saturday as they travel to Williams Baptist.  Go, Toppers!
 
Thanks again to all who are contributing to the BMC Annual Fund!  We are so blessed by your generosity and your support.
 
 
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
                                                            Philippians 1:3
 
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on December 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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November 28, 2012
Good Day!

 
I hope everyone enjoyed a great time with friends and family and had plenty of turkey and dressing over the holiday!  Larry, Sam, and I enjoyed counting our blessings and anticipating the season of Advent.
 
To the many supporters who have already contributed to the Annual Fund, we are so very grateful!  Your contributions have made an immediate impact on the work of the College.  May God bless you for your generosity and for your ongoing support of BMC.
 
Congratulations to Beverly Moffitt for the wonderful article in Friday’s Daily Journal which chronicled her career and highlighted her love for BMC.  Beverly, we are so glad that you are here!
 
Our hearts are saddened this day by the passing of Hilda Hill.  Mrs. Hill, a dynamic member of the class of 1951, distinguished herself through her professional career as an educator in North Mississippi and served as Dean of Students at Blue Mountain College.  She received an honorary doctorate from the College in 2011.  Our prayers go out to the members of Mrs. Hill’s family.
 
Please pray for faculty and students this week as we enter the last week of class before final exams.   Undoubtedly, many papers and projects will be written and graded this week.  Pray for stamina and focus for all to finish strong.
 
Pray for me on Saturday as I address the WMU at New Baptist in Myrtle.
 
This Thursday evening at 4:30 faculty and staff, along with their immediate family members, are invited to gather for hot chocolate and cookies before posing for a Christmas photo in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium.  At 6:00 we will proceed to Lowrey Memorial for a time of lessons and carols in preparation for the Christmas season.
 
Our basketball teams will be traveling to play Morthland College today.  The men will play at home against Life on Thursday at 7:00.  Both teams will make their last home stand before the holiday on Saturday against Huntingdon and Dillard.
 
Many thanks to Tommy Peters and all the crew responsible for making the campus so beautiful for Christmas.  If you haven’t been on campus lately, we invite you to come by and enjoy the holiday décor.
 
Anyone in need of furniture, desks, tables, etc. will want to check out the “warehouse” sale this Saturday at the education building from 7:00 until noon.
 
May God’s blessings be yours today.
 
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on November 28, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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November 19, 2012
Good Morning,

 
Greetings to all on this Monday of Thanksgiving week.  Our students are already enjoying a much-needed break.  Offices are open today and tomorrow.  We will be closed the remainder of the week to observe the beginning of the holiday season with family and friends.  May we each take time to reflect on God’s bountiful blessings to us.  For His favor demonstrated to us in innumerable ways we are grateful!
 
I trust that our many alumni and friends have received a letter asking you to consider contributing to the College’s Annual Fund.  A glitch in our data management process caused some middle names to be noted incorrectly.  Please accept our apology for this mistake.  If you have not received your letter, I’ve attached a link to it here:  http://www.bmc.edu/annualfundletter.asp.  We hope that you will give prayerful attention to this opportunity to invest in the day-to-day operations of Blue Mountain College.
 
In the way of news, I am pleased to report that next year Blue Mountain College will hold membership in the Southern States Athletic Conference.  With the dissolution of the TranSouth Conference, BMC, along with former TranSouth members Martin Methodist and Bethel, will make the move to the SSAC next fall.
 
Please remember our men’s basketball team as they remain on the road with an exhibition game tomorrow night at the University of New Orleans.
 
Blessings to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on November 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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November 12, 2012
Good Monday to Each of You!

 
Yesterday I was blessed by the opportunity to join in worship at First Baptist Church of Okolona.  Pastor Eric Boykin delivered a wonderful message on recognizing the glory of God as expressed in creation.  As I was driving home I saw glimpses of this glory all around in the brilliant sunlight that illumined the fall landscape, showcasing the colors of autumn.  This morning I received this video that reminded me again of God’s artistry through light and color.  If you have time, you might enjoy watching it too:  Click here: Colors
 
Please join me in saying a word of thanks to our veterans who serve our country so faithfully and bravely.  We appreciate all who serve!
 
Here’s some exciting news:   Four BMC students have qualified to compete in the NAIA national championship this Saturday in Vancouver, Washington.  Kelsea Hendrix and Latifa Swims will compete in the women’s 5k race at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site, and Austin Epting and Carter Witt will complete in the 8k men’s race.  Kelsea, Latifa, Austin, and Carter, we are so proud of you!
 
Congratulations to our men’s and women’s basketball teams; both are off to a great start.  If you haven’t been out to a Topper game, I hope you will come out soon.  Tomorrow night’s first game starts at 5:30.
 
I will be speaking on Thursday to the senior adults at First Baptist Church in Ripley.  Please pray for me as I prepare for this event.
Please pray as well for our recent graduate Tonya Gray, who was involved in a serious car accident.  Tonya is currently enrolled as a graduate student at BMC.
 
Don’t forget the retirement reception for Dr. Janice Nicholson on Thursday at 2:00 in conference room 27 of the admin building.
 
There will be one more Monday Message before Thanksgiving, but--for those who will be away or traveling--allow me to wish you and your family a very blessed season of gratitude.
 
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on November 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM
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November 5, 2012
Good Morning to All!

 
I hope everyone enjoyed Founders Day and Topper Homecoming as much as I did!  God blessed us with two beautiful, meaningful days jam-packed with opportunities to reminisce with old friends and to celebrate with new ones.  Dr. Coward’s address on “Founders, Finders, Keepers” was an inspiration to us all.  Congratulations, Dr. Coward, on being named a “Faithful Daughter” by the Alumni Association.  We are grateful to you for your leadership.
 
After much anticipation, I finally had the opportunity to see Dr. Meeks do the “Moses Rap.”  Believe me, it was worth the wait!
 
Congratulations to Courtney Ivy on being crowned Homecoming Queen.
 
Hats off to the Lady Toppers for a decisive win over William Carey and to the men for putting up a great fight.  The day ended Saturday on a moving note as we experienced the magnificence of Handel’s Messiah.  Many in attendance have expressed to me their gratitude to BMC for providing such a stellar experience for our community.  Thank you, Dr. Long, for envisioning and bringing to fruition an inspiring performance.
 
Please join me in praying for our nation as we have the opportunity tomorrow to exercise our right to vote.  I encourage everyone to vote as an expression of your Christian values.
 
This is Missions Emphasis week in chapel.  We were challenged this morning to go where God leads us in service to Him.  Please pray for our students who are considering where God would have them serve next summer.
 
Tomorrow evening at 5:30 the President’s Cabinet will serve “Apples at Armstrong” to our students.
 
Please pray for me as I will be speaking at First Baptist Church in Okolona on Sunday.
 
Hebrews 13:20-21 expresses my prayer for you this week.
 
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on November 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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