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October 29, 2012
Greetings,
 
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
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October 23, 2012
Good Morning!

 
Monday came and went without an opportunity for me to pen the Monday message!  The week is off to a busy and good start.  I was blessed on Sunday to share with our friends at First Baptist in Ripley about the things God is doing at BMC.  Last evening I had the same opportunity at the meeting of the Benton-Tippah Association.  It was great to see so many friends and to make new ones as well.
 
Later this week we will have many guests on campus, including Dr. Terry Dale Cruse from Missouri Baptist University and the North Mississippi Gifted Teachers group.  Dr. Cruse will be conducting a workshop with our admissions team, and the teachers of gifted students will be participating in their own workshop.  Please join me in extending greetings to these special guests on Friday.
 
Saturday is the long-awaited opening day for Topper basketball!  Come out and support the Toppers at 2:00 and 4:00 as they take on Belhaven.
 
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
                                                                                    Psalm 118:24
 
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on October 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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October 15, 2012
Good Morning!
 
I trust that everyone enjoyed a restful fall break.  The trees stepping out in their fall attire always take my breath away!
 
Please pray for me this evening as I give a report at Bissell Baptist Church in Tupelo during the Lee County associational meeting.  Tomorrow our Department of Education faculty will host a workshop led by Dr. Ann Singleton, associate dean of the School of Education and Human Studies at Union University.  On Friday we will welcome representatives from the Mississippi Education Commission to our campus for the final meeting of 2012.
 
Congratulations to Coach Laney and the Cross Country team for a strong finish at Saturday’s Choctaw Invitational at Mississippi College!
 
 
 
May Yahweh bless you
   and protect you;
may Yahweh make His face shine
   on you
and be gracious to you;
may Yahweh look with favor on you
and give you peace.
                           Numbers 6:24-26
 

Posted by Monday Messages on October 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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October 8, 2012
Good Morning,

On this the second Monday in October we observe Columbus Day, a day set aside to mark the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.  Columbus embarked on a great life-changing and world-changing adventure when he “sailed the ocean blue” in 1492.  It is fitting that on this day that we will welcome a number of prospective students to our campus, all preparing to set out on a new life-changing adventures of their own.  Please join me in welcoming Nelson, Frankie, Autumn, Kelsey, Blakney, Dane, Mallory, Samantha, Carson, Kayla, Madison, D.J., John, and Katelyn to the Hill.  Our prayers are with them as they seek to know where God will take them on the next step of their important journey.
 
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Sound of Music!  Larry and I attended the Friday night performance and enjoyed a Broadway-worthy production right here at BMC.  Thank you, professors Andre and Kantack, for bringing this performance to our stage.
 
Many thanks again to our dedicated Board of Trustees for the very productive meeting on Friday.  We are blessed by your leadership.
 
Please pray for me as I will be traveling this evening to speak at the Monroe associational meeting at Cason Baptist Church in Amory.
 
May you and your family be blessed by the beauty of autumn as we enjoy Fall Break this coming Thursday and Friday.
 
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on October 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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October 1, 2012
Good Morning,
 
Can you believe that it is the first day of October!?  The Hill will be alive this week with The Sound of Music.  I hope you are planning to attend.  Best wishes to the cast and crew for an outstanding performance.
 
In addition to welcoming our guests who will be attending the musical, we will also welcome our Board of Trustees to campus on Friday.  Please join me in praying for our meeting on Friday and in thanking God for the dedicated men and women who give so selflessly in service to BMC.
 
Lea Bennett, Anna Quinn, and I will be traveling Saturday to the Memphis Area Alumni Association’s Family Fun Day in Collierville.  Please pray for us as we represent Blue Mountain and remember as well Maria Teel, who is representing the college at the MAC conference in Hattiesburg tomorrow.  Thank you, Maria.
 
Next Monday is our first scheduled Topper Day.  Please encourage prospective students within your circle of family and friends to check us out!
 
The Office of the President was contacted recently to see if we would like to receive complimentary copies of a daily devotional book for our faculty and staff.  A copy will be placed in your mailbox today.
 
This month will be another busy one.  As we consider our full calendars, let’s be thankful for meaningful work and for the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing through Blue Mountain College.
 
In Christ,
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on October 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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September 24, 2012

Good Morning,

What a lovely weekend we were blessed with!  Added to the privilege and blessing of being in the Lord’s house to worship, we marked the beginning of my favorite time of year with the first day of fall on Saturday.  I’m looking forward to adding a collection of pumpkins to the assortment of mums that now grace the front porch at Armstrong.
 
Saturday was also special because it included a meeting of the Middle Tennessee Alumni group on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville.  Many thanks to Frances Magers Massey and Patsy Henry Highland for their leadership in bringing this group together and to Lea Bennett and Jill West for making the trip up to engage with this great group of alums.  The day became a memory I will never forget when Laura Thompson Vaden of the class of 1949 presented me with her mother’s 1917 BMC class ring!  I am wearing with pride the ring that belonged to Annie Lee Spencer Thompson.  Thank you, Laura, for this amazing gift—it is a perfect symbol of the grace, dignity, generosity, and commitment that characterize the Blue Mountain graduate.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
                                                                                                                        2 Peter 1:2
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on September 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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September 17, 2012
Good Morning, BMC Family,
 
Although today is a rainy day and a Monday, let’s use these circumstances to remind us of how God showers us with blessings and of how He graces us with new beginnings.
 
Here at the college we have been greatly blessed in many ways—one of which includes our friendship with Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) McClure Pattillo, an alumna of the class of 1949.   It saddens me to report that Mrs. Pattillo passed away on Saturday.  A celebration of her life will be held today at 11:00 at Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia; Tom and Bettye Coward will be attending the memorial service.  As you may recall, Mrs. Pattillo was presented with an honorary doctorate at the Spring 2012 Commencement.  Our prayers are with the Pattillo family as they reflect on the life of a woman recognized by all for her integrity, her character, and her quiet, gentle spirit.  For these characteristics and for Elizabeth McClure Pattillo’s vision for excellence in education, we give thanks.  The tribute to Mrs. Pattillo that was shared at Commencement is attached.
 
This week’s events include the Constitution Day observance in chapel today , the faculty/staff meeting at 3:30 this afternoon, and the CRV banquet on Thursday evening.  On Friday we will be led in chapel by Dr. Jim Futral, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

Congratulations to the Topper softball team for three wins on Friday.  Way to go, Coach Barefield!  Good luck to our women who are playing in the Freed-Hardeman invitational golf tournament today and tomorrow.
 
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Posted by Monday Messages on September 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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