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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
December 16, 2013
Greetings on this sunny Monday morning! I hope that you enjoyed a weekend filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas, including plenty of Christmas music. Among my favorite yuletide melodies is the hauntingly beautiful “Still, Still, Still” performed recently by our own Chorale. As we enter into this last full week before the day on which we celebrate our Savior’s birth, I hope that we each can find a time of stillness simply to contemplate the wonder of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us.

I would appreciate your prayers as I will be traveling on Thursday to share a devotional with our friends at the Baptist building in Jackson as well as making other shorter trips throughout the week.

Congratulations to both Topper basketball teams for a couple of very exciting wins over the weekend. Our men will travel to Morthland College in Illinois on Friday and Saturday for two games. The women resume action on January 6 at Ouachita Baptist.

Our offices will close at 4:30 on Friday and reopen at 8:00 on January 6.

Blessings to each of you for a peaceful and meaningful Christmas and a wonderful New Year!


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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on December 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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December 9, 2013
Good Monday Morning to All!

I send my greetings this morning from Atlanta, where Dr. Enzor and I are attending the annual SACSCOC meeting. We will return to campus on Wednesday. Best wishes to students and faculty alike as exams begin today and continue through Thursday.

Corinth-area residents are invited to a meet and greet session with representatives from our faculty and staff from 4:00 until 6:00 on Thursday at the Northeast Mississippi Community College campus in Corinth (2759 South Harper Road). Students interested in completing their education at Blue Mountain College are encouraged to stop by and learn about the options that will soon be available. Representatives from the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, and Admissions will be on hand to assist students as will faculty from selected departments. Please encourage anyone you know who might be interested to come by and visit.

I am delighted this morning to announce that Lynn Gibson will be joining the BMC community after the Christmas break as our VP of Enrollment Services. Lynn comes to BMC after serving ten years at NEMCC as Registrar and Director of Enrollment Services. His prior experience includes serving as Coordinator of the UT Martin McNairy County Center in Selmer, Tennessee, and as Assistant Director of Admissions at Union University. Lynn holds an M.S. from the University of Memphis and a B.S. from Union. Lynn and his wife Paula reside in Selmer. Welcome, Lynn!

As Lynn assumes leadership of admissions and financial aid, Jack Moser will continue to provide excellent leadership as VP of Student Services. Austin Kimbrough will continue to work in recruiting as he takes on new responsibilities as half-time assistant Athletic Director. Many thanks to Jack and to Austin for their outstanding leadership during a period of transition.

The Topper basketball teams will end the pre-Christmas season on the road. On the 14th the men will take on Lyon while the women visit Tougaloo. The men will participate in the Morthland College Classic December 20-21.

Many thanks to the Memphis Area Alumni Association for providing treats for students during exam week. This is much appreciated!

Keep our students in your prayers as they study, take exams, and then travel home.

Blessings for a great week!

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
President

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on December 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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December 2, 2013
Good Morning,
I hope everyone enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving and that all are ready for the busy days that accompany the end of a semester. Despite the label “dead week,” today and each day that follows before the Christmas break will be replete with plenty to occupy our time. Students and faculty are focused and are preparing for final projects and examinations. Best wishes to all for a strong finish to what has been a great fall on the Hill.

We welcome to chapel today Tim and Gloria Thurman, retired Southern Baptist missionaries. On Thursday evening we will launch the Christmas season with the BMC Chorale’s presentation of Lessons & Carols at Lowrey Memorial beginning at 6:00.

On Thursday and Saturday our Topper basketball teams will be in action on campus. The men play Victory at 7:00 on Thursday, and the women play Tougaloo at 2:00 on Saturday.

This afternoon from 4:30 until 6:00 faculty, staff, and students are invited to visit Armstrong, the President’s home, for a Christmas open house.

I look forward to meeting with BMC friends from the Slayden area tomorrow at Slayden Baptist Church. On Wednesday I will be traveling to Jackson, Mississippi, and on Friday to Jackson, Tennessee. On Friday evening I will be speaking to the women of Oakland Baptist Church in Corinth. Please keep me in your prayers as I travel and prepare.

Blessings to all for a wonderful week!

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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on December 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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November 18, 2013
Good Morning,
Over the weekend I was amazed at how quickly the holiday season had arrived. Shades of red and green décor dominate the retail landscape while the familiar strains of holiday tunes fill the air. I am as excited as anyone about the arrival of Christmas, but around our house autumn colors still abound as we anticipate a time of thanksgiving. Up at Armstrong and all around this Hill we have much for which to give thanks. I look forward to our Thanksgiving chapel today as we consider how “Thinking Leads to Thanking” and Friday when Dr. Tim Mimms speaks on “Let Us Give Thanks.”

I am pleased to announce that today Mrs. Joyce Peters will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer and that we are welcoming on board Mr. Steve Robbins as Chief Financial Officer. A Certified Public Accountant with over twenty-five years’ experience in financial planning, Steve brings many gifts to this position which will serve to complement the excellent work that Joyce has done and continues to do on a daily basis.

At 2:00 on Sunday, November 24, the town of Blue Mountain will host a community Thanksgiving service in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. We are glad to welcome our neighbors to campus.

On Thursday the College will host the chaplaincy training program led by Mr. Bowen Johnson. Please join me in making this group feel welcome.

Sports fans at BMC have much to be excited about this week. Congratulations to Coach Parker and our men’s basketball team for two great victories last week over Morthland at home and SPSU on the road. The men and women will play at home this week Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.

Best wishes to Coach Laney and to our Lady Toppers who will represent BMC at the NAIA regionals this Saturday in Kansas City! Way to demonstrate Topper tenacity, ladies!

Pray for our students who will be traveling home to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.

This is what God, Yahweh, says—
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth
and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it
and life to those who walk on it—
“I, Yahweh, have called You
for a righteous purpose,
and I will hold You by Your hand.”
Isaiah 42:5-6a


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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on November 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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November 11, 2013
Good Morning,
As we begin another week at BMC congratulations are in order for our women’s cross country team for finishing second this weekend in the SSAC conference championship. Way to go, ladies! Kelsea Posadas and Page Rowland finished second and third, and Hannah Orrick rounded out the top ten. The team has qualified to participate in the nationals to be held in Kansas City on November 23.
Our chapel speaker today is our own Dr. Douglas Bain, who will be focusing on “The Persecuted Church.” On Friday our BSU Fine Arts teams will lead us.
We welcome to campus today Dr. Terry Dale Cruse from LeTourneau University. Dr. Cruse will be leading a workshop with our enrollment team.
I ask you to join me today in reflecting on the courage, honor, integrity, valor, and sacrifice demonstrated by the men and women who serve and have served our country so selflessly as members of the military. We salute each of you and pray God’s blessings on you and on your families.


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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on November 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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October 28, 2013
Good Morning,

Happy Topper Homecoming Week! Another busy and special week is off to a good start on the Hill. We were blessed this morning by Dr. Kern’s report regarding our Make a Difference Day emphasis. There is still time to contribute clothing at one of the locations. Many thanks to all who have already supported this very good cause. We were also blessed by the chapel address delivered by Dr. Meeks. Thank you for reminding us that Jesus modeled sacrificial, selfless service.

Several BMC-ers will be traveling today to the Mississippi Baptist Convention in Jackson. Pray for all of our Convention participants and especially for Dr. Jim Futral and Dr. David Hamilton (both BMC grads) as they will be providing leadership. We are looking forward to a great time of worship and fellowship and to the opportunity to connect with many of our Ministerial Alumni at the dinner on Tuesday evening.

While in Jackson I will have the wonderful opportunity to attend a luncheon honoring our own Dr. Johnny L. Mattox. Dr. Mattox will receive the 2013 Distinguished Science Teacher Award, presented by the Mississippi Science Teacher’s Association. The award will be presented at the Annual Convention of the Association, to be held October 27-29, 2013, at the Marriott Hotel in Jackson. Congratulations, Dr. Mattox!

Set aside for the observance of Founder’s Day, Friday will be a very special time on the Hill. The 10:00 chapel program promises to be a memorable celebration of our heritage. We look forward to welcoming home many alumni and special friends, including President Coward and President Fisher. On Friday afternoon at 2:00 we will acknowledge the amazing contributions of Carla Freeman Benson at a retirement reception in her honor in the administration building foyer.

On Friday evening the Pumpkin Patch is the location for celebrating homecoming eve, and then Saturday is the “big day.” We will welcome prospective students, alumni, guests, and Topper fans to the campus for a huge homecoming celebration, including live music, arts and craft vendors, classic cars, and lots of great food. The Homecoming Court will be presented in Berry Auditorium at 12:30, followed by tip off of the 2013-14 basketball season at 2:00 in Tyler Gymnasium. I encourage everyone to put on their BMC gear and come on out to cheer our Toppers on to victory. Go Toppers!

An event of this magnitude requires considerable planning. I offer this special word of thanks to National Alumni Association President Audrey Caldwell, to Alumni Affairs Director Lea Bennett, and to a host of others that envisioned and produced this occasion, including David Harrell, Anna Quinn, Gary Linville, Amy Thurmond, and Tommy Peters.

A special word of gratitude to Chris Driskell, Larry McMillin, and our maintenance staff for providing a picturesque reminder of the thanksgiving season.




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

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

Posted by Monday Messages on October 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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October 14, 2013
Happy Columbus Day!

I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely fall break. My family and I had the great pleasure to attend the 175th Anniversary Celebration at First Baptist Church in Ripley yesterday. Blessings and congratulations to this great church. May God continue to bless Dr. Yancey and the congregation with opportunities to share the Gospel and serve the community. (Among the special guests yesterday was M.P. Lowrey himself—see the picture below!)
Today is Topper Preview Day at BMC and that means that we will welcome many prospective students and their families to the campus. Let’s extend a warm welcome to one and all.
Let’s welcome as well Dr. Leora Duce, who will arrive on campus later today and be with us to kick off our first series of TACT workshops. TACT stands for Toppers Acting Civilly Together. Assisted by Kayce Carr, Dr. Duce will be focusing on aspects of professional etiquette in the workshops scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Sam Rainer, President of Rainer Research, will be our chapel speaker today.
Next Sunday I will have the opportunity to speak at Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut. I’ll be traveling Sunday afternoon to the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities conference at Hinds Community College and will return to campus on Tuesday.

Have a blessed week.

Let them give thanks to the LORD
for His faithful love
and His wonderful works for
all humanity.
Psalm 107:21

Posted by Monday Messages on October 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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