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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
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
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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October 7, 2013
Wasn’t it refreshing to step outside into a crisp fall morning! What a wonderful way to start another week at Blue Mountain College. Mid-semester is upon us, and we will observe fall break to close out the week. Offices will be closed this Thursday and Friday.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Annie for an uplifting and delightful performance. I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you, Mr. Andre and Dr. Kantack, for your leadership and vision.
We will have more special guests on our campus this week. Please join me in welcoming representatives from the Southern States Athletic Conference who will be here on Tuesday to tape a segment about BMC to air on the “Southern States Showcase” (Fox Sports South) this fall. On Friday, the Education Commission of the Mississippi Baptist Convention will have its fall meeting at BMC.
Please remember me as I will be traveling on Thursday to Coahoma Community College to participate in the investiture of Dr. Valmadge Towner. The College extends its congratulations to Dr. Towner.
Congratulations also to Dr. Douglas C. Bain for being named this year’s Humanities Teacher Award Recipient. Dr. Bain will deliver a lecture Tuesday evening at 7:00 in Garrett Hall Auditorium on “The Sky Pilot: The International Influence and Literary Legacy of a Canadian Clergyman.” A reception will follow in the Guyton Library. The public is invited to this presentation.

Blessings to all for a safe and rejuvenating fall break!

Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires.
Psalm 37:4

Dr. Barbara C. McMillin

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 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

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