Since I will be off campus this coming Monday, I'm going to consider this very late communiqué as both this week’s and next week's "Monday Message." Even though summer didn't officially arrive until late last week, first summer term is already behind us, and we are one-fourth of the way into second term. Teaching and learning in the short terms require considerable "Topper tenacity"--kudos to faculty and students alike for your perseverance during these intense summer sessions.
I'm often asked what administrators and staff members do during the months between the regular semesters. As I'm sure all involved would agree, there is no shortage of activity as we are busy tying up loose ends from one academic year and making preparations to begin a new one. Among those preparations are efforts to enhance our campus in ways that will serve our new and returning students when they arrive on campus for the fall semester. I'm putting this word out to anyone who would like to sponsor a couple of student activity projects that would undoubtedly prove to be very popular with our students: namely, an outdoor basketball court and a sand volleyball court. These are relatively small-scale projects that can be done fairly inexpensively. If you would like to help, or know someone who would be interested, please contact me for more information.
A project of greater magnitude is, of course, the BMC Sportsplex. Thanks in advance to all who have registered to attend this evening's Sportsplex banquet sponsored by the North Mississippi BMC Alumni Club. We are especially grateful to the "superpac" participants for underwriting this event, which is designed to garner financial support for this important new facility. The importance of moving forward with construction of the Sportsplex cannot be overstated: the baseball and softball Toppers need a place to practice and play right here on campus, and the golf teams need a practice range. Having our own facility will enable us to host intercollegiate competitions at home in a venue that is comparable to those found on the campuses of our competitors. We believe the Sportsplex will serve as yet another reason students will want to attend Blue Mountain College.
In closing, thanks to Larry McMillin, Chris Driskell, Stan Irwin, and the members of the National Management team for providing us with this beautiful patriotic display on the Green. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Next Monday Message: July 8
May God bless each of you with a safe and happy holiday.
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin President Blue Mountain College PO Box 160 Blue Mountain, MS 38610 662.685.4771 Ext. 130
Posted by Monday Messages on June 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM
Ever have a day when nothing has been crossed off the “to do” list at the end of the day? I’ve noticed that Mondays are particularly notorious for this phenomenon. Yesterday was one such day for me. Isn’t it comforting to know that we serve a God who has total control and perfect timing? Today’s “to do” list is in His hands!
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
We are thankful that everyone had a safe trip to the CAMS conference. Lavon Driskell, Chris Driskell, and I will be traveling on Thursday to Atlanta for a Southern States Athletic Conference meeting; please pray for a productive meeting and safe travel.
Join me in welcoming the elementary and junior high basketball campers to BMC this week. Play hard, guys! On Saturday at 11 we will welcome to our campus Mayor Doug Norton and members of the Blue Mountain Board of Alderman for their Swearing In Ceremony. The event will take place in Paschal Student Union Building.
Many thanks to all who have contributed to this year’s Annual Fund. We are grateful to you for helping us to stand firm and shine bright as we pursue the opportunity to provide a Christ-centered education to the students of Blue Mountain College. There is still time to participate in this year’s fund. Check out our website for more information: https://www.bmc.edu/giving_to_bmc.asp
Have a blessed Tuesday!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin President
Posted by Monday Messages on June 21, 2013 at 8:21 AM
Having spent part of Sunday and much of Monday in Marietta, Georgia, I spent Tuesday catching up. The result is a Wednesday Message. I am pleased to report that Dr. Enzor, Dr. Mattox, Dr. Shankle, Mrs. Peters, and I had a very productive trip to the “kick off” meeting for our next SACS reaffirmation visit in 2015. We can mark our calendars now for the big visit, which will occur April 7-9, 2015.
Join me in welcoming a host of young athletes to our campus for the first of the summer’s sports camps. We hope that there are a number of future Toppers in the group! I spent several summers as a BMC basketball camper, making some great friends and great memories. That’s where I first learned about Topper Tenacity!
We are eagerly anticipating the arrival on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of our alumni and friends who will gather to celebrate Homecoming on the Hill. It will be my great privilege to induct members of the class of 1963 into the Golden Flame Society, to visit with each of the reunion classes, to experience the Fabulous Follies, and to address the group gathered for the annual meeting on Saturday. I am looking forward to hearing from Dr. Tim Townsend at the luncheon on Friday. Lots of folks “liked” identifying the young women from the Class of 63 who were featured on the BMC Facebook page. (Check us out on Facebook and Twitter.) That was a fun activity and a great way to get everyone in the mood to reminisce about good times and good friends from days gone by.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have contributed to this year’s Annual Fund initiative. You are making a difference at BMC! For more information, go to http://www.bmc.edu/givingonline.asp Have a blessed Wednesday!
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin President
Posted by Monday Messages on June 5, 2013 at 8:07 AM