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November 27, 2017
Good Morning,

Today marks the beginning of “dead week,” which means we have reached that critical point in the semester when faculty and students are intensely focused on finishing well. I pray that each of you will have the time, energy, and determination to press on through these final challenging days of the 2017 fall semester toward a strong finish.

We are pleased to welcome as our chapel speaker today Dr. Jerry Rankin, former president of the International Mission Board. On Friday we will enjoy our annual Christmas concert featuring members of the BMC Chorale.

Congratulations are in order for the charter members of Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honorary society. These students will be initiated tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 at Armstrong: William Douglas Bain, Edward Britt Bender, Luke Steven Bennett, Taylor O-Lynn Collins, Jacob Mitchell Derrick, Jacob Ryan Heffner, Noah Walton Hill, Hailey Elizabeth Horne, Kyler Andrew Mahar, Dustin Elliott Matlock, Abigail Taylor Mattox, Harrison Christopher Moss, Taylor Dee Smith, Richard Dalton Tudor, Faith Ann Walgenbach, Mallory Marie Wooldridge.

Two very special Christmas events are on the calendar for this week. Tonight at 7:00 the SBA will host its annual Christmas party, including a reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas.” Don your favorite Christmas sweater and join us for this annual tradition in the SUB. On Friday evening “Lessons and Carols” will be held in the auditorium at 7:00. For many, this special service signals the beginning of the beautiful Christmas season. This year’s program will include our Chorale as well as Blue Sound (the BMC band), and Impact (our drama team). I encourage you to make this a part of your holiday traditions.

Topper basketball fans have plenty of options this week. Our JV women are in action at home Tuesday night. The varsity men and women play Thursday and Saturday at home. Come out and cheer the Toppers on to victory!

Finally, tomorrow is “Topper Tuesday,” our name for our annual giving day. Follow the happenings all day on social media—and be sure to like and share so that more folks can learn about BMC. This year’s “theme” focuses on our “God-sized dream” for Blue Mountain College.

Blessings to all for a productive “dead week”!

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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on November 27, 2017 at 12:53 PM
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November 20, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving Week to All!

Among the host of blessings for which I am grateful is the opportunity to serve at Blue Mountain College alongside each of you. For each gifted faculty member and each dedicated staff member I give thanks. For each faithful trustee I give thanks. For each BMC student I give thanks. For each loyal donor and friend I give thanks. “Abounding in thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6), I say thanks be to God for His unspeakable favor to us individually and to Blue Mountain College. May you and your family enjoy a restive season of reflecting on your blessings.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jerri Lamar Kantack has been chosen as the 2017-18 HEADWAE faculty honoree at Blue Mountain College. Catherine Snyder has been selected as the student honoree. Dr. Kantack and Catherine will be invited to attend the 31st Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program, scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at the Jackson Marriott Hotel. Congratulations!

To allow everyone ample time to prepare the turkey for the big day, offices will close at 4:30 on Tuesday and reopen at 8:00 on Monday, November 27.

Happy Thanksgiving!



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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on November 20, 2017 at 12:52 PM
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November 6, 2017
Good Afternoon,

I begin this week’s Monday Message asking that each of you remember in prayer the families affected by yesterday’s shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church near San Antonio, Texas. We pray for those who are grieving and for those who are recovering. May God grant them an extra measure of grace and peace.

The BMC blessing list is exceptionally long this week. Among the host of things for which we give thanks is the wonderful day we enjoyed last Friday as we celebrated Founders Day. Dr. Ron Madison challenged us to consider our legacy during Founders Day chapel and our own drama team, Impact, inspired us with their personal stories during the scholarship luncheon. Avery Thorn, Myra Gilmore, Hope Brown, and Logan McCoy expressed their gratitude for the generous support of our scholarship donors, representing all recipients very well. Macy Gibson, Nicholas McGlown, Joseph Taylor, and Dr. Darwin Brooks provided a beautiful musical interlude prior to the meal. Kudos once again to Chelsey Griffin for her leadership of the scholarship luncheon and to Kayce Bragg for her work on the Founders Day and Topper Fest activities. Congratulations as well to the cast and crew of Amahl and the Night Visitors; it was a lovely production.

I am thrilled to report that the BMC XC teams had a very impressive showing last Friday, with our men bringing home third place and our women capturing first place in the SSAC Conference Championship. As if that weren’t enough, our team won the sportsmanship award and Coach Laney earned Coach of the Year honors. If you are keeping track, this is two years in a row for our women. Go Toppers!

Congrats to Coach Bingham and the varsity men’s basketball team for their big win Friday night over Belhaven. The only home basketball action this week is Thursday evening when the varsity guys take on Crowley’s Ridge at 6:00 in Tyler. Varsity women and JV men and women are on the road.

I’ll be on the road myself part of the week with meetings in Atlanta on Wednesday and Thursday.

We will have special guests on campus Thursday evening as Dr. Kenny Digby hosts the Christian Action Commission banquet on our campus.

Days of class left: 15 (counting today) plus exams! Make the most of your time and prepare to finish well!

Fall at Armstrong!

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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on November 6, 2017 at 12:51 PM
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October 30, 2017
Greetings to all on this chilly Monday!

I begin with a word of congratulations to the BMC Chorale for their outstanding performance Saturday evening with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Commemorating the music of World War I and World War II, the entire performance was stellar. Thank you, Dr. Long and Chorale members, for representing BMC so well.

Today begins another extremely busy week at Blue Mountain College. Several of us will be traveling to Jackson today to participate in the annual meeting of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. This year is a special one for BMC with our own Dr. Ronald Meeks delivering the convention sermon on Tuesday afternoon. Please say a prayer for Dr. Meeks as he prepares for this special service.

We look forward on Friday to welcoming many guests to our campus for our annual Founders Day celebration. Dr. Ron Madison will be our speaker during the 10:00 program. We will express our gratitude to our many scholarship donors at the annual scholarship luncheon following the program.

Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera, premiers this week with a matinee on Wednesday at 10:30 and performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30. Our Fine Arts faculty and students have worked diligently to prepare for what will certainly be a magnificent evening of entertainment.

Students, let me encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to complete your required FAFSA paperwork tomorrow. Between 9:00 and 3:00 our financial aid staff will be available in the conference room of the SUB to assist you in completing this critical step in the registration process. Bring your laptop and your FSA ID username and password. Get this done tomorrow so you don’t have to worry with this later.

Make weekend plans now to participate in Saturday’s Topper Fest and in the presentation of our Homecoming Court. With a host of vendors selling their wares you should have no trouble checking some names off of your Christmas list. The Fest begins at 9:00 and the homecoming celebration happens at 12:30 in the MLB. Congratulations to our homecoming maids and to their escorts.

Topper athletes will be covering lots of ground this week; check the website for specifics. Thursday evening will afford the only opportunity for home action as the varsity women’s basketball team takes on Williams Baptist at 6:00 in Tyler Gymnasium.

Happy Homecoming!


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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on October 30, 2017 at 12:49 PM
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October 23, 2017
Good Afternoon,

I hope that your week is off to a great start. I am looking forward to our annual Humanities Lecture this evening by Dr. Stewart Bennett. We congratulate Dr. Bennett upon being named this year’s Humanities Teacher of the Year and look forward to hearing his lecture on “The Struggle for the Life of the Republic: A Civil War Narrative of Charles Dana Miller, 76th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.” The lecture begins at 7:00 in Garrett Auditorium.

Following the resignation of Coach Jon Nevol, Jermael Bingham has been named interim men’s varsity basketball coach. Please extend congratulations to Coach Bingham as he gives leadership to the Topper round ballers.

Congratulations are also in order for Ron and Charlesa Ambrose Jones. Ron and Charlesa were married Saturday, October 21.

I had the special blessing yesterday of visiting Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama. I am thankful to Bro. Gary and Heather Linville for their warm welcome.




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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on October 23, 2017 at 12:47 PM
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October 16, 2017
Greetings!
We awakened this morning to a beautiful fall morning following what I trust was a restful and pleasant fall break for each of you. We are now on the downhill side of the fall 2017 semester. Mid-term is behind us and the rest of the semester will most assuredly fly by.

This week offers a great opportunity to enjoy a special program from the Department of Fine Arts. Thursday evening our chorale, band, and drama team will present a Reformation Celebration concert in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium at 7:30. This promises to be a marvelous musical celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, marking the launch of the Protestant Reformation. I encourage all to attend.

On Friday we will welcome the members of the Mississippi Baptist Convention’s Education Commission to our campus for their fall meeting.

Today marks the first day of employment for Ron Jones at BMC; Ron will serve as Blue Motion Project Coordinator. We are also pleased to welcome Page Rowland Thorn back to BMC to serve as the coach of our junior varsity cross country team. Please extend greetings to both Ron and Page as they return to serve at their alma mater.

I close today’s Monday Message with a word of thanksgiving regarding the campus revival. We witnessed an incredible outpouring of God’s grace and goodness—we saw God do what only God can do! Several have asked if we can do this again—absolutely!

Blessings to all for a great week!

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

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


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October 2, 2017
Good Morning,
I hope that each of you enjoyed a delightful first weekend of fall. It is hard to believe that we are now just days away from our fall revival followed closely by fall break. Join me in continuing to pray for our nation, for our campus, and for our evangelist Phil Waldrep as he prepares to share the Gospel October 9-11. Let us anticipate together the amazing things that only God can do!

As a reminder, we want everyone to be able to attend as many of the revival services as possible. Please arrange your schedule so as to prioritize attendance.

As always, the first Friday in October brings to our campus our Board of Trustees. We are blessed with an engaged, dedicated group of men and women who serve with joy and lead with wisdom. Prior to their meeting on Friday morning, they will gather at Lowrey Memorial at 8:00 for their quarterly time of prayer for Blue Mountain College. Everyone is invited to participate if your schedule allows. I know that our Trustees would be encouraged to be joined by students, faculty, staff, and alumni to circle our campus in prayer. Dr. Tim Mims will be leading the devotional and giving direction to the prayer session.

I will be giving an overview of the Board agenda at a meeting for faculty and staff at 3:00 in the MLB auditorium on Wednesday.

Today and tomorrow I will be representing BMC at the annual Mississippi Association of Colleges meeting at MSU.

I close by offering a word of thanks to James and Linda Johnson for opening their home to us last week for a well-attended gathering of friends interested in promoting and celebrating the fine arts at BMC. We are grateful to the Johnsons, to all who attended, and to Drew Warford, William Thompson, and Laura Long for sharing their musical talents with us. On another fine arts note, I had the privilege of attending a rehearsal of our drama team's first performance. Great job, Impact!

Have a blessed and productive week!

Posted by Monday Messages on October 2, 2017 at 12:44 PM
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