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June 6, 2016
Greetings!
The first day of June has arrived and that means we will be celebrating Homecoming on the Hill shortly. We are pleased to welcome home alumni from far and near. A special welcome and congratulations go to the Class of 1966; these graduates will observe their 50-year reunion and be inducted into the Golden Flame society on Friday. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to all who return to the Hill this weekend for a special time of reconnecting and remembering.

Please keep me in your prayers as I will be traveling this afternoon to Montgomery to attend the SSAC President’s meeting tonight and tomorrow. I will be on the road again Saturday following the alumni business session to attend the annual IABCU meeting in Asheville.

It has been a pleasure and a blessing this week to have the crew from Mt. Zion Baptist Church on our campus to continue their work on the Palmer-Donnell house. We appreciate the sacrifice of their time and the investment of their expertise in moving this project forward.

Happy Homecoming!

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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9


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Posted by Monday Messages on June 6, 2016 at 1:27 PM
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April 26, 2016
Good Morning,
It is the beginning of “Dead Week,” which means that BMC students are focusing their time and attention on finishing strong. Best wishes to all who are laboring to present final projects, to polish final performances, and to complete research papers!

If you need a break from your studies, come out this afternoon at 3:00 to support the softball team and/or at 4:00 to cheer on the participants in the international/USA soccer match. Tomorrow plan your break time to coincide with the night of worship led by our gospel choir at 6:00 in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. You will be blessed, refreshed, and rejuvenated!

The baseball Toppers are on the road this week; SSAC softball tournament action takes place this weekend.

Allow me to congratulate once again the family of Dr. James E. Buchanan, Jr. upon the naming of our business office suite in his honor. We are proud for his legacy of service to be honored in this way. If you haven’t seen the newly remodeled suite, stop by and check it out. Many thanks to Joyce Peters, Stan Irwin, Amy Thurmond, Tommy Peters, and the NMR staff for all that you did to prepare for Saturday’s celebration.

Congratulations to Rebekah Smith, to Dr. Nancy Kerns, to Mr. Bill Dowdy, and to all the contributors to the 2016 Mountain Breeze. Kudos as well to Brianna Edgeworth, to Dr. Elizabeth Crews, and to the entire staff of 2016 Mountaineer. Thank you for preserving the many memories made in 2015-16 at BMC.

Finish strong!




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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on April 26, 2016 at 8:06 AM
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April 18, 2016
Good Afternoon,
This week is already off to a great start with our gospel choir setting the tone in worship this morning! Dr. Brent Barker shared an inspiring message. We are glad to have him and all of the pastors who have gathered on the Hill today to participate in the State Preaching Conference.

Tomorrow will be a fun day as we welcome lots of kids to campus for Literacy on the Lawn. We’ll be playing softball at home tomorrow and then baseball at home Friday and Saturday. Tomorrow evening will be a special occasion as we set aside time at 7:00 in Lowrey Memorial to commission our summer missionaries. Students, I look forward to seeing you in chapel on Wednesday. I’ll be sharing the GROW BMC plan as well as a special surprise. You will want to be there! The Mountain Breeze and The Mountaineer will be presented in chapel on Friday.

Thursday is Research Day. I congratulate each of our student scholars and their professors for their outstanding work. Thank you, Dr. Dunagan, for your leadership of this event. Presentations take place at 3:00 in the SUB.

I’m delighted to announce several new appointments. Beverly Hickey has assumed the role of Director of Financial Aid; Brad Hill has moved to the role of assistant director. Janice Prather will continue in financial aid in a part-time role. Janice, we are grateful for your service to BMC. Dr. Ronald Meeks has assumed responsibility for all ministerial recruiting alongside his faculty responsibilities. Warner Creekmore will join the BMC team as our tennis coach; Brandon Hardin has been named our band director.

On Saturday at 11:00 we will honor the long and meritorious service of the late James Ellis Buchanan, Jr. by naming our business office in his honor.

Recruiting efforts for GROW BMC are in full swing; keep spreading the word that there are great opportunities at Blue Mountain College! Lynn Gibson will be at McNairy Central on Thursday. If you are in that area and need information, be sure to touch base with him.

I continue to receive much encouraging feedback from last Tuesday’s scholarship gala with Tim Tebow. Over 2500 people were inspired by Tim’s testimony with many making decisions for Christ. For that we are most thankful! We are also very grateful to have raised approximately $150,000 for our general scholarship fund. Soli Deo Gloria!


Have a great week!

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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on April 18, 2016 at 2:43 PM
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April 4, 2016
Greetings to all at the beginning of another very busy week here on the Hill!

Our celebration of 60 Years of Ministerial Education at BMC receives special emphasis this week, beginning with our own Dr. Meeks leading us in chapel this morning. (If you missed chapel this morning, you missed a great message called “Why I Teach at Blue Mountain College.” I encourage you to check this out on our website and pass it on to anyone who is considering BMC.) On Wednesday area Associational Missions Directors will be here for their spring meeting. On Thursday we welcome Dr. Chuck Kelley and Dr. Rhonda Kelley to our campus along with over 175 guests for our first Ministers and Wives Banquet. A very special evening has been planned for the purpose of encouraging couples in the ministry. On Friday we will observe Ministerial Alumni Day and welcome a wonderful group of prospective ministerial students to our campus. We are honored to welcome back to campus all of our MA’s and trust their special day will be both joyful and worshipful.

Please keep in mind that today at 3:00 (and every Monday) our admissions team will be leading a time of prayer for GROW BMC and for all of our prospective students.

As a GROW BMC update, I am pleased to announce that Liz Thurmond is joining our admissions team today as a full-time recruiter. A graduate of the BMC class of 1983, Liz holds a master of Christian education from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has served previously as the associate director of the Baptist Student Union at Ole Miss, as the BSU Director at Hinds, and as the associate director at NEMCC. We are delighted to welcome Liz to our team!

We are pleased to announce the signing of our first BMC bowler; Austin Harris of West Union High School has claimed the first spot as a Topper bowler. We look forward to many others following Austin’s lead to become a part of Blue Mountain College. On Thursday our Enrollment Services team will host a luncheon for area guidance counselors to introduce them to GROW BMC.

I offer a word of thanks today to all who joined us last Thursday to learn from Dr. Jeff Docking about the growth plan at Adrian College. His insights were very helpful and encouraging.

You can catch the Topper softball team in action today, Friday, and Saturday at home. The baseball Toppers are on the road this week. Our golf team is in action today and tomorrow in the Redhawk Classic. Let’s bring home another win!

I’m looking forward to seeing all of our Greater Memphis Area Alumni at their annual scholarship luncheon at Ridgeway Baptist Church on Saturday.

On a personal note, I am especially grateful for the many expressions of sympathy upon the passing of my brother. In times of sadness how comforting it is to know that we are being lifted up in prayer by our BMC family!

Blessings to all for a productive and pleasant week,
Dr. Mc

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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on April 4, 2016 at 4:06 PM
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April 4, 2016
Good Morning,
We have talked about April 12, 2016 for such a long time; it is hard to believe that the big day has finally arrived! Preparing for an event of this magnitude has required a significant team effort. Allow me to acknowledge the work of the planning committee: Linda Gholston, Linda Johnson, Ty Robinson, Emma Ainsworth, Becky Benson, Nancy Grisham, and Jody Hill. They have worked tirelessly to plan the intricate details of a complex endeavor. They have been supported in their efforts by Amy Thurmond, Stan Irwin, Tommy Peters, Andrew Higdon, Brad Hill, Pam and Jerry Bowman, Nancy McDonald, Delise Teague, Joyce Peters, Sheila Freeman, Sharon Enzor, David Harrell, Kevin Barefield, Sharon and Leon Enzor, Jack and Tracy Moser, Sue Jarvis, Rita Newby, Anna Quinn, Greg and Laura Long, Lynn Gibson, Kayce Bragg, Annabeth Barnes, Liz Thurmond, and a host of students, including student leaders, golfers, cheerleaders, and the chorale.

The program begins this evening at 7:30 at the BancorpSouth arena in Tupelo and will feature a video presentation on BMC, a performance by our Chorale, and an address by our special guest Tim Tebow. Tickets are still available! Please join me in praying for God’s blessing on this event, for safe travels for all involved, and for God to receive glory for all that transpires. Doors open at 6:30.

On Thursday at 5:30 in the SUB, Dr. Leora Duce will present a lecture and slide show on her many travels to the Holy Land. We are honored to have Dr. Duce back on campus and hope that you can join her for what will surely be an informative and enjoyable event.

The Topper softball team is on the road this week; baseball action takes place at home on Friday and Saturday. The SSAC golf tournament is Friday and Saturday also. Go, Toppers!

I will be traveling this Friday to Hattiesburg for the final Education Commission meeting of this academic year.

I will miss being with our Nashville area alums on Saturday but hope there will be a good turnout for lunch at Cheddars at 11:15.

Have a great week!


Barbara C. McMillin
President

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9



Posted by Monday Messages on April 4, 2016 at 2:37 PM
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March 28, 2016
Greetings on a beautiful Monday!

I hope that your Easter weekend was filled with joy and hope as you celebrated the risen Savior!

With spring break and Easter both behind us, we enter now the whirlwind that characterizes the end of another year at BMC. Seniors, the trip across the stage in Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium is only 40 days away! Sarah’s challenge in chapel this morning was most appropriate: make the most of your remaining days at BMC and plan to finish strong.

On Thursday our trustees will return to campus for a day-long retreat devoted to GROW BMC. Our retreat leader will be Dr. Jeff Docking, President of Adrian College. On Thursday evening a number of special guests will be on campus to enjoy a time of fellowship over dinner and to be introduced to the GROW BMC plan. Please extend a warm welcome to all of these visitors.

On Friday we will join for our quarterly trustee-led prayer time at 11:00 at Lowrey Memorial. Please attend if your schedule allows.

Lynn Gibson will have the opportunity to recruit for our yearbook and newspaper initiatives this Friday at a conference on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Let’s keep spreading the word about the new programs coming to Blue Mountain College!

I look forward to visiting with alums from the Union County area this Saturday at 11:00 at El Agave. Come join us!

Softball Toppers are in action at home tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. The baseball Toppers are on the road later this week. Good luck to all.


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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on March 28, 2016 at 3:39 PM
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March 21, 2016

Most likely, during this Holy Week, you will lift your voice in praise with fellow believers, proclaiming “up from the grave He arose” and “He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!” A favorite hymn of mine during any season was written by Isaac Watts in 1707. Pause and ponder with me the weight and wonder of the truth conveyed in these words:

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ, my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them through his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

May you and your loved ones survey with fresh and abundant awe the wonder of the cross and the unspeakable joy of the empty tomb!

With what we hope will be the last appearance of snow for a very long time, we look forward to the return of spring-like temps—which will make tomorrow afternoon the perfect time to take in some baseball. Plan to support our Toppers tomorrow afternoon and for their weekend home stand at BNA Park. The softball Toppers head to Freed on Saturday for a big series.

Tomorrow night we welcome Dr. and Mrs. Fisher back to campus as our special guests at the annual Accolade Dinner. We look forward to being inspired and challenged by Dr. Fisher’s address.

The Tebow event is less than a month away (April 12); tickets are still available in the business office or by calling 662-720-7788. Remember to pray for Tim as he prepares to share with us at the first BMC scholarship gala.

Pass the word that BMC is recruiting students to be in our first band and first drum line and to form varsity tennis and bowling teams as well as junior varsity softball, baseball, and women’s basketball teams. The cheer squad is also expanding. For questions about athletics, check with Coach Lavon Driskell for more details or visit the website. Check with Dr. Long or Dr. Enzor regarding band and drum line. We are also recruiting students to form a yearbook and newspaper staff. We need your help to get the word out about GROW BMC!

Easter blessings to all!


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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9




Posted by Monday Messages on March 21, 2016 at 8:17 AM
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