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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
May 7, 2018
Good Day,

We arrived today to a considerably quieter campus as students have departed to begin their summer break and graduates have departed to begin the service for which they have been well prepared at Blue Mountain College. Congratulations once again to the Class of 2018! Faculty, thank you for inspiring these graduates to pursue excellence. Staff, thank you for modeling service and commitment for these newly minted alumni of BMC.

I am grateful to all who contributed in some way to the success of the commencement programs on Saturday. Despite the rain, our guests enjoyed a wonderful day of celebration because of your many acts of kindness and assistance.

This season always brings with it a host of transitions, including those noted during the afternoon service on Saturday. We congratulate Beverly Moffitt and Sherrell Settlemires for their many years of outstanding teaching and commend Miss Johnnie Armstrong for her remarkable 64-year career in the classroom. Beverly and Sherrell will continue to serve as adjunct professors as needed, and Miss Johnnie will continue fulfilling a host of duties, including game day preparation, intramural supervision, student mentoring, and interaction with alumni and friends through the Office of the President.

This fall Jack Moser will transition into a full-time faculty role in the Department of Kinesiology while also serving as JV Men’s basketball coach. I know that you will join me in expressing appreciation to Coach Moser for his six years of excellent leadership as our Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students.

We extend best wishes to women’s softball coach Tyler Herring who has announced that he is stepping down after three seasons as Topper head coach. We wish Tyler, Staci, and Branch well as they relocate to Arkansas.

Three new faculty will be joining the BMC family this fall. Formal announcements for each at the end of this message.

With the onset of summer we can look forward to enjoying casual Fridays beginning this week. Stay tuned for more information from Joyce Peters.

I’ll be traveling later this week to New York City to cheer on the BMC Chorale under the direction of Dr. Greg Long. Keep all of Big Apple travelers in your prayers. After a brief stop back on campus next Tuesday, I’ll be headed to Tupelo to speak at the Senior Day Retreat at First Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon and then on to Memphis to catch a flight to Waco, where I will participate in the Baylor Christian Higher Education Leadership Seminar on Wednesday. I’ll see everyone back on campus May 17.

Keep Emma Ainsworth in your prayers; she underwent knee replacement surgery today.


Blue Mountain College announces the hiring, effective August 8, 2018, of Dr. Barbara Trivelli-Bowen as Assistant Professor of Elementary Education in the Department of Education. Dr. Bowen is a graduate with a Doctor of Education in Teacher Education from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Arts in Education from Regis University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado. For many years she taught English, reading, social studies, and science instruction at West Union Attendance Center, and currently is visiting assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Bowen sees the mission of Christian higher education as more important in today’s society than it has ever been. “When we live a Christian life in front of our students,” she says, “we may just lead them in the right direction.” Her desire is to mold our future teachers so that as “they educate our children in academics, they educate our children to become moral, responsible adults with Christ in their hearts and prayer in their decisions.”


Blue Mountain College also announces the hiring, effective August 8, 2018, of Dr. Stephanie Clausel as Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Clinical Experiences in Education in the Department of Education. Dr. Clausel is a graduate with a Doctor of Education in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Blue Mountain College. She retired in 2017 as Director of Special Services with Alcorn School District, and has been Principal of Alcorn Central Middle School and Elementary Schools.

In her application, Dr. Clausel said that she understands that each position she has held has provided her with mission field opportunities. “Teaching students in higher education would provide me with an open door to continue teaching students about Jesus and how they can shine that light in the classrooms that they will be working with in the future.”


Blue Mountain College announces as well the hiring, effective August 8, 2018, of Mr. William Curry (Will) as Associate Director of Bands and Instructor of Music in the Department of Fine Arts. Mr. Curry is a native of Eupora and is a graduate with a Master of Music Education from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Music Education from Mississippi State University. He is currently serving as Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Instructor at New Albany High School.

Mr. Curry and his wife, J.J., attend Hillcrest Baptist Church, New Albany, where he is actively engaged in the worship ministry. As a percussionist, he will bring additional expertise to our instrumental music program. In his application, Mr. Curry stated, “The ultimate goal of a Christian, faith-based college is to develop its students into well-rounded individuals who graduate both with a deep knowledge of their chosen field of study, and far deeper knowledge, understanding, and love of God and His Word.”


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 May 7, 2018 at 9:12 AM
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May 1, 2018
Greetings to all on a beautiful Tuesday!
I was away from campus on Day One of Exams, but I understand that some of the stress was reduced with a visit to the “petting zoo” on Monday afternoon. I trust that this option helped alleviate some of the tension of yesterday’s finals and provided students an opportunity to relax a bit before hitting the books in preparation for today. Best wishes to all for a positive and productive finish to finals week.

Of course, this week culminates in the most-anticipated event of any academic year: commencement. We will celebrate with approximately 136 BMC graduates on Saturday with two services, one at 10:00 and the other at 1:00. Vice President for Campus Services at Mississippi State and former Lieutenant Governor Amy Tuck will deliver our commencement address at each service. Congratulations, graduates!

Best wishes to our Topper baseball and softball teams as they compete this week at the SSAC conference tournament in Montgomery, Alabama.

Please join me in wishing JV XC coach Page Rowland Thorn the best as she leaves her position at BMC to focus on her graduate studies. We are pleased to welcome as our new JV coach a familiar face: Heather Duley will assume leadership of this team immediately. Welcome back, Heather!

Since last fall Coach Harvey Childers has served capably and graciously as our interim athletic director. Please join me in thanking Coach Childers for his service to Blue Mountain College. We will look forward to welcoming new AD Will Lowrey later this month.

Blessings to all for a wonderful conclusion to academic year 2017-18.


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 May 1, 2018 at 9:11 AM
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April 24, 2018
Good Morning!

If you were able to join us for the gala Friday evening then, like me, you are probably still recovering from having laughed so hard and so long at the humor of “The Swan.” Dr. Dennis Swanberg entertained us and inspired us as the keynote speaker for the third annual BMC Scholarship Gala. We are grateful to our many sponsors for “planting shade trees” at Blue Mountain College through their generous gifts. Scholarship donations are expected to pass $200,000! For this great blessing we say thanks be to God!

The list of individuals who volunteered their time and expertise to contribute to the success of this year’s gala is an extremely long one that includes faculty, staff, and students. To each of you I offer a heartfelt thank you for giving of your time and talents to this important cause. Outstanding leadership was provided by Jody Hill and Nancy Grisham with tremendous support from the planning committee, including Becky Benson of The Peoples Bank, Tommy Peters, Tommy Tapp, Emma Ainsworth, and Kevin Barefield.

Congratulations are in order for the award recipients who were announced at Awards Day on Friday. A special word of commendation goes to Dr. Stewart Bennett for being named the 2018 Faculty Member of the Year. Dr. Bennett is well-deserving of this very special recognition.

End-of-the-year events are winding down as we focus our attention now on the “big day.” Commencement is less than two weeks away. Seniors—stay focused and finish strong!

Tonight at 7:00 in Broach we will commission our summer missionaries and camp staffers. On Friday we will welcome to campus our Board of Trustees for their quarterly meeting. We will begin at 8:00 with a devotion and time of prayer led by Dr. David Hamilton in room 114 of Coward-Martin Hall. If your schedule allows, please come and participate in this special time of worship and intercession.

Please join me in welcoming to the BMC family Mrs. Brandi Bass to serve as Enrollment Services Assistant. Brandi is the wife of Tim Bass, pastor at Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut, and the mother of BMC student Britt Bass. Brandi begins work on April 30.


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 April 24, 2018 at 9:10 AM
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April 16, 2018
Greetings!
Much will happen in this the last week before dead week, and it can all be summed up in one word: CELEBRATION! At BMC we have much for which to praise our great God, and we will do so in some special ways this week.

Tonight our fine arts students will highlight the accomplishments of the year with a showcase of the year’s best performances at 7:00 in Garrett. Wednesday at 3:00 in the SUB we will celebrate all of our Mountain Breeze winners. Thursday we will observe Research Day at 3:00 in the SUB—a time to learn about and celebrate the scholarly achievements of our students and their faculty mentors. At 4:30 on Thursday we will hear from our students who have earned the distinction of being Leora Duce Leadership scholars. We are grateful that Dr. Duce will be present to congratulate these students personally. We’ll close out the evening on Thursday at 7:30 with the Chorale’s spring concert (a preview of their Carnegie Hall performance).

On Friday we officially begin the 2018 commencement season with the Awards Day service during the chapel period at 10:00. Student accomplishments will be heralded and the 2018 Faculty Member of the Year will be named. I encourage everyone to participate to the extent possible in each of these worthy celebrations. Even before the winners are announced I want to extend my congratulations to all. Thank you for your hard work, your dedication, and your commitment to excellence.

In addition to Awards Day, Friday brings with it one of BMC’s newer yet highly anticipated traditions: the annual Scholarship Gala. We are excited to welcome America’s “Minister of Encouragement” Dr. Dennis Swanberg to Blue Mountain College as our featured speaker. Having heard “the Swan” on several occasions, I can tell you that we are in for a treat. As the saying goes, we will be “rolling in the aisles” with laughter. The gala will conclude with a tribute to President Emerita Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward and to former Chairman of the Board Dr. Bobby P. Martin as the education building officially becomes “Coward-Martin Hall.”

A look around campus confirms that we are ready for guests. Please join me in expressing thanks to Kelly Rushing and the staff of NMR for making the Hill shine in preparation for our big events.

Congratulations are in order this week for Mr. Jody Hill, who will transition into the role of Vice President for Community Relations and Director of the Blue Mountain College Foundation.

Kudos also to Coach Barefield and our men’s Topper golfers for bringing home first place from the Martin Methodist Spring Invitational.

I spent much of last week away from campus attending a meeting in Tucson. Being away, however, did not prevent me from enjoying at least a portion of the delightful concert presented by the Blue Mountain College band, under the direction of Brandon Hardin. For those of you who were unable to attend, here’s an excerpt from Blue Sound’s outstanding performance.

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Celebrate!

I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us-- yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7



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 April 16, 2018 at 9:09 AM
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April 9, 2018
Good Morning,
Brrrrr—the calendar says it is April, but the temperature feels more like January! What happened to spring? We won’t let the return of winter distract us from the many opportunities that this week holds for us at BMC. Coach Curt Fowler will tell his story in chapel today. Drew Warford will present his senior recital at 7:00 tomorrow night in Garrett. Wednesday busloads of kindergarten students will liven up the campus for our annual Literacy on the Lawn program. Thursday evening our band will present its spring concert at 6:00 in the auditorium. Friday afternoon the Tennessee Shakespeare Company will perform at 2:30 in Garrett. Wednesday through Saturday you can enjoy a variety of home Topper baseball and softball options.

I will be traveling this week (Wednesday afternoon through Friday) to Tucson to attend a meeting of the NAICU Board of Directors.

Many thanks to the Greater Memphis Area Alumni group for hosting a wonderful scholarship luncheon and silent auction on Saturday.

Congratulations are in order for the BMC bass fishing team of Ty Cox and Alden Keel for winning the Mississippi Bass Nation Collegiate Qualifier over the weekend, earning for them a spot in the national championship in July. Way to go, Topper anglers!

Blessings to all for a productive 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 April 9, 2018 at 9:06 AM
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March 26, 2018
Good Morning!
Greetings to each of you on this Monday of Holy Week. Last night I was blessed to experience “Forgiven,” a passion play presented by First Baptist Church of New Albany. I look forward to this celebration each year and to the songs and hymns that speak of the greatest love story the world has ever known—the story of how God sent His only Son to die a criminal’s death and pay the ransom for my sins. Joining the ranks of the Easter hymns that rank among my favorites (“He Lives,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, “Because He Lives”) is a contemporary song with lyrics that always leave me breathless. May the truth of these words give you a renewed sense of wonder and gratitude for a love so great that it conquered sin, death, and the grave.

The Earth trembled and the tomb began to shake
and like lightening From Heaven, the stone was rolled away
And as dead man, the guards they all stood there in fright
As the power of love displayed its might
Then suddenly a melody filled the air
Riding wings of wind, it was everywhere
The words all creation had been longing to hear
The sweet sound of victory, so loud and clear

Arise, My love, arise, My love
The grave no longer has a hold on you
No more death's sting, no more suffering
Arise, arise...

Sin, where are your shackles?
Death, where is your sting?
Hell has been defeated
The grave could not hold the King

Arise, My love, arise, My love
The grave no longer has a hold on you
No more death's sting, no more suffering
Arise, arise, arise!

“Arise My Love,” Newsong



Offices will be closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday. By way of announcement, plans for the third annual BMC Scholarship Gala are well underway. At this year’s gala, we will also honor President Emerita Dr. Bettye R. Coward and former Board Chair Dr. Bobby P. Martin with the dedication of the education building as Coward-Martin Hall. Nancy Grisham is gathering a team of volunteers, from our faculty and staff, to assist with these April 20th festivities. I am thankful for each of you who will be helping to make this event a success. Please let Nancy know if you are willing to assist.


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 March 26, 2018 at 9:02 AM
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March 6, 2018
Good Morning,
I hope that your week is off to a great start. We are past the mid-term mark and rapidly approaching the much-anticipated spring break. I hope that everyone enjoys some well-deserved rest and relaxation next week.

I want to extend congratulations to Mrs. Christi Mitchell and the cast of John: His Story. What an outstanding production! Congrats are also in order for William Thompson for taking home first place in the National Orpheus Vocal Competition over the weekend. This is an amazing accomplishment. Thank you, Dr. and Mrs. Long, for supporting William on his path to victory. William will perform a recital this Thursday evening at 7:30 in Garrett.

Our fine arts folks are definitely on a roll; at the most recent NATS competition in Clinton, BMC brought home a host of awards, including Benjamin Mann (4th) and Doug Washington (3rd) in the freshmen men category; Isaiah Traylor (2nd) in the sophomore men; and William Thompson (2nd) and Drew Warford (1st place award) in the senior men category.

I understand that the Bank is the place to be these days. On behalf of all who are enjoying the free coffee and iced tea, I extend a big thank you to MMI Dining and to Chef Brett and his team for keeping the coffee and tea brewing. Over 15 gallons of coffee were consumed the first day!

Our JV softball girls will be in action at home Wednesday and Thursday, and varsity will be home during the break on Monday and Tuesday. You can support our tennis Toppers at their home courts in New Albany on Friday and Saturday, while the baseball team will be at home again Friday and Saturday taking on the Loyola Wolfpack. Our anglers and golfers will be on the road. Congratulations are in order for the men’s tennis team for knocking off Division III Hendrix College and for the women in their victory over College of the Ozarks.

Basketball season may be over for us, but we have much to celebrate at BMC. Our women’s program earned the SSAC Sportsmanship award; seven of our ladies and two of our men were named to the All-Academic Team. These are great accomplishments. We are proud of our Toppers!

We look forward to Friday when Dr. Meeks will deliver our chapel address. Also on Friday we will welcome to campus a large group of prospective students. Thank you for helping to roll out the red carpet for these students and their parents. A warm welcome and words of encouragement demonstrate to our visitors that BMC is indeed a special place.

Blessings to all for a productive week and an enjoyable break!


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 March 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM
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