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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
February 22, 2016
Good Morning!

I bring you greetings at the beginning of what will surely be a very busy week at BMC. The week begins with our regularly scheduled faculty and staff meeting at 3:30 this afternoon and concludes with our semi-annual meeting of the full Board of Trustees on Friday. We welcome Bro. Tommy Vinson to campus today as our chapel speaker and look forward to hearing from graduate Bre Anna Heard on Friday.

Today through Wednesday future Topper cheerleaders will hone their skills at the mini cheer camp taking place in the auditorium at 3:45.

The Topper softball team (4-4) will be in action at home on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Crowley’s Ridge before hitting the road later in the week to take on Williams Baptist. The baseball Toppers will take on Calumet College in Ripley on Friday and Saturday. The guys are off to a great start with an 8-4 record. The basketball Toppers will make their last home stand of the season Thursday and Saturday. Plan to be here, especially on Saturday, to honor our seniors.

Start clearing your calendar now for BMC’s spring production of The Taffetas on March 1,3,4, and 5.

I enjoyed being with the Chorale at First Baptist in Baldwyn last evening and look forward to joining Dr. Meeks next Sunday night in Walnut for the January Bible Study attended by Falkner, Tiplersville, Providence, and Walnut Baptist.

Join me today in praying for our trustees as they prepare to gather on campus on Friday. We are thankful for their service to Blue Mountain College.


Dr. 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 February 22, 2016 at 8:14 AM
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February 15, 2016
Good Morning!
Happy President’s Day and belated Valentine wishes to each of you! I hope that you had ample opportunities to express your love for all the special folks in your life and that you took the opportunity to reflect upon the magnitude of God’s love for you.

Today is Preview Day; we are delighted to welcome a large group of prospective students to BMC. Please join me in greeting these students and their families and in encouraging them to become a part of the Topper family.

Our chapel speaker today is Matt Brown. On Friday our BSU Fine Arts team will lead us in worship.

All in-season sports teams are on the road this week; keep all of our Topper teams in your prayers as they travel.

On Friday members of the Executive Committee of our Board of Trustees will be on campus to prepare for the full Board meeting on February 26. Please greet Chair Linda Gholston, Mary Childs, Randy Bostick, and Tommy Tapp and thank them for their service to BMC.

Emma Ainsworth, Jody Hill, and I will be traveling to Jackson on Thursday to meet with several of our state legislators. I will also have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the WHEMN in leadership conference Thursday afternoon.

One of our students, Sierra Lesure, was hospitalized this weekend with a blood clot. Please keep Sierra in your prayers. I encourage you as well to pray for the Ole Miss community as they are mourning the loss of volleyball player Ty Laporte, who was killed in a car accident over the weekend.

I close by sharing the bittersweet news that two of our beloved faculty members have announced their retirements at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. Mr. Bill Dowdy, associate professor of art, began his career at BMC in 1976. Mr. Jim Andre, associate professor of speech and theatre, began his service at BMC in 1980, served until 1988, and then returned in 1999. We will pay tribute to these two outstanding members of the Department of Fine Arts and Speech during our end-of-year festivities.

Tebow tickets are still available. Check the website for more information.

Have a blessed week!

Dr. Mc

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 February 15, 2016 at 8:13 AM
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February 1, 2016
Good Morning,

Are you ready for some . . . BASEBALL? While it certainly is warm enough today for a trip to the ballpark, it is still hard to believe that it is time to play Topper baseball—but it is definitely time. The season cranks up Friday at New Albany at 2:00 against Judson with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00. Let’s help our guys start the season strong by showing our support. Of course, there’s still plenty of basketball action to enjoy. Both teams are at home Thursday evening to take on Martin Methodist and again on Saturday to take on Bethel. Congratulations to the Lady Toppers for a great win over William Carey on Saturday!

Steve Robbins and I will be traveling Wednesday and Thursday to Michigan to study some programs offered at a sister institution. Keep us in your prayers as we head north.

We are delighted to have Dr. Cindy Townsend as our chapel speaker today. Dr. Townsend is the executive director of our state WMU.

Blessings to all for a great week on the Hill!


Dr. 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 February 1, 2016 at 9:19 AM
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January 19, 2016
Greetings to all on a very cold Tuesday morning!

This message is coming to you on a Tuesday because yesterday was a very full day at BMC! I am grateful to our Service Committee for planning such a productive day filled with opportunities to minister both on campus and throughout our community. Brett Fowler, Jason Wells, Dot Locke, Phillip Laney, and Beth Rinehart did a great job identifying options for service on our annual “day on” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Many thanks to all who braved the cold to join in on one of the projects.

If you weren’t at Tyler Gymnasium yesterday afternoon for our games against Brenau and Dalton State, all I can say is you missed out in a big way. Our ladies claimed another conference win, and our men defeated defending NAIA champion Dalton State by a score of 88-75. The atmosphere in Tyler was electrifying as fans used their “Topper Boppers” (thanks, SBA) to express their support for our BMC athletes. Both teams are on the road to face Loyola and then the University of Mobile later this week.

Tonight at 7:00 James Lewis and Marc Lewis will lead during Prime Time at the BSU. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss either.

I’m looking forward to our TACT Leadership Seminars this week at 4:30 tomorrow and then again at noon and 3:00 on Thursday. See Kayce Bragg if you haven’t signed up.

I’ll be on the road Friday attending the meeting of our MBC Education Commission at Mississippi College.

Stay warm!

Dr. Mc


Dr. 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 January 19, 2016 at 9:18 AM
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January 11, 2016
Good Morning,
How pleased I am to welcome our students back to campus for the Spring 2016 semester! It is going to be a great spring at BMC. In addition to engaging in active learning under the tutelage of our stellar faculty, this semester will afford you the opportunity to hone your leadership skills as we launch our first series of TACT Leadership Seminars. In chapel on Wednesday, I’ll share more information about how you can participate. I strongly encourage you to commit to being a part of this special initiative.

Monday, January 18, is MLK Day—a time traditionally observed at BMC as a “day on not a day off.” Brett Fowler will be sharing with us in chapel this Wednesday some of the service projects that are planned for that day. I hope that each of you will plan to give back to our community through service in some way on this special day. I will share more about the significance of the day in chapel on Friday.

A major event on our campus this spring will be our first Ministers and Wives Dinner on Thursday, April 7. Drs. Chuck and Rhonda Kelley will provide words of encouragement for our special guests—the ministers and their wives who so faithfully serve our area congregations.

Of course a highlight of Spring 2016 is BMC’s first scholarship gala on April 12 with Tim Tebow as a special guest and speaker. Student tickets are available in the Business Office. Join me in committing now to pray for Tim as he prepares to address our community in April.

I’m pleased today to announce that Mr. Jody Hill is transitioning from his role as development consultant to a new role as Director of Development at Blue Mountain College. Please join me in congratulating Jody and in welcoming him to our campus.

Tonight’s the night to cheer on your choice for the national college football championship. Students can enjoy the pre-game hype and the game itself at the welcome back party in the SUB at 6:00.

The Topper basketball teams take on Middle Georgia at 2:00 and 4:00 on Saturday. If you haven’t been to a Topper game this season, I encourage you to turn out for Saturday’s games and show your support for our athletes and coaches. Let’s pack Tyler Gymnasium and cheer our teams to two victories!

Also, let me encourage you to visit HeBrews this week and let Mr. David know how much we appreciate having such a great place to hang out and enjoy our favorite form of coffee--I’m all about the sugar-free caramel latte with skinny milk and no whip (as Mr. David describes it)!

As you read this, I am en route to Jackson for the winter MAICU meeting. I will look forward to welcoming everyone back in person on Tuesday.

Dr. Mc

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 January 11, 2016 at 10:23 AM
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January 4, 2016
Happy New Year!

I trust that everyone has enjoyed the time away. This is the day of the new year when our resolutions become official—or at least that is how I approach them. (It’s tough starting a diet or exercise program when you are technically still “on holiday”!) As we begin 2016 I would like to share with you a challenge that a friend shared with me several years ago. As I re-read this challenge just this morning, I resolved afresh to pursue these attitudes and actions in 2016:

1. Let’s be more amazed that we are forgiven than that we are right.
2. Let’s focus on the magnificent things we hold in common.
3. Let’s look for, and assume, the best motive in others’ viewpoints, especially when we disagree.
4. Let’s avoid gossiping altogether.
5. Let’s identify evidences of grace in each other and speak them to each other and about each other.
6. Let’s speak criticism directly to each other if we feel the need to speak at all.

A source of encouragement to me each day is the email devotional that I receive from Bible Gateway with excerpts from the writings of A.W. Tozer. It’s called “Tozer on Christian Leadership.” If you are looking for a new devotional to start off the new year, I recommend that you subscribe to this one.

We will start the new year off with some great basketball action tonight in Tyler Gymnasium. Both teams take on Brewton Parker. The women play at 5:30 followed by the men at 7:30. Come out and cheer on our Toppers! Both teams will be on the road Thursday and Saturday.

This year our Board of Trustees is taking the lead in making prayer a priority at BMC. The first quarterly prayer meeting will be this Friday at 11:00 in the sanctuary of Lowrey Memorial. Bro. Randy Bostick will lead our prayer time as we focus on thanking God for His blessings upon our College and on lifting up our petitions for BMC. You are welcome to attend if your schedule permits.


Dr. 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 January 4, 2016 at 3:29 PM
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November 30, 2015
Welcome back!

It is the last Monday of class as next Monday will mark the first day of final exams. For students, this is a season of heightened anticipation, a time of anxiously awaiting both the tests and the results. As the calendar turns to December, the anticipation that accompanies Christmas affects us all. During this “most wonderful time of the year,” there are family traditions and holiday experiences that we each eagerly await. Perhaps some of you are like me and think Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if for some reason you miss seeing your favorite holiday movie (White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kay), listening for your favorite holiday song (“Angels among Us” and “White Christmas”), singing along to your favorite carol (“Silent Night”), wearing your ugly Christmas sweater (I’ll definitely be wearing mine), and joining your family in your own special traditions (we “camp out” under the Christmas tree on the eve of Christmas eve).

However, while these traditions are certainly to be enjoyed, they are not the things to be most greatly anticipated. During this first week of Advent, let us ponder anew the prophecy found in Micah 5:2: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Even in the midst of these busy and demanding days, may we not lose sight of the fulfillment of our greatest need: the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ.

Today Dr. Ronnie Barefield will lead us in worship during the chapel hour. On Thursday we will devote our attention to celebrating the coming of the Messiah during our annual Lessons and Carols program at 6:00 at Lowrey Memorial. For many, this special and beautiful service marks the beginning of the Christmas season. This event is open to the public; we hope you will join us in this celebration.

Prior to the Lessons and Carols service on Thursday evening, faculty, staff, and students are invited to Armstrong for the annual Christmas open house from 4:00 until 5:30.

Tonight our men will take on Freed-Hardeman at 7:00 in Tyler Gymnasium; they will face Morthland at 7:30 on Thursday. The women are on the road this week. Plan to come out tonight and Thursday to show our guys your support!

On Saturday Dr. Sharon Enzor’s mother went home to be with the Lord. Please keep Dr. Enzor and her family in your prayers.

I will be traveling this Saturday to Dallas and then on to Houston for the annual SACSCOC meeting. I will be returning Tuesday evening.

Blessings to all for a productive and focused final week of class!

Dr. Mc



Posted by Monday Messages on November 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM
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