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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
October 11, 2016
Dear BMC Community,

Mid-term grades have been reported, and we find ourselves now on the down-hill side of the Fall 2016 semester. The time has come to observe Fall break, which we will certainly enjoy this Thursday and Friday. Offices will be closed as faculty, staff, and students take a few days to recover from the busy beginning of the academic year and to prepare for the hectic pace of finishing the semester.

On Tuesday evening we will have the privilege of hearing Dr. L. Darwin Brooks, Assistant Professor of Music, deliver this year’s Humanities Lecture on “The Growth of Music Education in America from Billings to Mason.” The public is invited to attend and stay for the reception in honor of Dr. Brooks immediately following the lecture. The lecture begins at 7:00 in Garrett auditorium; the reception will be held in the Anderson Room at Guyton Library. Congratulations to Dr. Brooks for being this year’s Humanities Teacher of the Year at BMC.

Please remember to join us Wednesday morning at 7:30 in the MLB auditorium for our campus-wide time of prayer for our College and for our country. We will be led by our MA’s.

I had the pleasure this morning in chapel of introducing our new Athletic Director, Will Kollmeyer. As Coach Driskell focuses his full attention on coaching our women’s basketball team, Will takes the reigns to oversee our intercollegiate athletic program. Having served more than twenty years as a sports director/anchor/reporter for first WTVA then WCBI, Will brings to Blue Mountain College a wealth of experience covering and promoting college sports. He worked for ten years as Director of Public Relations and Sports Information at ICC and continues to provide play-by-play for Ole Miss on the SEC Network. We are excited to welcome Will to this new role and expect our programs to continue to flourish under his leadership. For the time being, Will’s office is in the former admissions area in the space previously occupied by Chelsey Griffin. Chelsey now resides in the same suite in the office next to Brett Fowler.

Congratulations to our XC teams for finishing third (women) and fifth (men) this past weekend at the Watson Ford Invitational. Our runners head to the Choctaw Invitational on Saturday.

Keep me in your prayers today as I will be traveling to the Mississippi Association of Colleges annual meeting in Natchez.

Have a safe and restful fall break!

Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
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 11, 2016 at 9:39 AM
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October 5, 2016
Good Afternoon,

With a particularly hectic week underway, I’m bringing you this Monday Message a little behind schedule. I hope that all is well with each of you at this mid-week point. My week has already afforded me two very pleasant opportunities. Yesterday I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and greeting a host of great golfers at the first annual Jim Futral Golf Tournament sponsored by Blue Mountain College at the legendary Old Waverly course in West Point. More than 125 golf enthusiasts enjoyed a stunningly beautiful day on the links. Those landing a place atop the leader board took home some nifty BMC gift items; everyone left having made some great memories and looking forward to next year’s event. Many thanks to Jody Hill, Nancy Grisham, Nancy Byrd, Kevin Barefield, Tommy Vinson, Randy Bostick, and Rex Yancey for planning a stellar inaugural event in honor of our very own Jim Futral.

My evening concluded yesterday with opening night of the BMC Fine Arts Department production of Little Women. I always enjoy our productions, but I must say that the performance last night was extraordinary! I encourage you to make plans to attend on Thursday, or Friday evening at 7:30 in Garrett Auditorium. Little Women was one of my favorite “reads” as a teen; the musical stage version does not disappoint. Thank you, Dr. Kantack, cast, and crew, for staging this classic with such excellence.

Congratulations go to our women’s Cross Country team for another noteworthy performance over the weekend, finishing second overall in the UAH meet in Huntsville. BMC’s Elle Hamilton finished fifth in a field of 123 and has been named the SSAC runner of the week. Great job, Toppers!

Our golfers and JV baseball players are both in action tomorrow; the XC team heads to Clinton on Friday.

We will close out this week with a very important day on Friday as our full Board of Trustees will convene for their fall meeting. Prior to the meeting, at 8:00 on Friday morning, Dr. Thad Moore will lead our trustees in their quarterly prayer session in room 117 of the Education Building. Faculty, staff, students, and friends are invited to participate in the prayer session, which will conclude by 8:45.

This morning several members of Koinonia led our weekly prayer session in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. Mark your calendars now to be a part of this special campus-wide call to prayer next Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in the auditorium.

Thankful to be a part of this special place,

Posted by Monday Messages on October 5, 2016 at 8:14 AM
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September 27, 2016
Greetings,

The autumnal equinox has occurred and we can now officially say, “Happy Fall, Ya’ll!” The first full week of fall is packed with activities, so have your calendar handy so you won’t miss an opportunity.

Tomorrow morning at 7:30 we will gather at the flag pole on the green to pray together as part of the annual See You at the Pole observance. For each of the following five Wednesdays (October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2) we will observe a campus-wide time of prayer in the auditorium at 7:30 a.m. focusing specifically on prayers for the upcoming election, for our GROW BMC initiative, and for revival here on our campus and on the campuses of our sister institutions.

Our golf team is currently in second place at the “Battle on the Bayou” tournament in Louisiana. They will complete play today. On Thursday the JV baseball team will be in action against Bethel in New Albany; our cross country runners will seek to continue their winning ways in Huntsville this weekend.

On Thursday evening the junior class will sponsor a BMC beauty pageant at 7:30 in the auditorium.

Today we will welcome to campus the members of our Board’s Advancement Committee; on Friday the members of the Executive Committee will be on campus to plan for next week’s full Board meeting. We are grateful for the leadership and dedication of each of our trustees. Please join me in making them feel welcome.

Please join me as well in extending a word of welcome to Lynn Harrison. Lynn is joining us in a part-time capacity as the coordinator of the Leora Duce Leadership Diploma program. She will be on campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Her office is located in the alumni suite.

Enjoy this beautiful fall day and the days ahead!

Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
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 September 27, 2016 at 10:48 AM
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September 19, 2016
Good Afternoon!
Congratulations to our cross country teams for their achievements over the weekend. Our women’s team finished first in the Dalton State meet with the men taking home third place. Great work, Toppers! Our bowlers saw their first action in a tournament sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University. Our golfers finished second in the Transouth Tournament in Muscle Shoals. The JV baseball team will be on the diamond at BNA Park this Thursday at noon.

Tomorrow our faculty and staff will once again take on the students in our annual softball classic; the intramural field at 4:30 is the place to be. It’s a great time to cheer on your favorite team and check out the new fitness trail, made possible by the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi. The lights on the trail should be completed this week, making it possible for walkers and runners to enjoy the trek in the cool of the evening.

Worship leader Jessica Crawford will be on campus Friday for a mini concert at 10:00. Learn more about Jessica through any of these links:

https://www.facebook.com/jessicacrawfordmusic (Facebook)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YynHwA17M-M (Personal Testimony)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unoPz25ui_k (Interview)

Have a blessed week!


Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
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 September 19, 2016 at 10:49 AM
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September 15, 2016
Good Afternoon,
We are past the half-way point of another week; I hope that the half we have just finished has been productive for all.  We were blessed on Monday by the company of so many of our Northeast Mississippi pastors.  Last evening afforded the opportunity to greet another special guest as former University of Southern Mississippi punter Luke Johnson encouraged our athletes to focus their efforts on glorifying God.
 
I had the privilege last night of addressing the New Albany Pilot Club in conjunction with members of area Anchor Clubs.  I appreciate all who attended, including a number of BMC alums.
 
Allow me to encourage everyone to come out Friday afternoon from 2:00 until 6:00 or Saturday morning from 10:00 until 2:00 for an “elegantly different” fundraising  fashion show in Garrett auditorium.  Clothing from the CABI line will be available for order, and you will get to see the beautiful attire that the ladies in the BMC Chorale will wear in concert this fall.
 
Students, just a reminder—Friday is the deadline to apply for membership in the Blue Crew.  Liz, John, Adam, and Lynn need you on the Crew!
 
I conclude today with some very exciting news.  Yesterday the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of colleges and universities were released.  Last year BMC was ranked 22nd in the South in the top tier of the regional college category; this year we are ranked 7th!  In the “Best Value” category BMC is ranked #2 in the regional college category (South).  Congratulations to our outstanding faculty, staff, and students for this impressive showing.
 
But wait—there’s more!  I am pleased to confirm that the GROW BMC fall goal of 565 students has been met and surpassed for a record high enrollment.  Thanks be to God for this tremendous blessing!  Of this number, 26 are graduate students and 320 are residential.  Soli Deo Gloria!
 
 
Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
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 September 15, 2016 at 4:17 PM
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August 29, 2016
Good Afternoon,

With the first full week of class now behind us, we are now settling in to the rhythm of the fall semester. Students are now trekking across campus much more confidently, having determined the shortest route to their respective classes. The best ENO locations have been identified and claimed, and the optimum time to arrive for dinner and avoid the line has been duly noted. It is good to be back in swing of things at BMC.

Tomorrow night affords us the wonderful opportunity to hear one of the America’s finest organists, Walter Strony, bring our new Protégé 40th Anniversary model organ to life in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. The program begins at 7:00 and is open to the public. Students, make plans to hear this gifted musician before heading over to Game Night in the SUB at 8:00.

This week also affords students, faculty, and staff alike the chance to go for the gold in the BMC Olympics. For more information on how to participate, contact Rebecca Parker at extension 108.

Don’t miss out on hearing Jason Cook tonight at 7:00 at Broach as Prime Time gets underway.

Best wishes for a strong start to the Topper Cross Country team as they head to MC on Friday for the season opener. #toppertenacity

We have another busy week ahead of us, but a three-day weekend awaits! Enjoy your Labor Day!


Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
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 August 29, 2016 at 10:51 AM
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August 22, 2016
Greetings on Monday of the first full week of class!

As I have noted before, my family and I really enjoy watching the Olympics and cheering our favorite athletes on to victory. In his daily Breakpoint devotional Eric Metaxas writes today about the many Olympic athletes who are people of faith, including swimmers Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel, diver David Boudia, and four-time gold medal winner Simone Biles. (Faculty members may recall that Dr. Enzor shared Michael Phelps’ story at our meeting last week.) Noting that we rarely see the testimonies of these Christians in the televised reports, Metaxas shares the story of the rugby team from Fiji. After dominating Great Britain by a score of 43-7, the Fiji team won the country’s first gold medal. Describing their response after this amazing victory, Metaxas writes:

Then the winning players huddled and sang, both in English and Fijian: “We have overcome / We have overcome / By the blood of the Lamb / And the Word of the Lord / We have overcome.” Then they received their medals humbly—on their knees!

What a testimony and what an inspiration for us! May we likewise humble ourselves and give God the glory for the great things He has done!

We were blessed and encouraged today by Dr. Meeks’ chapel message on “Growing Together with BMC.” I look forward to the many opportunities we will have this year to grow together in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.

Just a reminder—if you did not have an opportunity to affix your signature to the Honor Code banner, you may still do so. It will be on display prior to Chapel in the Lowrey foyer.

Please join me in welcoming some special guests to campus on Wednesday. The members of our Executive Committee and the Finance and Administration Committee will be here to begin analysis of our campus master plan.

Have a great week!

Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
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 August 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM
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