May 08, 2020
Greetings, BMC Family
Relief, rejoicing, and recovering—these reactions are not uncommon on the last day of finals, perhaps never more so than on this the last day of the “pandemic semester.” On this much anticipated day, I invite you to reflect with me not just on the fact that this unprecedented semester is behind us but also on just a few of the good things that we have to celebrate.
1. Tomorrow we will confer degrees upon 165 new BMC graduates—and then we will look forward to celebrating with them in person on August 15. Graduates, you will always be known as the class that prevailed. I am so proud of you!
2. Despite the transfer from face-to-face to online instruction, BMC scholars persisted in their research and produced these very compelling projects. Congrats to each student whose work is featured in the research gallery on the BMC website.
3. The emotions of the semester are captured in the attached photos taken by students in art appreciation. Thank you, students, for capturing and sharing these perspectives.
4. We are happy to welcome to BMC Dr. Floyd Wiseman, who will join the faculty Term I of summer as Associate Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Wiseman holds the Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry from Louisiana State University and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in an American Chemical Society accredited department at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was an active-duty officer in the United States Air Force, retiring in the grade of major. While in the Air Force, he taught Chemistry at the United States Military Academy and the United States Air Force Academy. After retiring from the Air Force, he served as Senior scientist at ENSCO, Inc. He has served as a chemistry lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Martin and at Coastal Carolina University. Most recently he has taught at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Dr. Wiseman holds numerous certifications and numerous publications. His most recent publication is in the 54th Volume of Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry. The chapter is entitled, New Developments in the Thermodynamic Treatment of Solution-Phase Rate Processes, and discusses the research his team has been conducting in the last several years. The expected date of publication is November 2020.
Dr. Wiseman is a dedicated Christian as well as a scientist. In his statement of faith Dr. Wiseman wrote, “Since I am both a Christian and a scientist, I view the world of science a little differently than some might expect. In particular, I believe science in no way contradicts the idea of a higher power. Oddly, this is borne from my understanding of science as much as my understanding of scripture.”
5. I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Curry will join her husband, Will Curry, on the BMC faculty in the fall semester 2020 as Associate Director of Bands. Mrs. Curry is a native of Booneville and holds the Bachelor of Music Education from Delta State University and the Master of Music Education from the University of Mississippi. She is currently a graduate student studying Music Education in the Doctorate of Philosophy program at the University of Mississippi and will work in a part-time capacity at Blue Mountain College until the completion of the Ph.D. Her experience includes Director of Bands, South Pontotoc High School and Assistant Band Director and Director of Middle School Choral Activities for New Albany Public School District.
Jennifer is an accomplished musician and currently teaches private woodwind and color guard lessons. She is also gifted in music theory. She is a frequent adjudicator for Northeast Mississippi Band Director’s Association, a member of numerous professional organizations, and is active in her church as an orchestra member and choir leader. Her addition to our band program will enhance the work of her husband, Will Curry, who will assume the role as Director of Bands, July 1, 2020.
Blessings to all for a restful and safe weekend!
Barbara C. McMillin