Last year, the chapel theme for 2016 was “Growing Together with BMC.” The focus was not only on growing spiritually, but also literally. Many programs were instituted to help expand the college and bring in new students.
This year, we see the fruit of that labor; the influx of students was so great that it warranted new housing on campus. With the new students, however, also come new faculty members to instruct and guide them.
Along with various new coaches and staff, four new teachers have been employed by the college in various subjects; Dr. Mims, Professor Mitchell, Professor Meeks, and Professor Hisaw. In order to let you get to know them better, we will be releasing a profile on each of the new professors over the course of the next few issues, beginning with Professor Mitchell.
Fine Arts Welcomes Mrs. Mitchell
Mrs. Mitchell was born in Powell, Wyoming, but says she “married a Mississippi fella.” She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Montana and went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Wainstate University.
Mrs. Mitchell is now Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre. When asked what brought her to BMC, Mrs. Mitchell stated emphatically, “The Lord.” She explains that she found out about the position online and decided to apply, although she had originally planned to spend more time at home after the birth of her daughter, who is now two and a half years old. “I prayed about it, and I thought, well, I've applied for other jobs, and you know, we'll see what happens. It's really been an exciting whirlwind since applying for the job.”
Mrs. Mitchell says that one thing she really strives to do in her classroom is to make sure students know she cares. “I think about the teachers I always graduated towards, at whatever age I was, and they were always really personable, you always felt like you were valued by them. They cared about you, and not just giving you a grade. So I try to keep that in mind with my classes… I want them to know that they’re valued, and I want them to do well.”
Her favorite thing about Blue Mountain College is the hills, which she thinks give the campus a “family mountaintop atmosphere.” Her least favorite thing is… the hills. “Some days it’s a challenge,” she laughs.
The Beacon staff is excited to welcome these new additions to the BMC family, and we hope you are too.