[MI BPA 2015-2016] Tuesday Tipster #37

Dear Chapter Advisors:

Any item titled in an orange color is a message from the state executive council.
** Indicates new items for this week.

UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES
October 10, 2016:
Fall Leadership Conference (Lansing, MI)
October 11, 2016: Region 5 Advisors Videoconference (Marquette, MI)

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!
It has been a great year for Michigan BPA—one of the best ever! We almost hate to see it end.

** FINAL TUESDAY TIPSTER
As some seniors and some schools finished their school year last week, this message will be the final Tuesday Tipster for the 2015-2016 school year. Any additional information will be communicated on an as needed basis.

The first Tuesday Tipster for the 2016-2017 school year will be sent on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. If you have an e-mail address change over the summer, please keep us informed.

** HAPPY RETIREMENT
Michigan BPA would like to wish the following BPA advisors a happy retirement:

  • Barbara Allender, Capital Area Career Center
  • Deborah Custack, Byron High School
  • Mary Gritzmaker, Ithaca High School
  • Debbie Loesel, Clare High School
  • Patricia Topping, Flint Southwestern Academy

We are truly appreciative of the many years of service these advisors have given to BPA. All of them have served as a regional advisor at one time and they have had several students qualify for national competition. We will miss them and wish them all the best in the years ahead. On behalf of all your current and past students, we thank you!!!

** BPA ADVISOR CHANGES
If you are retiring or you know you will not be a BPA advisor for whatever reason next year, please let me know so we can remove you from our mailing lists. If you have a replacement advisor, it would be ideal for us to know that information now as well.

** GRADUATION HONOR CORDS
BPA graduation honor cords are available for purchase from National BPA. Visit http://costore.com/bpamall/welcome.aspto purchase these items.

** BPA STATE OFFICE STUDENT EMPLOYEE JOB OPENING
If you have a BPA member who is graduating this year and will begin their freshman year at Eastern Michigan University in the fall and you know they will be an excellent employee, please have them send a resume to maurice.henderson@emich.edu. We will be hiring an additional student employee in the fall in preparation of State Administrative Assistant Matt Leddy’s senior year this upcoming year. We are looking for someone with strong communication skills (verbal and written) and outstanding technology skills (Word, Excel, Access). It is preferable, but not required, that the student have Federal Work Study (financial aid).

** 2016 FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (S)
The dates for the Fall Leadership Conference and Region 5 Advisors Videoconference have been set. Dates are listed above under the “Upcoming Events & Deadlines” information.

** 2017 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES (S)
Regional advisors have started working on securing dates for the regional leadership conferences. It has been brought to my attention that most of the schools throughout the entire state will be on Christmas break until Monday, January 9, 2017. Therefore, we are going to try to work with our hosting sites to avoid dates that fall within the break. Stay tuned for more details.

** 2015-2016 MICHIGAN BPA STATE YEARBOOK
As announced in last week’s Tuesday Tipster, we are in the process of updating the State Yearbook. It should be completed this week. An announcement will be sent via e-mail in terms of how to purchase a copy.

**JOB POSITION VACANCIES
If your school has a business education teacher job opening/vacancy, please let me know. As we become aware of people who are looking for a job, we will circulate such information amongst those individuals as well as current BPA advisors as well.

** MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013 VS. OFFICE 2016
Davenport University-Grand Rapids will be changing to Office 2016 in September of this year. They are investigating the possibility of running Office 2013 and Office 2016 simultaneously, but this has not been tested quite yet. Therefore, it is uncertain if Office 2013 will be available during the 2017 state conference.

National BPA will continue using Office 2013 next school year since a decision was not made last summer to change to Office 2016 this year. National BPA likes to provide one year advance notice for software changes. Office 2013 will be used at the 2017 national conference.

** WSAP EVENT AND DETAILED NATIONAL CONFERENCE RECOMMENDATIONS
If you have recommended changes to the competitive events program OR specific BPA National Leadership Conference recommendations, please submit those recommendations online by June 15 at http://registermychapter.com/bpamem/recommendations.aspx. Use this online form to recommend changes to competitions, indicate typographical errors/inconsistencies in the WSAP Guidelines, and provide SPECIFIC recommended changes to the national leadership conference. All recommendations submitted online are reviewed by the state advisors, classroom educators advisory council, board of trustees, and staff. Michigan’s voice needs to be heard in terms of improving the competitive events and services provided by National BPA. Recommended changes must be submitted online by June 15, 2016.

BPA LOCAL CHAPTER OFFICER ELECTIONS
Now is the best time to hold your chapter officer elections. This will allow the officers time to meet with one another during the summer months. In addition, this will help speed up the process of completing your fall conference registration, which is always due immediately upon returning to school in September. Get a jump start by electing your 2016-2017 chapter officers soon.

FAREWELL TO 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
(From 2015-2016 Michigan BPA State Executive Council)

Read a farewell message from the 2015-2016 State Executive Council by visiting www.michiganbpa.org/farewell-to-2015-2016-year.

MEET THE 2016-2017 STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
(From the 2016-2017 Michigan BPA State Executive Council)

The 2016-2017 State Executive Council met this past weekend for their state officer training. They have established the theme for next school year, which is Exemplify IT!

Learn more about the new state officers by visiting www.michiganbpa.org/meet-your-sec.

NLC PHOTO GALLERY
Thank you to all the chapters who submitted pictures from the NLC. For the first time ever, we have more than 400 pictures from the national leadership conference. This is fantastic. A photo gallery for the conference was posted on our website last week.