[MI BPA 2016-2017] Tuesday Tipster #14

Dear Chapter Advisors:

NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. Items titled in a maroon color is a message from the state executive council. ** Indicates new items for this week.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
December 1, 2016:
Final Dues Deadline (S)
December 2, 2016: Pre-submitted Events Deadline (S)
December 6, 2016: BPA Pistons Event
December 9, 2016: Corrected Diplomat Torch Awards Deadline
December 9, 2016: Membership Dues Payment Deadline (S)
December 14, 2016:  BPA Prepare for Success Session Day (Davenport University, Grand Rapids)
December 14, 2016:  Region 7 RLC (Baker College, Flint)

December 16, 2016:BPA Prepare for Success Session Day (Davenport University, Livonia)

** MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENT DEADLINE (S)
All payment for state and national dues must be RECEIVED on or before December 9, 2016. Please make sure payment for your dues have been received by this date. Plan accordingly!

** BPA STATE OFFICER CANDIDATES (S)
Do you have a student with excellent leadership skills? Do you believe that they could provide outstanding contributions to Michigan BPA? Why not recommend that they run for state office. Serving as a state officer is a rewarding experience and provides real-world training in many different areas. The Michigan BPA State Executive Council candidate application is available on the documents page of our website. The deadline to apply is January 11, 2017. This is the best time to start completing the application. Don’t wait until January to start.

WORKPLACE SKILLS ASSESSMENT PROGRAM PLACEMENT QUIZ
By Emily Reeves, Executive Vice-President

One of the newest resources that the State Executive Council is providing for its members, chapters, and advisors to utilize this year is the Workplace Skills Assessment Program Placement Quiz. This is a brief, one-page quiz that gives students an idea of which of the five WSAP categories they might like and do well in. This quiz is available on the documents page of our website, and some of the state officers may utilize this tool in their chapter visits. If you have any questions regarding the WSAP Placement Quiz please email execvp@michiganbpa.org.

POSTSECONDARY COMPETITION REGISTRATION (PS)
Postsecondary chapters will be able to start registering their students for competition in January. However, chapters may want to start having students identify the events in which they plan to compete. When the registration for Postsecondary opens, chapters will be able to quickly enter their information.

RLC PRE-SUBMITTED EVENTS DEADLINE (S)
Friday, December 2, 2016 is the deadline date for all pre-submitted event materials for the regional competitions. Please make sure you have submitted your contestants’ materials on or before this deadline. Materials will NOT be accepted after this date (11:59 p.m. on December 2). Follow any supplemental mailing instructions provided by your regional advisor as well.

UPLOADING FILES VIA BPA SCHEDULER (S)
Please use the following naming conventions for your files that will be uploaded: the initials of the contest name followed by the 10-digit contestant number, with the underscore as the separator. An example of an Economic Research Individual paper submitted like this would be ERI_04_0024_1234. For team events, list the six-digit chapter number after the event name abbreviation. An example for Global Marketing Team would be GMT_04_0024. Only one file per contestant or team, per event should be submitted.

Remember, to upload files on the BPA Scheduler, just go to www.bpascheduler.com and sign on as you did to register your students. For complete instructions, visit www.michiganbpa.org/documents and download the document entitled “File Uploading Instructions for Pre-submitted Events.”

REMEMBER, ALL FILES MUST BE CONVERTED TO PDF BEFORE BEING UPLOADED!

FUNDAMENTAL DESKTOP PUBLISHING REGIONAL TESTS 2017 (S)
A separate, special e-mail message that provided instructions to access the Fundamental Desktop Publishing Regional 2017 was sent to the chapter advisors in the secondary division earlier last Tuesday. That message includes the website address, username, and password to access the test. Please check your e-mail for the message.

WINDOWS 10: SLC AT DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY
We have confirmed that Davenport University-Grand Rapids has upgraded to Windows 10. Therefore, for the state competitions and Region 1 regional competitions, students will be using computers with Windows 10 for any events held in a Davenport University computer classroom.