Advisors

Information that is important and applies primarily to chapter advisors will be posted here. Chapter advisors should plan to check this page on a regular basis throughout the school year. In addition, current and past "Tuesday Tipster" e-mail updates will be posted here.

NOTE: During the months of January through March, the Secondary and Postsecondary Divisions will have separate Tuesday Tipsters. Please pay attention to the designator (S) or (PS) in the title of the Tuesday Tipster in order to make sure you are reading the correction edition.

Tuesday Tipster 2014-2015

  • [2014-2015] Tuesday Tipster #6

    September 30, 2014

    Dear Chapter Advisors:

    NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. ** Indicates new items for this week.

    UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
    October 3, 2014: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via mail or online
    October 3, 2014: Software Engineering Team (virtual event) registration closes
    October 13, 2014: Fall Leadership Conference (Secondary)
    October 14, 2014: Region 5 Advisor Fall Videoconference (Secondary)

    ** FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS STILL OPEN (S)
    If you are interested in bringing extra students to the fall leadership conference, you may register those students up until Friday, October 3, 2014. Simply go online to www.michiganbpa.org/flc-registration and submit another registration. When you register additional students, please put in the “Comments” field of the registration form that this registration is for additional students so we will know that it is not a duplicate registration submission in error.

    ** FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE PAYMENT DUE ON FRIDAY (S)
    Payment for fall conference registration must be received on or before Friday, October 3, 2014. You may pay via check (via U.S. mail) or via credit card online at www.michiganbpa.org/credit.

    ** HOW MANY STUDENTS CAN ENTER EACH COMPETITION? (S)
    Do you need to know how many students your school can register for each competition? If so, download the Michigan Guidelines Supplement from www.michiganbpa.org/documents and refer to the chart on pages 2-4.

    ** MSAP PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE YOUTH DAY
    Michigan BPA, in partnership with the Michigan State Association Parliamentarians, is holding the annual parliamentary procedure youth day event. The event will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Eastern Michigan University. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and the cost is very reasonable. BPA chapter advisors do NOT need to attend with their students. Please visit the documents page of our website to download the MSAP Parliamentary Youth Day Event Flyer. Registration is due on October 29, 2014.

    ** NATIONAL BPA COMPETITIVE EVENTS UPDATE
    From Vickie Thomas, Director of Education

    Virtual Event registration is now open. Please refer to the WSAP Guidelines for specific information.

    Mobile Applications (page 55 of the WSAP Guidelines): Because this is an individual competition, the wording in second bullet under Event registration has been edited to read as follows: “The event can be added to your invoice using step 4, “Virtual Event Registration.” Enter the name of each student into the “notes” field.”

    During their September conference call, the Board of Trustees, agreed to add “gold” to our graphic standards colors since we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary during NLC in Boston. The hexadecimal color code is #ac892d. Gradient application of this color to resemble reflecting light is allowed. In the WSAP events, this will affect Graphic Design Promotion and Digital Media Production.

    As a reminder, registration for Software Engineering Team closes on Friday, October 3. You must register through both the BPA membership system (the invoice must be submitted) and the event website (www.bpatechnical.org).

    MICHIGAN GUIDELINES SUPPLEMENT (S)
    The 2014-2015 Michigan Guidelines Supplement for Secondary chapters is available for download from www.michiganbpa.org/documents.This document includes supplemental information about the competitions, dress code, delegate code of conduct, and special Michigan contests. Every Secondary BPA chapter advisor must download this document.

    2014-2015 MEMBERSHIP CARDS
    You may now start signing up your students and advisors as dues-paid members for the 2014-2015 school year. Membership cards will now be available electronically instead of in paper form starting this year.

    In an effort to provide immediate access to membership cards, National BPA is now providing membership cards via download under the chapter log-in. They will be available once the membership invoice is paid and recorded in our system. We will continue to ship membership pins to chapters and provide a notification with the pins on instructions to download the cards. The instructions will also be found online with your invoice when printed and in other marketing avenues.

    MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT WEEK
    What is your chapter planning for membership recruitment week? We hope you’re going to do something exciting. Membership recruitment week is October 20-24, 2014. Please reach out to the students throughout your school to recruit new members. Be proud of your chapter and spread the word about your business education classes. Active members in BPA bring a great deal of recognition to the business education curriculum. Take action and have your students engage in some membership recruitment activities!

    MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM IS OPEN
    The 2014-2015 Membership Registration System for Business Professionals of America is now open! Logon to www.registermychapter.com/bpamem to begin the registration process for your chapter. Advisors may submit multiple registration invoices for the membership year. Register early to receive expedited shipping of your annual membership pin. NEW THIS YEAR: Annual membership cards are presented as online downloads upon completion of registration and payment submission. Membership cards will not be shipped and must be downloaded online.

    WSAP COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDELINES AVAILABLE
    The 2014-2015 Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines and all related ancillary files are available online at www.bpa.org/compete/downloadcenter. You must logon to the bpa.org website using your login name and password.

    TOPICS FOR TEAM COMPETITIONS
    As many people may know, several of the events have themes, topics, and case scenarios that the students must use for their competition. Now is a good time to start sharing those topics and themes with the students by downloading the WSAP Guidelines (see topic below).

  • [2014-2015] Tuesday Tipster #5

    Dear Chapter Advisors:

    NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. ** Indicates new items for this week.

    UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
    September 26, 2014: Conference registration must be submitted online (no refunds allowed; all submitted registrations are binding and payment must be submitted for the number of registered people)
    October 3, 2014: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via mail or online
    October 13, 2014: Fall Leadership Conference (Secondary)
    October 14, 2014: Region 5 Advisor Fall Videoconference (Secondary)

    **URGENT: BUSINESS TEACHER OPENING AT MAPLE VALLEY SCHOOLS
    Tracey George, a past BPA advisor who is now the Director of Technology for Maple Valley Schools, has informed me of a job opening for a business teacher at Maple Valley Schools. It is extremely urgent that they fill this position as quickly as possible. Maple Valley Schools is located in Eaton County. Information about this position is available online at www.mvs.k12.mi.us/our-district/employment/. If you or someone you know is looking for a business teacher position, please send them this information.

    ** FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY (S)
    The registration deadline for the FLC is this Friday, September 26, 2014. NOTE: The fall conference is for Secondary chapters only.

    All conference registration must be submitted online on or Friday! Visit our website at www.michiganbpa.org/flc for conference details.

    Advisors from Region 5 (the Upper Peninsula) will meet with the state director via videoconference on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Information regarding that meeting has been sent to you by your regional advisor.

    ** MICHIGAN GUIDELINES SUPPLEMENT (S)
    The 2014-2015 Michigan Guidelines Supplement for Secondary chapters will be available for download from www.michiganbpa.org/documents tomorrow. This document includes supplemental information about the competitions, dress code, delegate code of conduct, and special Michigan contests. Every Secondary BPA chapter advisor must download this document.

    ** 2014-2015 MEMBERSHIP CARDS
    You may now start signing up your students and advisors as dues-paid members for the 2014-2015 school year. Membership cards will now be available electronically instead of in paper form starting this year.

    In an effort to provide immediate access to membership cards, National BPA is now providing membership cards via download under the chapter log-in. They will be available once the membership invoice is paid and recorded in our system. We will continue to ship membership pins to chapters and provide a notification with the pins on instructions to download the cards. The instructions will also be found online with your invoice when printed and in other marketing avenues.

    MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT WEEK
    What is your chapter planning for membership recruitment week? We hope you're going to do something exciting. Membership recruitment week is October 20-24, 2014. Please reach out to the students throughout your school to recruit new members. Be proud of your chapter and spread the word about your business education classes. Active members in BPA bring a great deal of recognition to the business education curriculum. Take action and have your students engage in some membership recruitment activities!

    MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM IS OPEN
    The 2014-2015 Membership Registration System for Business Professionals of America is now open! Logon to www.registermychapter.com/bpamem to begin the registration process for your chapter. Advisors may submit multiple registration invoices for the membership year. Register early to receive expedited shipping of your annual membership pin. NEW THIS YEAR: Annual membership cards are presented as online downloads upon completion of registration and payment submission. Membership cards will not be shipped and must be downloaded online.

    STATE THEME & NLC PIN CONTESTS
    The state theme graphic and NLC trading pin contest deadlines will be here before you know it. If you have a student who is interested in showing off his/her graphic design talent, these contests are for them. The deadline for contest entries is October 31, 2014. Guidelines and details are posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/michigan-state-theme-nlc-trading-pin-graphic-contests.

    REGIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE DATES AVAILABLE (S)
    All of the regional leadership conferences (for competitive events) have been scheduled. A list of dates of the various regional leadership conferences is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/rlc.

    WSAP COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDELINES AVAILABLE
    The 2014-2015 Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines and all related ancillary files are available online at www.bpa.org/compete/downloadcenter. You must logon to the bpa.org website using your login name and password.

    TOPICS FOR TEAM COMPETITIONS
    As many people may know, several of the events have themes, topics, and case scenarios that the students must use for their competition. Now is a good time to start sharing those topics and themes with the students by downloading the WSAP Guidelines (see topic below).

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