Dear Chapter Advisors:
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UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES
March 1: National BPA Cares Awards Deadline (Professional awards)
March 1: NLC Student Non-attendance Deadline (See below)
April 1:National BPA Cares Awards Deadline (Special Recognition Awards & Service Learning Awards)
April 1: Ambassador Torch Awards Deadline
April 1: Pre-submitted Event Entry Deadline
April 1: NLC Registration, NLC Hotel, NLC Tours Deadlines
** NLC REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Registration for the national leadership conference opens on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Advisors will register online at the leadership conference website located at www.registermychapter.com/bpamem/Login.asp?From=Conf.asp.
Please use this time before registration opens to download the read the 2017 NLC Conference Preview Guide (registration booklet). This publication is available for download at www.bpa.org/nlc/preconferencepublication.
Registration questions for the national conference can be directed to Shawna Gfroerer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** GUIDELINES AND SOFTWARE
Please carefully review the WSAP Guidelines Handbook for your competitive events, including deadlines for submission of materials and software listings. For a complete list of software provided at NLC, please review the software listing in the WSAP Guidelines Handbook.
** NLC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Remember, the NLC Leadership Academy is open to postsecondary students as well. In addition, postsecondary students may sign up to be a conference intern. Click on the national leadership academy and intern links on the NLC website for more information.
SLC WINNERS LISTS UPDATED ONLINE
Congratulations to all the SLC winners. Remember, the first place winners will receive plaques and the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive certificates. Please note that the winners list includes all the students eligible to compete at the NLC. Students cannot compete in more than three main events at the NLC. Students may compete in an unlimited number of Open Events.
The complete list is now available for download as www.michiganbpa.org/postsecondary.
FULL RANKING RESULTS
Chapter advisors may logon to the BPA Scheduler website to view a complete list of all the rankings of their students. Click the “Attendee” button/tab.
BPA SPECIAL AWARDS
Visit www.bpa.org/service/bpacaresfor details regarding the BPA Special Recognition Awards, Service Learning Awards, and Professional Awards. Your chapter may be interested in applying for recognition at the national level.
STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ATTENDING THE NLC
If you have students who qualified to attend the national conference, but they are not attending, please let me know. I can notify an alternate in that event if your student is not attending. Please let me know no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Keep in mind that some events allow the top five (5) to compete at the NLC. Therefore, if you had students in the top 5, you should check the WSAP Guidelines for that event to determine if the top five (5) qualifiers are eligible.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ARRIVAL
When you are booking your airline travel for the conference, please try to arrive early enough to attend the Michigan State Meeting on Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. Advisors and all student delegates from Michigan are encouraged to attend this meeting.
In addition, Michigan BPA is investigating the possibility of conducting a Disney Y.E.S. (Youth Education Series) pre-conference tour. More details about that will be sent in the weeks ahead.
NLC ROOMMATE MATCHING
If you are in need of find roommates for your students, please visit www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-roommate-matchingand post your information online there. Visit this site to announce roommate options and locate roommates for your students.
PRESUBMITTED EVENTS FOR NLC
As indicated at the SLC Awards Session, students who qualified for events that require presubmitted materials should wait for me to provide some details about how to presubmit their events. There were quite a few students who submitted things incorrectly for state conference, but we accepted the items. I want to make sure everything is done correctly for national competition in order to avoid disqualification. I will send information next week.