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.
Dear Chapter Advisors:
Since this will be the last weekly update for 2014, I want to start by wishing everyone Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays! I wish you the best this holiday season and in the new year!!!
NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. ***Indicates new items.
UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES
December 17: Membership Dues Payment Deadline (S)
December 17: Region 7 RLC (S)
December 24, 2014-January 2, 2015: Michigan BPA State Office Closed
January 6: Region 10 RLC (S)
January 9: Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 RLC (S)
January 10: Regions 1 and 8 RLC (S)
** BPA OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSURE
The BPA State Office will be closed from December 24 through January 2. Our office will reopen on Monday, January 5. We will not check e-mail or voice mail during this time period.
** DIPLOMAT TORCH AWARDS STATUS
The 2015 Diplomat Torch Award recipients have been identified. A complete list will be available online at www.michiganbpa.org/torch tomorrow. Recipients of this award will be recognized at the regional leadership conference. Awards for Postsecondary recipients will be sent to their respective chapter advisors.
** RLC GRADING & RESULTS (S)
Because of the importance of making sure that all regional finalist results are accurate, please review the separate e-mail message that was sent to you entitled "RLC GRADING & RESULTS." This information is very important and applies to ALL regions. The information is also posted online here on the Tuesday Tipster advisor blog.
** RLC FINALISTS ELIGIBLE FOR SLC (S)
Here is the breakdown in terms of the number of regional winners advancing on to state competition. Based upon the registration numbers for the various regional conferences, the following is a list of RLC winners eligible for the SLC:
ALL regions: Top 2
Regions 2 and 3: Top 2 Individual
Regions 1, 5 and 10: Top 4 Individual
Regions 4, 7, and 9: Top 5 Individual
Regions 6 and 8: Top 6 Individual
DONATE TO YOUR LOCAL FOOD BANK FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The holiday season is the perfect time to give to your local food bank. Remember, the state officers have put together some information about our state service project. They have developed an absolutely wonderful certificate recognition program in order to recognize the chapters who participate in the state service project. Visit www.michiganbpa.org/mibpa-fbcm-201415 for more details. The forms you'll complete to let us know what you have accomplished are located at www.michiganbpa.org/state-service-project-forms.
STATE OFFICER CANDIDATE APPLICATIONS
If you have a student who expressed interest in running for state office, remind them that the holiday time period is a great time for them to work on their state officer candidate application. The application is available on the documents page of our website.
ADVISOR CODE OF ETHICS
Remember, if you received a notice last week that we have not received your advisor code of ethics form and you have not sent it to us, please do so immediately. The form is available for download on the Documents page of our website.
MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENTS (S)
If you received a reminder notice last week regarding your outstanding membership dues payment, please make sure you submit payment today in order to avoid the late fee. Credit card payments are accepted online at www.michiganbpa.org/credit. This deadline applies to Secondary chapters only.
ENCORE BPA PISTONS EVENT
We are pleased to announce that we will hold an encore Pistons Sports & Entertainment Business Conference in February 2015. In light of the fact that this year's event was on a weekday, we want try to accommodate those schools that could not participate. The encore conference will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 with the same conference activities followed by a Pistons vs. Knicks basketball game. Information about this event will be posted on our website tomorrow.
NBEA CONVENTION FIRST TIME ATTENDEE STIPEND
The National Business Education Association Annual Convention will be held in Chicago, Illinois on March 31-April 4, 2015. If you are a professional member of the National Business Education Association and have never attended the annual national convention, you are eligible to apply for a professional development stipend. Selected recipients will receive a $200 stipend at the NBEA Awards Luncheon during the convention.
To access complete details and the application form, visit www.nbea.org/newsite/opportunities/development.html. The deadline for applications is January 2, 2015.
Dear Chapter Advisors:
Each year I send a message reminding advisors about the need to be meticulous and extremely efficient when grading and scoring tests and adding scores on rating sheets during regional competition.
Although regional tests or judges rating sheets are not returned to chapter advisors after competition, we will still follow our “all RLC results are final” policy.
Some regions may be implementing and using feedback forms and some regions may not. Whatever is done in your region regarding providing feedback to the students, the following applies to ALL regions:
1. Under no circumstances will any contest documents with any sort of score or rank be provided to the advisors or students. The only type of score and rank data provided to chapters will be score reports provided by the regional advisor (if applicable for your region).
2. A post-competition date and/or time will NOT be set aside for advisors to gather to see their students’ tests after the regional conference.
3. Once you have finished administering, proctoring, or grading an event or the events to which you are assigned, you should not be lurking about in the grading room in order to get a glimpse at results or your students’ papers. Regional advisors have been given the authority to inform people that they need to leave the grading room. Such actions will be reported to the state director. Please respect the regional advisor’s decision regarding this process. This applies to EVERYONE!!!
4. Do not remove any used or unused contest materials (i.e., test booklets, answer keys, judges rating sheets, etc.) from the grading room or event facility.
5. Any violations of these rules as stated above will be forwarded to the state director. Gross violations will result in the ENTIRE chapter being disqualified from participation in the state leadership conference and/or any future BPA events.
Questions regarding this policy can be directed to the state director or regional advisors.
Thank you so much for your cooperation in this matter. Good luck at your regional competition.
Any important links and access to password-protected files will be listed here as needed.
Advisors may click the appropriate link below and enter the appropriate username and password to access the Regional 2015 Financial Analyst Team and Fundamental Desktop Publishing tests.
The BPA Logos, which every chapter is authorized to use, may be downloaded by visiting The Source on the National BPA website at www.bpa.org/lsource.aspx. You will need a National BPA username and password to access this site. Advisors must use their membership registration system username and password. Students must use the username and password provided to them by their chapter advisor.
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