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 #8

    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 20-24, 2014: BPA Membership Recruitment Week
    October 27, 2014: BPA Joint Council Meeting (Mason, MI)
    October 29, 2014: BPA/MSAP Parliamentary Youth Day Registration Deadline
    October 31, 2014: State Theme Graphic Contest Deadline
    October 31, 2014: Michigan NLC Trading Pin Contest Deadline

    ** FLC EVALUATION (S)
    A few advisors have already provided feedback to us regarding the fall leadership conference and I truly appreciate that. In light of the fact that we used a new venue and that we need to evaluate this conference in general, I felt it was necessary to develop an advisor evaluation survey for the conference. Please take a few moments to complete this survey. It should take five minutes or less. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9YZGD7T to complete the survey.

    ** UPDATED TEAM EVENT ENTRY FORM
    As a result of yesterday’s fall conference, we discovered that the Individual Event Entry Form did not match the Team Event Entry Form in terms of the statement regarding signature requirements. An updated Team Event Entry Form has been posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents.

    ** STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE HOTEL RATES CORRECTION (S)
    During today’s Region 5 Advisor Videoconference, I discovered that the hotel rates for the state conference were incorrect on the handout from the fall conference. The correct hotel rates are as follows:
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel: Single: $115, Double: $125, Triple: $135, Quad: $143
    Courtyard Marriott: Single: $114, Double: $124, Triple: $134, Quad: $144
    Hotel tax (applies to all rates): 9%

    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.

    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.

    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. Make sure you also download the Style & Reference Manual, Human Resource Manual, Individual Event Entry Form, Team Event Entry Form, and Release Form.

    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.

    MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT WEEK
    Next week is 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.

    2014-2015 MEMBERSHIP CARDS
    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.

  • [2014-2015] Tuesday Tipster #7

    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 13, 2014: Fall Leadership Conference (Secondary)
    October 14, 2014: Region 5 Advisor Fall Videoconference (Secondary)
    October 29, 2014: MSAP Parliamentary Youth Day Registration Deadline
    October 31, 2014: State Theme Graphic and NLC Trading Pin Contest Deadlines

    ** BPA SERVICE PARTNER SURVEY
    Business Professionals of America is considering the addition of a second national service partner. This new partner would be in addition to Special Olympics. Help us select one today!
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRXKCH3. Share this survey with your students so they may participate.

    ** STATE THEME AND NLC TRADING PIN CONTESTS
    The state theme graphic and NLC trading pin contest deadlines are quickly approaching. 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. Guidelines and details are available on the documents page of our website. Also, take a look back in history at some past winning designs for these contests online at www.michiganbpa.org/michigan-state-theme-nlc-trading-pin-graphic-contests.

    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 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.

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