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 2016-2017

  • [MI BPA 2016-2017] Tuesday Tipster #24 SLC-8 (S)

    Dear Chapter Advisors:

    Items titled in a maroon color is a message from the state executive council. ** Indicates new items for this week.

    UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES
    March 1:
      National BPA Cares Awards Deadline (Professional awards)
    March 16-19:  BPA State Leadership Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)
    April 1: National BPA Cares Awards Deadline (Special Recognition Awards & Service Learning Awards)
    April 1:  Ambassador Torch Awards Deadline

    ** STUDENT SCHEDULES
    Student competition time schedules are being finalized at this moment in time. Once schedules are available, they will be shared with the chapter advisors electronically via logging on to the BPA Scheduler website. Please stay tuned for a special e-mail message announcing that the schedules are available.

    ** ADVISOR ASSIGNMENTS
    Advisor contest assignments have not been completed yet. Please stay tuned for more information. We hope to have the advisor assignments posted online within the next week. Once they are available a special e-mail message will be sent to all advisors.

    ** VOTING DELEGATES PACKETS
    Voting delegates packets can be downloaded from www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents. Please make sure your two voting delegates have copies of these packets so they can be prepared for their important role of electing the next leaders of our association.

    ** SLC SAFETY PLAN
    A copy of the SLC Safety Plan is available for download at www.michiganbpa.orga/slc-documents. You may want to review this document prior to the SLC and have a copy on hand during the actual conference.

    SLC HOTEL ASSIGNMENTS
    SLC hotel assignments are complete. Some schools have already received their final hotel invoice from their assigned hotel. You will receive your official notification and balance due invoice directly from the hotel by the beginning of next week, if you haven’t already received it. This information will be sent via e-mail to the person listed on the General Reservation Information page of your hotel reservation. Stay tuned to e-mail for your invoice from the hotel.

    PARENTS ATTENDING THE AWARDS SESSION
    If you have parents who are interested in attending, you may want to share this information with them. A limited number of tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets went on sale on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET. Information is already available online at: www.michiganbpa.org/slc-awards-session-guests.

    SPECIAL NEEDS FORMS
    Remember, if you have any delegates that have special needs of any kind, you should have submitted a special needs request form with your SLC registration. If you have not done so, please do so immediately. Business Professionals of America will **NOT** be held responsible for providing special needs accommodations if this form is not completed and submitted right away. We cannot make any accommodations for anyone if we are not aware of special arrangements that may be required. Please do not put us in jeopardy of not fulfilling our civil rights obligations.

    The special needs request form is submitted online at can be found in your conference registration booklet or online at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-special-needs-request.

    CTE MONTH
    February is Career/Technical Education Month. What is your chapter doing to promote business education throughout your school and in your community? I strongly encourage you to plan some sort of activity or multiple activities to promote business education. Make sure your school administrators, students' parents, school counselors, and legislators are aware of the positive impact business education and career/technical education has on student development. Although we aren't part of “traditional” academics, we play an important role in establishing a foundation for success in ALL careers.

    INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO COLLEGE STUDENTS
    The Michigan BPA Business Advisory Board is always seeking internship opportunities for our BPA student members. DTE-Energy has internship opportunities available to BPA students. Please direct your students to visit www.michiganbpa.org/internships for more details.

    The DTE Energy internship application deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

    CONCLUSION
    Thanks for your attention to all these matters. Please share this information with all your co- advisors.

    All of the SLC information including the SLC Registration Booklet and related forms are available on our SLC website at www.michiganbpa.org/slc2017.

  • [MI BPA 2016-2017] Tuesday Tipster #24 (PS)

    Dear Chapter Advisors:

    Items titled in a maroon color is a message from the state executive council. ** Indicates new items for this week.

    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 sgfroerer@bpa.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.

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Important Advisor Links

Any important links and access to password-protected files will be listed here as needed.

Financial Analyst Team State 2017

A case scenario is not provided in advance for the state competition. The case scenario will be provided and prepared on site during the conference. Check the schedule for the preliminary round of competition.

Students in this event must have their schedule free on any conflicting events because they will not be rescheduled if they make it to the finals round for Financial Analyst Team.

BPA Logos 

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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