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:
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UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES
March 25, 2015: BPA Cares Awards Deadline
April 1, 2015: Ambassador Torch Awards Deadline
April 1, 2015: Pre-submitted Event Entry Deadline
April 1, 2015: NLC Registration, NLC Hotel, NLC Tours Deadlines
*** ALTERNATES FOR THE NLC WILL BE CONTACTED THIS WEEK
Per the instructions provided during the state conference and in the previous Tuesday Tipster, I have been notified by a couple of schools that a few of their students are not attending the NLC. I will be contacting chapter advisors on or before Friday of this week to invite alternates to attend the conference.
*** NLC TRADING PINS
Place your order for trading pins before our state conference for the secondary division takes place. If your chapter is attending the national conference, please visit our website at www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-trading-pins. This year’s pin is unique because it is a multi-layer pin. I’m sure your students will want to participate in the ever-so-popular trading pin excitement during the national conference. Trading pins sell out fast, so don’t delay!
NLC REGISTRATION OPENED LAST WEEK
Please be advised that registration and hotel reservations for the 2015 National Leadership Conference are open. Remember, schools are assigned to Michigan’s assigned hotel on a first-come first-served basis.
Full Registration (Registered Advisors, Students, & Alumni)
The NLC registration fee includes General Sessions, Guest Speakers/Entertainment, Success Sessions, Contest Participation, Awards Ceremonies, NLC Souvenir Pin, Conference Souvenir/Gift, and Conference Materials.
Housing reservations open on Feb. 23 and must be submitted via the BPA NLC Conference Registration System. Full Registered Students & Advisors are required to stay at an official conference property. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.
Full Registration: Advance Online Registration: $115
Dates: February 23, 2015-April 1, 2015
During this period participants can register online at the early fee discount, for conference registration, competitive event registration, housing, general conference activities (tours, workshops).
You can find more information on all the BPA Deadlines and registration fees, including guest registration rates, here: www.bpa.org/nlc/reginfo
Register here: www.registermychapter.com/bpamem/
NLC VOTING DELEGATES NEEDED
Two students from both Northwood University and Davenport University-Grand Rapids Michigan have volunteered to serve as voting delegates. Michigan is allowed five voting delegates positions for the 2015 national conference. If you have students who are interested in serving as a voting delegate at the conference, please have them visit www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-voting-delegate-postsecondary for information about serving as a voting delegate. We need two more people to sign up, one to serve as an alternate. The meeting schedule and sign-up form is located on that page. Hayley Chartier from Northwood University has agreed to serve as our Head Voting Delegate for the Postsecondary Division. Any questions can be directed to Hayley at email@example.com.
PRESUBMITTED EVENTS FOR NLC
The process for submitted materials for events that has presubmission requirements is different than the SLC. Review the WSAP Guidelines (pg. 21) for a list of events that must be submitted on or before April 1, 2015; the materials must be sent to National BPA by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Please read the guidelines for the events in which your students are competing.
Students are allowed to make changes to their materials, websites, designs, etc. prior to submitting the materials for national competition. You do NOT have to submit the exact same materials you submitted for state competition. Students may make changes to improve their work as they desire. Everything must be submitted in PDF format.
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.
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UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES
February 19: Team Member Substitution Deadline
February 20: SLC Registration Refund Request Deadline
February 20: SLC Housing Changes Deadline
February 28: BPA Pistons Event
*** 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. The schedules will be available this Friday. Please stay tuned for a special e-mail message on that date.
*** 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 on Friday or no later than Monday. Once they are available a special e-mail message will be sent to all advisors.
*** HOTEL ASSIGNMENTS
This year we have one of those situations where there’s a good problem to have to solve. Our attendance is up at this year’s conference, which unfortunately caused the need for a third hotel. The Amway Hotel has notified all the schools that have been assigned to the overflow hotel. I will be sending a separate message to those schools by the end of this week as well.
Overall, everyone should have received your hotel assignment and balance due notice by now. If you have not received any such notification, please review the e-mail dated 2/17/2015 entitled “REVIEW IMMEDIATELY: BPA SLC Hotel Overflow.” A list of hotel assignments was included with that message. If you have not received a balance due invoice, feel free to contact your hotel directly.
*** SLC JUDGES NEEDED
We still need approximately 15 judges. If you have someone attending the conference with you OR if you know someone who is willing to serve as a judge, please direct them to www.michiganbpa.org/slc-judges to download the Judge Volunteer Packet. The packet and the online form lists the events where we still having slots open.
SLC CAREER FAIR PARTICIPANTS NEEDED
Michigan BPA will be holding its Second Annual Career Fair on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This career fair will be held in the Center Concourse of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
If you know anyone who is interested and available to participate in the career fair by being stationed at a table and talking to students about their profession, please direct them to www.michiganbpa.org/slc-career-fair.
PARENTS ATTENDING THE AWARDS SESSION
Information regarding parents attending the awards session was sent via a separate e-mail message last week entitled, “Parents Attending the Awards Session.” Advisors should check their e-mail for that message if interested. At the present time, there are only 28 tickets remaining.
STATESMAN TORCH AWARD RECIPIENTS
Recipients of the Statesman Torch Award are posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/slc2015-documents. Students who are receiving their Statesman Award will be recognized during the opening session at the state conference.
Any important links and access to password-protected files will be listed here as needed.
Chapter advisors may access the State 2015 Fundamental Desktop Publishing test by clicking here
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.
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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