Advisors

Tuesday Tipster

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.


NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. Items titled in italics are messages from the state executive council or national officers. ** Indicates new items for this week.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
October 10, 2017: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (S)
October 16-20, 2017: BPA Membership Recruitment Week
October 25, 2017: Michigan NLC Trading Pin & State Theme Graphic Contest Deadlines (S)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER
Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/advisors/. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
--2017-2018 Calendar of Events
--Regional Leadership Conference Dates Available
--State Officer School Visits
--New Chapter Advisor Orientation
--2018 CTE Program Excellence in Practice Awards
--2018 United States Presidential Scholars
--Michigan Dept. of Education Begins Search for the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher of the Year

** STAY TUNED FOR VIRTUAL EVENT INFORMATION
Please be advised that a special update regarding Virtual Events will be emailed to you on Thursday.

** STUDENT CERTIFICATION WEB SERVICES
From Jacob Taylor, National Postsecondary President and Jon Perrault, National Secondary Vice-President

The National Officer Team would like to invite our Michigan members to register for the Student Member Certification Series. It is a great opportunity for members to learn more about BPA and earn both Torch Award points and recognition at NLC. The course will begin tonight at 8:00 pm and will continue for the next seven weeks. You can learn more about the program and register for the first webinar at www.bpa.org/membership/StudentCert

Just click on the Moodle instruction link and it will tell you how to sign up for the course! Please share this information with your students.

** MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION SYSTEM UPDATE
From National BPA

BPA is continually looking for ways to improve our registration process for all chapters. We are excited about the roll-out of a new option for registering new members within the system. Chapter advisors will now be able to import new member registrations into the system using a comma separated file downloadable from within the Membership Registration System.

First, log in to the Membership Registration System, then click on Enter/View Your Members, select the Import Members From CSV option and review the instructions about how to import membership. Download the CSV template, fill out the required information, and upload the file to the system. It is that simple.

We hope that this new feature will help simplify the registration process for many of our chapters and chapter advisors. Good luck, and best of wishes to an amazing membership year!

** MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT WEEK
Membership Recruitment Week is October 16-20, 2017. Please reach out to the students throughout your school to recruit new members. Ask your current members to help with recruitment; they can easily ask their friends to join. 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!

** STATE THEME & NLC TRADING 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 25, 2017. Guidelines and details are posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/michigan state theme & NLC trading pin contest.

** GUIDANCE TO ASSIST WITH COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENTS FOR LGBT STUDENTS
Yesterday at the fall leadership conference, chapter advisors were provided information regarding transgender students. Since these matters must be addressed at the local level, chapter advisors are encouraged to review the article and document available online at http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140--393333--,00.html. This article entitled, “State Board Of Education Approves New School Guidance Protecting LGBT Students,” ends with a PDF download that advisors are encouraged to read.

** UPDATED 2017-2018 WSAP GUIDELINES / SEPTEMBER UPDATE
An updated version of the Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines are available at www.bpa.org/compete/downloadcenter. Make sure you download the September Update when you visit this page as well. You must have your username and password to download these items.

2017-2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Our full 2017-2018 Michigan BPA Calendar of Events information is now complete. You can visit www.michiganbpa.org/calendar for a month-by-month view or you can download the complete calendar as well.

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE DATES AVAILABLE (S)
All of the regional leadership conferences (for competitive events) have been scheduled. A list of dates of the various regional leadership conferences is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/rlc.

Tuesday Tipster #6

October 3, 2017


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 2, 2017: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via fax, mail, or online

October 2, 2017: Fall Leadership Conference-Lansing, MI (S)

October 10, 2017: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (S)

October 16-20, 2017: BPA Membership Recruitment Week

October 25, 2017: Michigan NLC Trading Pin & State Theme Graphic Contest Deadlines (S)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER

Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/201718-tuesdaytipster-4. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:

--State Officer School Visits

--New Chapter Advisor Orientation

--2018 CTE Program Excellence in Practice Awards

--2018 United States Presidential Scholars

--Michigan Dept. of Education Begins Search for the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher of the Year

** FLC REGISTRATION PAYMENTS DUE ON MONDAY (S)

Payment for the fall leadership conference registrations (for schools in the Lower Peninsula) may be turned in on site at the fall leadership conference. If payment is not received or postmarked on or before Monday, October 2, 2017, late fees will be applied. Payments may also be made via credit card online at http://bit.ly/bpa-sec-credit.

** 2017-2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Our full 2017-2018 Michigan BPA Calendar of Events information is now complete. You can visit www.michiganbpa.org/calendar for a month-by-month view or you can download the complete calendar as well.

** REGIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE DATES AVAILABLE (S)

All of the regional leadership conferences (for competitive events) have been scheduled. A list of dates of the various regional leadership conferences is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/rlc.

STATE OFFICER SCHOOL VISITS

By Mckenna Magda, Vice-President of Members

We hope your chapters are starting off to a great start. I am happy to portray some exciting news about chapter visits.

One of the goals of the 2017-2018 State Executive Council is to increase the membership and participation in BPA. One way we hope to accomplish this goal is by visiting school across Michigan. When visiting, we will talk about why BPA is so amazing and all the great things that can be accomplished. We will encourage students to apply for the Torch Awards Program and take the merit scholar test during the state leadership conference. We will show where these resources can be found on our website and the different qualifications for these.

We want to do as many visits as we can before the final membership registration deadline, which is December 1. We want each member in BPA to encounter amazing experiences just as the current state officers have. By getting students involved with BPA, and informing them more of what BPA means we hope students will enjoy their time with BPA as much as our council does.

If you are interested in having a state officer visit your chapter, please contact info@michiganbpa.org.

NEW CHAPTER ADVISOR ORIENTATION

A new chapter advisor orientation will be held in conjunction with the MBEA Annual Convention. The orientation will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Frankenmuth, MI. All new chapter advisors and second year chapter advisors are encouraged to register for the MBEA Annual Convention in order to attend this session. When the convention registration is open, we will send an e-mail notification. Mark your calendars to attend!

2018 CTE PROGRAM EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS

From Patty Cantu, Michigan Director of Office of Career & Technical Education

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE), is accepting nominations for the 2018 Excellence in Practice Awards, to be presented at the 2018 Michigan Career Education Conference on January 29, 2018, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

This year, we are pleased to announce that there are two categories of awards. The Career and Technical Education Outstanding Program Excellence in Practice Award recognizes a successful, exemplary, state-approved, career and technical education (CTE) program that demonstrates outstanding outcomes, produces measurable results, and leads to documented success in employment or postsecondary education/training.

The Career and College Readiness Initiative Excellence in Practice Award recognizes outstanding practices, programs, or services that demonstrate exemplary support of career/college planning for students (that include their interests, abilities, and skills), promotion of high academic expectations, and linking secondary course taking (including CTE) to preparation for postsecondary education and careers.

If you are interested, please contact Muhammed Sadek at sadekm@michigan.gov for the nomination application.

2018 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS

From Patty Cantu, Michigan Director of Office of Career & Technical Education

The Michigan Department of Education is seeking nominations for students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in Career and Technical Education (CTE). All U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, if selected by the commission as a Presidential Scholar, the student will receive a Presidential Scholars Medallion and be invited to Washington, D.C. in June 2018.

During the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars General component student nomination process, 67 students were named semifinalists, and 21 students were named U.S. Presidential Scholars. There were 208 students nominated as CTE candidates; 152 became semifinalists, and 20 were named as U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE.  For the second year in a row a Michigan student received recognition as a U.S. Presidential Scholar, at Springport High School in their Agriscience Program. The first year, a student from Coldwater High School was awarded.

We encourage all CTE Teachers, High School Counselors, and Administrators to use the attached suggested CTE criteria as provided by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to recommend students who are currently enrolled or have completed a CTE Program during high school, in any state-approved CTE program.

The full memo announcement and all the material you need to assist you in completing the application process is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents.

MICHIGAN DEPT. OF EDUCATION BEGINS SEARCH FOR THE 2018-19 MICHIGAN TEACHER OF THE YEAR

The search has begun for the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher of the Year.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is asking educators, administrators, students, and parents to help it find the next Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). The Michigan Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Meemic Foundation, recognizes outstanding educational leaders across Michigan for their work to elevate the teaching profession.

Michigan Teachers of the Year have been recognized since 1952. This Michigan honor is part of the preeminent state- and nationally-recognized teacher recognition program in states across the country.

“Great teachers are found in every school in our state,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “The Michigan Teacher of the Year program has honored outstanding Michigan educators for decades and is the one enduring tribute to this important profession.”

MDE’s online nomination form is open until Friday, October 20 at 11:59 p.m., for people to nominate a teacher or teachers whom they feel are exceptional educators and have made substantial contributions to their profession. The link to the online nomination form is: https://mde.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1CcCSQsc0ua8DT7.

“As an organization founded by a group of Detroit-area teachers, it’s truly in our DNA to support education – every day, in every way!” said Pam Harlin, director of the Meemic Foundation. “Meemic is driven to actively give back and support inspiring recognition programs like MTOY that provides a platform for thought-provoking conversations, and action, on enriching education standards throughout this state. Through Meemic’s 10-plus years of partnership with MTOY, we have seen each Michigan Teacher of the Year provide needed focus on the current needs and future growth of Michigan teachers from the classrooms, to their local communities and regions.”

When selected for this honor, the 2018-2019 MTOY will be the spokesperson for all Michigan teachers. This includes participating in monthly State Board of Education meetings and traveling to state and national events involving Teachers of the Year from states across the country. The MTOY will remain a full-time employee of their district during their year of service.

Michigan’s drive to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years has as one of its goals to: “Develop, support, and sustain a high-quality, prepared and collaboration education workforce.” The philosophy and work of the Michigan Teacher of the Year program aligns with that Goal 3 of the state’s Top 10 in 10 initiative.

Tuesday Tipster #5

September 26, 2017

 


Tuesday tipster #4 September 19, 2017

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

September 22, 2017: Conference registration must be submitted online (no refunds allowed; all submitted registrations are binding and payment must be submitted for the number of registered people)

October 2, 2017: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via fax, mail, or online

October 2, 2017: Fall Leadership Conference-Lansing, MI (S)

October 10, 2017: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (S)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER

Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/201718-tuesdaytipster-3. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:

--Jon Smith Named Director of Member Services & Events

--Middle Level Begins Its Third Year

--New Chapter Registration

--FLC Registration Deadline Is Drawing Near

** STATE OFFICER SCHOOL VISITS

By Mckenna Magda, Vice-President of Members

We hope your chapters are starting off to a great start. I am happy to portray some exciting news about chapter visits.

One of the goals of the 2017-2018 State Executive Council is to increase the membership and participation in BPA. One way we hope to accomplish this goal is by visiting school across Michigan. When visiting, we will talk about why BPA is so amazing and all the great things that can be accomplished. We will encourage students to apply for the Torch Awards Program and take the merit scholar test during the state leadership conference. We will show where these resources can be found on our website and the different qualifications for these.

We want to do as many visits as we can before the final membership registration deadline, which is December 1. We want each member in BPA to encounter amazing experiences just as the current state officers have. By getting students involved with BPA, and informing them more of what BPA means we hope students will enjoy their time with BPA as much as our council does.

If you are interested in having a state officer visit your chapter, please contact info@michiganbpa.org.

** NEW CHAPTER ADVISOR ORIENTATION

A new chapter advisor orientation will be held in conjunction with the MBEA Annual Convention. The orientation will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Frankenmuth, MI. All new chapter advisors and second year chapter advisors are encouraged to register for the MBEA Annual Convention in order to attend this session. When the convention registration is open, we will send an e-mail notification. Mark your calendars to attend!

** FLC REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY (S)

All Secondary Division chapters in the Lower Peninsula must be registered for the fall conference on or before this Friday, September 22, 2017. Remember advisors and at least two students from each chapter must attend the conference. Visit www.michiganbpa.org/flc-registration for details.

** 2018 CTE PROGRAM EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS

From Patty Cantu, Michigan Director of Office of Career & Technical Education

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE), is accepting nominations for the 2018 Excellence in Practice Awards, to be presented at the 2018 Michigan Career Education Conference on January 29, 2018, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

This year, we are pleased to announce that there are two categories of awards. The Career and Technical Education Outstanding Program Excellence in Practice Award recognizes a successful, exemplary, state-approved, career and technical education (CTE) program that demonstrates outstanding outcomes, produces measurable results, and leads to documented success in employment or postsecondary education/training.

The Career and College Readiness Initiative Excellence in Practice Award recognizes outstanding practices, programs, or services that demonstrate exemplary support of career/college planning for students (that include their interests, abilities, and skills), promotion of high academic expectations, and linking secondary course taking (including CTE) to preparation for postsecondary education and careers.

If you are interested, please contact Muhammed Sadek at sadekm@michigan.gov for the nomination application.

** 2018 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS

From Patty Cantu, Michigan Director of Office of Career & Technical Education

The Michigan Department of Education is seeking nominations for students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in Career and Technical Education (CTE). All U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, if selected by the commission as a Presidential Scholar, the student will receive a Presidential Scholars Medallion and be invited to Washington, D.C. in June 2018.

During the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars General component student nomination process, 67 students were named semifinalists, and 21 students were named U.S. Presidential Scholars. There were 208 students nominated as CTE candidates; 152 became semifinalists, and 20 were named as U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE.  For the second year in a row a Michigan student received recognition as a U.S. Presidential Scholar, at Springport High School in their Agriscience Program. The first year, a student from Coldwater High School was awarded.

We encourage all CTE Teachers, High School Counselors, and Administrators to use the attached suggested CTE criteria as provided by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to recommend students who are currently enrolled or have completed a CTE Program during high school, in any state-approved CTE program.

The full memo announcement and all the material you need to assist you in completing the application process is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents.

** MICHIGAN DEPT. OF EDUCATION BEGINS SEARCH FOR THE 2018-19 MICHIGAN TEACHER OF THE YEAR

The search has begun for the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher of the Year. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is asking educators, administrators, students, and parents to help it find the next Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). The Michigan Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Meemic Foundation, recognizes outstanding educational leaders across Michigan for their work to elevate the teaching profession.

Michigan Teachers of the Year have been recognized since 1952. This Michigan honor is part of the preeminent state- and nationally-recognized teacher recognition program in states across the country.

“Great teachers are found in every school in our state,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “The Michigan Teacher of the Year program has honored outstanding Michigan educators for decades and is the one enduring tribute to this important profession.”

MDE’s online nomination form is open until Friday, October 20 at 11:59 p.m., for people to nominate a teacher or teachers whom they feel are exceptional educators and have made substantial contributions to their profession. The link to the online nomination form is: https://mde.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1CcCSQsc0ua8DT7.

“As an organization founded by a group of Detroit-area teachers, it’s truly in our DNA to support education – every day, in every way!” said Pam Harlin, director of the Meemic Foundation. “Meemic is driven to actively give back and support inspiring recognition programs like MTOY that provides a platform for thought-provoking conversations, and action, on enriching education standards throughout this state. Through Meemic’s 10-plus years of partnership with MTOY, we have seen each Michigan Teacher of the Year provide needed focus on the current needs and future growth of Michigan teachers from the classrooms, to their local communities and regions.”

When selected for this honor, the 2018-2019 MTOY will be the spokesperson for all Michigan teachers. This includes participating in monthly State Board of Education meetings and traveling to state and national events involving Teachers of the Year from states across the country. The MTOY will remain a full-time employee of their district during their year of service.

Michigan’s drive to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years has as one of its goals to: “Develop, support, and sustain a high-quality, prepared and collaboration education workforce.” The philosophy and work of the Michigan Teacher of the Year program aligns with that Goal 3 of the state’s Top 10 in 10 initiative.


Tuesday tipster #3 September 12, 2017

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

September 22, 2017: Conference registration must be submitted online (no refunds allowed; all submitted registrations are binding and payment must be submitted for the number of registered people)

October 2, 2017: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via fax, mail, or online

October 2, 2017: Fall Leadership Conference-Lansing, MI (S)

October 10, 2017: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (S)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER

Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/201718-tuesdaytipster-1. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:

--Greetings from Your State Executive Council

--FLC Registration is Open

--Competitive Events Guidelines Available

--Michigan Guidelines Supplement

--Membership Registration System is Open

** JON SMITH NAMED DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES & EVENTS

Michigan’s 2007-2008 Region 5 Vice-President Jon Smith, from Sault Area Career Center, is now a part of our National BPA staff. On September 18, 2017, Jon will begin as our new Director of Member Services & Events. He will oversee all our membership services, conference and event management, webinar management, membership materials, and online membership and conference membership registration systems.

Jon has been active as an alumni member of Michigan BPA since his service as a state officer. He has volunteered many hours to our association in terms of conference planning by way of helping with our state conference in terms of competitive events, general session management, judging competitions, and so much more.

Michigan BPA is proud of him and will support him fully in his new position. Congratulations Jon!

** MIDDLE LEVEL BEGINS ITS THIRD YEAR

This will be the third year for the BPA Middle Level Division in Michigan. The Third Annual BPA Middle Level State Leadership Conference will be held on February 23, 2018 at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. More details about the Middle Level Division is available online at https://webber5.davenport.edu/mlbpa/.

** NEW CHAPTER REGISTRATION

The deadline to start a new BPA chapter at the high school level in Michigan is November 8, 2017. New Postsecondary chapters may be chartered up until January 10, 2018. Any prospective chapters must adhere to these deadlines and must contact us as quickly as possible to make sure they have everything in order to start their chapter this year.

** FLC REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS DRAWING NEAR (S)

Registration deadline is September 22, 2017. Registration for the 2017 BPA Fall Leadership Conference is open. Visit www.michiganbpa.org/flc-registration for details.

MICHIGAN GUIDELINES SUPPLEMENT (S)

The Michigan Guidelines Supplement is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. All Secondary (high school) Division chapters must download this document. This document contains changes to some competition guidelines and other important, valuable information for the school year.


Tuesday Tipster #2 September 5, 2017

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

August 29, 2017: Online registration for the FLC opens (S)

September 22, 2017: Conference registration must be submitted online (no refunds allowed; all submitted registrations are binding and payment must be submitted for the number of registered people)

October 2, 2017: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via fax, mail, or online

October 2, 2017: Fall Leadership Conference-Lansing, MI (S)

October 10, 2017: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (S)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER

Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/201718-tuesdaytipster-1. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:

--Advisors’ Code of Ethics Forms

--Advisor Information Update Form

--Advisors’ Alternate E-mail/Duplicate Messages

** GREETINGS FROM YOUR STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

By Jessica Marvin, State President

Hello Chapter Advisors,

The 2017-2018 Michigan BPA State Executive Council is off to a great start. We hope the start of the new school year results in a smooth transition back to school for both you and your students.

Please encourage your BPA members to keep in contact with the Michigan BPA State Executive Council this year. One of our primary goals is to reach out to the local chapter members and remain in constant contact with them. They can find all our contact information online at www.michiganbpa.org/state-executive-council. In addition, we ask that you forward any information to them that is pertinent to your student members that we send to you.

Lastly, feel free to share with your members that there are two ways they can get to know us right away and that is by way of viewing our bios online at www.michiganbpa.org/meet-your-sec and by reading the article online at www.michiganbpa.org./meet-your-2017-2018-state-officers.

We look forward to seeing you at FLC in October.

FLC REGISTRATION IS OPEN (S)

Registration for the 2017 BPA Fall Leadership Conference opened last week. Details about the conference is only accessible online at www.michiganbpa.org/flc-registration for details.

Pay close attention to the conference registration and conference payment deadlines indicated above.

COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDELINES AVAILABLE

The 2017-2018 Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines and all related ancillary files were posted online on September 1, 2017. Download a copy of these items by visitingwww.bpa.org/compete/downloadcenter. You must logon to the bpa.org website using your login name and password.

** MICHIGAN GUIDELINES SUPPLEMENT (S)

The Michigan Guidelines Supplement is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. All Secondary (high school) Division chapters must download this document. This document contains changes to some competition guidelines and other important, valuable information for the school year.

MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM IS OPEN

The 2017-2018 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. Remember, 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.


NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. Items titled in a italics is a message from the state executive council.

Welcome to another exciting year of Michigan Business Professionals of America! This message serves as your first weekly e-mail update for the 2017-2018 school year. E-mail updates--known as the Tuesday Tipster--will be sent on Tuesday of each week.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
August 29, 2017: Online registration for the FLC opens (S)
September 22, 2017: Conference registration must be submitted online (no refunds allowed; all submitted registrations are binding and payment must be submitted for the number of registered people)
October 2, 2017: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via fax, mail, or online
October 2, 2017: Fall Leadership Conference-Lansing, MI (S)
October 10, 2017: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (S)

SHARE TUESDAY TIPSTER WITH NEW ADVISORS
Please check with all your fellow chapter advisors to make sure they received this message. If they did not receive this e-mail message, then there is a 99% chance they are not on our mailing list.

Since there are many advisor changes each year, please share this e-mail message and future e-mail messages with any new co-advisors at your school until we are able to get them into our database. Continue to forward these messages and ask them to let you know when they can stop doing so once they start receiving them from the state director directly.

FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (S)
This year’s fall leadership conference for all Secondary chapters in the Lower Peninsula, will be held at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Information regarding the conference will not be sent via US mail. Please download the conference information online at www.michiganbpa.org/flc-registration.

Special group hotel accommodations have not been arranged this year. Schools that may want to arrive on Sunday night should note that the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol is connected to the convention center via skywalk. Chapters that wish to arrive on Sunday night may make their own hotel reservations at any hotel of their choice.

Advisors from Region 5 (the Upper Peninsula) will meet with me via videoconference on October 10, 2017. Information regarding that meeting will be sent from your regional advisors Ronalyn Arseneau and Sabina Casperson.

ADVISORS’ CODE OF ETHICS FORMS
All chapter advisors must submit an updated advisor code of ethics form. This form must be signed by the advisor and a school administrator. This form is available for download from the “Documents” page of our Web site at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. Please send this completed form (page 2 only) to our toll-free fax at 866.204.4455 or scan and e-mail it to info@michiganbpa.org. If our fax machine is busy, please make a photocopy of the form for your records, and send the original to us via US mail or scan and e-mail it.

ADVISOR INFORMATION UPDATE FORM
This year, the annual advisor information update forms will be sent via e-mail merge starting tomorrow. Each day, a select number of forms will be e-mailed. Please be on the lookout for your information update e-mail message and reply to that message with any corrections. The e-mail will be sent from “Business Professionals of America” at info@michiganbpa.org.

COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDELINES AVAILABLE
The 2017-2018 Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines and all related ancillary files were posted online on September 1, 2017. Download a copy of these items by visiting www.bpa.org/compete/downloadcenter. You must logon to the bpa.org website using your login name and password.

MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM IS OPEN
The 2017-2018 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 membership registration invoices for the membership year. Register early to receive expedited shipping of your annual membership pin. Remember, annual membership cards are available as online downloads upon completion of registration and payment submission. Membership cards will not be shipped and must be downloaded online.

ADVISORS' ALTERNATE E-MAIL/DUPLICATE MESSAGES
In addition to everyone's primary e-mail address, some alternate e-mail addresses were put on our main e-mail lists. If you are receiving duplicate messages and do not wish to do so, please let me know and we will remove whichever e-mail address you indicate. We typically request an alternate e-mail address because we know that e-mail systems become inoperable from time to time. Our apologies if this has become a nuisance to anyone.

Tuesday Tipster #1

Welcome to a New Year

August 29, 2017