[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #19 SLC-2 (PS)

During the months of January through March, the Tuesday Tipsters will be separate for both the Secondary and Postsecondary Divisions. Therefore, Tuesday Tipster archives for January through March will be archived on the Postsecondary page of our website.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
January 24: Deadline for Statesman Resubmission for Corrections Only
January 26: Final Student Membership Deadline
January 29: SLC Registration Deadline
February 2: Presubmitted Contestant Materials Deadline
February 5: Dues Payment & SLC Registration Payment Deadlines

UPCOMING EVENTS
February 10: State Leadership Conference (Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI)

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:
** State Office Communication
** SLC Location
** Torch Awards

** PRACTICE TESTS
Regional 2018 tests and answer keys will be available on Friday, January 19, 2018. I will send an e-mail to the Postsecondary chapter advisors with the link and password to access these tests.

SLC INFORMATION, REGISTRATION BOOKLET, AND FORMS
The state conference registration booklet is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/postsecondary.

Please make sure you download and read the SLC Registration Booklet. There is a lot of information in the document in terms of using the BPA Scheduler website for conference registration and instructions for uploading the presubmitted events materials.

BPA SCHEDULER SLC REGISTRATION IS OPEN
The BPA Scheduler website is now open for registration. You may use the website at www.bpascheduler.com by using your e-mail address as the username and your six digit chapter ID number (with the dash) as your password. Instructions on how to use the BPA Scheduler website are located inside the SLC Registration Booklet.

CHAPTER STATUS
If you and/or your entire chapter are **NOT** attending the SLC, please let us know.

Also, please pay close attention to the competitive event information mentioned in this and future Tuesday Tipsters. Any information posted in these updates supersedes what is published in the WSAP Guidelines Handbook 2018.

LIST OF 2017-2018 COMPETITIONS
Michigan BPA will not offer some of the pilot events offered by National BPA. For a complete list of competitions, please refer to the contest time schedule in the SLC Registration Booklet or view a complete list online at www.michiganbpa.org/postsecondary.

ADDING ADDITIONAL MEMBERS
You can add additional members up until January 26, 2018. You can add these additional members by going online to the www.registermychapter.com/bpamem. Remember, all dues payments must be received at both the state and national offices on or before February 5, 2018. Both offices accept MasterCard and VISA if you wish to pay via credit card. If you wish to use a credit card to pay for your state membership dues, please visit www.michiganbpa.org/credit.

MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION & DUES PAYMENTS
Schools with any outstanding balances for state and/or national dues or other items will not be allowed to compete at the SLC. If your school fits this category, you will be notified via e-mail on a weekly basis. Please continue to handle these matters expeditiously.

COMPETITIVE EVENT DOCUMENTATION FORMS
Event Documentation/Entry Forms (in Word Format) are posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. You will need the following documents:
*** Individual Event Entry Form
*** Team Event Entry Form
*** Release Form

Handwritten forms will not be accepted and will result in DISQUALIFICATION. Obviously, if there is an area where it tells the student to print or sign his/her name, handwriting is allowed in that spot.

Remember, if you want to look up your student’s contestant numbers to include on these forms, please logon to the membership registration system at www.registermychapter.com/bpamem/ and click on "Enter/View Your Members” and then “List All.” The 10-digit number that is next to the students’ names will be their contestant # for the SLC.

PRESUBMITTED EVENTS
As you know, there are eight (8) competitions that are considered presubmitted events because they have materials that must be mailed to us prior to the state conference.

The presubmitted events are as follows:

  • Advanced Interview Skills
  • Digital Media Production
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graphic Design Promotion
  • Interview Skills
  • Network Design Team
  • Video Production Team
  • Website Design Team

Instructions are located online www.michiganapa.org/ps-slc-presubmits. Please make sure you share this information with your students.

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

Good luck as you prepare to attend the SLC!

Maurice S. Henderson