[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #20 SLC-3 (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:
** Practice Tests
SLC Information, Registration Booklet, and Forms
BPA Scheduler SLC Registration is Open
List of 2017-2018 Competitions

** REGIONAL 2018 PRACTICE TESTS
An e-mail entitled “BPA Study Materials 2017-2018” was sent to chapter advisors earlier today. That e-mail contains information on how to download the Regional 2018 tests so your students may study and prepare for state competition.

** SLC REGISTRATION
Please make sure you submit your conference registration on or before January 29, 2018. Instructions for submitting your registration can be found in the state conference registration booklet, which is available for download from www.michiganbpa.org/postsecondary. Registration is open online 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. A detailed message entitled “BPA SCHEDULER ONLINE REGIONAL REGISTRATION SYSTEM IS READY” was emailed to all chapter advisors on January 5.

** FINAL MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE
January 26 is the final date to enter dues-paying student members into the online membership registration system. You can add these additional members by going online to 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 you state membership dues, please visit www.michiganbpa.org/credit. You may contact National BPA at 800.334.2007 (M-F 8am-5pm ET) to pay your national dues via credit card.

** APPROVED CALCULATORS
Please remember that for any student competing in an event that allows a calculator, BPA will follow the guidelines approved by ACT. Please make sure you review the type of calculator your student(s) have as published in the Calculator Guidelines published in the WSAP Guidelines. Contestants who violate the rules published in these guidelines will be disqualified.

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.

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
Web Site Design Team

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

Maurice S. Henderson