[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #21 SLC-4 (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
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:
** SLC Registration
** Final Membership Deadline
Chapter Status
Adding Additional Members
Membership Verification and Dues Payments

** DUES PAYMENT DEADLINE
All outstanding state and national dues invoices must be paid 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.

** PRESUBMITTED EVENTS
All presubmitted event constant submissions must be uploaded on or before Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET. For details, please visit www.michiganapa.org/ps-slc-presubmits.

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

** STUDENT COMPUTER USE/FILE SAVING INSTRUCTIONS
Please make sure all of your students have a copy of the instructions for using the computers and saving files during computer-related competitions at the state leadership conference. The instructions in the Postsecondary SLC Computer Instructions (PDF) are available online at www.michiganbpa.org/postsecondary.

** BPA WEEK: FEBRUARY 12-16
BPA week is coming up…it is February 12-16 and is the best time for your chapter to promote your chapter and conduct fundraising projects. Make sure you plan a BPA activity for the week. It’s great to have a social event during the week for your chapter and a community activity so people can learn more about BPA.

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.

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.

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.

Maurice S. Henderson