[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #6

NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. Items titled in bold, 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/tuesday-tipster-20172018/2017/09/26. 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/documents.

** 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.

Maurice S. Henderson