[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #12

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
November 15, 2017:
BPA Pistons Event Registration Deadline
November 17, 2017: Virtual Event Registration Deadline
November 17, 2017: BPA Prepare for Success Session (Davenport University, Grand Rapids)
December 1, 2017: Final Dues Deadline (S)
December 1, 2017: Pre-submitted Events Deadline (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:
-- **Tomorrow’s Membership Deadline (S)
-- **November News from National Officers
-- **Regional Competition Registration Deadline (S)
-- **Regional Edition WSAP Guidelines (S)
-- BPA Pistons Event Registration Deadline
-- 2017-2018 Postsecondary Events & Deadlines (Ps)
-- National Education for Business Month
-- Certiport November Training Registration Now Live

** TORCH AWARDS DEADLINE TOMORROW
Tomorrow is the deadline for Diplomat Torch Awards. For more details, visit www.michiganbpa.org/torch. Remember, students do NOT need to apply for or receive their Diplomat award in order to apply for and receive their Statesman award. Diplomat Torch Awards entries must be submitted on or before 11:59 PM ET tomorrow.

Students need their 10-digit membership ID number and password (that you assigned to them) in order to access the Torch Awards system online at https://www.registermychapter.com/bpamem/Login.asp?From=TorchAwards.aspx.

** FUNDAMENTAL DESKTOP PUBLISHING REGIONAL TESTS 2018 (S)
A separate, special e-mail message that provided instructions to access the Fundamental Desktop Publishing Regional 2018 was sent to the chapter advisors in the secondary division yesterday. That message includes the website address and password to access the test. Please check your e-mail for the message.

** VIRTUAL EVENTS DEADLINE
Reminder: The registration deadline for all virtual events closes on Friday, November 17, 2017. Students who wish to participate in these events must be registered online at http://registermychapter.com/bpamem/ by 11:59 PM on Friday, November 17, 2017. The virtual events are: Virtual Multimedia and Promotion Individual, Virtual Multimedia and Promotion Team, Software Engineering Team, Web Application Team, Mobile Applications, Promotional Photography, and Start-up Enterprise Team. Detailed instructions are included on p. 35 of WSAP Guidelines. Any questions must be directed to the National BPA Director of Education Dustin Devers at ddevers@bpa.org.

** RLC PRE-SUBMITTED EVENTS DEADLINE (S)
Friday, December 1, 2017 is the deadline date for all pre-submitted event materials for the regional competitions. Please make sure you have submitted your contestants’ materials on or before this deadline. Materials will NOT be accepted after this date (11:59 p.m. on December 1). The pre-submitted events are as follows: Administrative Support Research Project, Advanced Interview Skills, Broadcast News Production Team, Computer Animation Team, Digital Media Production, Economic Research Individual, Economic Research Team, Entrepreneurship, Fundamental Desktop Publishing, Global Marketing Team, Graphic Design Promotion, Interview Skills, Video Production Team, and Website Design Team.

Follow the supplemental mailing instructions provided by your regional advisor as well.

** UPLOADING FILES VIA BPA SCHEDULER (S)
Please use the following naming conventions for your files that will be uploaded: the initials of the contest name followed by the 10-digit contestant number, with the underscore as the separator. An example of an Economic Research Individual paper submitted like this would be ERI_04_0024_1234. For team events, list the six-digit chapter number after the event name abbreviation. An example for Global Marketing Team would be GMT_04_0024. Only one file per contestant or team, per event should be submitted.

Remember, to upload files on the BPA Scheduler, just go to www.bpascheduler.com and log in as you did to register your students for competition. For complete instructions, visit www.michiganbpa.org/documents and download the document entitled “File Uploading Instructions for Pre-submitted Events.”

REMEMBER, ALL FILES MUST BE CONVERTED TO PDF BEFORE BEING UPLOADED!

** STATE SERVICE PROJECT: REACH OUT AND READ
From Michigan BPA Service Committee

As you know, this year’s state service project is Reach Out and Read. We are incredibly excited to be partnered with this great organization and we cannot wait to have all our members working to improve Michigan’s literacy rate and promote reading and literature for our youth. Reach Out and Read is a national organization with a great cause, but if your chapter is looking to make a direct impact on your community we have added a few options for you!

On Thursday, on the Michigan BPA website you will find links to important documents containing all the information you need to get involved with this year’s state service project. Here you will find a document containing step-by-step instructions with how to get involved, a document with guidelines for constructing a mini library, and a link to Reach out and Read’s website.

NOVEMBER NEWS FROM NATIONAL OFFICERS
By Kareena Garg, National Secondary Division President

The week of November 13 through the 19 is this year’s Chapter Social Week. This year we have several exciting activities for your members to partake in on social media during the seven days. Chapter Social Week is an event put on by the National Officer Team every year to engage with your members through social media. Participating in the event is a required step towards receiving the Social Media BPA Cares Award. This year the events are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 13: Media Monday- Share a story or press release about you or your chapter with your chapter to serve the community
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Texan Tuesday- Post a picture of your chapter dressed in Texan Apparel
Wednesday, Nov. 15: Wacky Wednesday- Do something wacky with your chapter and share with us!
Thursday, Nov. 16: Throwback Thursday- Tell is how you got involved with BPA.
Friday, Nov. 17: Friday Funday- Relax and have some fun with your chapter!
Saturday, Nov. 18: Social Saturday- Show us how you socialize to others about BPA.
Sunday, Nov. 19: Service Sunday- Earn Torch points by volunteering with your chapter.

Thank you for your service to this organization and all of its members! Business Professionals of America would not be what it is today without your dedication. As always, please stay updated with the National BPA Social Media Accounts for reminders and details about upcoming events!

REGIONAL EDITION WSAP GUIDELINES (S)
The Regional 2018 Edition of the WSAP Guidelines and all other related competition documents, manuals, and entry forms are available for download at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. This will be the official version of the WSAP Guidelines even if subsequent editions are posted on the National BPA website. The version posted on the Michigan BPA website will be the official version for regional competitions.

BPA PISTONS EVENT REGISTRATION DEADLINE
The deadline to register for the BPA Pistons Event is November 15, 2017. Don’t miss this deadline. The registration flyer is located online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. Register today!

Maurice S. Henderson