[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #13

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 29, 2017: BPA Pistons Event (Detroit, MI)
December 1, 2017: Final Dues Deadline (S)
December 1, 2017: Pre-submitted Events Deadline (S)
December 1, 2017: BPA Prepare for Success Session (Davenport University-Midland, MI)
December 6, 2017: Corrected Diplomat Torch Awards Deadline
December 8, 2017: Membership Dues Payment Deadline (S)
December 8, 2017: BPA Prepare for Success Session (Davenport University-Livonia, 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:
-- ** Torch Awards Deadline Tomorrow
-- ** Fundamental Desktop Publishing Regional Tests 2018 (S)
-- ** Virtual Events Deadline
-- ** State Service Project: Reach Out and Read
-- ** November News from National Officers
-- ** Regional Competition Registration Deadline (S)
-- ** Regional Edition WSAP Guidelines (S)
-- ** BPA Pistons Event Registration Deadline

** THANKSGIVING BREAK: OFFICE CLOSED
The Michigan BPA State Office will be closed Wednesday, November 22 thru Sunday, November 26, 2017 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you enjoy the time with your loved ones.

** STUDENTS DELETED FROM BPA SCHEDULER (S)
Students who were not registered for any competition OR had “Not Attending” selected as their event were removed from the BPA Scheduler website yesterday. I encourage you to login to BPA Scheduler to see if any students were removed who should not have been. All individuals in the BPA Scheduler website must have an event selected in order to indicate they are planning to attend the conference. Remember, students who are not competing in any main competitions should have been identified as an “Open Events Only” contestant.

If you have any corrections that need to be made, please notify your regional advisors and me.

** POSTSECONDARY COMPETITION REGISTRATION (PS)
Postsecondary chapters will be able to start registering their students for competition in January. However, chapters may want to start having students identify the events in which they plan to compete. When the registration for Postsecondary opens, chapters will be able to enter quickly their information.

** STATE SERVICE PROJECT INFORMATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
From Michigan BPA Service Committee

We are excited to be working with Reach Out and Read this year as our state service project. Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

We know reading literacy is important for all individuals. It is never too early to start developing reading skills in young children. Therefore, Michigan BPA is encouraging local chapters to conduct virtual book drives for Reach Out and Read or create/rebuild a Little Free Library in your community.

Your chapter can participate in this year’s service project by way of making monetary donations, donating books, or creating a Little Free Library.

A great deal of information and resources about all the options as well as information about the State Service Project Award is available on our State Service Project page at www.michiganbpa.org/state-service-project/.

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.

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!

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.

Maurice S. Henderson