[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #16

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
December 15, 2017: BPA Prepare for Success Session (Davenport University-Grand Rapids, MI)
December 19, 2017: Region 7 RLC (Flint, MI)
December 22, 2017-January 2, 2018: Michigan BPA State Office Closed
January 5, 2018: Regional Leadership Conferences: Regions 5 and 6
January 6, 2018: Regional Leadership Conference: Region 8

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:
** Outstanding Membership Dues Payments (S)
** Diplomat Torch Awards Corrections (S)

** BPA OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSURE
The BPA State Office will be closed from December 22 through January 1. We will not check e-mail or voice mail during this time. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.

** DIPLOMAT TORCH AWARDS STATUS
The 2018 Diplomat Torch Award recipients have been identified. A complete list is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/torch-awards-program. Recipients of this award will be recognized at the various regional leadership conferences. Awards for Postsecondary recipients will be sent to their respective chapter advisors.

** BARBARA CHAMBERS OUTSTANDING ADVISOR AWARD
Nomination forms for the Barbara Chambers Outstanding Advisor Award will be posted online later this week. Once it is posted, you may want alert your student members. Nominations for this award must come from student members.

** VARIOUS SPECIAL AWARDS DEADLINE JANUARY 10, 2018
Submissions for various special awards are due January 10, 2018. Check our website and the Michigan Guidelines Supplement for information about these various awards. The following items must be postmarked or submitted online on January 10, 2018:
Michigan BPA Scholarship Application
State Executive Council Candidate Application
Chapter of the Year Award Application
Barbara Chambers Outstanding Advisor Award Deadline
Statesman Torch Award Deadline
Community Service Award Deadline

BPA STATE OFFICER CANDIDATES (S)
Do you have a student with excellent leadership skills? Do you believe that they could provide outstanding contributions to Michigan BPA? Why not recommend that they run for state office. Serving as a state officer is a rewarding experience and provides real-world training in many different areas. The Michigan BPA State Executive Council candidate application is available on the documents page of our website. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2018. This is the best time to start completing the application. Do not wait until January to start.

SLC THURSDAY NIGHT EVENT: CHAPTER FEUD (S)
By Kaytlyn Honore, Executive Vice-President

The state officers are pleased to announce that the Thursday Night Event at the 2018 Michigan BPA State Leadership Conference will be Chapter Feud. This will be an exciting time with fun questions, facts, and prizes. To make the game more accurate and fun for everyone, we ask that you take this short information survey! Please share this link to a Google form with your chapter members. In addition, chapter advisors may complete the survey as well.  https://goo.gl/ydjwTY

MICHIGAN BPA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AVAILABLE (S)
Michigan BPA will continue its tradition of recognizing top graduating seniors with our Michigan BPA Scholarship. The scholarship application is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. The application deadline is January 10, 2018. Scholarship awards will be announced and presented during the dinner session at the state leadership conference.

RLC GRADING & RESULTS (S)
Because of the importance of making sure that all regional finalist results are accurate, please review the separate e-mail message that was sent to you earlier today entitled “RLC GRADING & RESULTS.” This information is very important and applies to ALL regions. The information is also posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/advisors.

RLC FINALISTS ELIGIBLE FOR SLC (S)
Here is the breakdown in terms of the number of regional winners advancing on to state competition. Based upon the registration numbers for the various regional conferences, the following is a list of RLC winners eligible for the SLC:

TEAM EVENTS
ALL regions: Top 2

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
Region 3: Top 2 Individual
Region 10: Top 3 Individual
Regions 1 and 5: Top 4 Individual
Regions 4, 7, 8, and 9: Top 5 Individual
Region 6: Top 6 Individual
IMPORTANT: Region 10 dropped down a tier due to lower numbers.

Maurice S. Henderson