[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #20 SLC-3 (S)

NOTE: Items titled in bold, italics are messages from the state executive council or national officers. ** Indicates new items for this week.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
January 24:
Corrected Statesman Award Deadline
February 1: SLC Registration & Hotel Reservation Deadlines
February 2: Presubmitted Events Deadline

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:
URGENT: One-Minute Survey: Advisor Contest Assignments
SLC Website, Registration Booklet, and Forms
BPA Scheduler Registration for SLC is Open
Team Sign-up for SLC Chapter Feud
Attendance Eligibility
RLC Award Winners Eligible for SLC
NLC Virtual Competitors Eligible for SLC

** STATESMAN TORCH AWARDS CORRECTIONS DUE TOMORROW
The deadline for submitting corrections to Statesman Torch Awards resumes that have not been approved is tomorrow. All corrected, resubmitted resumes but be submitted by 11:59 PM EST tomorrow.

** NEW CHAPTERS
A list of new chapters that will be recognized at our state conference dinner session is posted at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-news/2018/1/13/welcome-new-chapters.

** SLC DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY SHUTTLE BUS SCHEDULE
The shuttle bus schedule for events held at Davenport University has been posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents. We recommend that you use this document to plan your student's schedule and to identify any potential contest conflicts.

** SLC EDITION OF WSAP GUIDELINES AND STYLE & REFERENCE MANUAL
The SLC Edition of the WSAP Guidelines and Style & Reference Manual are now available for download from www.michiganbpa.org/documents OR www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents. Please pay close attention to these documents because they will be the basis for administering and grading the competitive events graders during the state leadership conference. The SLC edition of the WSAP Guidelines includes updates that were published by National BPA throughout the school year. Visit www.bpa.org/compete/downloadcenter for a summary of those previous updates.

GRAPHIC DESIGN PROMOTION: PRESUBMITTED VIA BPA SCHEDULER
For the first time ever, Graphic Design Promotion will be presubmitted via BPA Scheduler for state competition versus U.S. mail. Please download the following file for information regarding this event and other presubmitted events: https://www.michiganbpa.org/s/docs-slc-Presubmitted-Event-Materials-Submission-State-2017-2018.pdf

NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGER AT SLC
Visit https://www.michiganbpa.org/slc-news/2018/1/13/national-anthem-singer-at-slc for more details. All entries must be submitted online on or before January 31, 2018.

STUDENTS MUST ATTEND ENTIRE WEEKEND
Remember, the Michigan BPA policy is that in order for a student to compete at the SLC, he/she must be a registered and paid hotel guest for the entire conference weekend (minimum Friday and Saturday nights). This conference is about more than just competition. The entire conference includes leadership workshops, networking, service projects, the general sessions (opening, dinner, and awards), and much more. This applies to ALL students. There should not be any back-and-forth travel because this makes you, your school, and BPA liable if anything unfortunate may happen. As stated on page 6 of the SLC registration booklet, anyone who is registered for the conference and discovers they cannot stay at the hotel for the entire weekend will be eligible for a partial refund only. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this matter.

PRESUBMITTED EVENTS
As you know, there are 14 competitions that are considered presubmitted events because they have materials that must be mailed to us prior to the state conference. Instructions for submitting these events online via our BPA Scheduler website can be found online at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents.

The Fundamental Desktop Publishing information will be sent to chapter advisors via e-mail and posted online via a password-protected website on January 15, 2018.

The presubmitted 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
Website Design Team

COMPETITIVE EVENT DOCUMENTATION FORMS
Mail-in Event Documentation/Entry Forms (in Word Format) are posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. You will need the following documents:
*** Individual Entry Form
*** Team Entry Form
*** Release Form

Handwritten forms will result in a deduction in points. 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.

SLC TEAM MEMBER CHANGES
Refer to page 19 of the SLC Registration Booklet and review questions 19-21 for information about team member changes.

CONTESTANT SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
As mentioned at the FLC and as published in the SLC Registration Booklet, we will **NOT** be rescheduling students due to contest conflicts. As printed on page 19 of the SLC registration booklet, students who qualify for multiple events that have conflicting times will be allowed to take only one of their events. The next regional qualifier will be permitted to take their spot in the contest they decide to drop. This does **NOT** apply to the following: Saturday’s judged appointment events or the Parliamentary Procedures Concepts-Open Event (for team members only).

PLEASE review all your students contest times now so we can notify the alternate of the event they plan to drop. Please notify your regional advisor AND state office if you have a student dropping a contest. Michigan BPA is **NOT** responsible for notifying you of any schedule conflict prior to the conference. If you relied on the state office to catch every single conflict, students who fit this scenario could end up being notified as late as the first day of the conference.

CHAPERONES
Our policy as published on the advisor code of ethics form is that a minimum of two advisors/chaperones are required for ALL chapters. In addition, one advisor and/or chapter is required for every ten students or major portion thereof. (Example: After the 15th student, an additional advisor/chaperone is required, so on and so forth.) During the conference, one chaperone must be designated to remain on your assigned hotel guest room floor at all times. We will contact any school throughout the registration process if they do not meet this requirement. It is important that we have sufficient supervision at the conference.

Although we appreciate the extra adult supervision, do NOT register an excessive number of chaperones in comparison to the number of students you are bringing (example: two students and four adults). Please be conservative, yet follow the policy stated above when making chaperone arrangements.

Maurice S. Henderson