[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #28

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
April 1: Ambassador Torch Awards Deadline
April 1: National BPA Cares Awards Deadline (Special Recognition Awards & Service Learning Awards)

** CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SLC WINNERS

Tomorrow, the SLC winners’ lists for both the Secondary and Postsecondary State Leadership Conferences will be accessible via the front page of our website at www.michiganbpa.org/slc or www.michiganbpa.org/postsecondary. Congratulations to all our SLC winners!

** SECONDARY AND POSTSECONDARY SLC SCORE REPORTS
Score reports from the SLC are available by logging in to BPA Scheduler and clicking the Attendees tab. All scores are provided. When you click the “Attendee” tab, your results will appear. If you have any questions regarding the information in your score report, please let me know. Scores from open events are not provided.

** SECONDARY SLC DASHBOARD
Visit your Secondary SLC Post-conference Dashboard where you will find access to the winners list, conference evaluations, conference photos, and much more. The dashboard is located at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-postconference-dashboard/. All of the references to special webpages below will direct you to the dashboard for easy access to everything.

** SECONDARY SLC EVALUATIONS
Please visit the following links to complete the convention evaluations. Survey evaluations are accessible through our dashboard at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-postconference-dashboard/.

** BPA SCHEDULER IS NOT USED FOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The Michigan BPA Scheduler website is not used for anything NLC related. You do not register nor do you upload your contestant files to the BPA Scheduler site for national conference.

** NLC PREVIEW GUIDE
Please download and read the entire NLC Preview Guide, which is available for download at www.bpa.org/nlc/preconferencepublication. You should read the booklet using a highlighter in order to highlight important pieces of information.

** NLC ELIGIBLE CONTESTANTS
Although any student may attend the conference, the following winners are eligible to compete at the NLC:

Open Events: All winners recognized on stage AND any student attending the NLC.

Team Events: Top 2 teams

Individual Judged Events: Top 3 winners

Individual Non-judged and Computer Events: Top 5 winners

** NLC QUALIFIER CANCELLATIONS
Anyone who is NOT registered for the national leadership conference by tonight (March 21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.) will forfeit his or her participation in the conference. We will continue to contact alternates as we audit all conference registrations online.

If you are 100% certain that a student will not be attending, please complete a non-attendance form online at
www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-nonattendance. If you have previously notified me via standard e-mail, you do not need to submit this form online.

** NLC REGISTRATION
All contestants who are submitting materials for the presubmitted events must be registered for the NLC prior to submitting their contestant materials.

** NLC PRESUBMITTED EVENTS
Remember, the events listed below have materials that must be sent in to National BPA by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, 2018. You may revise these materials from your state conference entries. Please read the guidelines for the events in which your students are competing.

Instructions are located on pages 13-14 and 22 of the WSAP Guidelines.

Make sure you include your Individual Entry Form or Team Entry Form with your materials. If addition, it is best to include all Release Forms as well.

* Make sure the URL link is provided on the entry from for your student’s project for the events with asterisks below. Include any passwords as needed.

The presubmitted events are:
Administrative Support Research Project
Advanced Interview Skills
Broadcast News Production Team *
Computer Animation Team *
Digital Media Production *
Economic Research Individual
Economic Research Team
Entrepreneurship
Global Marketing Team
Graphic Design Promotion
Interview Skills
Network Design Team (Postsecondary)
Video Production Team *
Website Design Team *

IMPORTANT: Students are allowed to make changes to their materials, websites, designs, etc. prior to submitting the materials for national competition. You do NOT have to submit the exact same materials you submitted for state competition. Students may make changes to improve their work as they desire.

** NLC ROOMMATE SHARING
Visit
www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-roommate-matching for roommate matching options and to announce that you have roommate possibilities.

** NLC ATTENDANCE
Any student can attend the national leadership conference. Attendance is not limited to eligible competitive event award winners. Anyone may attend.


** NLC ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT
Students are not required to attend the NLC for the entire time. They may attend only for their day of competition if they chose to do so.

** NLC ADVISOR VS. PARENT ATTENDANCE
A frequently asked question is does an advisor need to attend the NLC. Advisors are not officially required to attend the conference. The student may attend with a parent or another chapter. However, keep in mind that the student’s advisor is still 100% responsible for handling conference registration and making hotel reservations. The chapter advisor must forward all communication to the designated adult attending on behalf of the chapter advisor. Although it’s not required, it would be helpful if you sign up such an adult chaperone to a conference assignment of some kind, even if it’s not a competition assignment.

** NLC TRADING PINS

This year’s NLC trading pin with a moving compass part. We are confident that our pin will be a hot item this year. Make sure you order your pins by April 6, 2018 online at www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-trading-pins.

** NLC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Remember, the NLC Leadership Academy is open to postsecondary students as well. In addition, postsecondary students may sign up to be a conference intern. Information is available online at www.bpa.org/nlc/leadershipacademy.

Maurice S. Henderson