[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #29

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
April 1: Ambassador Torch Awards Deadline
April 1: National BPA Cares Awards Deadline (Special Recognition Awards & Service Learning Awards)
April 1: NLC Registration and Hotel Reservations 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:
** Congratulations to All SLC Winners
** Secondary and Postsecondary SLC Score Reports
** NLC Qualifier Cancellations

** IMPORTANT: REVIEW AMBASSADOR TORCH AWARDS SUBMISSIONS
If you have students who submitted their Ambassador Torch Resumes, please log in to the Torch Awards system to review the status of their submissions. Many students’ resumes have been rejected because the descriptions are not stated in full sentences. Unbeknown to our Michigan BPA staff, this requirement has been in the Torch Awards Handbook for the past two years. Activity descriptions must be in complete sentences. Descriptions that are provided that are not in complete sentences will be rejected. Remember, April 1 is the deadline for submission. No revisions can be made after April 1.

** NLC REGISTRATION DEADLINE ON (EASTER) SUNDAY
National Leadership Conference registration is on Sunday, April 1, 2018. All registrations submitted on or before 11:59 PM on Sunday will be guaranteed the early/regular conference registration rates.

Remember, all contestants who are submitting materials for the presubmitted events must be registered for the NLC prior to submitting their contestant materials.

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
SLC Evaluations must be completed online by Friday, March 30, 2018. 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 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