[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #34

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UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
May 9-13, 2018: BPA National Leadership Conference (Dallas/Grapevine, Texas)
June 25-28, 2018: MBEA Summer Bootcamp (Midland, 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:
NLC Michigan Schedule of Events Available Online
SLC Video Archives

** MBEA SUMMER BOOTCAMP
There are only a few days left to register for the 2018 Michigan Business Education Association Summer Boot Camp which will be held on the campus of Northwood University on June 25-28.  Visit the Summer Academy tab on our MBEA website at www.mbea-online.org for more details.

** THE SOURCE: SPECIAL NLC EDITION
A special edition of The Source is available online here (PDF). It has a great deal of information about conference shuttle buses, workshop schedules, special event (Texas Hoedown), and more. Download and review this information and share it with your students.

** NLC NAMETAGS
Make sure you pay close attention to the nametag sheets you receive for each student. In the past, extra tickets and conference schedules are printed on nametag sheets. Do not discard the sheets once you have placed the nametag into the nametag holder until you have obtained all the information you need.

** DOWNLOAD THE BPA MOBILE APP ON GUIDEBOOK
The BPA NLC Conference program has gone mobile! A printed, hard copy of the program booklet will not be available. This year we invite all BPA members to download the new BPA Conference App on Guidebook. Available for both Android and iPhone, this app will provide conference information right at your fingertips. You can view the conference schedule, learn about speakers, check out activities and events, view conference maps and even customize your own schedule! Go to Apple Store or Google Play and download Guidebook. Once the app is installed used the passphrase bpanlc18.

** CONFERENCE CHAPERONES
If students are attending the conference without a BPA advisor, but with a parent or other school official, make sure you provide that individual’s cell phone number to State Director Maurice S. Henderson.

** SHARE AWARDS, INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS, AND PHOTOS
In many instances, Michigan BPA is unaware of BPA Cares Awards chapters receive. In addition, National BPA is unable to provide us with student success stories regarding the MOS and MTA certifications. In addition, we want to have photos for our Michigan BPA website and conference-in-review newsletter.

Please share all of this information with us throughout the conference online www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-awards-and-photos.

** CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
As with past conferences, extra volunteers are always needed during the conference. If you are willing to work an additional assignment OR if you have chaperones attending who haven’t volunteered, please ask them to visit the Competitive Events Center (Room: Dallas 1-2) to volunteer.

** INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS
All individuals planning to take a certification test (competitive event or stand-by) need to register with Certiport before attending the NLC. Visit www.certiport.com to register. This includes students competing in events that require a certification test and those who take a certification exam voluntarily. Stand-by lines will be available during the conference.

** DRESS CODE
Make sure your students are fully aware of the dress code requirements and the fact that if they are not properly attired they will not be allowed to participate in their competitions.

** JUDGES COMMENTS
If your students in judged events would like feedback, please remember to bring self-addressed, stamped envelopes. Judges’ comments will be returned for those contestants providing a stamped envelope(s) addressed to the local advisor, with the contestant ID number, school name and contest name written on the flap. The student must give the envelope to the contest judges when they enter the room.

** PRESUBMITTED MATERIALS
Additional copies of all presubmitted information are required at NLC (both preliminary and final round). We do not print the documents from technical judging. Read the WSAP carefully.

** COMPUTER LAB EVENTS
For events in the computer labs, full-size keyboards will be available upon request. Tell your students to ask the administrator or proctor for a keyboard if they would like one.

** COMPETITIVE EVENTS SCHEDULES
Make sure you logon to the National BPA conference registration site to view and print your students’ conference schedules. If a contestant has a time conflict for an event, visit the Competitive Events Center (Room: Dallas 1-2) immediately upon arriving at the conference.

MICHIGAN AWARDS SESSION SOUVENIR
Due to recent budget cuts, we will not be able to provide a blinky souvenir/noise maker for the awards session. If you wish, you may go to a local Dollar Store to buy some light-up or noise maker items for your chapter.

NLC PRIMARY ELECTIONS
Michigan does NOT have any Secondary Division national officer candidates this year. However, ALL Michigan students may attend and participate in the national officer candidate primary elections. The primary elections will take place immediately after the Secondary Business Meeting, which will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Skylar McArthur, from Alma College, is Michigan’s national officer candidate for the Postsecondary Division. The Postsecondary Division will NOT have primary elections. We certainly wish Skylar the best of luck with her campaign for election. We are certain she will represent us well.

TWEET TO #MIBPA OR @MICHIGANBPA
During the NLC, make sure you tweet pictures and comments while you are at the conference. Please make sure you include Michigan BPA in your tweets so we can obtain your pictures for use in our post-conference newsletter or on our website.

WATCH THE 2018 BPA NLC AWARDS SESSION LIVE
Remember to tell supporters, family members, and friends that they can log in on Saturday, May 12 to watch the 2018 NLC Grand Awards Session live at www.thinkcybis.com/bpa-live/.

SLC PHOTOS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Thousands of photos were taken by our conference photographers during the state conference. Photos are available for purchase until Friday, May 25, 2018.

Photos from the conference make excellent graduation gifts. After May 25, pictures from the 2018 State Leadership Conference will not be available. Visit https://michiganbpa.photoshelter.com to view and/or purchase photos.

2018-2019 CHAPTER OFFICER ELECTIONS
This is the best time of year to conduct chapter officer elections. It will help you get a head start on the next school year. At the end of August, we announce the date for our fall leadership conference. If your officers are already elected, that will help you register for the conference in a timely manner.

NOTE: The date for the fall leadership conference has not be secured. Once arrangements are made, notice will be sent to all advisors via e-mail.