[MI BPA 2018-2019] Tuesday Tipster #12

November 20, 2018

Dear Chapter Advisors:

NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. Items titled in a maroon color is a message from the state executive council.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
November 21-25, 2018: Michigan BPA State Office Closed for Thanksgiving
November 23, 2018: BPA Pistons Event Registration Deadline
November 30, 2018: Pre-submitted Events Deadline (S)
December 1, 2018: Final Membership Dues Deadline (S)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER

Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at https://www.michiganbpa.org/tuesday-tipster-20182019/11/2018/11/13. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
--Torch Awards Deadline Tomorrow
--Torch Awards Submission Procedures
--Fundamental Desktop Publishing Regional 2019 Test (S)
--Regional Edition WSAP Guidelines (S)

** THANKSGIVING BREAK: OFFICE CLOSED
The Michigan BPA State Office will be closed Wednesday, November 21 thru Sunday, November 25, 2018 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you enjoy the time with your loved ones. 

** RLC PRE-SUBMITTED EVENTS DEADLINE (S)
Friday, November 30, 2018 is the deadline date for all pre-submitted event materials for the regional competitions. Please make sure you have submitted your contestants’ materials on or before this deadline. Materials will NOT be accepted after this date (11:59 p.m. on November 30). The pre-submitted 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, and Website Design Team.

Follow the supplemental mailing instructions provided by your regional advisor as well.

** UPLOADING FILES VIA BPA SCHEDULER (S)
Please use the following naming conventions for your files that will be uploaded: the initials of the contest name followed by the 10-digit contestant number, with the underscore as the separator. An example of an Economic Research Individual paper submitted like this would be ERI_04_0024_1234. For team events, list the six-digit chapter number after the event name abbreviation. An example for Global Marketing Team would be GMT_04_0024. Only one file per contestant or team, per event should be submitted.

Remember, to upload files on the BPA Scheduler, just go to www.bpascheduler.com and log in as you did to register your students for competition.

REMEMBER, ALL FILES MUST BE CONVERTED TO PDF BEFORE BEING UPLOADED!

** STUDENTS DELETED FROM BPA SCHEDULER (S)
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, students who were not registered for any competition OR have “Not Attending” selected as their event will be removed from the BPA Scheduler website yesterday. I encourage you to login to BPA Scheduler to see if any students are currently listed with competitions that should be. All individuals in the BPA Scheduler website must have an event selected in order to indicate they are planning to attend the conference. Remember, students who are not competing in any main competitions should have been identified as an “Open Events Only” contestant.

If you have any corrections that need to be made, please notify your regional advisors and me.

MICHIGAN BPA NEWS BLOG
We hope that you and your students are taking advantage of the wonderful articles that the state officers have been providing this year. Each Monday, a new article has been posted on the home page of our website at www.michiganbpa.org. Please inform your students that they do not want to miss these interesting articles.

Please make sure you and your students have read the rules regarding submitting activities in the Torch Awards system. Our Torch Awards Coordinator Matt Leddy states that there are quite a few submissions that have incomplete sentences listed for the students’ activities. Please ensure activity statements are written in complete sentences. If activities are not written in complete sentences, those activities will not be accepted.

BPA PISTONS EVENT REGISTRATION DEADLINE
The deadline to register for the BPA Pistons Event is November 23, 2018 (Black Friday). Don’t miss this deadline. The registration flyer is located online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. Register today!

FINAL MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1 (S)
For the Secondary division, December 1 is the last day to enter students who would be eligible for open events only at the regional level. These students would also be eligible to participate in Torch Awards. The link to enter your dues-paying members is http://registermychapter.com/bpamem/.

MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENT DEADLINE (S)
December 7 is the deadline date for payment of all state and national membership dues invoices that have been submitted prior to that date. The link to enter your dues-paying members is http://registermychapter.com/bpamem/.

STATE SERVICE PROJECT INFORMATION
Please take time to share the following links with your local chapter officers. By viewing these links, they can learn more about our state service project.

https://www.michiganbpa.org/main-blog/honoring-our-veterans

https://www.michiganbpa.org/state-service-project/

Maurice S. Henderson