[MI BPA 2018-2019] Tuesday Tipster #16

December 18, 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.

Since this will be the last weekly update for 2018, I want to start by wishing everyone Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays! I wish you the best this holiday season and in the new year!!!

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
December 19, 2018:
Region 7 RLC (S)
December 22, 2018-January 1, 2019: BPA State Office Closed
January 4, 2019: Regions 5 and 6 RLC (S)
January 8, 2019: Region 2 RLC (S)
January 9, 2019: Deadlines--Scholarship Application, Statesman Torch Awards, Community Service Award, Barbara Chambers Outstanding Advisor Award, Chapter of the Year Award, State Executive Council Candidate Application
January 10, 2019: New Chapter Deadline (PS)
January 11, 2019: Regions 1, 4, and 9 RLC (S)
January 12, 2019: Region 8 RLC (S)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER
Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at https://www.michiganbpa.org/tuesday-tipster-20182019/15/2018/12/11. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
-- Diplomat Torch Awards Reviewed
-- State Service Project at RLC (S)
-- State Executive Council Candidate Form (S)
-- Presentation Management Team Topic
-- Michigan BPA Scholarship Application Available (S)

** BPA OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSURE
The BPA State Office will be closed from December 22 through January 1. We will not check e-mail or voice mail during this time. Our office will reopen on Wednesday, January 2.

** DIPLOMAT TORCH AWARDS STATUS
The 2019 Diplomat Torch Award recipients have been identified. A complete list is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/torch-awards-program. Recipients of this award will be recognized at the various regional leadership conferences. Awards for Postsecondary recipients will be sent to their respective chapter advisors.

** WORKS CITED AND OTHER FORMS NEEDED FOR FLC
Please make sure your students bring signed Individual Entry, Team Entry, and/or Release Forms to regional competition, if required for their event.

Furthermore, Works Cited pages are needed for all judged events except Advanced Interview Skills, Contemporary Issues, Ethics and Professionalism, Extemporaneous Speech, Human Resource Management, Interview Skills, and Parliamentary Procedure Team. Students must cite the sort for any media (i.e., images, logos, sounds, and other assets/media elements) used in the development, creation, and publication of their contest materials. Students who create their own media will be required to cite themselves as the author.

If you are unsure if a judged event requires these forms, it’s best to prepare them and not need them versus not having them and being disqualified or loosing points.

** ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES PROHIBITED IN COMPETITION
This a reminder that all forms of wearable technology (i.e., Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watches, Fitbits, etc.) are prohibited and use of such devices during competition will result in disqualification. The “NLC Calculator Guidelines” state “Cell phone calculators or any other electronic communications devices” are prohibited.

** VARIOUS SPECIAL AWARDS DEADLINE JANUARY 9, 2019
Submissions for various special awards are due January 9, 2019. Check our website and the Michigan Guidelines Supplement for information about these various awards. The following items must be postmarked or submitted online on January 9, 2019:
Michigan BPA Scholarship Application
State Executive Council Candidate Application
Chapter of the Year Award Application
Barbara Chambers Outstanding Advisor Award Deadline
Statesman Torch Award Deadline
Community Service Award Deadline

** BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
Source: Business Professionals of America: The Source – December 13, 2018

Business Professionals of America announces the recent hiring of Patrick W. Schultz to the organization’s National Center staff as the Director of Technology Integration.

In this newly created position, Schultz will steward the growth and development of the technology and education departments for BPA. He will also have the opportunity to lead the formation of new strategic partnerships, drive creation of new programs and technology initiatives and oversee all technical aspects of the organization, assuring that the educational priorities are met using an active and practical approach.

Congratulations Patrick!

LAST REMINDER: ADVISOR CODE OF ETHICS FORMS
Advisors who did not submit their advisor code of ethics form will receive an e-mail reminder last Tuesdsay. Please submit your form immediately if you have not done so. The form may be downloaded from www.michiganbpa.org/documents.

RLC GRADING & RESULTS (S)
Because of the importance of making sure that all regional finalist results are accurate, please review the separate e-mail message that was sent to you earlier today entitled “RLC GRADING & RESULTS.” This information is very important and applies to ALL regions. The information is also posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/advisors.
 
RLC FINALISTS ELIGIBLE FOR SLC (S)
Here is the breakdown in terms of the number of regional winners advancing on to state competition. Based upon the registration numbers for the various regional conferences, the following is a list of RLC winners eligible for the SLC:
 
TEAM EVENTS
ALL Regions: Top 2 Teams

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
Region 3: Top 3 Individual

Regions 4, 5, and 9: Top 4 Individual

Regions 1, 2, 6, and 8: Top 5 Individual

Region 7: Top 6 Individual

IMPORTANT: Regions 1, 4, 6, and 9 dropped down a tier due to lower numbers. Regions 3 and 7 increased a tier due to higher numbers.

Maurice S. Henderson