[MI BPA 2018-2019] Tuesday Tipster #8

October 23, 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
October 26, 2018: Prepare for Success Session (Davenport University, Grand Rapids)
October 26, 2018: MBEA Convention & Hotel Reservation Deadlines
October 29, 2018: Joint Council Meeting (East Lansing, MI)
October 31, 2018: Michigan NLC Trading Pin & State Theme Graphic Contest Deadlines (S)
November 1, 2018: Advisor/Student Preliminary Dues Deadline
November 2, 2018: Prepare for Success Session (Ludington HS, Ludington, MI)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER
Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at https://www.michiganbpa.org/tuesday-tipster-20182019/7/2018/10/16. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
--Updated SLC Competition Time Schedule (S)
--Presubmitted Event Materials for Regional Competition (S)
--Membership Recruitment is This Week

** NEW BPA ADVISOR ORIENTATION
A new BPA advisor orientation will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 during the MBEA Annual Convention in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Visit www.mbea-online.org to obtain information about registering for the convention and attending the new BPA advisor orientation session. You must be registered for the conference to attend the orientation session. Registration deadline is this Friday.

** CONNECT WITH YOUR LOCAL STATE OFFICER
Are you interested in having a state officer visit your school? Do you have a student who is interested in running for state office? Do your students want to provide feedback regarding the fall leadership conference? Share the following links with your students in order to provide feedback or request additional information.

Chapter Visit Request Form: https://goo.gl/forms/HtC0J3i2W3ga9x5F3

State Executive Council Interest Form: https://goo.gl/forms/EDjlx9IsnqP6angy1

FLC Feedback Form: https://goo.gl/forms/y9Ipboc2fAoQFamr1

** NETWORK DESIGN TEAM COMPETITION (S)
Michigan BPA will pilot offering the Network Design Team competition event through a virtual platform during the 2018-2019 school year. Joe Sobeske from Branch Area Careers Center will take the lead on coordinating this event. Information will be e-mailed soon to chapter advisors so decisions may be made regarding student competition choices. Participation in this event will count as one of the two main events any individual student may enter. 

** DEADLINE APPROACHING: STATE THEME & NLC TRADING PIN CONTESTS
October 31 is more than just Halloween. It is the deadline for our state theme graphic and NLC trading pin contests. Guidelines and details are posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/michigan-state-theme-nlc-trading-pin-graphic-contests.

REGIONAL COMPETITION REGISTRATION IS OPEN (S)
Regional competition registration opened a few weeks ago. Chapter advisors should have received an e-mail on October 10, 2018 entitled “BPA Scheduler Regional Registration System is Ready.”

In order to register students for their competitions, chapters must use the BPA Scheduler website. Regional competition registration deadline is 11:59 PM on Friday, November 9, 2018.

LOCAL OFFICER CONTACT INFORMATION FORM
From 2018-2019 Michigan BPA State President Nathan Lee

Local officers should have filled out the contact information form at the fall leadership conference. If your chapter did not attend FLC or left the session early, please have them fill the form out at http://bit.ly/MIBPAFLC. Even if your chapter attended, please ask to ensure that your students completed the form.

PREPARE FOR SUCCESS SESSIONS AT DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY (S)
Davenport University is continuing to host BPA competitive event prep sessions at various campuses throughout the state. There are numerous dates available to accommodate all students. The event is free to anyone who wants to attend. Space is limited.

Download the flyer about the event by clicking this link: https://www.michiganbpa.org/s/docs-2018-2019-Prepare-for-BPA-Success-Sessions.pdf 

WORKPLACE SKILLS ASSESSMENT PROGRAM GUIDELINES – REGIONAL EDITION (S)
The Regional Edition of the WSAP Guidelines will be posted on our website on November 1, 2018. Often, there are numerous changes to this document throughout the year. Therefore, on November 1, we will post on our website the version that will be used for regional competition. This will be the official version for regional competition.

Immediately after all regional competitions are over, we will post the final updated version for the school year. If you wish, you may download a "preliminary working copy" from the National BPA website at http://www.bpa.org/compete/downloadcenter with the understanding that on November 1 the regional edition will be posted on our website.

CITING SOURCES IN YOUR WORKS CITED
Do you need to know how to cite a source in your Works Cited document and there is no example in the Style & Reference Manual? An excellent resource is Purdue Owl, which is accessible online at https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html. This cite provides information on how to cite all sources, including electronic media and various items found online.

Remember, students must cite themselves in their Works Cited document for any graphics, images, photographs, etc. that they own or have created.

Maurice S. Henderson