ANNOUNCEMENTS

FLASHES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 

1-16-18

2018 STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE – MARCH 8-10 , 2018  CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & SPECIAL AWARDS INFORMATION

Attached is the registration packet with all the details including hotel rates for SLC 2018.  Conference registration fee remains at $75.00 (same as last year).  This year all students will receive a conference t-shirt – this is NOT an add on item but included in registration so be certain to select t-shirt sizes.    REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  FEBRUARY 8, 2018.  This is also the deadline for pre-submissions as well as the Torch Awards Resumes.   

ADVISOR GARMENTS

We will once again offer an advisor garment for purchase with your registration.  You will receive a flyer for an optional for purchase advisor garment that is available when you register your chapter.  The BPA logo will be embroidered on the sleeve.  This year advisors will NOT receive the conference t-shirt but it will be available as an add on purchase for $10 as well as an upgraded garment.  A different conference gift will be part of your registration packet that I think you will really like!     

EVENT SCHEDULE

The schedule of events for SLC is towards the end of the Information Packet.  Keep in mind that THIS IS TENTATIVE – once we have actual numbers for the lab events after registration closes, there may be a need to adjust event times to accommodate the number of computers needed in the lab for various events.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

This year the housing will be submitted directly through our online conference registration system.  After you "submit" your housing within our registration system, please complete the attached excel summary form and submit to the Hyatt to verify billing details.  New this year is the Credit Card Authorization Form that you (or business office) should complete and return if a credit card will be used to pay the hotel charges. 

PROFESSIONAL DRESS VISUAL TOOL

Please share the Professional Dress Code with  your members!   Please keep in mind that the BPA Board will be enforcing dress code requirements similar to procedures at NLC where a student has to be appropriately dressed to go on stage.  

CREATIVE INTERN APPLICATION 

NATIONAL OFFICER APPLICATIONS 

Each region may nominate two candidates for consideration for national officer candidacy by the deadline established.    Candidates must meet all criteria for national officer positions and the criteria for the Minnesota State Officer Candidate Guidelines.  A letter of intent must be submitted to the Executive Director by February 15, 2018, the established deadline date.  Candidates must pass a test to be eligible to run for a national office.  Recommendations for the national officer candidates will be made by the Screening Committee with the final decision being made by the Executive Director.  Interview and Testing will take place at the State Leadership Conference.  If you have a student interested, please call Jackie at (218) 847-5355 to request additional information packet.  Deadline to submit letter of intent is February 15, 2018. If you have any additional questions, please let me know!

2018 STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Registration Pass Codes were sent to you last week for our State Conference Online system.  Passcode has NOT changed and remains the same from what you have used for FLC and Regions unless you have changed it.  You received the complete packet of info for SLC earlier this morning.  And remember, every item sent out in a FLASH is archived on our state home page under "Announcements". 

 

PROJECTION EQUIPMENT AT THE STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE  MN BPA will continue to provide equipment for events during the 2018 SLC - see attached list for those events that have projection equipment provided. 

Please let me know if there is anything you need as you prepare for state during this busy time!

12-29-17

CEAC REP OPPORTUNITY

 

Please think about applying to be considered for the CEAC Representative for MN Secondary Business Professionals of America. We are looking for a BPA Chapter Advisor/classroom educator that will bring enthusiasm, creativity, and organizational skills as well as knowledge of the competitive events offered to keep the Secondary Division of Minnesota BPA on track. The new term of office officially begins in July 2018 and concludes at the end of the 2021 National Leadership Conference. At that time, you would be eligible for one additional three-year term if you are interested.  Ideally, the new CEAC rep will also attend the 2018 NLC so that we will have representation at the CEAC meeting at NLC this spring.


As a part of this responsibility, please remember that you are required to attend the Minnesota Association Secondary Division Board Meetings (4 per year: August, November, March and May), Summer CEAC Meeting, the Annual State Leadership Conference, and the National Leadership Conference.

 

Attached is the application form as well as information regarding the position from the National P & P.

 

Date for submission of application is February 1, 2018.  Please email as attachments to Jackie Schiller – jackie@tekstar.com.   Appointment will be made prior to SLC so that the new rep will be involved in the Grading Center for the duration of this year’s conference as the incoming CEAC Rep.

 

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please let me know.

 

TORCH DEADLINE

Torch Deadline for the Stateman level award will be the same date as conference registration – February 8, 2018.  Mark your calendars!

Seeking SLC National Anthem Singer

Auditions are now being accepted to sing the National Anthem at the 2018 SLC Opening Session. Auditions will be accepted from registered BPA members and must be submitted via YouTube link, .mov file, or .mp3 file by February 1, 2018. Encourage your students to apply. Please submit to danny.spors@gmail.com and cc Jackie Schiller as well.

12-28-17

2018 BPA STATE CONFERENCE INTERNS

Attached please find the application for the 2018 SLC Conference Interns.  Please share with your members!  Deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2018.

 

Please let me know if there is anything you need as you prepare regions & state during this busy time!

12-1-17

2018 STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Attached you will find an overview on the 2018 State Leadership Conference to help in preliminary planning.  The full registration packet will be available around January 1, 2018.

 

PRESUBMIT DETAILS

Also attached are the details for the pre-submission process for state.

 

Please let me know if there is anything you need as you prepare for regions during this busy time!


This is a friendly reminder to be sure to submit your state and national dues.  Below is more specific information.  State dues are currently $8 – on Monday state dues increase to $9. 


HOW TO SUBMIT STATE BPA MEMBERSHIP - PLEASE TAKE NOTE!

 

To access the online membership registration system, please go to http://www.registermychapter.com/bpamem/ and enter your username and password.  Also attached are the instructions. 


11-29-17


2018 MN BPA CHAPTER ADVISOR HANDBOOK

The handbook was emailed to you.  This is info that you will find helpful to archive.  It is also be posted on our Downloads page.

 

STATUS UPDATE ON WEBSITE

It appears we are in the “transfer window” as things move thru ICANN the independent clearing house for domains which can take a few days. From past experience the entire domain transfer process takes around 7 days.

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Remember, state dues will increase by $1 on Monday – be sure to submit prior to Monday save $.



11-13-17

BPA FLASH

To those of you that attended, thank you for your recent participation at FLC!

 

I really need your assistance this week -

 

Here is a link to a survey on the opening keynote speaker at FLC – Your job is to have your chapter’s attendee’s complete this survey no later than Wednesday this coming week.

 

This is extremely important to us as we are able to access a grant for our speaker.

 

Thank you!

Jackie Schiller

MN BPA

11-3-17

HELP!  I would love your pictures from FLC.  Please include a brief description - who, what, where, why, etc...Thank you much!

nmcafee1968@gmail.com

10-24-17

CONFERENCE PROGRAM BOOK

Attached is the program book proof for the conference!  I wanted to get this into your hands yet today!

 

ADVISOR SESSIONS AT FLC

There are multiple advisor sessions at FLC - see program book.  Pre-registration is NOT required.

 

DOUBLETREE

If you have any last minute changes to your sleeping rooms, please be sure to take care of prior to arrival - it will help you.

 

Have a great remainder of the week ahead and see you at Registration on Sunday in Atrium 8 (2nd Floor of DoubleTree)!

10-23-17

Good afternoon everyone – This message is being sent to both the BPA Board as well as Region Chairs.

 

Sheri Berggren from Level 8 Creative will be available next weekend during the Fall Leadership Conference from 3-6 pm on Sunday and 9 - 11 am on Monday for you to visit with regarding your Region Conference needs.  She will be working out of Vista 2202 on Sunday and on Monday out of Plaza 7(Headquarters).

 

We will not have a formal training or meeting as the majority of you are well versed with the system.  But she would like to touch base with you.

 

Please make certain that your designated person from your Region meets with her - she would like the following info:

  • Date of conference confirmed
  • Hard/Soft close
  • Cost/location (if different than last year)
  • Any special "add-ons"

Thank you!  Look forward to seeing you at FLC!

FLC REGISTRATION FEES

Please remember that registration fees are due PRIOR to the start of FLC.  Please do not hand in checks on site as they just get misplaced in the activity of the conference.

 

As I receive checks, I post them to the system and an email is generated that they have been received.  If you have not yet been notified, a check has not yet been received.  

10-23-17

MONDAY

The breakout sessions offered on Monday morning at 8, 9 and 10 am are extensive!  I wanted to share the final list with you as the program book is not quite ready.  Students will attend a session of their choice at 8, 9 and 10 am.

 

SUNDAY

Students will be assigned to a color group within their selected track of New Member, Returning Member or Chapter Officer.

 

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT THEY GO TO THE COLOR GROUP/ROOM THEY ARE ASSIGNED TO OR THEY WILL JEOPARDIZE SEATING CAPACITIES……

 

Every student will participate in two sessions (3 pm and 7 pm) and the descriptions of their two activities/sessions are attached.

 

ADVISOR SESSIONS

There will be specific advisor sessions Sunday evening as well as at both 9 and 10 am on Monday - these are for you!   See the attached list (included at the end of the listing).


HOTEL CONFIRMATION NUMBERS

You were emailed a complete listing of the confirmation numbers from the DoubleTree.  If you scroll over the spreadsheet to column S, they are sorted by chapter.

 

Any questions, changes or problems with your housing should be addressed to Katie Diaz.     Katie.diaz@hilton.com

 

You will need to place a credit card at check in for incidentals for your room.

 

Please let Jackie know if you need assistance.  

10-15-17

HOTEL CONFIRMATION NUMBERS

Attached you will find a complete listing of the confirmation numbers from the DoubleTree.  If you scroll over the spreadsheet to column S, they are sorted by chapter.

 

Any questions, changes or problems with your housing should be addressed to Katie Diaz.     Katie.diaz@hilton.com

 

You will need to place a credit card at check in for incidentals for your room.

 

Please let me know if you need assistance.  

From: Penny Troe [mailto:Penny.Troe@isd518.net
Sent: Monday, October 9, 2017 4:44 PM
  

Any female advisors looking for a roommate?  Please email Penny!

10-12-17

HOTEL TAX RATE

Last week you received an email that the tax at the hotel had increased as of October 1 meaning approximately .35 difference per room from what you have probably submitted to your district officers.

 

If you have not redone this or submitted paperwork to correct, please don’t take the time – MN BPA will have any of those small shortages routed to our master so that you do not have extra work on your part.  I will work directly with the hotel to make certain this happens.

 

SESSIONS

We are busy securing outside speakers and it looks like it will be a great slate for your students to pick from for their 2 sessions of choice on Monday

 

IF YOU NEED TO PROVIDE CREDIT CARD INFO ETC. TO HOTEL

I am attaching the form once again for your convenience.

 

Any questions, just ask!

9-29-17

FLC

Remember your registration is due end of day on Monday.  Any question or difficulties just ask!  Go to http://bpa.mnctsoreg.org

 

CANDIDATE APPS

They are due on Monday as well.

 

BADGE ORDERS - reminder

BPA will once again order name badges for you if you wish to purchase – see attached form.  Submit no later than Monday.  You will receive the badge at FLC or by mail around that date if you do not attend.

9-25-17

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR FLC IS NEXT MONDAY!

 

IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED OR BEGUN THE PROCESS

Please check today to make certain that you have your log in and pass code ready - it will make next Monday a little less stressful!  Your password etc. is the same as what you used last year and remains the same unless you change it.


SUMMARY OF STEPS TO REGISTER FOR STATE

Here are the steps you need to complete - Just make certain that you do or have done all of the following:

  1. SUBMIT your conference registration (this includes the track students will participate in) on our state online system – you have the pass code right?
  2. SUBMIT YOUR ROOM LIST on our state conference website – this is a separate submit button.
  3. IF YOU ARE SHARING ROOM WITH OTHER SCHOOL:  put these instructions on the excel form described below - they will take it from there. 
  4. Send your RESERVATION FORM/invoice summary to Doubletree (it is an excel form that will assist with setting up billing).  Please send me a copy. I am attaching a copy for your convenience.  This will serve as your invoice for your hotel charges.  Also attached is a form if you will be using a school credit card.
  5. Send check to MN BPA for the registration portion.  You can print an invoice from the system.

 

Do this on or before next Monday – that’s the deadline.  After October 2the registration fee increases by a onetime $50 fee per chapter so be sure to meet the deadline date!  Then send a check for the invoice amount for registration to MN BPA MUST BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO FLC.

 

HOTEL CHANGES

Once the hotel receives all data from our site (we will transfer to their system after the deadline) you will then receive email confirmations for your rooms. 

VOTING DELEGATE ALLOCATIONS

From the FLC Packet:

Elections of the 2017-2018 State Officers will take place during the Fall Leadership Conference. Region Advisors & Region Presidents will be responsible for securing voting delegates on behalf of their region.  Voting Delegates MUST be in attendance at the Voting Delegate Briefing to be eligible to vote – this session is held at on Sunday, October 29 at 12:30 pm at the start of the conference.

 

Each region is allocated 10 delegates in addition to alternates.  If you have a member interested in serving as a voting delegate, please contact your Region Chair direct.  Officer Candidate Applications are due on or before October 2, 2017.  Officer Candidates are to refer to the“State Officer Candidate Information Packet” for additional information.


Region Chairs will receive the form this week that they will submit their regions' delegates on.  Thank you for encouraging your members to serve as voting delegates!

9-22-17

Hopefully you are encouraging members to submit their materials to be an officer candidate at the upcoming fall conference elections.

 

Here are a couple of clarifications for you to keep in mind as you work with your member.

 

WORKSHEET KEY

AFTER members  have been slated as official candidates, you as well as the members will receive a study guide key for them to prepare for the onsite exam.

 

EXPENDITURES

Attached is the form for students to use for their verification of expenses.  This will be verified and submitted prior to the campaign rally.  Please keep in mind that if something is donated or previously owned, the fair market value still needs to be listed.

 

FOOD ITEMS AT THE CAMPAIGN RALLY

Please remind your candidates that home baked goods/products are not allowable – all give away items must be commercially packaged as per state health codes.

 

BLAZERS

All candidates need to wear a navy blazer with BPA logo.  A few options for sourcing include:

  • if you have a BPA blazer but its the wrong size for your candidate, the patch could be put on any navy blazer
  • blazers are available through order through National BPA
  • borrow from a chapter within your region

 

Khaki or grey skirts or slacks are recommended but it is the candidate's choice.

 

PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE

Attached is a handout to share regarding professional attire at the conference.

 

OFFICER TRAINING CONFERENCE

The mandatory training for the newly elected state officers will be held November 17-19, 2017 in Minneapolis.

 

9-17-17

SKOL!

You should have received an email such as the below with your log in info for the FLC Registration on Friday.  If you did not receive please check your spam filter.  If you are still not successful at finding it, your password has not changed since last year.  If you are still unsuccessful, please contact me for additional assistance.

 

ADVISOR GARMENTS

See below for details on advisor garments that are available to order when you register for FLC!


9-14-17

FLC 2017 is going to be a terrific event to get your chapter motivated for a successful year with BPA!  If I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to email or call.

 

MN Fall Leadership Conference

MN BPA will host the 2017 FLC, October 29 & 30,2017 at the Doubletree Minneapolis South at a rate of $139 plus tax .   Conference registration fee will be $35 and includes a conference t-shirt. 

 

Attached is a complete information packet as well as some additional information.  Be sure to read!  

 

AGENDA

Please keep in mind that the agenda is a work in progress - there will probably be minor changes to time frames after we see numbers attending as well as numbers of candidates. 

 

We have taken great care based upon YOUR feedback to loosen up the up the scheduling as well as bringing in a new training company to facilitate the content of Sunday's breakouts. 

 

FORMAT FOR FLC

We are excited that TEAM CONCEPTS will be hosting  the two breakout sessions on Sunday (1 in the afternoon and 1 in the evening) where each student will have the opportunity to learn to lead!!  You will find more programming details in future emails.  There will be four track opportunities:

  • New Member
  • Experienced Member
  • Chapter Officer

 

HOW TO REGISTER for CONFERENCE AND HOUSING

You should receive your very own pass code for the registration system on line on Friday.  Your passcode will not have changed from last year unless you changed it. This is how you will register attendees for the conference.

 

CONFERENCE T-SHIRTS

Conference t-shirt is included in your registration!

 

DEADLINE TO REGISTER - October 2, 2017 

 

Watch for more FLASH UPDATES TO INFORM YOU!  See you at FLC!

 

 

9-8-17

PLEASE SHARE WITH INTERESTED BPA MEMBERS:

 

Attached is the packet with State Officer Candidate Information.  Elections will take place at the 2017 Fall Leadership Conference, October 29 & 30, 2017.  Deadline for RECEIPT of all application materials is October 2, 2017 

 

Please be aware all candidates running for state office need to have a navy blazer with BPA patch by FLC to wear during FLC.  Please pay attention to making certain it fits appropriately for a well-groomed appearance.

 

Please remember the following changes that were implemented LAST YEAR:

  • The campaign manager may not serve as a voting delegate or alternate voting delegate.
  • Application is not accepted electronically - must be submitted as outlined in the packet.
  • The campaign manager is allowed to use business cards.

 

We look forward to the upcoming elections and encourage your chapter’s participation in the process!

9-7-17

FLC 2017 is going to be a terrific event to get your chapter motivated for a successful year with BPA!  

 

MN Fall Leadership Conference

MN BPA will host the 2017 FLC, October 29 & 30, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis South at a rate of $139 plus tax .   Conference registration fee will be $35 and includes a conference t-shirt. 

 

Attached is a an overview to start planning.  Complete information packet as well as some additional hotel information will follow early next week as well as a passcode for our online registration system. 

 

AGENDA

Please keep in mind that the agenda is a work in progress - there will probably be minor changes to time frames after we see numbers attending as well as numbers of candidates. 

 

We have taken great care based upon YOUR feedback to loosen up the up the scheduling.  We are also working closely with a NEW training company to give totally new programming to the content of Sunday's breakouts. 

 

We’ve heard the feedback and are committed to providing a fresh experience for students including new content, new activities, and new delivery methods.  

 

DEADLINE TO REGISTER - October 2, 2017 

 

Watch for more FLASH UPDATES TO INFORM YOU!  See you at FLC!

9-5-17

WELCOME BACK BPA!

I hope you had a wonderful summer and made some great memories!  

 

Over the next few days as well as into next week, you will receive many emails to get us back at it including this membership info, state officer candidate info and FLC.  Please keep them and digest as time permits!  Keep in mind that for your convenience everything is posted on the advisor announcement page on our state website so that you are able to go back and reference if you misplace an email. 

 

FLC  - PASSCODE INFO EMAIL WILL BE GENERATED AROUND SEPTEMBER 15TH.

When the pass codes to register are generated, I will send you an email as a heads up to watch for it.  Hang onto this email with subject as BPA Fall Leadership Conference - System Log-In Information, please check your spam. If it is not there, please let me know so that we can generate pass code information for you.

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Registration for the 2017-2018 BPA Membership Year opened last week . Please make plans to register your members for the start of the new school year. Members must be registered prior to participation in BPA activities including Fall Leadership Conferences.

Just a reminder that last spring the MN BPA Board of Directors passed a dues increase for this year – state dues are now $8.  The increase is going to pay for a complete package of liability insurance for MN BPA.

 

BPA Dues are submitted online through the National Membership System.  Attached are instructions.  Register your members online at

https://www.registermychapter.com/bpamem/ .


BPA BADGE ORDER -  FORM

 

Have a great week back at school!

8-28-17

Happy Workshop Week!

Here's a new job opportunity!

rom: Erik Sill [mailto:sillerik@gmail.com
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2017 11:56 AM
To: jackie@tekstar.com
Subject: Minnetonka Teaching Opportunity

 

Jackie,

 

Can you pass this along to both the DECA and BPA networks? 

 

We are looking for someone to fill a 0.4 FTE opening. This teacher would teach IB Business Management in the VANTAGE Program. (7:45-9:30 AM

 

 

Thanks!

Erik

 

8-18-17

Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors officers.  

  • Renae Carlson, Chair
  • Jill Wrobbel, Vice Chair
  • Wendy DeRung, Secretary

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