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Memo

 

To:             Oklahoma BPA Advisors

 

From:         Dustin Devers, State BPA Advisor

 

Re:             2013 BPA State Leadership Conference

 

 

 

“Uncover Your Magic”

 

The 2013 State Leadership Conference will be held March 5 and 6 at OSU-IT Okmulgee, Green Country Technology Center, and the ORU Mabee Center. Registration will open January 2 and close February 1, 2013. The deadline for receipt of your pre-judged materials and all SLC related documents is February 1, 2013. Now is the time to plan for your chapter’s participation in the SLC activities.

 

THEME

The theme for the State Leadership Conference is “Uncover Your Magic.”

 

DATES AND LOCATIONS

Tuesday, March 5

Competitive events will be held on March 5 at OSU-IT and Green Country Technology Center in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. The business meeting, campaign booths, and other activities are planned for this day as well.

Various workshops will be held throughout the day for students to attend. OSU-IT campus tours will also be conducted.

 

The business meeting will take place the afternoon of March 5 in the Covell Hall Auditorium. BPA members will have the opportunity to hear speeches from all the Executive Council candidates, and voting delegates will vote to slate the 2013-14 State Executive Council. Remember that it is your privilege and duty to vote for officer candidates.

 

Voting on any proposed bylaw changes is also tentatively planned during this time. BPA State Bylaws are posted on the OKBPA.org and the Oklahoma BPA iCAT room and can be located by accessed under the 2013 SLC link. Any proposed corrections or additions should be submitted in writing to Dustin Devers, BPA State Advisor, by January 4, 2013 to be in accordance with the 60-day policy noted in the by-laws.

 

The post-secondary awards session will be held on March 5 at the ORU Mabee Center and is tentatively scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. All students, advisors, and guests are welcome to attend.

 

The social activities are being planned by a Steering Committee and will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, March 6

The secondary/mid-level awards session will be held at the ORU Mabee Center at 9:00 a.m. and will begin with a welcome and a dynamic presentation by the keynote speaker. Announcement and installation of the new Executive Council and a farewell to the current council will also take place. Finally, the special recognition and competitive event awards for secondary and mid-level students will be announced. All students, advisors, and guests are welcome to attend.

 

REGISTRATION

Registration is $25 per member and advisor that registers for the conference. NOTE: Registration fees are not refundable. Invoices may be printed from the Internet registration site. Make sure a PO number is secured prior to registering for SLC.

 

This year, registration will again be completed online. Registration will be open from January 2, 2013 until February 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. CST. As you know, the Internet is not always reliable. Please try not to wait until the last day to register. There will be no extension of registration deadline due to weather related issues.

 

For all registration questions, please call Debbie Hamble at (405) 743-5409. Members registering to participate in competitive events MUST send payment or a PO to pay state and national dues by February 1, 2013. The receipt date for registration materials (including fees, all materials for prejudged events, and other registration materials) will also be February 1, 2013.

 

Each secondary member may compete in two events with the following guidelines.

    • One individual event that contains an objective test pre-qualifier and a team event or
    • Two individual events, one of which must contain an objective test pre-qualifier

 

Each post-secondary or mid-level member may compete in two events, one of which may be a team event. This does not include the Special Recognition Awards or Open Events. Make-up sessions will not be given.

 

Courtesy Corp will once again not be connected to registration. We will post further instructions at a later date.

 

Advisors will be required to sign up to be an APG or other job assignments during registration. Thanks for your help!

 

Workshop registration will also be a part of the online registration system. Please refer to registration instructions for details.

 

Items to purchase will include SLC pins and t-shirts. Each registered contestant will receive a free pin; however, additional pins may be purchased during registration. SLC T-shirts may also be purchased through the registration system. For those chapters whose schools require only registration to appear on the invoice, separate pin and t-shirt invoices may be downloaded from the SLC Section of the OKBPA.org website and Oklahoma BPA iCAT room. Invoices must be received by February 1, 2013 for any additional items not purchased through registration.


 

DIRECTIONS

To OSU-IT Okmulgee/Green Country Technology Center

From Tulsa on US 75 South. On the north side of Okmulgee at the first stop light, turn left on Loop 56. Go approximately 2 miles. OSU-Okmulgee and Green Country Technology Center are on the right side of the road. Be sure to note the road signs. Stop and ask before you get desperate.

 

From Henryetta on US 75 North. Turn right on US 62, go approximately 3 miles. Turn left on Loop 56 and go approximately 1 mile. OSU-Okmulgee and Green Country Technology Center are on the left side of the road. Be sure to follow signs. Stop and ask before you get desperate.

 

To ORU Mabee Center from Okmulgee:

Take 75 South to the 71st Street exit. Turn left onto 71st. Follow 71st for approximately 3 miles to the intersection of 71st and Lewis. Turn right at the stoplight onto Lewis. Follow Lewis for ¾ mile until you come to the campus on the east side (left) of Lewis prior to 81st Street.

 

As always in Tulsa, be sure to check and make allowances for road construction.

 

COMPETITIVE EVENTS

Oklahoma BPA will be utilizing a Supplement Guide to the National Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines booklet. The purpose of the Guidelines Supplement is to serve as an addendum to the National Guidelines and to provide as much information as possible to help prepare students for a successful experience at the State Leadership Conference (SLC).

 

The National Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines, as well as the supplement, regulate all state Workplace Skills Assessment Program Events. Authors, administrators, proctors, and evaluators will strictly follow these guidelines. At the state level, if there are conflicts between the two guidelines the Oklahoma Guidelines Supplement will supersede the National Guidelines except in the case of national contest eligibility.

 

The supplement guide is posted on the OKBPA.org under the SLC link, and on the Oklahoma BPA iCAT room. This is the initial posting of the guidelines for Oklahoma. If there are major revisions, additions, or corrections, an e-mail will be sent out to all advisors to let them know of the changes.

ONLINE TESTING

All objective testing will be done online. Please refer to the State Competitive Events Guidelines to see what events have an objective test. All objective pieces will be completed online and the performance pieces will be completed at conference. Make sure to read each event guideline for the use of reference materials.

 

Online tests will be offered February 5 - 14, 2013 and must be administered by the testing liaison anytime during the dates specified above. Instructions to administer these tests will be sent to testing liaisons before this date. For all events, please note the eligibility requirements, number of participants per school, use of reference materials, division, and the guidelines.

 


 

OPEN EVENTS

Open events will also be offered online. Students taking only objective tests must be registered for conference and register to take a specific open event. The open events for secondary and post-secondary are:

  • Administrative Support Concepts
  • Business Meeting Management Concepts
  • Computer Programming Concepts
  • Financial Math & Analysis
  • Information Technology Concepts
  • Insurance Concepts
  • Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts
  • Parliamentary Procedure Concepts
  • Project Management Concepts

For middle level, open events are:

  • Business Communication Skills
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Business Math
  • Computer Literacy
  • Financial Literacy Concepts

The open events do not count toward the event entry maximums; however, a student can only take the open tests that they have registered to take.

 

PREJUDGED EVENTS

Refer to page 9 of the Pre-Submitted Judged Events section of the state guidelines for prejudged events and due dates for the documents. Also prejudged events will be submitted electronically using the Competitive Events Submission system at http://www.bpa.org/submit. Not all events will be submitted using this system; refer to page 9 to see if the event makes use of this system.

                                   

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tentative times and room locations for competitive events are visible during registration but are subject to change. Final schedules will be available through the online registration site by February 28, 2013. The report includes times and locations for all student events. Please review the confirmation carefully, noting any modifications to event locations and/or times. Please notify Debbie Hamble immediately to report any errors. Her contact information is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (405) 743-5409.

 

The deadline for event participant changes is February 7, 2013. While errors may be corrected, no changes will be accepted after this date.

 

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

The student who scores the highest on the Parliamentary Procedure Open Test and applies for the office will be appointed to serve on the State Executive Council.

 

EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE

Refer to page 16 of the introduction section of the state guidelines for a list of approved software for each event.


 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS

Oklahoma Guidelines and Supporting Documents for BPA Cares Awards and Quality Chapter Distinction awards can be found on the OKBPA.org SLC website and the Oklahoma BPA iCAT room. National guidelines can be found at http://www.bpa.org/service. All Oklahoma Special Recognition Awards must be submitted electronically to using the BPA.org Custom Web Site System or as designated below:

 

The following awards will be recognized at the state level. Please refer to the national BPA Cares Program Handbook found at http://www.bpa.org/members/1/docs/bpacareshandbook.pdf for submission instructions.

 

Award

Mode of Submission (by February 1)

Community Action

BPA.org Custom Web Site system

Community Action Relief

BPA.org Custom Web Site system

Environmental Action/Awareness Award

BPA.org Custom Web Site system

Safety Awareness Award

BPA.org Custom Web Site system

Service Learning Award Individual

http://www.bpa.org/submit/serviceind

Special Olympics

BPA.org Custom Web Site system

BPA Marketing and Public Relations Award

BPA.org Custom Web Site system

Chapter Activities Award of Excellence

BPA.org Custom Web Site system

Entrepreneurship Exploration Award

http://www.bpa.org/submit/exploration

Member Recruiter Award

http://www.bpa.org/submit/recruiter

 

Torch Award resumes for the Statesman Award must be submitted electronically on the national website by the local advisor by February 1, 2013. No faxed or emailed resumes will be accepted.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Each chapter is responsible for transportation to and from testing/hotels/conference sites. Bus parking is available at OSU-IT, ORU, and all hotels listed on the web site.

 

NAME BADGES

Name badges will be generated from your electronic registration. Please edit your names carefully when entering registration information on the Internet. The names will be printed on all name badges as you have entered them. Members must wear name badges at all times for the purpose of identification.

 

STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CANDIDATE INFORMATION

State Executive Council candidates should complete the packet from the SLC website and postmark and send all materials by January 17, 2013 to the state BPA office. The candidate and their local advisor will be required to attend the candidate screening on February 6, 2013 at the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech in Stillwater. On that day the candidate will interview, give a 1-3 minute candidate speech that will be videotaped for viewing from the BPA website, and take an online test.

 

ANNOUNCER/SINGER

If you have students interested in singing the National Anthem or serving as co-announcer for the awards sessions, please send CD/DVD, and the audition form (located on the website) to the State BPA Office by January 7, 2013

 

DEADLINES & ACTIVITIES

Without Exception! All information must be received by the appropriate deadline. Deadlines must be observed to provide appropriate preparation time for the conference activities.

February 1, 2013 is the magic date! Registration materials, prejudged event documents, Special Recognition Award documentation, Torch Award resumes, audition materials, and a check or purchase order for payment of registration must be received by that date.

 

Electronic submission of most pre-judged events will once again be in effect. Please see event guidelines for document requirements.

 

DRESS CODE

The primary objective of this dress code is to serve as a guide to help define appropriate attire for State Leadership Conference. All students must adhere to the dress code while in attendance at SLC. The dress code will be enforced and reflected in event scoring for a total of 100 points. The Dress Code for all events is available on the SLC website. In keeping with NLC policies, there will only be one dress code this year at SLC.

 

Proper dress and enforcement of the dress code start with the local advisor(s). Please inform your conference participants so no one will be embarrassed or denied presence on the stage because of inappropriate attire.

 

We hope that you find this information useful as you begin planning for this year’s State Leadership Conference. Begin preparing now to avoid the last minute rush.

 

If you need additional information or clarification, you can reach me by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (405) 743-5117.

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