The Source – 11/1/2018

Deadline Approaching!

National Virtual Events Registration Deadline is November 9th

The National Virtual Events registration deadline is fast approaching. If you have students interested in competing in one of the eight National Virtual Events, be sure to get them registered quickly. The deadline is November 9, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Registering is easy: just use your chapter advisor username and password to log on to the Membership Registration System, and Click on Step 4: Virtual Event Registration. Add the entry fees for each one of the teams or contestants interested in competing and submit an invoice.

Already submitted your membership invoice? No problem! – Just log in and go directly to Step 4: Virtual Event Registration. The system will generate a new invoice for the Virtual Event registrations.

If you need more information about the Virtual Competitive Events, visit the WSAP Download Center and download the contest guidelines. Questions about registration can be directed to Director of Education, Dr. Louann Ross – or (614) 895-7277 Ext. 7480.

Student Certification Series & Local Advisor Series Ends Soon

Both the Student Certification Series and Local Advisor Series are well underway, but it’s not too late to join! If there are students interested in becoming a certified BPA student member, they can visit the Student Certification Series web page at The deadline to complete the Student Certification Series and all associated assignments is Thursday, November 22, 2019.

If you want to become a more knowledgeable and well-rounded BPA advisor, then we encourage you to join the Local Advisor Certification Series! Visit the series web page at to learn more and take part. The deadline to complete the Local Advisor Certification Series and all associated assignments is Monday, November 12, 2019.

For questions or concerns regarding either certification series, contact the Director of Member Services & Events, Jonathan Smith, – or (614) 895-7277 Ext. 7483.

Presentation Management Team Topic

For event (560) Presentation Management Team, the topic asks students to plan and present on a new venue for a national conference. National BPA has received questions on what conference the students are planning for, and to clear up some questions and confusion we are publishing some more information to advisors without modifying the topic.

The topic does not explicitly state that it is for a BPA National Leadership Conference, but the topic does reference that students may not use the locations for BPA National Leadership Conferences 2014-2024. While the topic does not state that students are planning for a BPA National Leadership Conference, it should be noted that it is implying student are planning for a National Leadership Conference.

As our students start on projects and gear up for Regional events, we want to be sure that students are not penalized or possibly disqualified for not following the topic. If an advisor or conference administrator has a question about the topic or a competitor’s presentation, all questions may be directed to Dr. Louann Ross, Director of Education – or (614) 895-7277 Ext. 7480.

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Upcoming Events


Webinar Wednesday

November 7, 2018 8:00 PM EDT
What Your High School Teacher Won’t Tell You About College
Presented by University of Indianapolis

Join members of the University of Indianapolis BizHounds as they share information and insights on the different stages of college. Everything from choosing the college that’s right for you to internships and getting out in the real world!  They’ll also share helpful hints about preparing for the transition from high school to college and from college to career. BPA students won’t want to miss out on this informative Webinar!

Register online at:

BPA Social Media Week

Spread the word and make plans to join the National Officer Team for this year’s BPA Social Media Week scheduled for November 12 – 16. Each day will involve a new social media activity to participate in. Tentative Activities for the week include:

Monday: Member Monday – Chapters spotlight their members, host a member recognition activity etc. and invite members to share what they love about BPA.

Tuesday: Tourist Tuesday – Members are invited to dress up as a tourist for the day and share their best tourist photos with us.

Wednesday: WSAP Wednesday – Chapters are encouraged to promote the WSAP across their school as well as host a chapter practice while members are invited to share their favorite events.

Thursday: Thankful Thursday – Members are encouraged to write letters to donors, host a staff appreciation activity, thank advisors, administrators and others.

Friday: Future Friday – Members are encouraged to dress for their future career and share how BPA has helped them prepare for their future.