News from your Officer Team:
Your Leadership Team has a great year planned for Texas BPA. They will be working on their goals and leadership training in June. Their plan for the year and goals will be posted here.
Running for Office:
Texas BPA has seen an increased interest in student leadership and as a result an increased number of candidates running to represent Texas BPA as Regional, State and National Officers. While accommodating the increased number of candidates has proved a challenge, we know this is an excellent problem to have. To streamline the election process this year, the Election Committee has revised our election process for State and National Officer Candidates to provide for candidate pre-screening and interviews to occur prior to SLC.
Please take time to review the new process and ensure that candidates meet the requirements before moving to the next part of the election process. NOTE: Regional deadlines and procedures will be set by your Regional Advisor and may vary from the Regional Officer Handbook.
STATE AND NATIONAL OFFICER ELECTIONS:
Our Officer Application deadline has passed. Officer candidates should have gotten information in regards to next steps. We are looking forward to the new process this year. Because of weather delays, the Officer Timeline has been modified as follows:
- The officer candidate test will be open, beginning on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 and will end on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Your login information has been sent to you along with the testing procedures.
- Interviews begin Friday, January 26, 2018. The dates and time will be relayed to those candidates who have submitted their packets.
- Further information will also be released to the students who have submitted their packets. Candidates can send any questions to the Officer Elections Committee at
firstname.lastname@example.org . Best of luck to all candidates!
PIN AND T-SHIRT DESIGN WINNERS:
Congratulations to the following Pin and T-shirt Design Winners. These pins will be used to trade at this year's National Leadership Conference in Dallas. The T-shirt will be used as our conference t-shirt at the State Leadership Conference. The winners will be recognized at the Special Recognition Awards Ceremony at SLC on Wednesday evening. Thank you to all of our talented graphic artists for your submissions.
Texas Intern Program:
Apply to be a Texas BPA Intern at the State Leadership Conference. The link to the online application can be found here:
https://tinyurl.com/txintern2018 . Once you have applied, join the Remind: Text @txintern18 to 81010. Students can report to the intern desk at any time during the conference and will be sent to the areas where they are most needed. This priority assignment style will be used this year to ensure that we have coverage at peak times. Note: Intern orientation and other items will follow. At the end of the conference, Interns can get their hour sheet and certificate signed to document their service. We appreciate you sharing your students with us!
HP Partners with BPA to offer member discounts
Social Media’s Influence on College Admissions:
Social media is not the wave of the future. Social media is the now and present way people are looking at top recruits for jobs and especially at college recruits. Negativity could be a perception that comes to mind when thinking about social media and college admissions, but it doesn’t have to be. In a recent article published by CNN, they found that social media positively impacts the college admission process.
Thirty-five percent of 365 college admission officers surveyed admitted to reviewing college applicants’ social media accounts (CNN. 2017). Students who use their social media accounts to help tell their story and post valuable and notable information helps colleges build a more rounded picture of who that student is.
Through each unique eCourse, Social Assurity will address the importance of building a positive and productive social media presence, as well as how the permanence and discoverability of an individual’s digital footprint can help, rather than obstruct, future academic and professional pursuits. To access more information about the free eCourse visit the Social Media Essential page on BPA.org.
Be sure to check out the full article about Social Assurity and how social media affects college admissions on CNN’s site at
To encourage continual Leadership Development training throughout the membership year, Business Professionals of America, in partnership with Next Step Academy, is pleased to offer online services and resources to members through the Life Skills Achievement Program. An exclusive series of online courses available to students, advisors and alumni, the Life Skills Achievement Program will help enhance skills, knowledge and preparation for both educational and professional advancement.
Exclusive to BPA Members: Members have the opportunity to complete any or all of
the introductory life skills webinars from those listed below. With successful
completion of a minimum of six (6) courses, members can earn a Digital
Certification Badge which can be displayed in their digital portfolio and on
various social media platforms and applications.
Each course is:
• Short (less than 30 minutes to complete) Mobile (desktop/laptop, phone or tablet).
• Full of information (expert advice, quality content, videos, and a quiz).
• Upon completion, learners will receive an electronic badge specifically designed for Business Professionals of America members to tout their accomplishment.
• This badge can be placed on resumes, shared on social media, sent to employers/potential employers, and more.
• Use Code BPA1617 when registering for courses unless otherwise noted.
• Time Management
• Communication Skills
• You NEED Next Step Academy
• Business Writing
• Distracted Driving
• Interviewing Skills
• Personal Productivity & Professional Accountability
• Social Media Etiquette
• Basic Grammar/Writing Toolkit
• Effective Public Speaking
• Developing Public Speaking Skills
• Common Courtesy for Everyday Life
Torch Awards Program
Looking for a way to track your community service and leadership activities in high school? Using the Torch Awards program, you can document your activities and service and be recognized for your contributions to your community through BPA Torch Awards.
BPA Cares Program
BPA is about giving back and making a difference. The BPA Cares Program offers members the opportunity to showcase the activities and service that they complete within their own communities. Together, we can do more.
Service Learning Awards
The purpose of the Service Learning Awards Program is to encourage individuals and chapters to be involved in their community through service learning.
Guidelines and Applications:
• Community Service Award
• Environmental Action/Awareness Award
• Safety Awareness Award
• Service Learning Individual Award
• Special Olympics Award
Special Recognition Awards
The purpose of the Special Recognition Awards Program is to encourage individuals and chapters to support and promote their organizations.
Guidelines and Applications:
• BPA Marketing and Public Relations
• BPA Merit Scholar (this event is offered as an Open Event at the National Leadership Conference) 2017 Merit Scholar Fact Sheet
• Chapter Activities Award of Excellence
• Member Recruiter of the Year Award
• Membership Explosion Award
• Social Media Award
• The Professional Cup
Applications are not required for the Merit Scholar, The Professional Cup or Membership Explosion Award. These awards are given directly through National BPA.
Last year Texas BPA awarded 16 scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $500 each.
• 1 - Mildred Woerndel - $2,500.00 scholarship
• 1 - Vickie Thomas - $2,000.00 scholarship
• 1 - $1,500.00 scholarship
• 4 - $1,000.00 scholarship
• 6 - $750.00 scholarships
• 3 - $500.00 scholarships
Ms. Woerndel taught at Seguin High School for 43 years and has served on the Board of Directors of Business Professionals of America - Texas Association, served as a regional advisor, as well as a school chapter advisor. She also served on the Business Professionals of America Board of Trustees. Ms. Woerndel passed away on January 20, 2016. To read more about her life or offer your condolences, please follow this
Ms. Thomas was an employee of Houston Independent School District for 22 years, serving as a teacher and Career Technology Education administrator. She was Business Professionals of America Texas State Advisor for ten years and as the Assistant Director of Education at the BPA National Center. She is currently retired and resides in Sugarland.
• Applicants must currently be a paid State and National member of BPA
• Applicants must be a graduating senior planning to continue his/her education
• Applicants must have participated in a BPA competition (Regional, State or National)
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The 2018 Scholarship Application
Incomplete packets and packets received after the deadline will not be accepted.
The top 20 scores based on the above guidelines will be notified for an interview. This interview will be an additional 100 points of the total score, and scholarship monies will be awarded to the top 16 applicants.
The top 16 chosen will be notified for an interview. The actual interview will be a Virtual Interview. Recipients will dress for success and answer set questions by the Interview Board. Interview score will be added to application process score.
The top 16 will qualify for the scholarship awards listed above and notified at the Awards Ceremony at the BPA State Leadership Conference. A certificate will be issued at this time in lieu of the actual check.