March 2017 Michigan DECA Update
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March 2017 Edition

Please take a few minutes today to read through this important update.

Judges:  We are still in need of qualified business people to serve as judges at the State Conference on Saturday from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.  Once you have recruited someone, please direct them to the webpage to sign up for their preferred time to judge:   Please do not sign someone up without first receiving a commitment from them.
We would also welcome any of your chaperones that are assigned to Math/Econ Assistance during the conference to assist as a judge.  Please email  if any of these chaperones would be able to judge Saturday afternoon.

Registration Changes and Updates:  Because of all of the emails that we are receiving, please do not email changes to both Ann and Dave.  It will save us time if you would email only the person that is coordinating that part of the conference. 
Last day in the office: If you have any questions or corrections, please fax them to our office by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017. This is when the last staff person is scheduled to be in the office. After that time, simply bring your changes to registration.
State Conference Program: A copy of the final conference schedule has been posted to the website at  and has been printed in Spotlight on DECA.
State Conference App: We also encourage you and your students to get our conference App from the Apple and Play Stores.  Search for “Michigan DECA”.
Event Orientations:  All competitors are required to attend their event orientation on Friday.  We will only excuse students for school-related activities/conflicts if you submit the form: This form is due by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  Students will not be scheduled for competition if they are not at their orientation, of if we have not received this form.
Adult Event Assistance: Your event assistance assignment and administration procedures for the State Conference have posted to our website at and have also been mailed to each school. Each adult at the conference is required to assist with the management of the conference.  This is to ensure a quality and fair competition and a safe environment for our students.  Please take a few minutes to review the information, so we can ensure a consistent and fair judging process for all of our members. If you have any questions, please direct them to your event coordinator.
New:  We will hold conference registration in two locations.
Registration will be Friday from 11:00 to 4:00 pm at both locations:

- 329 Cobo Center (Conference Headquarters) registration will be for chapters staying at the Crowne Plaza, DoubleTree Suites, Westin and Holiday Inn.

- Ontario Registration Desk at the Detroit Marriott (on the 3rd floor) will be for chapters staying at the Detroit Marriott and Courtyard hotels.
We will allow chaperones to pick up the registration materials for your chapter that are paid in full, if they have a signed note from the chapter advisor.
Hotel Arrival: Please remember that hotel check-in is 3:00 p.m.  The hotels have extra staff on Friday to prepare for our arrival, but because we have your rooms pre-blocked near each other, there is a good chance that not all of your rooms will be available prior to 3:00 p.m.
Students in written events should arrive dressed in business attire so they can go directly to their orientation if their room is not ready.
Meal Vouchers:  Each paid attendee will receive 2 (two) Food Vouchers for the Cobo Center Food Court, which can be used anytime during operating hours over the weekend. They will offer meal specials that will be covered by the voucher, or the $7.00 voucher can be applied towards other menu items.   The Food Court will be open during the following hours:
  • Friday 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   
Voting Delegates:  Each chapter will have one voting delegate for every 40 paid DECA members.  The numbers of voting delegates per chapter have been posted at:
Voting Delegates should visit the campaign booths between 7:00 and 8:45 p.m.  The booths will be located outside of Hall B.  The election will take place immediately following the opening session.

Student Expectations: 

  1. With Social Intelligence being an important purpose of DECA, each of us is responsible to work with our students to instill the proper expectations and behaviors of how to attend a professional business conference. Prior to the conference, each advisor needs to discuss the Code of Conduct and local school rules with their students. 
  2. Please convey to students how they are to behave while at the hotels and in other public areas. 
  3. All three sessions are required activites for all students and advisors to attend.  Advisors are required to sit with their students during all general sessions and set the proper expectation by not talking during the sessions and ensuring that your students also do not talk during the sessions.

Graphing Calculators, Cell Phones, and other electronic devices are not to be used during competition, and must be turned off and out of sight during orientation, prep-time, competitions and all sessions.  Traditional calculators may still used during the event prep period.  If a cell phone goes off or if one is being used during competition, the student or team will penalized 20 points.  The only exception is that cell phones and/or tablets may be used during written event presentations, if they are a part of the presentation.
Written Events and the Internet: Students should not rely on the convention center internet for their written event presentations.  They may use an internet aircard or personal hotspot with their computer if the students have one. But we caution that it could be difficult for students to receive and maintain a connection due to so many people using cell phones while at the conference. If they lose connection, they will not be given additional time. Our suggestion is to save anything that they might want to reference directly onto their computer.
School Based Enterprise Participants that are participating in the optional competition at the State Conference are required to attend their orientation meeting on Friday, and will present their project Saturday morning.  They are not required to turn in their project for competition, nor will they be on display at the conference.  The judges will be adults that have knowledge of school store operations.  We will use the same evaluation form that is used at the International Conference, which is posted here:    
Seating during the Awards Session: Seating will be assigned by district.  Seating charts will be in your registration packet when you arrive at the conference, and the seating assignment will be used for all three sessions.  The number of seats will be limited to the number of people registered from each chapter. The doors to Hall B will open 30 minutes before the start of each session. There will be a special section for any parents and guests that attend the conference.
Saturday Night MME and Advisor Meeting:  All Advisors should plan to attend this important meeting that will be held on Room 330 Cobo Center at 8:00 p.m.  We encourage you to make your dinner plans so you can be there by 8:00 p.m. and then have your chaperones take your students to the Saturday Night Session.  The meeting will adjourn by 8:45 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.
Saturday Night Session:  Each delegate is expected to attend Saturday’s General Session.  The session will have the announcement of those being selected to represent Michigan at one of the Academies at ICDC, and the winners of the Math and Economics Examinations. The session will also feature a high-energy presentation by Eddie Slowikowski ( There will be a special drawing at the conculsion of the session!  Dress for this session is casual, but please work with your students to make sure that they are not in sloppy attire.  We will reserve the right to not allow entrance to anyone dressed in tight fitting or revealing clothing.
Sunday Departure: If you are arranging for a Bus to pick you up at Cobo Hall after the Awards Session, please instruct to have it stage on West Jefferson near the Detroit Post Office.  We will have maps in the conference Headquarters that show this location.  Please arrange in advance to have the phone number of your bus driver so you can call them when you are ready to be picked up.  Busses will not be allowed to wait for you at the Cobo Center entrances.  All Cobo Center bus drop off and pick up is to take place at the River Entrance on Atwater.  Busses are not allowed to drop off or pick up at the Main Entrance on Washington Blvd.  
MDA fundraising totals have been posted to Let us know if any totals are not correct.


International Conference Information:

An informational packet for the International Conference will be posted to Look for an email from Ann on Sunday, March 12 that will have the registration form and instructions. Additional conference plans and information will be discussed at the Saturday Night Advisor Meeting.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

International Conference Registration
Reg Forms Due:  March 20
Airfare Due through Landmark:  March 20
Payment Due: April 10
International Conference
April 25-30
Opening Session: April 26
Award Sessions: April 29
Anaheim, California
Click here to download the full calendar
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