Whether you've been to Catapalooza previously or not, there are always many questions that surround an event of this magnitude. In this section we hope to address some of your questions up front. If you still have questions, please feel free to call 406-994-2826 or email email@example.com.
Catapalooza is a 3-day event held on Montana State University's Malone Centennial Mall. This event is coordinated through the Division of Student Success and the Dean of Students Office. Catapalooza is meant to be a fun welcoming event. The goal of the event is to make our new and returning students more aware of campus and community resources, clubs, and organizations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to view this event as an opportunity to get to know the student population out of the classroom. Since the event coincides with Move-In Day and the first day of the largest Orientation, we also have many families in attendance. It is an annual event which continues to grow throughout the years. Although an exact count is difficult to estimate, we have thousands of faculty, staff, students, and community members in attendance each year.
Anyone and everyone can register for Catapalooza! We only ask that no money or services be exchanged at the event. Catapalooza may be used as a time to refer students to a store, restaurant, or website, however, selling goods or services is not allowed. Organizations and groups are welcome to give out coupons, flyers, or provide giveaways for students and their families.
You are allowed to register beginning in April up until the middle of August. Please note that the sooner a club or organization registers, the better we can accommodate a request. All organizations wishing to serve food must register more than a week in advance. The Catapalooza staff strongly encourages all participants to register by Friday, August 9, 2013.
Online via our website. Registration for our Fall 2013 event will open on Friday, April 9th and remain open until Friday, August 9, 2013.
We usually see around 3000 people at Catapalooza. This number is comprised of parents, students, family members, faculty, staff, and community members. It is difficult to get an exact count because of the open-air atmosphere, but it's a large event! Catapalooza convenes on the first day of our largest orientation (generally between 800-1200 students and their family members) and Move-In Day. This is also a time when many students are returning to campus to get books, new Cat Cards and taking care of other business before school starts.
The standard space given to a registered club or organization measures approximately 10 feet in width. Unless you have made an expressed agreement with the Catapalooza coordinator, please plan on your space measuring 10 feet. Exhibitors are allowed to use a reasonable area behind them for other set up or temporary storage of personal items. Tables provided to MSU groups are 8 feet long. Please be respectful of other exhibitor's areas and use only your designated space. All large displays or vehicles must be approved through the Catapalooza coordinators by August 1, 2013. Please make sure to disclose your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 406-994-2826.
Many students and family members have questions about all the new opportunities available at MSU. As a result, we find it best for our students and your booth if someone is present at all times. We strongly encourage that you find at least one person to staff the booth throughout the two-day event. If it is impossible to have someone at your booth at all times or for both days, we would request that you let the Catapalooza staff know so that you are not removed from your spot. Secondly, please do not leave flyers at your booth unattended. Not only does this tactic not get a very positive response but it also may litter the campus should we have breezy weather.
We have very limited access to power. Music and entertainment will be both on stage and at other areas on the mall for all to enjoy. We have worked with some of our vendors so that they may provide wi-fi, music, and food. We are unable to accommodate power requests. If you are hoping to bring laptops, please bring your battery (and possibly extra charged batteries). Please help us make Catapalooza as green as possible!
Yes! We understand that food is very helpful in attracting students and their families! However, in the interest of public health and safety, we work very closely to monitor the distribution of food. The sanitarian requires that anyone who gives away food must fill out the appropriate paperwork. Food distribution even includes prepackaged goods such as candy, bottled water, canned soda, popsicles, etc. Again, food cannot be sold. If you are giving out food or beverages, please visit our vendor guildline page for more information and the appropriate application. You must let the Catapalooza staff aware of your intent to vendor food or drinks at the event in your application. Should you chance your plans to serve food (or to no longer serve food), please email the staff at email@example.com. REMINDER: Any beverage given away must be a Pepsi product as our MSU campus has an active, exclusive contract with the company. For a list of acceptable beverages, please click here.
As much as we would love to be able to accommodate all booth location requests, with over 225 booths each year, we are unable to accommodate everyone's first choice. That in mind, please refrain from making location requests. Our pool of exhibitors changes up to the last minute. As such, we do not create a map of the mall and individual placements until the night before Catapalooza. If you plan on brining an approved large display, our Catapalooza coordinator will work with you to give you an appropriate space that has been pre-approved by MSU Safety and Risk Management. The Catapalooza staff greatly appreciates your patience in this matter.
Unfortunately, we have a limited amount of tables and chairs. As a result of space and limited resources, on campus groups will be provided with two chairs and one table. You are welcome to bring additional set up. Please keep in mind that nothing may be secured by staking it into the ground. Exhibitors may tie their displays and tents to heavy objects such as cinder blocks.
As mentioned above, we have wiring and a sprinkler system located in the ground. Please do not stake anything into the ground! You are welcome to tie your tent or canopy to a heavy object such as cinder blocks, sand bags, or bricks. Individuals are in charge of bringing their own grounding materials.
We love the atmosphere that music provides! This is why we have a few select sources for music and entertainment. Selected live acts will be featured on the stage by Montana Hall and a local radio station will be broadcasting from the event. We will also have a DJ at the event provided by one of our participants. We politely request that individuals not bring their own music to play aloud.
We welcome all acts interested in Catapalooza to contact our office by calling 406-994-2826 or dropping us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! Since Catapalooza is a family event that takes place amidst numerous professional offices, we ask that our performers not use profanity and to play at a reasonable level. If your act is selected for a spot at Catapalooza, we will provide the sound equipment and stage.
While a donation is not an exchange of goods or services, campus policies prevent us from allowing outside solicitations of money from students, parents, and other members of the MSU community. We apologize for this inconviencience. Please visit here for further information on this policy.