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Catapalooza

Montana State University
P.O. Box 170545
Bozeman, MT 59717

Tel: (406) 994-2837
E-mail: catapalooza@montana.edu
Location: SUB 280

Coordinators

Robin Mayer, Office of Activities and Engagement

Erin Macdonald Peck, Office of the Dean of Students

 



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Catapalooza

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 catapalooza@montana.edu.


What is Catapalooza?

Catapalooza is a 2-day event held on Montana State University's Malone Centennial Mall. This event is coordinated by the Office of Activities and Engagement and the Dean of Students Office. The goal of the event is to expose our new and returning students to the array of campus and community resources, clubs, organizations and businesses. This is an annual event which continues to grow in size and scope just as MSU and the Bozeman area community are mutually evolving. Although an exact count is difficult to estimate, we have hosted up to 350 vendors who were visited by thousands of, students, their families, our faculty, staff and local community members each year.

Who can register for Catapalooza?

We invite all community and campus organizations, businesses and student organizations to register for and attend Catapalooza.  It is our expectation that organizations hosting booths will be prepared to provide information on opportunities, goods, or services available to all MSU students.

When can I register?

Vendor registration typically begins in April and is closed by the middle of August. Please note that we have limited booth space so the sooner a club, business or organization registers, the better. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

How do I register?

The registration is online via the Catapalooza website. Registration opens at the beginning of April and will close on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Click HERE for the registration page.

How many people attend Catapalooza?

Well, we’re not really sure, but we figure at least 4000 people attend Catapalooza. This includes, 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 and vibrant event!

How large is my space for Catapalooza?

The standard space given to a registered club, business, or organization measures approximately 11 feet in width. Exhibitors are allowed to use a reasonable area behind them for other set up or temporary storage of personal items. Tables provided to the first 90 MSU-based 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, 2014. Please make sure to disclose your request to catapalooza@montana.edu or give us a call at 406-994-2837.

Do I have to have someone at my table at all times?

Many students and family members have questions about all the new opportunities available at MSU and in the Bozeman area community. As a result, we ask that you plan to staff your booth at all times. If for any reason it is impossible to have someone at your booth at all times 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.

Can my display access power?

There is VERY limited access to power, and this will be addressed on a case-by-case basis well before the week of the event.  For more information, email catapalooza@montana.edu or call Robin Mayer at 994-2837.

Can I give away food?

Yes! We understand that food is very helpful in attracting students and their families to your booth! In the interest of public health and safety, we work very closely to monitor the distribution of food. The MSU 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 guideline page for more information and the appropriate application. You must make the Catapalooza staff aware of your intent to distribute food or drinks at the event in your initial registration. Should you change your plans to no longer serve food please email the staff at catapalooza@montana.edu. 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.

Can I request a specific location for my booth?

As much as we would love to be able to accommodate all booth location requests, with over 350 booths each year, we are simply unable to manage any special requests. With that in mind, please refrain from making specific booth 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 bringing an approved large display, our Catapalooza coordinators will work 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.
Remember, there are NO undesirable locations at Catapalooza!

Can I get more chairs or tables to be pre-set up for us?

Unfortunately, we have a very limited number of tables and chairs available. As a result we are only able to assist our first 90 on-campus registrants with a table to two chairs for use during the two day event. All business and organization representatives from the community must bring their own tables and chairs. Please keep in mind that nothing may be secured by staking into the ground. Exhibitors may tie their displays and tents to heavy objects such as cinder blocks or sand bags.

I'm bringing a tent. How can I secure it?

As mentioned above, we have wiring and a sprinkler system located in the ground. 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 and we are not responsible if tents are not properly secured over-night and blow away in high winds.

What kind of music can I play at Catapalooza?

We love the atmosphere that music provides! This is why we have a few select sources for music and entertainment brought to you by your friends in ASMSU at this two day event. Selected live acts will be featured on the stage behind Montana Hall and a local radio station will be broadcasting live from the event. We politely request that individuals not bring their own music to play in addition to these prearranged audio sources.

Can my band play at Catapalooza?

We welcome all acts interested in Catapalooza to contact our office by calling 406-994-2837 or dropping us an email at catapalooza@montana.edu! Since Catapalooza is a family event that takes place amidst numerous professional offices, we ask that our performers not use profanity and that they play at a reasonable level. If your act is selected for a spot at Catapalooza, we will provide the sound equipment and stage.  Interested groups should contact us in April prior to the August event.

Can we solicit donations at Catapalooza?

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 inconvenience. Please click here for more information on this policy.

Can I sell items at Catapalooza?

We request and will enforce that vendors DO NOT sell goods or services (no exchange of money) at Catapalooza.  Instead, be prepared to distribute informational items, coupons, hand-outs, freebies, company contact information, etc. to promote your company or organization.  You may use this opportunity or refer students to a store, restaurant, or website.  We request that students and their families continue to feel safe and comfortable approaching any booth without the anxiety of being obligated to purchasing an item. Catapalooza is a tremendous opportunity to market your business and invite the students, MSU employees and others in our community to patronize your organization.  This is not an invitation to sell your products on  our campus.

If you collect contact information from potential customers interested in purchasing goods or services, you must contact the potential customer after Catapalooza re-confirming their interest before any transactions take place.  We ask that you DO NOT use any contact information you collect at Catapalooza for purposes other than to contact those individuals about this specific interaction or transaction, and please do not add a potential customer to any mailing lists without their specific consent.

Violation of any portion of this policy will jeopardize a group, company, community organization’s invitation to participate in future Catapalooza events.

What is the MSU Tobacco Use Policy?
The use of tobacco (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and all other tobacco products) by students, faculty, staff, guests, visitors, and contractors is prohibited on all properties owned or leased by MSU. For more information on this policy, visit:  http://www.montana.edu/health/healthpromo/tobacco.php/#policy

COMPLIANCE: All university employees, students, visitors, guests, and contractors are required to comply with this policy, which shall remain in effect at all times. Refusal to comply with this policy may be cause for disciplinary action in accordance with employee and student conduct policies. Refusal to comply with the policy by visitors, guests and contractors may be grounds for removal from campus.