USAO News Bureau

Spring Triad Promises Exciting Events for Thousands

Monday, April 3, 2006

 

Three concurrent events guarantee to stimulate the eyes, ears and brainwaves of thousands of students from all over the state. Art, music and academic competitions return to the University of Science and Arts on April 6 for the annual Spring Triad.

With a history of more than 3,000 high school students in attendance, in addition to the greater USAO and Chickasha communities, the event is expected to draw record numbers.

 

The first event is the Montmartre sidewalk chalk art festival. The huge contest ends up looking like one giant, brilliant art exhibit that consumes a considerable amount of the campus.

 

Contestants will be issued a six-by-six-feet numbered square on the campus oval, and cash awards will be given in four different categories by the USAO art department. More than $1,600 in cash prizes were awarded at last year’s event. The chalk art contest is open to the public.

 

Jacquelyn Knapp, assistant professor of art, said that Montmartre gives others a great opportunity to express themselves. “Because of its fun, unique approach, Montmartre offers a venue of artistic expression unlike any other event,” she said. “It is a place for artists to show off their creative abilities, but it is also a place for participants to discover that they are themselves artists.”

 

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. An entrance fee of $10 is required at registration, and only sidewalk chalk art and other temporary media such as charcoal are allowed. Registration is issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Judging will begin at noon with an awards ceremony following at 1:30 p.m.

 

A full listing of rules and regulations, as well as registration forms, for the Montmartre competition are available on the USAO website at www.usao.edu/usao in the Events column. Additional information is available from Knapp by e-mail at facknappj@usao.edu or telephone at (405) 574–1303.

 

The second event of the day is the outdoor Droverstock music and activities festival. Food stands, student organization booths and a stage with live music will adorn the campus oval. Beginning at 10 a.m., multiple local bands will usher in Droverstock with an eclectic mix of hot music that extends throughout the day. This year’s lineup includes Denver Duncan, the Burtschi Brothers and guest band, Pinkie and the Snakeshakers.

 

Visitors can enjoy food booths and activities sponsored by various campus student clubs. Among them are a rocket-building booth, a “jail” for students, melee combat, powderpuff football and much more. The booths open at 7:30 a.m. Droverstock is free and open to the public.

 

To commemorate the event, Droverstock t-shirts will be available for $10.99 from the USAO Bookstore.

 

The triad’s third event is the USAO Scholastic Meet. Last year, more than 1,250 students competed in academic disciplines such as math, science, music, history and other subjects. Over the past 26 years, the academic meet has attracted high school students from nearly 50 Oklahoma counties annually to the Chickasha campus in hopes of taking home trophies for their achievements.

 

More information about the Scholastic Meet is available on the USAO website listed above or from coordinator Dr. Darryel Reigh, professor of chemistry, by e-mail at dreigh@usao.edu.