Paint-a-Thon to Start Blitz Week

College can be a very stressful time for students, from the numerous tests to extensive studying. Students at OBU have an opportunity to relieve stress while also helping serve their fellow man through an all-night Paint-a-Thon. The event will launch OBU’s 2011 Blitz Week, a fun-filled week of activities that raises money for various non-profit organizations or humanitarian efforts.

This year, Blitz Week will raise money for the Not For Sale Campaign, which seeks to end human trafficking and to re-abolish slavery in America and around the world.

OBU’s Paint-a-Thon will be Thursday, April 7, at 9 p.m. in the art building. Students pay a $5 entry fee, and they receive a canvas, paint and brushes. The Paint-a-Thon will last until 6 a.m. Friday morning. Students will have the option of keeping their painting or donating it to be sold the following Monday, April 11, during a Blitz Week art auction. Paintings will be sold for $3 to $5, and there will be a silent auction section at the sale for some of the pieces. OBU’s Art Club will donate profits to benefit the Not For Sale campaign.

Blitz Week runs April 7-15. Monday, April 11, the community is invited to attend a chapel service led by Mark Elam, director of Oklahomans Against the Trafficking of Humans. The 10 a.m. service in Raley Chapel will provide information about slavery and human trafficking – and how Christians should respond.

Other Blitz Week activities include Spring Affair, the annual free talent show, on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel; Sonic Night on Tuesday, April 12, when OBU students will be at all local Sonic drive-ins to receive donations; and a varsity-versus-faculty basketball game on Thursday, April 14, at Noble Complex, pitting the OBU Bison men’s team against OBU professors.

Among the Blitz Week events offered will be two annual student favorites: Quiddich, an adaptation of the sport from the Harry Potter book series, on Monday, April 11, at 4 p.m., in the Recreation and Wellness Center; and the Whole Milk 2-Mile run on the Oval on Wednesday, April 13, at 10 p.m.

For more information about the paint-a-thon or Blitz Week, click here.

For details about the Not For Sale Campaign, click here.