SJU Hawks Attempt to “Flap” Their Way into Record Book

"Flapitude 2012" to kickoff scholarship fundraising initiative

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Date:  Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; flapping begins at noon.)

Location:  Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena (2451 N. 54th Street, Philadelphia)

Highlight: Celebrating National Philanthropy Day and Guinness World Records Day, the Saint Joseph's Hawk will lead up to 1,000 SJU students, faculty, staff and alumni in an attempt to set a world record for the longest simultaneous "group flap." Rally-goers will flap continuously for at least five minutes to show gratitude to supporters of a new scholarship initiative at the University during a rally dubbed "Flapitude 2012."

Philadelphia Eagles legend and Hawk alumnus Vince Papale '68 is a featured guest speaker and will participate in the record-setting "Flapitude" event.

Details: University President C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. '72, will kick off the rally by making the first public announcement about his Magis Scholarship Initiative, a fundraising effort to enable the University to offer more scholarship support to its students.

More info is available online at

Media Contact

Media Contact: Carolyn Steigleman, Director of University Communications, 610-660-1355,

Event Contact: Kevin Kaufman, Associate Director, Development Communications 215-651-6551,  


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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