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,  


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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