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.

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Contact Information

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

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


Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University advances the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a demanding, yet supportive, educational experience. One of only 152 schools with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and AACSB business school accreditation, Saint Joseph's is home to 4,650 traditional undergraduate day students, 700 College of Professional and Liberal Studies adult undergraduates, and 3,600 graduate and doctoral students. Steeped in the 450-year Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, Saint Joseph's was named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for General Community Service. The University strives to be recognized as the preeminent Catholic comprehensive university in the Northeast.

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