Oglethorpe University's mascot is the Stormy Petrel, affectionately called "Petey" by our students. It is said that the stormy petrel is the inspiration for Oglethorpe's motto: Nescit Cedere, translated as "He does not know how to give up."
Why a Stormy Petrel?
A stormy petrel is a seabird, commonly found on the Eastern seaboard, and known for flying low to the ocean to look for food. Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, Oglethorpe University's president from 1915-1943, chose the Stormy Petrel as the school's mascot. According to legend, James Oglethorpe was inspired by the courage of the small, gutsy bird as it dove in and out of the crashing ocean waves as he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1732.
Petey the Petrel was featured on the Animal Planet's Mascot Madness show in April 2007. In March 2002, ESPN's David Lloyd named the Stormy Petrel as one of the most memorable college mascot names of all time, second only to the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz.
Facts about Petey
|Name:||Petey the Stormy Petrel||Nickname:||Pete
BBOC ("Big Bird On Campus")
(7 feet, 2 inches if using mousse)
|Weight:||185 lbs, but is trying to lose those
last 5 pounds around the belly
|Wingspan:||8 feet from thumb to thumb||Hobbies:||Travel
Making fun of referees
|Colors:||Black and Gold, of course!||Food:||Fish
Slugs (especially banana slugs!)
Flight of the Condor
Bird on a Wire
The Mighty Ducks
|Books:||Anything by Hemingway, like "The Old Man and the Sea"||TV Shows:||Baretta
|Bands:||Paul McCartney and Wings
|Songs:||Fly Like an Eagle
Fly, Robin, Fly
|Video Games:||Wing Commander