Alumni Chapters

Phoenix LopesGrand Canyon University (GCU) alumni groups, or chapters, are created in specific geographic areas by alumni who want to share their GCU pride and get to know other GCU graduates. With more than 100,000 alumni in our network, the GCU community is growing rapidly. Explore our current alumni chapters and fill out an inquiry form if you are interested in joining an alumni chapter or starting a chapter in your area.

There are alumni groups in several cities across the country, with more starting every year. Chapter meetings are a chance for alumni from all majors to get together, socialize, relax and network. Some chapters have hosted game-watching parties, while others have attended Major League Baseball games as a group. Others have taken the opportunity to give back by participating in community service projects.

The Phoenix Lopes Alumni Chapter engages and connects the university community locally, nationally and around the globe in support of GCU's mission. Our goal is to help alumni create sustainable, lifelong connections to the university and to each other. The Phoenix Lopes are alumni finding their purpose and achieving their full potential by integrating their Christian worldview into everything they do.

Chapter President: Lance Rao
Lance Rao graduated from GCU with his Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2014. Lance is a highly motivated young professional who is passionate about connecting Phoenix Lopes and creating sustainable, lifelong connections. If you are an alumnus in the Phoenix area and want to learn more about getting involved with the Phoenix Lopes, contact Lance Rao at

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The Houston Lopes Alumni Chapter helps leverage the strength of the growing GCU network in the Houston area. Our goal is to create a community that represents the GCU spirit through social activities, community outreach projects and networking events. Houston Lopes benefit from an active social network and participate in volunteer projects, social mixers and GCU game-watching parties.

If you are an alumnus located in the Houston area and would like to learn more about getting involved with the Houston Lopes, email

Chapter Co-President: Bart Fields
Bart Fields graduated from GCU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Finance in 1997 and has been a passionate Lope ever since! Bart is the Houston Lopes Alumni Chapter co-president and could not be more excited about connecting Houston Lopes and helping create a GCU community in the Houston area.

Chapter Co-President: Dr. Demetress Price Wright
Dr. Demetress Price Wright graduated from GCU in 2006 with a Master of Education in Educational Administration. Dr. Price Wright is grateful for the experiences and education she received from GCU and wants to create a close network of GCU alumni to help spread the Lope spirit! Dr. Price Wright encourages Houston Lopes to get involved, network and stay connected to their GCU roots.

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The Seattle Lopes Alumni Chapter helps bring GCU alumni in the Seattle area together and works to expand the Lope community and network. Seattle Lopes benefit from an active community of GCU alumni who meet on a regular basis for family-friendly social events, networking opportunities and community outreach projects.

Chapter President: Nicholas Roberts
Nicholas Roberts graduated from GCU with his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2013. He is currently earning his Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology through GCU. Nicholas is a passionate Lope and could not be more excited about connecting Seattle Lopes and creating a GCU community in the Seattle area. If you are an alumnus in the Seattle area and want to learn more about getting involved with the Seattle Lopes, contact Nicholas Roberts at 206-445-2669 or

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The Military Lopes Alumni Chapter provides all members of the Armed Forces with networking and mentoring opportunities. Our goal is to generate events for military members to express their Lope pride through community involvement, professional development and experience sharing. The Military Lopes purpose is to develop an environment centered around their Christian Worldview in support of all military members and their families.

Chapter President: Russell Ruppert, SSgt, USAF

Staff Sergeant Russell Ruppert graduated from GCU with his Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2015 and is currently pursuing his MBA from GCU. SSgt Ruppert is currently serving as a Medical Logistics Technician, 673rd Air Wing, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. SSgt Ruppert is passionate about connecting the GCU military community that exists all over the world.

If you are a GCU alumnus and want to learn more about getting involved with the Military Lopes, contact SSgt. Ruppert at


Alumni Chapter Resources

The Office of Alumni Relations provides various tools and resources to help your chapter fulfill its responsibilities and engage local GCU alumni. You will find everything you need to start and maintain your chapter, plus advice on planning engaging events for chapter members.

If you are interested in joining an existing alumni chapter or starting a new one, you will need to fill out a Chapter Inquiry Form. This helps us keep an accurate count of chapter members and provide adequate resources.

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The Alumni Chapter Handbook provides valuable information about starting and maintaining an alumni chapter. We urge all members and leaders of your chapter to read through this handbook

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Prior to launching a new alumni chapter, the Office of Alumni Relations will request that the chapter president submits a New Chapter Proposal Form. Submit your chapter's mission and vision as well as leadership structure and a tentative event calendar.

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The Alumni Support Request Form is for existing chapters to order alumni swag, submit upcoming events and request marketing and promotional materials. All requests must be made at least six to eight weeks prior to the event.

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This form needs to be completed for your chapter to be reimbursed for events. In order to request reimbursement of pre-approved funds, the designated chapter leader must follow the reimbursement process.

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