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Alumni Chapters

Grand 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 170,000 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.

 

 

Chapters by Location

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.

If you have any questions on getting involved with the Phoenix Lopes Alumni Chapter, please contact us at [email protected].

Biographies

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Vince Licciardi, originally from Sparks, NV, found his way to Grand Canyon University as a student-athlete. Vince attended GCU from 2005-07 and earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications, while starting as goal keeper for GCU Men’s Soccer team. Vince was a GCU Athletics Letter Winner (2006) and participated in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament (2007). Vince continued his education at GCU, and in 2016, completed his master’s in business administration and Master of Science in Leadership. Currently, he is working at GCU as regional manager in their Office of Admissions. He also sits on the board of directors for the Legacy Soccer Club and is a member of the advisory board at Red Mountain High School for their advanced STEM program. As president of the Phoenix Chapter, Vince looks forward to current alumni networking among themselves, providing internships and mentoring future GCU alumni.

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Nichole Jacobson, an alumna of GCU, graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in justice studies. She was a member of GCU Women’s Soccer team and involved in many clubs on campus. During her senior year and beyond graduation, she worked as an intern with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Criminal Fraud and Prosecution Division. Following her internship, she was a teacher’s assistant and after-school teacher in the Alhambra School District. After her teaching experience, she completed various roles at GCU in the admissions department. Here she helped educate high school students in college-readiness and degree-specific information, as well as academic and financial preparation. In her fifth year with GCU, Nichole works as an employee learning and development specialist, training newly hired employees at the university. She holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies (2013) and a Master of Science in Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy (2016). Nichole is very excited to be a part of the Phoenix Chapter leadership and anticipates working with many alumni in the Valley.

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 [email protected].

Biography

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.

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.

Special Interest Chapters

Sports Business Lopes

The GCU Sports Business Alumni Chapter strives to engage and connect sports business professionals and provide a platform for students and graduates to gain insights, experiences and opportunities in the sports business industry. Our goal is to offer peer-to-peer and peer-to-student mentorship while providing a correlative network with the GCU Sports Business Club and other GCU sports business alumni across the globe.

If you have any questions about getting involved with the GCU Sports Business Alumni Chapter, please contact us at [email protected].

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Mckenna Schultz graduated from GCU in 2018. Her purpose for leading this chapter is to give back to the GCU community and provide opportunities to gain experience, as well as inspire sports business students to chase their dreams. Mckenna is currently an event coordinator at Position Sports.

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Austin Walker was born and raised in Chandler, AZ and is a native Arizonian through and through. He graduated from GCU summa cum laude with a BS in Sports Management and a minor in marketing. While on campus, he participated in a variety of on-campus activities, including life groups, intramurals, chapel, and was named the first-ever president of the GCU Sports Business Club. After graduating from GCU in 2015, Austin spent the next five years working in Major League Baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also coached physical education for four years with kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. When he isn’t working, Austin enjoys spending time with his family and friends and maintaining an active lifestyle that includes ice hockey, tennis, golf and flag football.

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Justin Peterson is originally from Colorado Springs, CO. He spent his time at GCU from 2013 to 2016, graduating magna cum laude with a BS in Sports Management and a minor in marketing. As a dedicated sports fanatic, Justin spent time on campus working in various roles with GCU Arena, GCU Women’s Basketball team and GCU Golf Course. In addition to those roles, he also achieved a position with the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club in May 2015 and currently resides with the Coyotes as the senior account executive in business development. In his free time, Justin enjoys spending time with friends, playing golf or simply just relaxing and enjoying the Phoenix lifestyle.


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.

Submit Inquiry Form

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.

View Chapter Handbook

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.

Submit Proposal

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.

Submit Request

Interested in joining the leadership team for a current alumni chapter? Submit the Alumni Chapter Leader Inquiry Form and let us know how and why you want to help lead an active chapter! Characteristics and skills of a great chapter leader include, but are not limited to:

  • Passion for GCU
  • Commitment to the alumni chapter and local alumni
  • Good people skills
  • Positive presence in the community
  • Interest in building relationships between alumni, students and the university

For full chapter leader positions and details, refer to the Alumni Chapter Handbook.

View Chapter Inquiry Form

Join, Follow and Connect on Alumni Social Media

Social media places people all over your world right onto the screen in front of you. Join and follow our alumni social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to stay connected to GCU and to each other. Use #Lope4Life to share with us!

Alumni LinkedIn

Connect and network with fellow alumni by joining the official Grand Canyon University LinkedIn Alumni group page. Find fellow classmates and make valuable professional connections by searching by location, class, industry, field and employer to utilize the strength of the global GCU alumni network!

Future Alumni Board

Mission: 
The Grand Canyon University Future Alumni Board exists to create an environment of GCU pride and a community that develops lifelong connections between students, alumni and the university.

The Future Alumni Board is an exclusive group of GCU upperclassmen who represent the Office of Alumni Relations to the student body. The board is responsible for helping to establish student to alumni professional relationships, providing relevant feedback for the Office of Alumni Relations and hosting alumni-focused networking and social events for current students.

Little Lopes Contest

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The GCU Office of Alumni Relations hosts an annual contest for alumni to show the Lope pride in their little one! Check out the adorable contestants from 2018's contest.


Golden Lopes

The Golden Lopes tradition celebrates Lopes who have been a part of the GCU family for 50 years or more. Founded in 2020, the Golden Lopes are made up of our distinguished alumni. Joining the chapter requires no registration; 50 years after your graduation you are automatically welcomed into the Golden Lopes.

As a Golden Lope, you will experience:

  • Special recognition at GCU Homecoming
  • Exciting social events with fellow alumni twice each year
  • Exclusive mementos
  • Bi-annual newsletter to help you stay connected to your fellow golden alumni
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