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 120,000 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.
If you have any questions on getting involved with the Phoenix Lopes Alumni Chapter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vince Licciardi, President
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 the GCU men's soccer team. Vince was a Grand Canyon University 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 of Business Administration and Master of Science 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.
Nichole Jacobson, Vice President
Nichole Jacobson, an alumna of GCU, graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in justice studies. She was a member of the 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 Section. 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.
Amanda Lasita, Event Chair
Amanda Lasita is the director of development and communications for Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona, a nonprofit that has been in the Valley since 1896 serving girls, young women and their families. She is a member of Suns88 and Junior League Arizona, as well as a wish granter for Make-a-Wish Arizona. Before relocating to Arizona, Amanda worked for a professional baseball franchise in Nevada where she developed, implemented and managed the club's community relations initiatives, special events and promotions. She has more than 10 years of experience in community relations and outreach, special events and communications. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from the University of Nevada. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. She is excited to be a part of the Phoenix Chapter-creating opportunities for alumni to stay connected to the university throughout the year and network among current and future GCU alumni.
Dana Meyers, Marketing Chair
Dana received his undergraduate degree in marketing from GCU. He completed his master's in business administration while working as an admissions representative in the Paradise Valley region. While attending GCU, Dana played for the men's baseball team as a left-handed pitcher. Dana's enthusiasm for GCU is unmatched as he saw the university grow from 1,200 students to 15,000 while he was there. He now works in sales and marketing in the financial services industry.
Get involved with the Phoenix Lopes Alumni Chapter by attending one of our upcoming events below! Check back soon for more info and to register.
Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3
Homecoming – Don't miss the Office of Alumni Relations' signature event of the year, with fun events and activities all weekend long! We are excited to welcome the Herd home.
Saturday, March 10
Run to Fight Children's Cancer - Volunteer at the largest race in Arizona dedicated solely to pediatric cancer. Hosted by GCU since 2011, all proceeds from the race benefit Arizona children fighting cancer. Volunteer opportunities are available on race day as well as the week prior.
St. Vincent de Paul - Volunteer opportunity to make and serve pizzas to individuals and families in need at St. Vincent de Paul's charitable dining room.
*All dates and times are subject to change. Check back soon for more details on Phoenix Lopes Chapter events!
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@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 pages 4 and 5 of the Alumni Chapter Handbook.
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, LinkedIn and Google+ to stay connected to GCU and to each other. Use #Lope4Life to share with us!
Connect and network with fellow alumni by joining the Official Grand Canyon University LinkedIn Alumni group page. You can also find fellow classmates and make valuable professional connections by visiting the LinkedIn Alumni page for Grand Canyon University. Search by location, class, industry field and employer and utilize the strength of the global GCU alumni network!
Our Grand Canyon University - Alumni Facebook page brings together the alumni community throughout the world. Engage with your alma mater and former classmates through our shared news, events, flashback photos, contests, motivational verses and more. Discover what's going on at GCU and with each other!
Get real-time GCU Alumni updates by following us on Twitter. See instant reactions to events, news and trending topics, and share your life as a GCU grad with us, too!
See Grand Canyon University through the alumni eye on Instagram. Go on a visual journey with us through the past, present and future experiences in life as a Lope! Don't forget to tag us when sharing your memories and experiences as a #Lope4Life!
Alumni Contact Authorization
If you would like to share your GCU experiences with a prospective student, please provide authorization to share your contact information! Your contact information will only be shared if a current or prospective student inquires to speak with an alum regarding your specific program of study or profession.
Future Alumni Board
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.
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.