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What is Chapman University Young Alumni? 

If you graduated within the last 10 years, you’re invited to be a part of Chapman University Young Alumni. Young Alumni creates opportunities for undergraduate alumni who have graduated in the last ten years to connect with fellow alumni, current students and the university. 

Young Alumni strives to do the following: 

  • Create a greater sense of community for alumni who have graduated from Chapman University within the past 10 years.
  • Allow young alumni to stay connected with their alma mater by networking, socializing and building relationships with Chapman leaders.
  • Increase the participation of young alumni in Chapman university events, particularly those directed toward young alumni.
  • Raise alumni giving participation.
  • Allow current students and young alumni to realize the value and importance of giving their resources in order to improve and continue the mission of Chapman University. 

If you would like to get involved, have any ideas or would like any additional information, please contact Lisa Eap Miller, alumni engagement manager, at eap@chapman.edu.

  • Executive Committee
  • Young Alumni Events
  • Chapman Chats
  • Headshot of Ryan Hougardy

    Ryan Hougardy
    B.S. business administration ’09 (MBA ’12)
    CUYA Chair

    Originally from Thousand Oaks, Ryan moved to Orange in 2005 as a freshman international business student. Eventually settling on a business degree with emphases in finance and economics, Ryan graduated in 2009. Immediately following graduation, Ryan began working as a staff member for U.S. Representative Ed Royce. While on staff, he pursued an MBA at Chapman, completing the program in December 2011.

    Since obtaining his MBA, Ryan transitioned into the financial sector. Starting with Northwestern Mutual – Irvine at the end of 2011, Ryan began his career as a financial representative before moving into his current role as the operations manager.

    Ryan became involved with various alumni programs following graduation, including Chapman University Young Alumni (CUYA). He currently serves as co-chair of the group. His passion and pride for Chapman are strong and he remains a vocal activist for the university’s ambitions and vision.

    Contact Ryan to get involved with Alumni and Student Chats or the Young Alumni Program.


    Headshot of Eric Purmort

    Eric Purmort
    B.A. economics ‘13
    Chappy Hour and Chapman Meet Up Chair

    Eric has been a part of the Chapman Family since 2011 when he began his studies at the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics. Since graduating, he has helped develop, coordinate and recruit attendees for events such as Chappy Hour, the Chapman Networking Roundtable, Chapman Chats and the CUYA Summer Bash.

    Eric currently works at Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance where he specializes in corporate strategy for the leasing and acquiring of commercial real estate in the Orange County market. Prior to CBC Alliance, he worked at CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield.

    He is involved with community service organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Susan G. Komen. He currently resides in Newport Beach where he enjoys golfing and the southern California lifestyle.

    Contact Eric to learn more about or get involved with Chappy Hour and Chapman Meet Up events.

  • Check back soon for upcoming Young Alumni events!

    Past Events:

    CUYA's Summer Bash: A Newport Bay Soirée
    Young alumni were invited to share in an evening of wine, summer brews and appetizers, and stir up some friendly competition with good friends while playing lawn games and listening to music on a beautiful summer night.

    Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6 - 9:30 p.m.
    Robert & Marie Gray Collegiate Rowing Center
    1931 West Coast Highway
    Newport Beach, CA

    Chapman Meet Up: Beethoven?
    Alumni, were invited to celebrate the life and work of Beethoven over two events. 

    Saturday, May 10, 1:30 - 4 p.m.
    Beethoven: The Late Great exhibition
    Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA

    Thursday, May 15, 7 - 11 p.m.
    Beethoven’s iconic 9th Symphony
    OC Philharmonic and Chapman University's Orchestra and Choir
    Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA  

    Alumni and Senior Chappy Hour
    Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Provisions, 143 North Glassell, Orange, CA

    Alumni and seniors, were invited to a Chappy Hour at Provisions in the Circle.  This was a great opportunity to create relationships and reconnect with fellow alumni in an informal way! Alumni engaged in conversation over drinks as while discussing alumni events, careers and much more.  

    CUYA's Summer Bash and Beer Tasting
    Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 6 - 9 p.m.
    Valiant Brewing Company, Orange, CA

    Learn more »

  • Chapman Chats: Student and Alumni Perspectives

    Interested in coming back to campus to interact with and mentor current students?

    Chapman Chats gives students and alumni the chance to interact and develop relationships in an informal setting. Alumni facilitators will lead a discussion with students by asking thought provoking questions, encouraging students to think about their time at Chapman and life after Chapman, sharing your experiences and offering advice. As alumni, you have been in the students’ shoes recently and have valuable knowledge to share. Students have a number of questions about navigating Chapman and how they should make the most out of their Chapman experience.

    It is important for students to develop relationships with those outside of their immediate social and academic circles. These relationships are the ones that will help them get internships and job. You can help students start creating these connections by being a facilitator for Chapman Chats!

    Want to get involved?

    Chapman Chats will return in spring 2015. Stay tuned for more details!