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What is Chapman University Young Alumni Society? 

If you graduated within the last 10 years, you’re invited to be a part of Chapman University Young Alumni Society to help outreach to and create opportunities for undergraduate alumni 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 
  • Allow alumni to stay connected with their alma mater by networking, socializing and building relationships with Chapman leaders
  • Increase the participation of alumni in Chapman university events
  • Raise alumni giving participation through volunteering, attending events and more
  • Allow current students and alumni to realize the value and importance of giving in order to improve and continue the mission of Chapman University

Young Alumni signature events: 

  • Summer Bash - The Summer Bash is planned every year to bring new graduates and alumni together for some fun in a social environment.
  • Chappy Hours - On (or around) the third Thursday of every other month, Chapman grads across the country get together for happy hour, networking and of course, fun!  
  • Panthers in the Community - Philanthropy events are planned throughout the year.

If you would like to get involved, have any ideas or would like any additional information, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement, at alumni@chapman.edu

  • Executive Committee
  • Chappy Hours
  • Summer Bash
  • Panthers in the Community
  • Headshot of Ryan Hougardy

    Ryan Hougardy
    B.S. business administration ‘09 (MBA ‘12)
    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. He currently serves as the 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.

    Ryan's goal in the Young Alumni Society is to provide resources to ALL alumni to build a strong and larger Chapman alumni network.

    Contact Ryan to get involved with alumni today!


    Headshot of Eric Purmort

    Eric Purmort

    B.A. economics ‘13

    Chappy Hour and Panthers in the Community 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 Summer Bash.

    Eric currently works at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank where he specializes in corporate strategy for the leasing and acquiring of commercial real estate in the Orange County market. Prior to NGKF, he worked at Coldwell Banker Commercial, 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.

    Eric's goal in the Young Alumni Society is to provide social and community service events to ALL alumni to build a strong and larger Chapman alumni network.

    Contact Eric to learn more about or get involved with Chappy Hour and Panthers in the Community.


    head shot young alumni

    Karlie Harstad
    B.A. art history ‘09
    Ambassador Chair

    Karlie Harstad graduated from Chapman in the Fall of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. While studying abroad, she decided to move to Europe and worked as a tour guide following graduation.

    Karlie is now working in the medical device field here in Orange County and looks forward to engage and support Chapman young alumni in their career orientated goals.

    Karlie's goal in the Young Alumni Society is to provide volunteer opportunities to ALL alumni to build a strong and larger Chapman alumni network.

    Contact Karlie to learn more about or get involved with alumni volunteer opportunities.


    Head shot of young alumni

    Emily Spahn
    B.A. peace studies ‘13
    Special Events Chair

    Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Emily moved to Orange in 2011, as a transfer student from ASU, and majored in Peace Studies.
    Since graduating, Emily has been working at True Designs as an admin assistant.

    She recently became involved with various alumni groups after graduation wanting to continue to be involved in the Chapman community.

    Emily's goal in the Young Alumni Society is to provide special events to ALL alumni to build a strong and larger Chapman alumni network.

    Contact Emily to learn more about or get involved with special events such as the Annual Summer Bash.

  • On (or around) the third Thursday of every other month, Chapman grads across the country get together for happy hour, networking and of course, fun! 

    Click here to find a Chappy Hour near you!


    The Chappy Hour Code:

    • Share your favorite Chapman memory. Was it hanging out in the Attallah Piazza or the old quad with your friends? What about the old caf?
    • It’s a social event (not a fundraising event), so relax and enjoy!
    • Bring some business cards; you never know when you’ll make a connection.
    • Have fun!

    We’d love to expand the Chappy Hour program to more regions across the country. It's easy to organize a Chappy Hour and we'll help you promote it, including registration. We'll also send you a Chappy Hour Care Package full of goodies to decorate with and give to attendees. 

    Set up a Chappy Hour in your area »

    To learn more about setting up a Chappy Hour in your area, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at alumni@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6681.

  • Over 200 alumni of all generations and areas of study joined one another for a fun-filled evening with dinner, drinks and beer tasting, a live band, photos, and games under the warm summer skies in front of the new Musco Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Alumni Summer Bash. 

    Thank you to all those who attended and helped make this an evening to remember! Stay tuned for details about the 2017 Alumni Summer Bash.

    Check out photos from the 2016 Alumni Summer Bash »

  • To create a greater sense of community for alumni who have graduated from Chapman University, the Young Alumni Society has establish philantropy events to tie the Chapman family together in common interest and values.

    Past events:

    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk
    Saturday, September 19, Angel Stadium