While one of its purposes certainly is the stimulation and reward of scholarship, Eta Kappa Nu has a far broader purpose than merely to award a badge of distinction to scholars. As conceived by its founders and as carried forward by its membership during more than two generations, another aim is to assist its members throughout their lives in becoming better professionals as well as better citizens. In turn, it is still another purpose of the organization, that its members be a constructive force, helping fellow members and non-members alike to improve the standards of the profession, the courses of instruction, and the institutions generally where its chapters are established.
Each undergraduate and alumni chapter is carrying out these ideals in the manner best fitted to its individual needs and opportunities. An international organization, elected by the chapters, exercises general supervision and correlates the efforts of these groups. A quarterly magazine keeps the members informed of the organization's activities and provides a means of contact between graduates and undergraduates.
Implementation of that purpose of Eta Kappa Nu which encompasses aid to fellow man, the school, and the profession takes on various approaches as follows:
HKN organizes a number of social events for its members each semester. Whirlyball, BBQs, and Nerf blaster wars called "Assassination" are among the most popular.
Actives and Electees have several meetings throughout the semester. There are 7 electee meetings every other week throughout the semester. At most meetings there are speakers from companies ranging from Microsoft to the NSA. All electees and actives are welcome to join us for these presentations. Food is also served at each meeting.
All electees are required to preform 24 hours of community service. HKN also recommends that all active members preform community service as well. HKN parctipicates in several community service events including the monthly Arb Days, the Ronald McDonald House and much much more.
At the national level, HKN offers a number of awards to honor oustanding students, professionals, instructors, and HKN Chapters. To learn more about these awards, see http://www.hkn.org/awards/
Many alumni actively contribute to the aim and purposes of Eta Kappa Nu throughout life. Some of their voluntary contributions include: serving as officers or on committees of local alumni chapters and the international organization; participating in joint and regional meetings of alumni and college chapters; and promoting the ideals of Eta Kappa Nu throughout the electrical engineering profession.
Eta Kappa Nu's sound motion picture; "Engineering--A Career for Tomorrow", was developed with the cooperation of the University of Illinois. It has been used for many years in guidance work; and it has gained worldwide reputation as one of the better films for this purpose.
The Bridge is the society's international magazine. It has always maintained a high intellectual level with cultural and broadening articles to enlighten engineers about subjects outside the technical field. The Bridge has become a forum for articles on the subject of electrical engineering.
Eta Kappa Nu has grown steadily since its establishment at the University of Illinois in 1904. In the first ten years, ten chapters were formed. In the first fifty years, 56 chapters were in existence. In 1983 there were approximately 200 chapters including branches of Eta in five foreign countries and numerous Alumni Chapters in various cities and corporations.
Eta Kappa Nu continues to grow and to influence the progress of the electrical engineering profession through its high ideals about scholarship, character, and service to fellow man. Wouldn't you want to strive for the distinction Eta Kappa Nu gives its members?