HKN Year in Review: How Gamma Theta Operated on a “Hybrid” Campus
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The school year of 2020-2021 was an interesting challenge for the entire Missouri S&T campus. Many student organizations, including our own, had to answer many unexpected yet pertinent questions: How do we distribute food without touching it? What does hands-on service look like with social distancing in place? How can we make virtual gatherings more engaging? Though it took a lot of brainstorming and flexibility on everyone’s part, the members of Gamma Theta remained active and continued to make a positive impact on the wider community.
Social Events Reunite ECE Members
After having to leave campus during the spring of 2020, many of HKN’s members yearned to mingle with their peers again. In order to keep everyone safe, some of our usual in-person events, such as general meetings and video game socials, remained online through Zoom. By doing this, we were able to remain accessible to a greater number of students. Fortunately, some of our events were able to resume in-person operation. Our Founder’s Day celebration, for example, was able to adapt by offering individually-wrapped snacks to students passing by in the EE building. Another event, the IEEE / HKN joint picnic, took place outside with masks and adequate social distancing.
A New Look
Newly released in 2020 were the updated HKN Branding Guidelines. The document served as inspiration for our chapter to undergo a visual overhaul. A special Branding Committee was created to implement these new design features in as many ways as possible. This included designing a new logo, updating PowerPoint slides, creating new promotional flyers, and releasing a new line of merchandise for members. This website also received a significant overhaul to adhere to these guidelines.
Though in-person events were limited, we were still able to hold two workshops for HKN students. One workshop was the line-following car which helped students develop their soldering skills. Meanwhile, the Arduino workshop focused on RGB LEDs and gave students the opportunity to program their own color animations with the LED.
Service Returns in Full Swing
One of our chapter’s biggest accomplishments this year was maintaining and improving our service opportunities, especially in the spring. Our members worked with many individuals and organizations from around the Rolla community. These included the KC Math Relay, the Newburg Children’s Museum, Grace Food Distribution, and some of our very own alumni. Members also ran workshops and hosted study sessions for higher-level ECE courses.
Welcoming in New Members
Of course, no semester or school year would be complete without our inductions. Though the event was held remotely, pledges still got dressed up for the very important event. In the fall, six students – five undergraduate and one graduate – were inducted. In the spring, seven undergraduate students were inducted along with five professional members.