Alumni Receptions: An Invitation for HKN Members to Celebrate and Reconnect

SoutheastCon reception attendees pose for a group photo.

HKN alumni, students and friends gathered to reconnect, reminisce and rally in support of HKN at the first HKN Alumni Receptions of 2022.

The first reception was held at the 2022 IEEE Radar Conference in New York City, NY, US on 21 March. That reception was co-hosted by the Greater NY HKN Alumni Chapter. Chair Charles Rubenstein and Vice-Chair Charlotte Blair were joined by students from Cooper Union and Manhattan College and IEEE-HKN members from more than 12 different chapters.

A second reception was held at the IEEE SoutheastCon 2022 in Mobile, AL, US on 2 April. Southeast Con Chair and HKN member Warren Nicholson and HKN Board Member Hulya Kirkici welcomed alumni from more than 20 chapters and many members of the Theta Lambda Chapter of the University of South Alabama.

The Alumni Receptions are made possible through a generous donation from HKN Eminent Member and HKN President (1998-2000) Dr. Richard “Dick” and Nancy Gowen. Dick passed away in November 2021, but his love for HKN will live on through these gatherings. 

“Dick and Nancy saw the importance of bringing together HKN members in all stages of their careers so that they may connect with one another and with HKN today,” said IEEE-HKN Director Nancy Ostin. “It is in coming together that we exchange ideas, share stories and strengthen the bonds between members of all ages, leading to a more fulfilling HKN experience for all. Alumni are our greatest untapped resources. By involving alumni in supporting HKN financially or through service, we can meet the changing and growing needs of current and future leaders of our profession.” 

For more information, to become involved in HKN, or if you would like to host an HKN Alumni Reception at your event, contact Nancy Ostin at Be on the lookout for more HKN Alumni Receptions at upcoming conferences at

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