ore than 400 undergraduates, alumni and friends of Phi Tau traveled from across the country to attend the Fraternity’s 60th National Convention July 25-29, 2012, at the Hilton Downtown in Nashville, Tenn. Attendees spent the week in brotherhood, moving the Fraternity forward. Business on the Convention floor included electing national officers, determining National Constitution and Statutes changes, and making recommendations on the policies and operation of the Fraternity. Phi Kappa Tau also unveiled new programs, including a revitalized alumni club program and a brand restructuring (see The following members were elected to, page 6). or changed positions on, the National Other Convention activities Council: included a Recognition • Steve Nelson, Southern Mississippi ’73, National President Reception at the Hard Rock • Rick Keltner, Sacramento State ’76, Café, a service project at a National Vice President community garden, and alumni • Bill Brasch, Louisville ’67 excursions to the Country Music • Tom Skena, Bethany ’81 Hall of Fame and other local attractions. The following members completed Downloadable Convention their National Council term: pictures are available under • Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86 “Programs,” “National • Wes Fugate, Centre ’99 Convention” on the national • Ken Loewen, Colorado ’81 website. The following members were elected to Convention videos, the Undergraduate Advisory Board: including the full Brotherhood • Jamison Heard, Evansville ’12 Banquet, can be viewed on • Ken Johnson, Georgia ’11 the Phi Kappa Tau’s YouTube • Nathan Shuler, Centre ’12 channel at youtube.com/ • Ryan Bruchey, Belmont ’10 phikappatauhq. • Trevor Sullivan, Chapman ’09
FRATERNITY ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
The following members completed their Undergraduate Advisory Board term: • Steven Binzel, Case Western ’08 • Mike Disotell, Westminster ’08 • Phil Frandina, RIT ’08 • Jason Lustig, Cornell ’08 • Matt Marone, Florida State ’08 • Trey Pippin, Louisville ’09
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FOUNDATION ACTIVE AT CONVENTION
This year, the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation played a big role in the Fraternity’s National Convention. Along with having a Foundation information booth set up outside the Convention floor, the Foundation sponsored the Recognition Reception at the Hard Rock Café, hosted the Foundation Donor Reception at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center prior to the Brotherhood Banquet and ran a silent auction. “The Fraternity and the Foundation have always enjoyed a wonderful partnership,” said Foundation Director of Development Tyler C. Wash, Georgetown ’06. “The stronger the Foundation is, the stronger the Fraternity is, and vice versa. It was great to see the Foundation play a more visible part in the 60th National Convention. A majority of the members of the Foundation Board of Trustees were present and a lot of interest was driven by the Foundation booth and the interaction that members had with trustees and staff.” The silent auction, which was held from July 25-28, featured past Convention memorabilia, a custom guitar with a 60th National Convention design, and various autographed sports and music memorabilia donated by National Councilor Josh Bleidt, Eastern Kentucky ’96. “This was the first year for a silent auction at Convention and it could not have gone better,” said Foundation Development Coordinator Julia McMurray. “We were able to generate nearly $2,000 for the Foundation from this auction alone, which will go a long way in supporting the leaders for tomorrow.” Beyond the silent auction, Bleidt had another fundraising idea: offering a limited number of commemorative footballs with the Convention logo, which were signed by Tennessee Titans placekicker Rob Bironas, Eastern Kentucky ’12. The Foundation raised an additional $2,500 from the footballs that also benefited The Bironas Foundation, which is a children’s charity. McMurray, the Foundation staff’s newest addition, said she was impressed with how passionate Phi Tau alumni are. “Phi Tau has a lot of dedicated, creative and hardworking alumni,” McMurray said. “They are truly passionate about getting back to the roots of Phi Tau and what this Fraternity stands for. They know that Phi Tau shouldn’t have to end after four undergraduate years. They want to keep this legacy and tradition alive, and I cannot wait to help them with that.”
“I PLEDGE TO YOU TO CONTINUE TO STEER DOWN THE NARROW PATH THAT LIES AHEAD, AND AS YOUR PRESIDENT, I WILL CONTINUE TO STEER THE SHIP ON THE PATH LAID OUT FOR US BY OUR STRATEGIC PLAN,” —STEVE NELSON, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI ’73 THE LAUREL | www.phikappatau.org
Published on Dec 18, 2012