July 25, 2012: Nashville, Tenn.—At 4 p.m. CST, National President Greg Heilmeier, Bethany ’86, gaveled Phi Kappa Tau’s 60th National Convention into session at The Hilton Nashville Downtown. The event will continue through Sunday, July 29.

Brothers and guests came from as far as Japan for the biennial festivities.

Following registration, a model initiation was held for honorary initiate Rob Bironas, Eastern Kentucky ’12. Bironas is the Tennesse Titans’ place kicker.

In the first Convention session of the event, Heilmeier and CEO Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89, presented the State of the Fraternity Address.

Nominating Committee Chairman John Johnson, Mississippi State ’64, presented a graduate nominating committee report recommending Rick Keltner, Sacramento State ’76, for National Vice President, and Bill Brasch, Louisville ’67, and Tom Skena, Bethany ’81, for National Councilors. The nominations were approved with acclamation votes.

Undergraduate Advisory Board Vice President Phil Frandina, RIT ’08, presented an undergraduate nominating committee report recommending:

  • Jamison Heard, Evansville ’12
  • Ken Johnson, Georgia ’11
  • Nathan Shuler, Centre ’12
  • Nick Krause, Saginaw Valley State ’11
  • Ryan Bruchey, Belmont ’10
  • Trevor Sullivan, Chapman ’09

The six Undergraduate Advisory Board nominations were approved with acclamation votes.

Several resolutions were proposed and passed onto committees for deliberation.

Convention sessions will continue Thursday, July 26.