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SNAPS Alumni Newsletter

Fall 2018 issue


The Creed of The Creed of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity That all men are created free and equal. That no society of men can flourish unless members of that society are endowed with the opportunities and privileges of freedom. That freedom implies the elimination of prejudice. That the elimination of prejudice means a better understanding ‘twixt men. That it is incumbent upon me to fight for such freedom, even with my life. That it is incumbent upon me, in my personal life,  to be devoted to the highest standards of honesty and justice. That because my country is dedicated to the highest standards of freedom and justice for all men of all creeds, I hereby pledge allegiance to my country, and to its national symbol.


Message from the President The 2018 Fall Semester was as always, a very successful semester for our Chapter. Each brother contributed immensely to the growth of the Ohio Beta Tau Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity. I am very honored and proud to have served as the President of an organization with compassionate members contributing to the great achievements that continually make every day a great day to be a Pilam. To highlight some of our most recent accomplishments, this past semester we successfully initiated 9 tremendous men into our organization        As a Chapter, we dedicated around 1000 hours to community service projects, and raised around $1000 for the Elimination of Prejudice Foundation, setting a new bar for our Chapter’s philanthropic efforts. This past summer, the Ohio Beta Tau Chapter was awarded with the George A. Beck Outstanding Chapter Award, the highest honor given to any undergraduate Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi for being the best Chapter internationally. We are very proud of our brothers and of these accomplishments.               As my term has now ended, we are now fully transitioned into a new Executive Board. Led by Brother Jack Smith, our new Executive Board and Brothers are eager and excited to continue to better this amazing organization. We also have two of our Brothers that are currently serving on our Inter-Fraternity Council. Brother John Reagan is serving as the Vice President of Judicial Affairs and Risk Management, while Brother Chris Bradshaw is serving as Vice President of Public Relations. Looking forward, the 2019 Spring Semester is looking to be a very successful and promising year for the Ohio Beta Tau Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi.


Undergraduate Updates

Welcome Home George

This summer, Brothers Kevin Hartenstein, Daniel Eierman, & Evan Smittle had the opportunity to attend Convention and represent Ohio Beta Tau. Our chapter brought home 11 out of 15 awards given, especially the famed George A. Beck award. This was an amazing accomplishment and we could not have done it without the help of all the brothers and alumni.

Brother Cody Gould lavaliered his girlfriend Devin Mulvihill

We welcomed Emma Hubbard as the newest sweetheart of OBT


New Executive Board 2019 President

Jack Smith

Vice President of Programming, Housing,  & Risk Management

Evan Fraser Vice President of Education & Development

Evan Smittle Vice President of Recruitment

Ian Stabl Vice President of Finance

Brandon Zlotnik Vice President of Communication

Justin Lew


Fall Semester 2018 Events

Fall Recruitment Speaking Out Against Prejudice Planned by VP of Education & Development Andy Henthorn, as well as  co-Philanthropy  coordinators Conrad Paganin & Evan Smittle Brothers raised a total of $1,000 towards the Elimination of Prejudice Foundation 

Our chapter had a very successful formal recruitment led by VP of recruitment Cody Gould and his committee! Over the course of the week we met with so many amazing people, and welcomed 7 new members. Over informal recruitment we brought in two more amazing new members.


Initiation Initiation Fall 2018 Beta Gamma

Beta Gamma Class

Tim Aspesberro

Jon Gesin

Speaking Out Against Prejudice Justin Lew

Kyle McAleese

Connor Prusha

Juan Pablo Taborda


Donnie Trivisonno

Brian Witt

Nick Urbanic


Alumni Updates Upcoming Upcoming  Events Events

Vice President of Programming, Housing,  & Risk Management

Winter Outing February 8th 7-11pm Shulas 2 in Independence, OH

Founder's Day March 30th Vice President of Communication The Center for Innovation & Growth (C.I.G.)


Shawn M. Upchurch, CK, ’94, OH Beta Tau Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Written by Jeffrey Russell, ’73, OH Beta Tau Edited by Dave Heckathorn ‘10, OH Beta Tau

The history of our fraternity has been shaped by men who’ve dedicated their lives to creating a world where people are judged solely by the content of their character. This past August, Shawn Upchurch was recognized for his lifelong commitment to these ideals. At our International Convention, Shawn became the 50th recipient of the Pi Lambda Phi Edward Goldman Alumnus Achievement Award. In his acceptance speech, Shawn made four asks of undergraduate brothers and chapter advisors. The video of his acceptance speech is on the Pilam YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=4bdUyaPzzRo


The following is a digest of his remarks. Shawn: I appreciate Pi Lambda Phi's International Executive Council, and the awards committee, for honoring me as the 50th Edward Goldman Award recipient and the 1st from Pilam's Ohio Beta Tau chapter at Baldwin Wallace University. I want to let you in on a little secret. Edward Goldman award winners are crazy. We find ourselves "doubling down" on the fraternity every five minutes. The truth is that we are absolutely obsessed, maybe even a little crazed, about ensuring the longevity of Pi Lambda Phi. I am honored to be part of the Crazy Club. Ask #1: Learn what it means to Lead Courageously. Specifically, I am referring to the kind of leadership that transcends politics, economics, and societal issues. We need you to be the kind of leader that brings people together, from all walks of life. What I am asking you to do is to decide to be the kind of leader who navigates and facilitates, not dictates or divides. We need you to help unify people around shared values and experiences. To do that, you need to be able to see someone as a person, not as a label or object. Practice that in your chapters. Ask #2: Everyone has an EoP story. Your story about what made you who you are today, why you value equality, and just how much you are like the rest of us will get you further in life than a story about you or your chapter against the world. I am asking you to find stories that help you relate to other people, not separate you from them. Ask #3: Be the kind of “smart” that can change your mind. Stereotypes are static. People are dynamic. Find your biases and prejudices and work to release them. You may not be able to go back and change what's been said or done, but you can learn your lesson and make things better the next time. Ask #4: If you haven’t already, evolve from a ByStander to UpStander. Create safe places on your campus to discuss the most difficult topics. Develop the skills required to effectively engage in those social interactions. Help the Elimination of Prejudice Foundation bring resources and tools to your campus that will advance social justice. By working hard to become an UpStander, you, your chapter, your campus, and Pi Lambda Phi will be benefit. On behalf of my fellow OBT Alumni, I’d like to thank Shawn for his dedication to our chapter, our international fraternity and the global mission of eliminating prejudice.


Alumni Spotlight Name: Ken DeAngelis Hometown: East Detroit, MI Major: Middle School Education with minors in math and social studies BW Class Year: 1995 New Member/Pledge Class: Fall 1991 Fraternity Positions Held: Archon, Vice President Risk Management of  Chair Programming, Housing,  & Risk Management

Winter Outing

I've been married to my Amazing wife, Ashley, for 20 years and we have 3 wonderful children: Nicholas 17, Megan 14, and Alyssa 12. I'm in my 18th year of teaching middle school math and social studies in Independence Ohio and have been teaching for 24 years total.  I February 8th absolutely love teaching and I’ve been blessed to be awarded the Ohio Lottery teacher of the month, Guiding Star Award, Plain Dealer Crystal Apple Award,7-11pm and was a member of the OMLA Middle School Team of the year.  More importantly, I have the opportunity to mold Shulas 2 in tomorrow's leaders every day. I’m also in my 5th year as the head wrestling coach at Independence, OH Independence. Over the last 24 years I’ve also coached at Medina HS and St. Ignatius.  I’ve been fortunate to coach 19 state qualifiers and 8 state placers and was named the conference coach of the year 3 of the last 4 years. Last year, I was also named the Greater Cleveland Coaches Association Division 3 coach of the year.  I owe a lot of the leadership skills I use everyday in the classroom and on the wrestling mat to the my years as a Pi Lam More info  at Baldwin-Wallace College. When I’m not teaching and coaching, I take an active part in come my kids’ activities and we love traveling in the summers.  Life is to good. Well, as good as you make it.

Founder's Day

Job/Career: Middle School Math/Social Studies Teacher and High School Wrestling Coach Favorite Pi Lam memory: I don't have a specific favoriteVice memory. I just President ofloved being part of a group of guys who played a pivotal part in my life at such an important time. Communication How being a member of PLP has benefited you post-graduation: I loved being a Pilam.  The leadership opportunities I got really helped set me up for the success that I've had over the past 25 years.  I'm a better husband, father, teacher, and coach because I was a Pi Lam.  The benefits of being a Pilam didn't just last 4 years, they've lasted a lifetime.


Alumni Spotlight

Name: Sean Robinson, Ph.D. Hometown: Mentor, OH Major: Psychology & Human Resources Vice President of BW Class Year: 2008 Programming, Housing,  New Member/Pledge Class: Alpha Alpha & Risk Management Fraternity Positions Held: New Member Educator, Secretary

Winter Outing February 8th Upon graduating from Baldwin Wallace University in 2008, I received a Ph.D. in 7-11pm Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. In 2013 I relocated to Milwaukee, Shulas 2 in WI to pursue a career as the Industrial/Organizational Psychologist for MillerCoors, then took on the role as the Manager of Global Assessments and Independence, Engagement for Molson OHCoors Brewing Company. During this time I was also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business at Marquette University. Recently, I relocated back to Ohio in 2018 to pursue an unexpected career opportunity as the Manager of Global Performance and Succession Planning for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, OH. In my free time I like spending time with my wife and two boys, hanging out with friends, and playing guitar in 90’s More info  alternative cover band.

Founder's Day to come

Job/Career: Manager of Global Performance and Succession Planning, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Favorite Pi Lam Memory: Living at 200 East Bridge senior year with three of my closest fraternity brothers.Vice President of Communication How being a member of PLP has benefited you post graduation: As an undergraduate, PLP defined leadership and taught me the importance of discipline, balance, and perseverance. The personal and professional skills I learned from my experience in PLP have been essential to me as I have progressed my career as a HR leader in multiple global Fortune 500 organizations.


Alumni Spotlight Name: Jack Marsh Hometown: Niagara Falls, N.Y. Major: Government/Political Science BW Class Year: 1971 New Member/Pledge Class: 1968 Vice President of Fraternity PositionsProgramming, Held: As an undergrad, Housing,  social chair of Ohio Beta Tau. As an alumnus, trustee of the Pi Lambda Phi & Risk Management Educational Foundation, councilman on the IEC, chairman emeritus of the Elimination of Prejudice Foundation.

Winter Outing

February 8th 7-11pm Shulas infoundation Jack Marsh of Sioux Falls, S.D., a lifelong journalist, is a retired media 2 and executive. He worked as a reporter, editor and publisherIndependence, at several Gannett newspapers OH

1971-1998. He then held numerous positions with the Freedom Forum and NEWSEUM, 19982014, with offices in Washington, D.C., Nashville and at the University of South Dakota. He has visited and worked in all 50 states. For 15 years, Marsh was a top aide and confidante to Al Neuharth, one of the most impactful news media figures of the 20th Century. Marsh is a First Amendment champion and diversity advocate. In retirement, MoreMarsh info volunteers his time in board leadership for organizations aligned with his values. Marsh is co-founder of to come South Dakota News Watch, a nonprofit news organization that encourages a well-informed, engaged citizenry. Marsh is chairman of Face It TOGETHER, a national nonprofit committed to solving the disease of addiction. He is chairman of the Sioux Falls Board of Ethics, chairman emeritus of the Elimination of Prejudice Foundation and past president of Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary. Marsh also sits on boards of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, President Sioux Empire United Way and USD Arts and SciencesVice Dean’s Council.ofMarsh was honored Communication for distinguished service or lifetime achievement by Baldwin Wallace University (2010), Native American Journalists Association (2008), South Dakota Newspaper Association (2005), University of South Dakota (2007), Pi Lambda Phi Big Pi Chapter (2010) and Sioux Falls Rotary (2017). He was accepted as a “Hunka,” or honorary relative, in the Hunkpapa Lakota Tribe (2015).

Founder's Day


Job/Career: Following graduation from Baldwin Wallace University in 1971, Marsh had a 43year career as a professional journalist and executive with the Gannett Company, Freedom Forum and NEWSEUM. He worked as an editor, publisher and reporter at seven newspapers in four states before becoming president/chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tenn., and the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota. Marsh retired in 2014. Favorite Pi Lam memory: A core group of outstanding brothers from my era at Ohio Beta Tau have been among my closest, most treasured friends and accountability partners for 50 years. How being a member of PLP has benefited you post-graduation: The Creed of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity is as relevant today as it was in 1895 and should continue to hold brothers, including me, accountable for living our lives consistent with the exemplary standards our founders set forth.

Founder's Day More info to come

Vice President of Communication

Profile for Dave Heckathorn

SNAPs Fall 2018 Newsletter  

SNAPs is a semi-annual newsletter aimed at updating the alumni of OBT Pi Lambda Phi at Baldwin Wallace University on the undergraduate chapt...

SNAPs Fall 2018 Newsletter  

SNAPs is a semi-annual newsletter aimed at updating the alumni of OBT Pi Lambda Phi at Baldwin Wallace University on the undergraduate chapt...

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