Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to a graduate or friend of the university in recognition of their personal commitment to the ideals and objectives of the Stetson University Alumni Association and dedicated service and advancement of the goals of the university.

Select the dates below to view award recipients and their bios.

*: Now Deceased

Shawn Copeland '99

Clarinetist Shawn L. Copeland is a multidimensional musician, pedagogue, and entrepreneur whose talents have made him a leader in both the performance and musician wellness spaces. In 2014, Copeland joined the faculty of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho where he currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Clarinet and teaches Alexander Technique and Entrepreneurship classes.

A staunch advocate for new music, Copeland is a founding member of TOSCA DUO, the Velez Clarinet Quartet, Hammers & Reeds Trio, and Relevents Wind Quintet. These chamber groups eek to champion new music by creating innovative performances and commissioning projects. is ongoing work with composer, Carlos Velez has resulted in a growing body of solo and chamber music for clarinet including three quartets, two duos, a sextet, a solo suite, and PULSE an album of the composer’s works. Copeland has also been featured on two albums with TOSCA DUO, a self-titled debut album, and another entitled Dimensions, with Rajung Yang (piano). Copeland has occupied the principal clarinet chair with the Washington/Idaho Symphony Orchestra, e-flat/bass clarinetist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, e-flat clarinetist with the Winston-Salem Symphony, principal clarinetist of the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, and the Novus Chamber Ensemble, co-principal of Southern Winds, and performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park, FL.

In addition to his vibrant performance career, Copeland is an accredited teacher of the Alexander Technique and a specialist in Body Mapping. He currently serves as a training mentor with the Association of Body Mapping Education, a Sponsoring Teacher with Alexander Technique International, and is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Inter-Mountain Alexander Training - based in Spokane, Washington. He is the co-author of Body Mapping for Clarinetists and Breathing for Clarinetists.

Copeland’s entrepreneurial background combined with his studio and classroom teaching experience has led him to become a sought-after clinician. During the summer, Copeland teaches at the Stetson University Summer Clarinet Clinic, the Eastern Music Festival, and Freedom and Ease of Movement, an Alexander Technique residential workshop in Spokane, Washington. Shawn Copeland is a Performing Artist and Clinician for Buffet Crampon U.S.A., Gonzalez Reeds, Inc., and the Silverstein Group.

  • 2021 - Primrose Cameron, MS '02
  • 2021 - Michele Skelton '84
  • 2020 - Nancy K. Daves '72
  • 2020 - Richard C. George '76
  • 2019 - William "Ray" Holley '91, JD '97
  • 2019 - Rebecca "Becky" O'Mara '03
  • 2018 - Linda P. Davis '73
  • 2017 - Ronald D. Clifton, Sr. '63, MA '65
  • 2016 - Harlan "Butch" Paul '76
  • 2015 - Kathleen Linehan Graf '76
  • 2014 - Jane Edmunds Novak
  • 2013 - Geoffrey A. Jollay '75
  • 2012 - Sarah "Sally Mathewes Sartain Jane '62
  • 2011 - Betty Drees Johnson '59, MA '62
  • 2009 - H. Douglas Lee and Margaret Easley Lee
  • 2004 - Michael R. Fronk '74
  • 2003 - Michael W. Raymond* '68
  • 2002 - Thomas E. Stringer, Sr., JD '74
  • 2001 - Gary A. Meadows '59, MA '65
  • 2000 - Dennis C. McNamara '44
  • 1999 - Joseph J. Master* '58
  • 1998 - Lowell Edwin Renfroe
  • 1997 - Glenn N. Wilkes '81
  • 1996 - Sandra BeVille Furches '72 and John W. Furches '70
  • 1995 - Janelle Bozard Latour '78
  • 1994 - Gloria Hall Edmondson '80 and Graves Edmondson, Jr. '50
  • 1993 - Thomas P. Prince '67
  • 1992 - Mark C. Hollis* '56
  • 1991 - William M. Roberts III '66
  • 1990 - Wendell N. Jarrard, Sr.*
  • 1989 - George R. Williams, Sr.*, MA '64
  • 1988 - Sally Igo Gillespie, MA '65
  • 1987 - Margaret Flexer Duncan* and Pope A. Duncan*, Hon '87
  • 1986 - Paul E. Raymond*, Hon '82
  • 1985 - Marie Dawson*
  • 1983 - B. Frank Wheeler, Jr.*, BA '43, Hon '83
  • 1982 - Barbara Rowe*, MA '42 and Etter McTeer Turner*, BA '35, MA '36, Hon '83
  • 1981 - John L. Pelham*, BA '50, Hon '76
  • 1980 - Kenneth P. Kirchman*, BS '58, Hon '80
  • 1976 - Margaret Linzel Walker*, BA '42