Alumni Award Winners Announced at Homecoming 2011 Luncheon


From l to r: Jill Weisz accepted the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award on behalf of her father, George Clinton (FS'66). Captain Shelia Robertson (BS'78) was presented the Alumni Service Award. Danny Ray Martin (BS'95) was presented the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Fred Patterson (BS'59) was the 67th individual inducted into the Bethel Athletic Hall of Fame.

     Bethel University Alumni Awards were presented at the 2011 Homecoming Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 8.
     George Clinton (FS’66) was presented the Alumni Achievement Award. Clinton, an audio engineer, is founder of Bayou Recording in Nashville. Clinton has worked with a number of notable music entertainers including the group Alabama, KT Oslin, Tracy Lawrence, Barbara Mandrell, Helen Reddy, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Martina McBride, to name a few. Clinton has garnered five A.S.C.A.P. (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) awards.
     Captain Shelia Robertson (BS’78) was the recipient of this year’s Alumni Service Award. Robertson, who has close to 30 years service in the Navy as a chaplain, was given the award for service toward her country and for service toward the ministry.
     McKenzie native Danny Ray Martin (BS’95) was presented the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Martin is Co-founder and Director of the East Nashville School of Music. He is also an Assistant Professor of Music, Adjunct with Bethel as well as being the Curriculum Designer/Video Director/Music Editor and Transcriber for Additionally, he is a session and performing guitarist, arranger and composer. His music career has taken him across most of the Eastern U.S. as well as to many international locations. He has studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and has studied under the late Shawn Lane.
     Inducted as the 67th individual into Bethel’s Athletic Hall of Fame was Fred Patterson of Paris. Patterson, a 1959 graduate of Bethel and a community college transfer, lettered two years in basketball and baseball. He was a starter in basketball both years and averaged double figures. His senior year he was named captain and led the team in rebounding and was second in scoring behind Hall of Famer Laverene Garner. Fred’s junior year in baseball, he played center field and batted fifth. His senior year he compiled a batting average of .416 and batted fourth.
     After receiving his degree at Bethel, he became the coach at Trezevant High School in Trezevant, Tenn., where he coached the girls’ basketball team and assisted in boys’ basketball, baseball, and football. Later he became the Buchanan Elementary coach of both boys and girls’ basketball. He later took over the high school boys’ basketball program, and the baseball coaching position, where he won three district championships. Patterson was selected as the first boys’ basketball coach at Henry County High school. He had an overall record of 142 wins and 42 losses in his last seven years. He resigned his coaching position but remained a teacher for the next four years. He held the Athletic Director position for 22 years where Henry County never had a TSSAA infraction during his tenure. In 1988 he was recognized by the TSSAA for his distinguished service.