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Senior Matthew Coleman Receives Gus Witherspoon Award

Matthew Coleman

March 7, 2014 – Shaw senior Matthew Coleman, a Mass Communications major from Durham, NC, received the 2014 Undergraduate Award during the 20th Annual A. M. “Gus” Witherspoon Community Recognition Awards Program. The awards are presented by the National Pan Hellenic Council of the Greater Raleigh Area, a group comprised of 16 Greek-affiliated fraternities and sororities whose focus is to contribute to the political, spiritual, social, economic and cultural life of Raleigh and the surrounding area through the presentation of programs.

Coleman, a member of Shaw University’s Delta Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, received the award based on his leadership and service in the Raleigh community. He has served as a camp counselor for the Omega Psi Phi Annual Boys Camp in Winston-Salem, NC and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Additionally, Coleman is the editor in chief of the Shaw University yearbook; treasurer for the Shaw Pan-Hellenic Council; member of the Shaw student chapters of the NAACP and Collegiate 100; and is active in his church – Greater Emmanuel Temple Pentecostal Church.

A.M. “Gus” Witherspoon, was a graduate of North Carolina State University who also served as a professor of botany and associate provost at the university. He was instrumental in establishing the chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated at N.C. State, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as others throughout the state. He served as State Director of the National Pan-Hellenic Council as well as holding other regional and national offices.