Matthew Coleman Receives Gus Witherspoon Award
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.
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.
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.