On a recent trip to visit extended family, Cjala Surratt ’22, founder of the Black Citizens Brigade, was presented with a gift—her late grandmother’s boiler room jacket. Surratt’s grandmother had been a ship-fitter in Norfolk, Virginia, and the clothing item…
Unsung Hero Award Winner Grateful for Dual Degree Opportunity
Jack Ramza ’22 is almost halfway through his time at Syracuse University and has already achieved great success. Ramza was recently honored with an Unsung Hero Award at the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. These awards are given annually to community members who have made a positive impact on the lives of others but are not widely recognized.
Ramza is pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and advertising from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, he decided to attend Syracuse to complete the Whitman-Newhouse dual degree program and experience living on the East Coast.
Ramza is heavily involved in a variety of service and professional organizations on campus. He is currently serving as the community relations chair on the executive board for OrangeSeeds, the first-year leadership empowerment program at Syracuse. He is a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, where he is the current recruitment chair and past public relations chair. Ramza was also a peer mentor for the Whitman School in the fall.
Ramza says that the most beneficial aspect of his education at Syracuse is studying in both the Whitman and Newhouse schools. He is grateful to be able to learn about the analytical and business side of a company at Whitman one day, and about the internal and external communications aspects of an organization at Newhouse the next. He is confident that this unique educational experience is one that he can successfully discuss with employers.
“Another valuable experience of my education is being a part of group projects and presentations,” Ramza says. “Each semester, many of my classes involve working in teams on a group project. This has made me more confident collaborating in a team environment and has helped refine my public speaking.”
Last year, Ramza was involved with the Blackstone Launchpad and competed in the Hult Prize international entrepreneurship competition. He also had the opportunity to intern as a first-year student with Hill Communications, the boutique public relations firm at Newhouse. He worked on a team that helped Say Yes to Education rebrand and market the branch’s 10th-anniversary gala.
Currently, Ramza is an intern for StayBillety, an accommodation service connecting guests and hosts with shared interests. As the lead social media intern, he is primarily responsible for monitoring the progress of his team and ensuring that the company’s message is conveyed effectively through its social media channels.
“I am extremely thankful for the success I have had thus far at Syracuse. I must thank all of my peers and professors for helping shape my experience. You can’t accomplish anything alone,” Ramza shares.
Story by Lindsey Godbout ’20.