#WhitmanWatch: Jennie Waterfall May ’17

Name: Jennie Waterfall May

Graduation Year: 2017

Majors: Supply chain management, marketing, public relations

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Jennie May ’17 is a Syracuse University triple-threat who has taken advantage of all the University has to offer and made a name for herself across campus. May originally enrolled at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Martin J. Whitman School of Management with hopes of becoming a news producer. However, after attending orientation at the Whitman School and meeting Whitman upperclassman, May found herself gravitating more toward business.

“At Syracuse, I saw the opportunity to dual major with business and communications. I saw a medium size college campus that I would not get lost on but could easily make a home for myself. At Own the Dome, I saw a group of admitted high school seniors that I could see myself calling friends,” said May.

At Syracuse University, May is a triple major in supply chain management, marketing and public relations, a Whitman Scholar and the recipient of the prestigious Zinsmeister Award in supply chain.

She is also considered a staple of many student organizations, clubs and Syracuse University departments. During her freshman year, May joined Orangeseeds, a freshman leadership empowerment program, the club swim team, University 100 tour guides and Enactus.

“I knew I would be pushed out of my comfort zone, and the best way to become acclimated to Syracuse University was to get involved,” said May.

Throughout the years, she has added more organizations, joined Greek life through Alpha Gamma Delta and Delta Sigma Pi, a social sorority and a professional business fraternity respectively and taken on many leadership roles.

“This year, as a senior, I am trying to leave a legacy as chairwoman of the Student Philanthropy Council, the student representatives who help spread awareness of philanthropy through the student body and alumni,” said May. “I am also on the lead team for the University-100 campus tour guides and vice president of membership for Enactus.”

For more than three years, she has also helped to build the Whitman School’s online presence as a social media and digital content developer in the marketing department.

Off campus, May has filled her time with career building internships, case compeititons and extensive travel. Most notably, May interned with NBCUniversal’s Affiliate Marketing group in New York City, where she acted as a liaison between the NBC national shows and the almost 240 NBC affiliate stations across the countries. Last semester, May and two other undergraduate students took home fourth place in the fifth annual Global Family Enterprise Case Competition.  

After graduation, May will be moving to Hartford, Connecticut to join Pratt & Whitney for a two-year Materials Management Development Program.

“This semester, I passed the first APICs exam,” said May. “I plan to continue with that certification, as well as attend a supply chain graduate program in a couple years.”

Arielle Spears