May 3, 2007–Three Baruch students pursuing degrees in the Zicklin School of Business Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations (MSILR) program have been awarded scholarships in honor of Jan Stackhouse, a labor leader, CUNY employee, and executive in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199. The Stackhouse Scholarship is the first scholarship named for a woman at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.
“We are happy to be helping three students achieve their goals of helping others,” said Professor Richard Kopelman, academic director of the MSILR program. “The students, Vikki Basilico (’09), Roberta Ann Murphy (’09), and Felicia Rickett-Samuels (’08), are all deserving, and each has found a unique way of helping a different constituency.â€
Vikki Basilico is the director of human resources at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides programs that help at-risk youth. Felicia Rickett-Samuels is working at a law firm and is on the board and fundraising committee for the CUNY Graduate Center’s College and Community Scholarship. And Roberta Ann Murphy has a history of crusading for nurses’ rights and is currently a representative for the New York State Nurses Association, where she serves 2,700 nurses.
SEIU 1199, where Jan Stackhouse worked until her untimely death in May 2005, was the “anchor” donor for the Stackhouse Scholarships, providing a grant of $10,000. (The union has also offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Ms. Stackhouseâ€™s killer, who has not been found.) The union, along with friends and family members, has contributed over $80,000 to create an endowed scholarship fund, which began awarding scholarships as well as an award for a graduating student in May 2006.
Jan Stackhouse had a long history of supporting the labor movement as well as entrepreneurs and employee stock ownership companies. The scholarships continue Janâ€™s interest in worker advocacy and social economics, labor leadership, and economic development.
Baruch’s MSILR provides a graduate-level program for professionals seeking to advance their careers in human resource management and labor relations.