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Academic Year 2016-2017


WAMC(Albany, NY)
Date: June 20, 2017

Fred Kowal: Silence Is Not An Option

In his recorded commentary broadcast over WAMC, President Fred Kowal strongly supports the search for truth based on scientific facts and exploration. >>
Full commentary

Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: June 12, 2017

Letter: Vote no to amending state constitution

In a letter to the editor, System Administration Chapter member John Schumacher urges voters to vote no in November to a constitutional convention. >>
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Public News Service (New York, NY)
Date: June 2, 2017

Academics, Environmentalists Blast Trump Climate Withdrawal

UUP President Fred Kowal criticizes President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: May 21, 2017

Zimpher's tenure at SUNY: It was all about the system

UUP President Fred Kowal comments on SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's leadership. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: May 10, 2017

United University Professions elects new officers, re-elects Kowal as president

UUP elects its slate of statewide officers and Executive Board members. >>
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Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY)
Date: May 7, 2017

Pay for SUNY New Paltz adjunct profs is 'ludicrous'

In a letter to the editor, New Paltz Chapter member Doug Koop condemns the low pay New Paltz adjuncts receive for their hard work. >>
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Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Date: April 25, 2017

Kristina M. Johnson appointed SUNY chancellor

UUP President Fred Kowal, citing the next chancellor's move to hire more faculty at another university, hopes she's inclined to do the same at SUNY. >>
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The following clips contain quotes by Kowal about Johnson's appointment as SUNY chancellor:


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: April 25, 2017

Engineer-educator takes on SUNY's challenges
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: April 25, 2017

Five things to watch under the new SUNY chancellor
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Cortland Standard (Cortland, NY)
Date: April 21, 2017

Union opposes convention plan

UUP Vice President for Academics Jamie Dangler explains the union's opposition to a state constitutional convention, saying it could threaten unions, collective bargaining and environmental protections. >>
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: April 20, 2017

NIH budget cuts

In an impassioned broadcast commentary, UUP President Fred Kowal warns of the devastating consequences of President Trump's proposed budget to the National Institutes of Health on scientific and medical research, and the impact they'd have on SUNY's teaching hospitals and health sciences centers. >>
Audio with full text

Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: April 17, 2017

Faculty unions worry Excelsior limitation to freeze out many

UUP President Fred Kowal says the Excelsior Scholarship program must eventually be expanded to include at least some part-time students. >>
Full Story

Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: April 11, 2017

New York's free* tuition plan

UUP President Fred Kowal thinks the Excelsior Scholarship, approved as part of the state budget, will attract more students as its details become known. >>
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Capital Tonight/Spectrum News (Albany, NY)
Date: April 10, 2017

UUP: Budget is a "Good Start" for higher education

In a TV interview, UUP President Fred Kowal praises the passage of the Excelsior Scholarship program proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the maintenance of effort provision included in the new state budget. >>
Full video interview

WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: March 28, 2017

WAMC (Albany, NY)

In his broadcast commentary, UUP President Fred Kowal urges state lawmakers to make a significant investment in SUNY's hospitals by restoring the state hospital subsidy to its previous high and instituting a five-year funding plan. >>
Audio with full text

Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY)
Date: March 24, 2017

Literacy test was flawed, drove good teachers away

In a letter to the editor, UUP President Fred Kowal says the newspaper's editorial missed the point about why the Academic Literacy Skills Test was eliminated, praising the vote by the Board of Regents to scrap the ALST. >>
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WRVO (Oswego, NY)
Date: Date: March 23, 2017

SUNY striving to train more teachers as shortage looms

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler says the state can stave off a teacher shortage by solving problems with its teacher certification process. >>
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Chalkbeat (New York, NY)
Date: March 22, 2017

What's missing from the conversation about the state's ditched literacy test for teachers?

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler and Executive Board member Ken Lindblom defend the Regents' decision to eliminate the Academic Literacy Skills Test as a requirement for teacher certification. >>
Full story

Daily News (New York, NY)
Date: March 20, 2017

Teacher test is flawed

In a letter to the editor, UUP President Fred Kowal praises the Regents' decision to eliminate the Academic Literacy Skills Test, disputing an editorial claim that the move would produce a teaching force lacking high-level reading and writing skills. >>
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Public News Service (New York, NY)
Date: March 9, 2017

Students call for restoration of opportunity program funds

UUP President Fred Kowal warns that budget cuts to SUNY's opportunity programs would be devastating, as he welcomes more than 700 EOP/EOC students to Albany who urged lawmakers to protect the programs. >>
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Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY)
Date: Feb. 21, 2017

New Paltz rally on Presidents Day slams Trump policies

UUP New Paltz Chapter President Beth Wilson says it's important for people to realize the threat the Trump administration poses to unions. >>
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Feb. 21, 2017

Legislative agenda for higher education

In his broadcast commentary, UUP President Fred Kowal emphasizes how important it is for state lawmakers to invest an additional $30 million in the new state budget to hire more full-time faculty at SUNY. He also underscores the need for another $50 million to begin restoring hundreds of millions in state funding cut during the Great Recession. >>
Audio with full text

Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Date: Feb. 20, 2017

Cuomo’s college tuition plan comes with unclear costs, benefits

Though he endorses portions of the governor's Excelsior Scholarship plan, UUP President Fred Kowal says many of the plan's fine points need more work. >>
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The Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: Feb. 17, 2017

Underwhelming DeVos gets over the top as Pence unbuckles tie

UUP President Fred Kowal says the furor over DeVos' nomination underscores the opposition to Donald Trump and his agenda. >>
Full story

Chalkbeat NY (New York, NY)
Date: Feb. 14, 2017

Much-criticized teacher literacy test could be on the chopping block next month

UUP VPA Jamie Dangler explains the necessity for the Regents to make major changes to the edTPA teacher certification exam, as recommendede by a special task force co-chaired by Dangler. >>
Full story

The Capitol Pressroom (Albany, NY)
Date: Feb. 7, 2017

Restoring state investment in SUNY

In a radio interview, UUP President Fred Kowal stresses the need for additional budget funds for SUNY to hire more full-time faculty and financially shore up its public hospitals. >>
Full audio interview

Capital Tonight (Albany NY)
Date: Feb. 6, 2017

Maintaining state aid for SUNY

In a television interview, UUP President Fred Kowal discusses UUP's legislative initiatives, which include hiring more full-time faculty at SUNY and fully funding the University's public hospitals. >>
Full video interview


Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Date: Feb. 7, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Newsday publishes the letters of UUP members, Ken Lindblom and Patricia Dunn, with criticisms of the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). >>
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WTEN/Fox 23 (Albany, NY)
Date: Jan. 30, 2017

Union joins picket line with Momentive strikers

More than 70 UUP members march with striking workers at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford in a show of labor solidarity. >>
Full story with video


Public News Service (New York, NY)
Date: Jan. 11, 2017

Recommendations for teacher certification exams draw praise

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler says changes recommended by a special task force would reduce obstacles for students working to be certified as teachers. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Jan. 10, 2017

Regents, State Ed look to change teacher certification requirements

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler says a special task force's recommendations to change the state's flawed teacher certification process should be adopted by the Regents. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Jan. 4, 2017

Senate Republicans looking for details in Cuomo's tuition plan

UUP President Fred Kowal says if SUNY goes tuition-free for students whose families earn less than $125,00 annually, the state needs to provide the funds to support campus programs. >>
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NY Times (New York, NY)
Date: Jan. 3, 2017

Cuomo proposes free tuition at New York State colleges for eligible students

UUP says more full-time faculty would be required if the governor's free tuition proposal is adopted. >>
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 29, 2016

Standing Rock

UUP President Fred Kowal delivers a moving commentary about the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and their hard-fought battle to stop the proposed route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. >>
Audio with full text


WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 13, 2016

"I will not be silent"

In a strong commentary, UUP President Fred Kowal promises he won't stand by as the nation faces harm from radical and regressive policies enacted by Donald Trump's incoming administration. >>
Audio with full text


Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)
Date: Dec. 13, 2016

UUP not responsible for SUNY tuition hike

In a letter to the editor, UUP President Fred Kowal responds to a Gazette editorial that said SUNY's lack of "restraint in contract negotiations" helped prompt a proposed tuition increase. Kowal rebuffed the claim, citing concessions UUP made in its most recent contract as proof. >>
Full story


WNYM-970 AM "The Answer" (New York City, NY)
Date: Dec. 11, 2016

"We're in for a fight"

UUP President Fred Kowal says the union will take on the new administration in Washington, D.C. to fight for public higher education during an interview on Blue Collar Buzz, a radio program produced by Labor Press. >>
Full audio interview


Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 2, 2016

Union urges SUNY aid increase before tuition hike

UUP President Fred Kowal says SUNY should concentrate on securing additional state support before hiking tuition. >>
Full story (PDF)


Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Date: Nov. 22, 2016

SUNY urged to counter ‘expressions of hate’

UUP issues statement urging SUNY and its Faculty Senate to counter hate crimes on SUNY campuses and to come together to oppose them. >>
Full story


Capital Tonight (Albany NY)
Date: Nov. 21, 2016

Colleges condemn acts of harassment or violence

In an extensive TV interview, UUP President Fred Kowal explains why the union is speaking out against campus hate crimes that have proliferated since the presidential election. >>
Full interview


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 21, 2016

UUP joins condemnation of hate crimes

UUP issues statement against hate crimes on SUNY campuses and campuses nationwide. >>
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Capitol Pressroom, (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 7, 2016

Focus on academics at SUNY

Saying that SUNY's role in economic development is being overemphasized, UUP President Fred Kowal stresses the need for the University to focus on its academic mission. >>
Full interview audio


WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 3, 2016

A better future for all?

UUP President Fred Kowal exposes the campaign slogans "Make America Great Again" and "Take Back Our Country" for what they really are. >>
Audio with full text


WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Oct. 25, 2016

SUNY under a microscope

UUP President Fred Kowal calls for full transparency for the SUNY Research Foundation and its college and university foundations in response to the SUNY bid-rigging scandal. >>
Audio with full text


Inside Higher Ed (Washington, DC)
Date: Oct. 19, 2016

Who gets to monitor a public university foundation?

UUP President Fred Kowal calls for full transparency for individual SUNY campus foundations after the University at Buffalo Foundation refuses to allow faculty or students on its board. >>
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New York Times (New York NY)
Date: Oct. 12, 2016

Cuomo insider, caught in Albany corruption case, leaves post at SUNY

UUP President Fred Kowal says SUNY's role as an economic engine has overshadowed its academic mission, in the wake of a bid-rigging scandal at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. >>
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In the following clips, Kowal is quoted about former SUNY Poly president Alain Kaloyeros' intent to return to his role as a tenured professor:

Buffalo News (Buffalo NY)
Date: Oct. 12, 2016

Under cloud of suspicion, Kaloyeros goes from exec to prof
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Politico NY (Albany NY)
Date: Oct. 12, 2016

Kaloyeros' resignation presents a 'complex' situation for SUNY Poly
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Journal News (Harrison, NY)
Date: Oct. 12, 2016

Alain Kaloyeros resigns as SUNY Poly president
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Buffalo News (Albany NY)
Date: Oct. 9, 2016

UB Foundation rejects call for faculty member on its board

UUP President Fred Kowal says campus foundations must be subject to oversight, because "no one really knows where the money is going." >>
Full story


Capital Tonight (Albany NY)
Date: Oct. 5, 2016

UUP Calls for SUNY Transparency

In a nine-minute interview, UUP President Fred Kowal explains the union’s call for complete transparency at SUNY. >>
Full interview


Times Union (Albany NY)
Date: Oct. 5, 2016

UUP joins call for spending oversight

In the aftermath of the SUNY bid-rigging scandal, UUP calls for complete transparency at SUNY, including the SUNY Research Foundation and individual campus foundations. >>
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Politico NY (Albany NY)
Date: Oct. 4, 2016

Union calls for SUNY to adopt transparency policy

UUP President Fred Kowal calls on SUNY to adopt a policy of complete transparency to include SUNY's Research Foundation and campus foundations. >>
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Politico NY (Albany NY)
Date: Sept. 23, 2016

Lawmakers, unions to join efforts to address looming teacher shortage

UUP President Fred Kowal says UUP is eager to work as a partner with SUNY to find solutions to an impending teacher shortage. >>
Full story


The Daily Star (Oneonta NY)
Date: Sept. 10, 2016

Anti-union commentary filled with misleading data

In a letter to the editor, UUP President Fred Kowal sets the record straight in response to the founder of an anti-union group spreading venom against organized labor. >>
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