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Fred Kowal: Making SUNY Safe

Aug 14, 2020

Over the past several months, United University Professions has publicly articulated our strong position about the need to safely reopen SUNY campuses this fall. To protect our students, staff and communities, we have argued for guidelines that mandate testing for all those—including our members—who will be starting the fall semester as part of the SUNY community.

Fred Kowal: What Have We Become?

Jun 30, 2020

How many must die to satisfy the malevolent narcissism of one man?

Dr. Fred Kowal

After three years, SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson is leaving the 64-campus system to take the top job at The Ohio State University system. Johnson will begin September 1. For reaction, WAMC News spoke with Dr. Fred Kowal of United University Professions.

Fred Kowal: Our Day, Our Future

May 12, 2020

The Mohawk people, one of the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, lived in northern New York near where I live, and many still do. Their leaders had a rule that every decision must be made considering its effects seven generations in the future.

Fred Kowal: A Test For Us All

Apr 2, 2020

We are now in the Coronavirus Era. Our social interactions, our institutions, our economy are being restructured moment by moment. Few of us have experienced anything like this.

Fred Kowal: NY25 - A Vision For The Future

Jan 24, 2020

In 2011, the State University of New York and the Office of the Governor launched “SUNY 2020,” a long-range plan to promote SUNY as a catalyst for regional economic development and affordable education.

Fred Kowal: We Will Not Be Silent

Dec 12, 2019

United University Professions abhors racism and hate speech in all its forms, and this union will always stand up to and fight efforts by any individual or group that embraces and propagates these vile beliefs.

Fred Kowal: Can We Make SUNY Matter?

Nov 7, 2019

Over the past two weeks, Sen. Toby Stavisky, chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education, has presided over public hearings on the cost of public higher education in New York. The cost of a SUNY education, as well as the underfunding of SUNY, its medical schools and public teaching hospitals were also discussed.

Fred Kowal: To What Does This Lead?

Oct 17, 2019

Fear. Fear of the other. Fear of the outsider. Fear of change. Fear of everything. Anger and Rage. At the rich. At the system, whatever that means. At our innate powerlessness.

Fred Kowal: Broken Words, Broken Treaties

Sep 10, 2019

Labor Day has passed, and the common expression is that summer is unofficially over. I reject that statement; I’ll go with the astronomical calendar because I want as much summer as possible! However, a clearer sign that the season is changing is the arrival of hundreds of thousands of students at the SUNY campuses at which members of United University Professions serve. The fall semester is underway and the faculty and staff at our 30-plus campuses are undertaking their sacred work of building wisdom-seeking communities.

Fred Kowal: Bread And Circuses

Jun 11, 2019

Like millions of others, I watched the final episode of HBO’s epic series, Game of Thrones. I found it – like the entire series – immensely entertaining, with the final scenes carrying a sense of hope and peace. After all the violence of the previous seasons, it was welcome.

Fred Kowal: For Mom...

May 15, 2019

My mother, Mary Kowal, passed away on April 2nd after 98 incredible years. She was born in 1920, when Woodrow Wilson was president. As many know, Wilson was an arch segregationist. But mom, who was born the year that women were first allowed to vote in the United States, lived long enough to vote for America’s first African American president – twice.

Colleges and universities have long been a destination for international scholars, who have brought their intellect, cultural diversity and global insights to campuses across the country.

Fred Kowal: Wag The Dog Or A Coup?

Nov 6, 2018

Last weekend, I was with my wife at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre with several thousand others to hear the music of Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and Lila Downs as part of “The Lantern Tour.”

Fred Kowal: What Not To Cover

Sep 19, 2018

When President Donald Trump began staging his campaign-style rallies soon after he became president, the decision to air those events live was a no-brainer for cable news networks like CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.

Fred Kowal: Guns

May 24, 2018

Another school, another shooting.

Last week, eight students and two teachers were gunned down at the Santa Fe High School in Texas. Arrested was a 17-year-old student, who police say taunted and terrorized his victims before his capture—after a 25-minute shootout with police.

Fred Kowal: A Hero For SUNY

Feb 20, 2018

I knew it was going to be a lean year for SUNY, especially after the governor began talking about a $4.4 billion budget deficit, and how it was going to be a financially difficult year.

Fred Kowal: Here To Stay

Dec 20, 2017

One of the toughest jobs in 19th century America was that of a laundress. Although machines were used in the commercial laundry process, this was still dangerous, backbreaking labor performed almost entirely by women in sweatshop conditions.

Fred Kowal: The Endless War

Nov 21, 2017

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States undertook military action in Afghanistan, with the stated intent of removing the Taliban regime from power and apprehending or killing those responsible for planning the heinous strikes.

Fred Kowal: A Republic, If We Can Keep It

Oct 27, 2017

In a story often told about the Constitutional Convention of 1787 – the gathering of our country’s founders that produced the blueprint of our great democracy – someone reportedly asked Benjamin Franklin if the delegates had just crafted a monarchy or a republic.

Fred Kowal: President Trump And The Press

Aug 3, 2017

It’s one thing when a candidate attacks the media on the campaign trail, or a politician isn’t pleased by—or is critical of—a news story or report.

Fred Kowal: Starting The Conversation

Jul 6, 2017

You can sometimes tell a lot about a person just by talking to them on the phone. 

Fred Kowal: Silence Is Not An Option

Jun 20, 2017

As the nation’s largest union of higher education professionals, United University Professions strongly supports the search for truth based on scientific facts and exploration.

Fred Kowal: NIH Budget Cut

Apr 20, 2017

In the flurry of attention being paid to questions surrounding the role of Russia in our last presidential election, the rising tensions on the Korean peninsula and in Syria, and endless attention being paid to President Trump’s Twitter adventures, what has been lost is a necessary focus on the President’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. 

Fred Kowal: Hospitals and ACA

Mar 28, 2017

You’d think that public hospitals that treat 1.3 million patients every year, graduate many of New York’s primary care physicians and perform groundbreaking medical research would have a secure future.

It’s budget season in Albany and higher education issues are getting lots of attention.  It’s about time. 

Fred Kowal: Standing Rock

Dec 29, 2016

One hundred and twenty six years ago, on December 29, 1890, the US 7th cavalry gunned down over three hundred Lakota women, men and children in one of the worst massacres in the long history of violence perpetrated by the United States against Native Americans.  It is vital that we all remember that day and that history. 

Fred Kowal: I Will Not Be Silent

Dec 13, 2016

Stunned? Shocked? Disbelieving?

I’m sure many of us shared that same reaction in the wee hours of November 9 once it became obvious that Donald Trump had won the presidential election. So how did we get there, and what do we do now?

Fred Kowal: A Better Future For All?

Nov 3, 2016

Like most of you, I have heard many disturbing statements during this year’s political campaigns.

Fred Kowal: SUNY Under A Microscope

Oct 25, 2016

Corruption. Fraud. Bribery

A bid-rigging scandal that involved SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other upstate nanotechnology development projects. The result: federal charges leveled against nine people, including Alain Kaloyeros, the now former president of SUNY Poly.