Dr. Carlos Vargas

Vargas Speaks: Episode 18

May 14, 2018
Southeast Missouri State University

In this edition of the program, Dr. Vargas talks about the institutional restructuring that is currently taking place at Southeast. He discusses what outcomes he would like to see after restructuring and what it means for the university.

In addtion, Dr. Vargas talk about university funding and how the institution is looking ahead to meet potential funding challenges in the future.

He also talks about challenges and opportunities facing not only Southeast but Higher Education in the near future and how to be successful and thrive in the years to come.

Southeast Missouri State University

On this episode of Going Public, we talk with Southeast President Carlos Vargas about a new pet community coming to campus in Fall 2018.

Permitted pets in the pet-friendly community will be:
• Indoor domestic cats and dogs under a certain weight
• Small caged animals that live in a small aquarium

Details from the university's news release.

Southeast Missouri State University

In this episode of the program, Dr. Vargas --

• Talks about Catapult Creative House's new computing stations
• Shares the recent news about the musical "An American Hero" being selected to be performed at the New York Music Festival
• Details the agreement between Southeast and Sinclair Community College that is focused on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones)
• Tells us about a recent meeting he had with Senator Claire McCaskill and their discussion about ways to make college more affordable

This interview was recorded on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

In order to balance their Fiscal Year 2018 budget and cover known budget needs for FY 2019, Southeast Missouri State University will soon be cutting staff positions across campus.

 

Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas announced yesterday that 35-40 vacant and filled full-time staff positions, which make up 4% of the university’s workforce, will be eliminated. The first round of staff members being impacted will be notified Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 with a second round of notification meetings happening at the beginning of May.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

It’s been nearly a year since the racially charged student led protest at the University of Missouri, which led to the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe. As a result, universities across the country were left to figure out how to tackle conversations on racial issues. A year ago, I reported on how Southeast started the conversation long before the events at MU. Recently, I sat down Sonia Rucker, the coordinator of Institutional Equity and Diversity at Southeast.

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