Vargas Speaks

Each month, KRCU sits down with Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of Southeast Missouri State University, to discuss happenings at the institution as well as Higher Education broadly.


Focus on Southeast

The video companion to Vargas Speaks is called Focus on Southeast. You can watch monthly episodes by clicking on the links below.

September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
February 2017
March 2017
Late March 2017
May 2017

Vargas Speaks: Episode 11

May 26, 2017
Southeast Missouri State University

In this edition of Vargas Speaks, Dr. Vargas discusses:

• The university's budget and the tuition increase for FY18
• The Southeast Arrow's special report on sexual assault on campus (
• The Board of Regents and how the board works
• The new Center for Speech and Hearing
• Doug Greene, who was given an honorary doctoral degree at spring commencement
• What Dr. Vargas said at a recent naturalization ceremony in Cape Girardeau. Vargas became a citizen of the U. S. in July 2016.

Southeast Missouri State University

In this edition of Vargas Speaks, Dr. Vargas discusses:

• the university's budget for FY18 and plans after proposed cuts by Governor Greitens
• the Redhawk Food Bank
• the latest on Cheney Hall which will remain closed for the 2017-2018 academic year
• the Mentor Transfer Program

Vargas Speaks: Episode 9

Feb 10, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Thursday, February 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided not to reinstate Trump’s executive action on immigration and refugees while the policy works its way through the legal system. This occurred after this episode was recorded.

In this edition of Vargas Speaks, Dr. Vargas discusses:

Vargas Speaks - Episode 8

Dec 19, 2016
Southeast Missouri State University / KRCU

In this edition of the Vargas Speaks, Dr. Vargas discusses how the university is prepared for attacks on campus with the recent news of an attack on the Ohio State University campus in late November 2016. There was also discussion on the budget in the state of Missouri and what 2017's budget for Higher Education may look like.

In addition, we take a look back at the year 2016.

Vargas Speaks - Episode 7

Oct 25, 2016
Southeast Missouri State University

Dan Woods sat down with Southeast President Carlos Vargas on Tuesday, October 18 for their monthly conversation about issues and events impacting the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Woods began by asking the president about two reports of sexual assault on the campus in 2016 and the the university handles those situations.