President Vargas Presents Three Southeast Shout-Out Awards


Southeast Missouri State University President Carlos Vargas recently presented three Southeast Shout-Out Awards to University faculty and staff.

Congratulations to Ally Holland, associate director of development with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation; Dana Saverino, creative strategy project manager with University Marketing; and Dr. Kirsten LaMantia, assistant professor, mental health program coordinator, and Counselor Education Training Clinic director.

Southeast Shout-Out Awards celebrate University employees who put forth the extra effort to help, challenge and inspire students, and do whatever it takes to get the job done while encouraging others. To nominate a deserving faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond supporting students, visit To view previous award recipients, visit

President Carlos Vargas and Ally Holland

Holland was nominated by student fund employee Margaret Reynolds, who extolled Holland’s enthusiasm in promoting student success. Reynolds noted Holland’s efforts in transforming the student work environment, supporting and mentoring students in all aspects of their careers, and in making work fun. Holland’s energy and dedication contribute to student success and to the success of the Southeast Annual Fund, she said.

President Carlos Vargas and Dana Saverino

Saverino was nominated by Kathie Miller, instructor of social work, for Saverino’s commitment to the Department of Social Work accreditation process. Miller specified Saverino’s willingness to provide immediate service to address an accreditation issue that ensured that self-study submission requirements were met on time. Additionally, Saverino’s customer-centered service, she said, plays a key role in the success of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology, and ultimately the success of the University.

President Carlos Vargas and Dr. Kirsten LaMantia

LaMantia was nominated by student Emma Quillin for her outstanding achievement as an advisor and supervisor of student employees, and her commitment to student needs and challenges. Quillin specified in the nomination that LaMantia is “encouraging, prepared,” and that she “cares about the students she works with.”