Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Senior Interns with Representative Jo Ann Emerson


Amon Seabaugh, of Leopold, Mo., had a busy last semester on Capitol Hill.  He is interning with U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who was recently re-elected to her seventh term as the Missouri Eighth District representative to the U.S. Congress.

“On any given day, I sort mail, answer phone calls and e-mails, and correspond with constituents regarding various issues,” Amon said.  “I also attend special hearings and briefings here on Capitol Hill. I provide constituents with a Congressional staff guided tour of our nation’s capital.”

Amon said he has had the pleasure of meeting many influential policy makers and their team members by attending several political rallies and receptions.

“The knowledge and skills learned at Southeast Missouri State University and at home coupled with my application of interning are what have made me a marketable employee here on Capitol Hill,” Amon said.

Amon will graduate from Southeast in December with a degree in agri-business/industry.  He plans to continue his education and receive a master’s degree in either agriculture education or agriculture ethics/law.

“Southeast has contributed to my success in and out of the classroom by teaching me that it is okay to do more than others think is wise, to care more than others think is necessary, and to try harder to accomplish a task than others think is possible,”  Amon said.  “In our agriculture courses, we are expected to make many presentations.  In doing so, I have alleviated the fear of public presentations, which is great since I will be working with the public every day.”

Amon said he has enjoyed his time here at Southeast, especially while working at the Agriculture Research Center and other agricultural events.  He also enjoyed the many horticulture trips, attending the Delta Tau Alpha conventions, and attending the CSIS conference in Washington, D.C., with Southeast President Ken Dobbins. 

“I enjoyed tagging the newborn calves at the University Farm,” Amon added.  “Almost any memory of working at the farm was worth all the time and money I spent at the University.  There is more to learn in the field than one may realize.”

Amon said his favorite thing to do in Cape Girardeau was attending the SEMO District fair and looking at the agriculture exhibits and the livestock barns.  He also likes running downtown by the river and hanging out with his friends at Andy’s Frozen Custard or El Torero.
 Amon has been involved with the Horticulture Club, SEMO Aggie Club, Delta Tau Alpha, and the Agriculture Club while at Southeast.  When he isn’t busy with his studies or extracurricular activities, he enjoys cross country running and playing basketball.

“My favorite thing to do is to go fishing with my sister, brother and cousins. I also share a traditional vacation each year with my family where we spend a few days on the Castor River, floating, swimming and sun burning, but it is always fun!  This is a time that my family and I enjoy greatly and no mater where life may send me, I will always return home for that week of fun in the sun.

“I love to travel and be outside.  After graduation, I would like to plan a trip to Ireland, and backpack through Europe, especially Italy and Rome,” Amon added.

Amon would like to pass this advice on to Southeast students: “Dream big, try hard and don't be scared.  Make the most out of life, enjoy work and play hard.  Always remember who you are, where you come from and the basic values that make you unique.  Know yourself better than others know you.

“I would like to thank my professors and mentors who saw me through the years and would like to thank all the faculty and staff on the campus for making Southeast my first choice, the right choice”  Amon said.