Embracing community, serving others, and seeking justice are among the values that underpin the education and experience students receive at Saint John’s University.
And the three Johnnies selected as winners of this year’s Extraordinary Service Award – Isaac Kubalak ’22, Joseph Penny ’22 and Emmett Adam ’23 – exemplify those traits.
The Extraordinary Service Award recognizes annually the work of SJU students who are characterized by their personal commitment to service and whose efforts promote community, justice, work with others to accomplish greater good and thoughtful reflection at through the prism of Benedictine and/or Catholic values. social education.
These men have served SJU and the wider community through prison ministry, restorative justice, student government, and publications.
Kubalak is from Fargo, North Dakota, and is a senior integrative science student on his way to pre-med. He is on the leadership team of Global Health Affairs and has volunteered with the Saint John’s Campus Ministry as a Freshman Retreat Experience Leader and Minister of Prisons. A passionate pianist, Kubalak believes that service has the most significant impact in the small things done with extraordinary intentionality. Most importantly, it means building and maintaining connections with other members of a community, including with residents of Abbey Retreat Center as a nursing assistant and with patients at Fargo Dialysis Center as a volunteer. .
Penny is from San Dimas, California and is studying theology and music. He served as co-chairman of Magis Ministries and senior worship coordinator for its well-attended “Praise in the Pub.” He works for the Multicultural Center as a Restorative Justice Facilitator and is the SJU Co-Chair for the new Cultural Affairs Council. In addition to speaking on panels with several clubs and organizations, Penny has volunteered for CSB and SJU campus ministries. Finally, in addition to her work on campus, Penny continues to serve as a house leader, offering her gifts as a music minister and summer intern at Holy Name of Mary Parish. He believes that service offers the opportunity to mediate transformative, embodied encounters with God.
Adam is from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a junior studying political science and history, and on the pre-law track. Adam’s understanding of service is clearer from a public policy and civic engagement lens, as both are essential tools for promoting the common good. He sees service as essential both in our community and beyond, as our generation continues to build a more equitable, just and vibrant world. Throughout college, he was involved on campus with the Saint John Senate, the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, The record and United Politics, a club where students discuss political ideas and current affairs. Adam serves to care for others, collaborate with his peers, and improve the CSB and SJU community.
Winners will be honored at a banquet on April 25. Each winner receives a $2,000 prize made possible by an anonymous donor.
Nominees for the award are nominated by other students, faculty, and staff at Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict, but can only win the award once during their time in Collegeville.
Applications are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors at SJU.