2022 Recipients

This award annually recognizes Saint John's students who are characterized by personal commitment to service, which promotes community, justice, and aim for the common good.  This award is also characterized by the thoughtful reflections on service in light of Catholic Social Teaching and/or the Benedictine values of Saint John's. Candidates are nominated by students, faculty, or staff of Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict.   

This Year's Recipients are:

Joseph Penny, Class of 2022

Joe Penny is from San Dimas, California, and a senior studying theology and music. He has served as Magis Ministries' co-president and as its lead 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 newly revived Cultural Affairs Board. In addition to speaking on panels with several clubs and organizations, Penny has volunteered for both CSB and SJU Campus Ministries. Finally, in addition to his work on campus, Penny continues to serve as a leader at home, offering his gifts as a music minister and summer intern with Holy Name of Mary Parish. He believes that service provides the opportunity to mediate transformative and incarnational encounters with God. 

Isaac Kubalak, Class of 2022

Isaac Kubalak is from Fargo, North Dakota, and a senior studying integrative science on the pre-medicine track. He is part of the Global Health Affairs leadership team and has volunteered with Saint John’s Campus Ministry as a first-year retreat experience leader and as a prison minister. An avid piano player, Kubalak believes service has the most significant impact in small matters done with extraordinary intentionality. Most importantly, it means making and sustaining connections with other members of a community, including with the residents of the Abbey Retirement Center as a nursing assistant and with patients at the Fargo Dialysis Center as a volunteer.

Emmett Adam, Class of 2023

Emmett 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 most clear through a public policy and civic engagement lens, as both are essential tools to promote the common good. He sees service as essential in both our community and beyond, as our generation continues to build a more equitable, just and dynamic world. Throughout college, he has been involved on campus with the Saint John’s Senate, the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, The Record and United Politics. Adam serves to care for others, collaborate with peers and improve the CSB and SJU community. 

Press Release: 

Three current Johnnies receive 2022 Extraordinary Service Awards