ASJ Winter 2017

Kubinski shares the rewards of his SJU experience

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When it comes to advancing the mission of Saint John’s University, battling cancer or publishing his insights on fatherhood, Tom Kubinski ’86 would have to be considered a “poster child.”

Tom was a six-time NCAA Division III All-American swimmer for legendary coach Pat Haws, making him one of Saint John’s most decorated student-athletes. He has served on the J-Club Board for several years and gives annually to the Johnnie Booster Club.

Tom and his wife Katie have been faithful supporters of Saint John’s Student Fund for the past 30 years. The management major also represented CSB/SJU at the Minnesota State Fair for many years.

“I had a great college experience at Saint John’s University,” he said. “I had scholarship offers to swim at several (NCAA) Division I schools, but I fell in love with the welcoming campus community, the academics, the spirituality, the arboretum, the diversity of students from other countries and the balance I would have in my life as a student-athlete.

“I was immediately impressed with the Johnnie alumni network.”

Kubinski has also danced with the devil. Twice he has had stage-four throat cancer in the past seven years, and both times he beat it.

This past year, while he was fighting cancer and on long-term leave from his work responsibilities, he wrote a book titled, “How Dads Can Make a Difference.”

In his book, Kubinski shares wisdom and experiences he gained while at CSB/SJU. (For more information on Tom’s book, please see his ad on page 138 in last fall’s Johnnie football game-day magazine, or visit his Facebook page at

Tom works in sales for Sexton Printing in West Saint Paul. He and Sexton Printing have been a sponsor of Johnnie Athletics since the athletic marketing program’s inception in 2001.

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His two daughters, Alexa and Victoria, both attended the College of Saint Benedict and were members of the CSB Dance Team.

Kubinski has met and shared his story with many prospective students in his area of the western Twin Cities. He believes he is responsible for a dozen students attending our great schools, and he is working with four more prospective Class of ’22 CSB/SJU students in his home area of Plymouth.

Why is Tom so passionate about advancing Saint John’s mission?

“SJU was the perfect fit,” he said. “And based off my experience, I would choose Saint John’s all over again in a second.”

He also has generously shared his time, talents and treasure with SJU.

“Why wouldn’t we?” he said. “My CSB/SJU experience, education, life venture and relationships have been so great for me and my family that I want others to experience this type of college experience as well.

“It is so very vital and important that Saint John’s is able to carry on its mission. Forever!”