Called to Serve: SJU Wrestler Says His Time in Collegeville Helped Broaden His Horizons

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Dominic Skawiniak has had a lot to balance over the last four years.

The 2020 Saint John’s University graduate has been a standout member of the Johnnies’ wrestling team, and he’s also been part of the Fighting Saints Battalion – the ROTC program made up of students from SJU, the College of Saint Benedict and St. Cloud State University.

It’s through that program that, as a junior, Skawiniak took part in Air Assault training at Fort Benning, Ga., and spent time in Thailand training (left) at both the country’s Royal Military Academy and out in the field along the Cambodian border.

“We saw how people who don’t have nearly as much as we do farm and go about living their lives,” he said. “We had the chance to interact with a lot of school-age children. The whole trip was really eye-opening. It was a chance to see how people all over are similar, and it really was a reminder of the value of all human life and why that’s worth defending.”

That trip came in the same school year that Skawiniak also traveled to the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, and completed a research paper on the different ways various cultures are attempting to mitigate the impact of climate change. Continue reading at