Lou DiMasi, director of residence life/assistant dean of students says Saint Michael's is like family. For him, that's saying something. "From the happiest times to the toughest times, I wouldn't be anywhere without my wife Nancy, who's the brains of the organization - she's the cheese. With her and our five kids, I'm surrounded with greatness, and it's easy to be great because they're all great," he says.
Growing up in Somerville outside Boston, my life was all about hockey. I came to Vermont to play for Norwich. I also played a year of minor league pro hockey, taught elementary school in Northfield and Middlebury and coached high school hockey. I started at St. Mike's in 1982 as a resident director, graduate student and head hockey coach.
I did 25 years of hockey, from 1982–2007, won the 1999 NCAA Division II National Hockey Championship, and even coached a year of lacrosse early on. I did three years in career development, a handful of years as the assistant housing director, then I-don't-know how-many-years being director of resident life/assistant dean of students, even some admissions work. I'm a real generalist in higher ed at St. Mike's.
St. Mike's was absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me and my family. I had five kids grow up on campus. They all had first communion here, all got confirmed here, now two have graduated from Saint Mike's - Andy and Molly, who both played hockey here - then Louie was an RD and assistant hockey coach/golf coach. Ronnie and Maggie have taken some classes here.
I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have been associated with two tremendous teams on campus - the res life team and the athletic team.
It doesn't cost anything to have a positive attitude. That's why I'm always saying, "Hey! how ya doing? Can I do anything for you? What can I do for you? Do you need anything?" It's just so important to be up.
Because of St. Michael's, I found a place in this world to contribute, a place to grow, develop,a place to grow, develop, nurture and survive, a place rich in the Catholic faith, which is very, very important to me and my family.
It seems wherever I am, I'm meeting somebody from St. Michael's, and sometimes it's someone who, well, we've been through some tough times, but the other part of it is, I definitely feel the respect, and I hope that’s all I gave them was respect as well. It's usually, like, Heyyyy, Lou!