Constructed in 1931 in honor of the second president of Notre Dame, Rev. Patrick Dillon, C.S.C., Dillon Hall is situated on the South Quad and is the largest residence hall on campus. Funded through revenue generated by Coach Knute Rockne and the 1925 Rose Bowl, the hall’s chapel includes a side altar dedicated to St. Olaf, the patron saint of Norway, where Rockne was born. In addition to its annual Stache Bash to support the South Bend Center for the Homeless, Dillon is best known for its opening day whiffle ball tournament, and its weekly Milkshake Mass, in which students from all over campus celebrate Mass in the hall’s St. Patrick’s Chapel and stay afterward for milkshakes. Former residents include Pulitzer Prize winner George Dohrmann and football standouts Victor Abiamiri, John Carney, Anthony Fasano, D.J. Fitzpatrick, and Mike Golic. Dillon Hall received a full renovation during the 2019-20 academic year
Michael Semanek serves in the Corgel Family Endowed Rectorship at Dillon Hall.
Michael was born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin and loves the Packers, Badgers, and Bucks almost as much as the Fighting Irish. He graduated from Notre Dame in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. During his time at ND he tutored and was a teaching assistant for Calculus 1&2, worked as a Peer Advisor, and served as a Resident Assistant in Siegfried Hall. Upon graduating he taught Geometry and Algebra 2 at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School and earned his Masters in Education through the Alliance for Catholic Education. During his years of teaching he also spent time coaching the boy’s soccer and track teams, providing a way to share his love of sports and fitness with his students. Throughout all of these experiences, Michael was repeatedly inspired through witnessing the development of others and humbled to get to play a part in their journeys. During his free time Michael loves to run, weight lift, play board and card games, and watch anything fantasy.
When asked why he wanted to come back and serve as Rector, Michael replied: “The person I came into Notre Dame as, and the person I left as, are markedly different. Among the many aspects of my undergraduate experience that I attribute to this, there was none more impactful and life-giving than the residence hall community. I am excited and honored to continue the traditions of community and brotherhood with the men of Dillon Hall and I cannot wait to welcome each and every resident home as they embark or continue on their Notre Dame journey.”
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