Masele Kibassa ’96, M.A. ’98, M.B.A. ’05 and Janet Kibassa ’00, M.S. ’15, found one another in the dorm. To be more exact: she was lost, and he helped her find her way.
Janet came to Mercy College on a volleyball scholarship in 1997 and arrived before the semester began to work as as resident advisor setting up rooms in the old dorm, which is now Founders Hall. Janet got to her room but was confused about how to retrace her steps out. Along came Masele – an RA and fellow athlete. She turned to him for directions.
“He laughed at me, but he probably knew from that first day we were going to be friends and later married,” said Janet.
“Absolutely I knew,” said Masele laughing.
From then on, the friendship grew steadily with Janet getting surprise candies from Masele whenever she was on duty. Masele says he always came to Janet’s volleyball games, even driving a car load of friends all the way to Grand Rapids, Michigan to watch the Mercy team COMPETE. During Janet’s time at Mercy College, the women’s volleyball team was 8th in the nation in NCAA Division II athletics.
“We’re a forever couple, since 1997. We dated for a long time until I had no more excuses left and we got married,” said Masele laughing. He added one more detail to the story of how they first got together:
“I was a tutor in Math. She needed help. I think I’ll just leave it at that. Thank god for Mathematics!”