International Student Services

Meet the Staff

Michael Fekete

Michael J. Fekete
Director
Skype: michael.j.feketr
(815) 836-5549
feketemi@lewisu.edu

Michael is excited to be at Lewis, himself a product of a Lasallian high school education in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He has been involved in international education for over 20 years. He is thankful for his training at the internationally-diverse University of Pittsburgh in both international education exchange and study abroad. He draws from his multiple experiences in student affairs, immigration and academic advising from Pennsylvania State University, School for International Training, The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Kaplan Inc., and most recently Moraine Valley Community College here in Chicago.

An international student himself in Hungary and Scotland, Michael has traveled the world, most recently assisting with recruitment for Lewis University in Asia. His academic background includes studies in Rhetoric and East European history at the University of Pittsburgh, specialization in conflict resolution at the University of Glasgow's Institute for Russian and East European Studies and completion of Master's degree coursework in Educational Exchange at the School for International Training.  He has devoted his time over the last several years  in the areas of service and ministry while earning graduate certificate's in pastoral studies from St. Xavier University, Lay Ecclesial Ministry from the University of St. Mary/Mundelein Seminary, further study of Lewis' founder through the Lasallian Leadership Institute and a Master's in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, the largest graduate school of ministry in the world.

He presently lives on the southwest side of Chicago and enjoys spending his time as co-music ministers and traveling with wife Mary Jo and coaching his son Justin.

Mohamad Ali Hamada

Mohamad Ali Hamada
Student Employee
MohamadAliHamada@lewisu.edu

My name is Ali Hamada and I am from Aleppo, Syria. I studied one year architecture in my hometown but did not get a degree. I moved then to Istanbul, Turkey on the late 2014 and lived there for almost two years. I worked different types of jobs in Istanbul but mainly in tourism, where I got the chance to meet people from all over the world and I loved and learned a lot from this experience. In summer 2016 I arrived to the U.S started studying psychology at Lewis University. I also work at the international Student Services Office as a student worker where I still maintain my hobby to meet different people from different backgrounds.

Studying and working at Lewis University is one of the best experiences for me so far. I enjoy being me here as an international student from a very different background. I learn a lot from the people around me because they have different perspectives than mine and this makes my education and work even more interesting.

Tzu-Ting Huang

Tzu-Ting Huang
Student Employee
TzuTingHuang@lewisu.edu

Call me Sarah if you would like to. I’m from Taiwan. I did electrical engineering for my Bachelor in China, and now I’m studying MBA in IT management since fall 2016.

Before coming to Lewis University, I was in Portland, Oregon. Portland is such a relaxing city, and I love that. When I came to Lewis, I have found that Lewis is just like Portland, relaxing and beautiful. People are friendly here and willing to help you. There is one more thing I like about this campus: It’s so natural. You can see some kinds of unharmful animals around the trial in the back of the school, such as deer. Isn’t it lovely?

While I’m studying here, I have met lots of academic difficulties. Luckily, our professors are so helpful. They helped me with everything I have asked for. “We are here to help you. This is the reason we are here!” said one of my professors. I just feel we are the family!

I’m really glad I can work in the International Student Service Office and help the students here. I hope my experience in the United States and Lewis University can help students who need help!