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 travelled 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.
Tatiana de Lima Machado
My name is Tatiana and I am an International Student coming from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I am currently pursuing my M.A. in Organizational Leadership at Lewis University. I feel very strongly about the Lasallian mission, and this led me to believe Lewis was the best fit for my Graduate studies.
Being an international student, I feel honored to work as a Graduate Assistant helping other international students to know more about Lewis University and its Lasallian principle. My main goal is to make other students feel as welcome as I was when I first arrived at Lewis on January 2012. Before working with ISS, I was a Graduate Assistant with University Advancement, and I learned a lot in that department.
I majored in Portuguese and English in 2010 from University of Sao Paulo. In 2009, I had the opportunity to go to Bishop's University in Quebec as an exchange student. In Canada, I studied American literature, cinema and French. My undergraduate studies include Brazilian, Portuguese, Latin-American, English and American literature, translation, and linguistics.
I work closely with the International Student Association, and my passions include reading, meeting new people, and learning about new cultures and languages.
My name is Yiwei Zhou and I am a Student Employee with International Students Services at Lewis. I come from Nanjing, China and started my undergraduate curriculum in 2010 here. I am majoring in Aviation Administration with a minor in Aircraft Dispatch.
I enjoy being an international student at Lewis University as the school offers me high quality education with a charming small community atmosphere. I am enthusiastic about aviation, and I believe that the Lewis University Aviation Program will help me to succeed in my career plan. I am honored and humbled to work with the ISS Office. I love to make international students feel comfortable studying at Lewis University and provide additional assistance to them based on my college experience.
As well as an international student, I am also a player on the Lewis University Men's Volleyball Team, which is one of the top 10 NCAA men's volleyball teams in the United States. As a student athlete, I like and appreciate the opportunity of competing collegiate volleyball at a very high level, while maintaining the balance between academics and sports.