Michael J. Fekete (B.A., M.A.)
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.
Br. Paul Joslin, FSC (B.A., M.A., M.Ed.)
Br. Paul is very pleased to have “landed” at Lewis. He feels very much at home in his role as part-time staff member in the office of International Students. Also he is a part-time teacher of both Spanish for beginning students and Spanish for heritage speakers. Previously Br. Paul taught for twenty years at Hudson Catholic HS in Jersey City, New Jersey. The enrollment of this Lasallian school included students from over 50 countries who spoke 35 different languages.
Originally Br. Paul is from Philadelphia. There he attended La Salle University and majored in Spanish/Education. Afterwards he completed his graduate studies in Spanish literature from Millersville State University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Also he received a master of education degree from St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ). In addition, Br. Paul has completed studies in Lasallian spirituality both in Rome and St. Mary’s College of California.
Although working in an office for International Students is something “new” for Br. Paul, dealing with international students is not. Br. Paul’s international eye opening experiences included twelve years of administration and teaching in Lasallian ministries in Guatemala and another year in Kenya.
His free time pursuits include promotion of human rights and jogging. He also enjoys reading about peacemakers, in particular.
Tatiana de Lima Machado (B.A.)
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.
Venkata Latha Alle (MSF)
International Student Association (ISA)
My name is Latha & I am an international student from the south part of India. I joined the Lewis family in the spring of 2012 and my experience at Lewis has been amazing so far. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Finance.
As any other international student I was afraid of starting my journey in a different country, but Lewis University made me feel really welcomed. This experience has helped me grow in every possible way. I am thankful to International Student Services (ISS) Michael Fekete, Claudia Maloney and Tatiana who have been my second family since I got here.
I am the President of the International Student Association (ISA) and also a mentor for new international students. The Mentor Program gives me the honor of helping other international students to feel welcomed at Lewis University. My goal as the president of the ISA is to help international students socialize and adapt to new cultures, and most importantly, make them feel like home.
It has been my dream to watch the snow fall, and it snowed at the very first day I arrived at Lewis! That was one of the most memorable moments I had and which I will cherish all my life. Apart from the snow and keeping myself busy all the time, I love shopping and listening to music in my free time.