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.
My Name is Fed Gerard Ortiz. I come from and have spent most of my life in the Philippines. When I was 13 years of age, I moved to Uganda, Africa and graduated from the International School of Uganda. I belong to Lewis University’s class of 2017 and I’m majoring in Aviation Flight Management, as well as a double major in Transportation Administration and a minor in Dispatch. Apart from being a student, I also work with the fun loving and goal oriented individuals at the International Student Services office as a student worker.
Having a father who has an aviation background enabled me to experience the realm of aviation which has ultimately influenced and guided my decision to study at Lewis University. Having an international background, I enjoy studying as an international student here at Lewis University, the close-knit community enables me to not only learn about my field of choice, but to learn more about different individuals and groups around me.
Outside academics, I also serve as the president of the International Student Association. Being a member of such a phenomenal group has enabled me to participate in different social and charity events on and off campus.
My name is Zhiguo Qu. I am from Tianjin, China. As an international student, I completed my MBA at Lewis in May of 2015 and I started my second Masters’ Degree in Data Science at Lewis in fall 2015.
I will never forget August 23rd 2012. From the first time I entered Lewis I have been deeply attracted to the beautiful campus. As an international student, I have enjoyed every second that I spent during the past three years at Lewis, and that is one of the most significant reasons why I decided to pursue another Master’s Degree at Lewis. I have diverse interests such as traveling, cooking, watching movies, but finding some wild animals is my favorite activity. Tracking white tail deer, raccoon and skunk on our campus is a fabulous adventure for me.
I am very excited to have the opportunity to work at the International Student Services office as a student worker. As an international student, it is a wonderful experience that I can help other international students when they need help.
Mohamad Ali Hamada
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.