International Student Services

Meet the Staff

Michael Fekete

Michael J. Fekete
Skype: michael.j.feketr
(815) 836-5549

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.

Yiwei Zhou

Yiwei Zhou
Graduate Assistant
(815) 588-7189

My name is Yiwei Zhou, Graduate Assistant of International Student Services. I came from Nanjing, China and in May 2014 I graduated from Lewis University with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Administration / Aircraft Dispatch. Currently I am pursuing my MBA here at Lewis.

I enjoy being an international student of Lewis as the school offers students high quality education with a charming small community atmosphere. I am honored and humbled to work in the ISS Office, using my knowledge and personal background to help our international students have a productive college experience in America.

I was also a player on the Lewis University Men's Volleyball Team-one of the top ten NCAA Men’s Volleyball programs in the country. While I was a student athlete, I liked and appreciated the opportunity of competing in collegiate volleyball at a very high level, while maintaining the balance between academics and sports.

Laurence Cobbaert

Laurence Cobbaert
Student Employee
(815) 836-5017

My name is Lauren and I am from Brussels, Belgium. I speak fluent French, English and Spanish. I started studying Flight Management with a minor in Aviation Administration at Lewis in January 2014. I am also a student employee working for International Student Services on a part-time basis, which I consider a great opportunity.

Becoming an airline pilot has been my ultimate dream for as long as I can remember. Therefore, I am very grateful to be able to achieve such a lifetime aspiration. I am very excited and enthusiastic about studying at Lewis because it embraces my personal learning style. The individualized teaching environment fulfills my needs as a student and provides me with the support I need to go through rewarding experiences.

In addition, I am a board member of the International Student Association (ISA). We thrive to provide students with entertaining and meaningful events such as among others bowling, lunches on and off of campus, and cinema. ISA also engages in charity events in order to help those in need such as Relay for Life, Feed my Starving Children, and clothes drive. Moreover, I am a member of the university’s Flight Team.

During my spare time, I mainly enjoy taking part in activities such as roller inline skating, ice skating, skiing, writing poetry and traveling.

Laurence Cobbaert

Gerard Ortiz
Student Employee
(815) 836-5017

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.