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The Team

Student Assistants

For inquiries, please email the international center at

Kemi Onajole

Contact for H-1B employees

Education: M.S. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Loyola University Chicago.
Global know-how: Kemi is a seasoned higher education administrator and educator who has worked with domestic and international  students and scholars for more than a decade.  She enjoys meeting students and scholars from around the world, and learning about their home country, and also learning more about their culture.  She has traveled well within Europe and West Africa.
Interests: Kemi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and is a history buff.

Nora Hayes

SEVIS Coordinator

Education: M.S. in Mathematics from Chicago State University.
Global know-how: Nora loves to travel and has been to Europe and Canada. As a high school Mathematics teacher for 8 years, she has worked with several English Language Learners from around the world.
Interests: Nora enjoys music, spending time in the mountains, creating new home decorations, and spending time with family and friends.

Karen Spreitzer

International Student Advisor
Contact for F-1/J-1 students

Education: B.S. in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago
Global know-how: Karen worked as an archaeologist throughout the Midwest and western U.S. regions for 10 years, and spent
several months traveling in Europe. She developed an interest in international services when she advised graduate students from all over the world as the physics graduate program advisor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Interests: When not working, Karen enjoys writing, walking, biking, playing guitar, and singing. She finished writing her first novel in 2007.

Mark Zajac

International Student Advisor
Contact for F-1/J-1 students

Education: B.A. in Global Studies, German and Spanish from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
Global know-how: Mark has studied abroad in both Germany and Spain and spent a year teaching English in Germany on a Fulbright grant.  He has traveled extensively in Europe and has also been to Canada, Morocco and Turkey.
Interests: In his spare time, Mark loves learning foreign languages, running, reading, and spending time with his friends and family.

Rocio Rodriguez

International Student Advisor
Contact for F-1/J-1 students

Education: B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University
Global know-how: Rocio worked for an immigration law firm for 4 years, where she was able to meet and help people from around the world. She has also volunteered abroad in the Dominican Republic.
Interests: Rocio enjoys reading, dancing, walking, movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Elizabeth Hall

Coordinator of Study Abroad

Education: B.A. in East Asian Studies from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Global Know-How: As an undergrad, Elizabeth studied abroad at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan. After college, she participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and spent two years teaching English at a high school in Nagasaki City. Elizabeth has also traveled to England, France, and Italy.
Interests: In her free time, Elizabeth loves baking, attending musical theater and ballet, and reading (especially historical nonfiction).

For inquiries, please email the international center at