Dalat Alumni Newsletter
June 2019
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June 2019

Dalat has been blessed to welcome many alumni and families home to campus this school year, and many others are reaching out to keep in touch with their dear classmates and friends through their alma mater. 

We are delighted to welcome you, connect you, support your reunions near and far, and pray for you and your family. Whether you spend all of your school years or just one of them at Dalat International School, know that you are loved by many here!

In this issue:

  • Dalat Alumni Reception
  • Giving to Dalat from the U.S.
  • Alumni Update: Lyle Neigenfind, Class of 1964
  • Welcome Back to Dalat, Alumni and Friends!
  • Great is His Faithfulness: The History of Dalat International School
  • What’s New With You?

Dalat Alumni Reception

You are invited to the Dalat Alumni Reception 
Friday, June 7, at 1 p.m. in the Dalat library

If you are in Penang, please come!


Giving to Dalat from the U.S.

Dalat partners with a financial service for Christian schools and organizations worldwide called RCE International. They receive donations on behalf of Dalat in the United States so that our U.S. donors can get tax-deductible receipts for their gifts to our school.
On June 1, RCE moved to a new online donation platform, which will provide a more user-friendly experience. The new donation page allows you as a donor to Dalat to create your own personal account where you can login, set up recurring gifts and change your donation information as you feel led. Donors also have the option of increasing your gift to cover credit card and processing fees so that Dalat receives the entire amount you intended to support our work. Visit the site today! 
If you have questions about RCE International or about giving to Dalat International School, please contact Cheryl Franceschi at


Alumni Update: Lyle Neigenfind, Class of 1964

Lyle Neigenfind (left) and his brother Lauren.

I graduated in 1964 (the last graduating class in Da Lat). I attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, after which I spent two years in the Peace Corps in Malaysia teaching English in a Malay primary school. My sister, Sheila was attending Dalat School in Cameron Highlands, and I had the opportunity to visit there a couple of times while stationed in Malaysia.
Upon returning to the States, I became involved in the school fundraising business and am still working part time.
I live with my wife Kathy (married 45 years) in Indio, California, which is in the Palm Springs area.
I had the opportunity in summer of 2015 to make a quick trip to Dalat to see the school and stay overnight in the Palace Hotel where we had our Junior Senior Banquet.

Lyle Neigenfind
Class of 1964


Welcome back to Dalat, Alumni and Friends!

In May and June, we have welcomed back many visiting alumni:

Dan Hensley (Class of 1988).


Saarah Monawvil (Class of 2011).


Tommy Han, Chan Won, and Rahul Gill (all from the Class of 2018).


Peter Kim and Elynn Tan (Class of 2018).


Bena Mauger (Class of 2017).

Po Lai (Class of 2006).

Sam Hofer (Class of 2017).

Kayla Ronning (Class of 2018).

Jessica Dryfka (Class of 2006, attended Dalat from 1995–1997).

Great is His Faithfulness:
The History of Dalat International School

Dalat’s beautifully illustrated historical book, Great Is His Faithfulness, written by alumnus and teacher John “Tommy” Tompkins is something everyone who has attended our school will want to have. The book includes photos and stories from throughout the school’s 90 years and four locations.  The book is available to be shipped from the U.S. or Malaysia.

Read more information on our website.


What’s New With You?

Update your former classmates about the latest happenings in your life. A new job? Recently retired? Did you just get married? Have a baby? Made a major life change? Or maybe you just haven’t been in touch with fellow alumni in some time. We can help you reconnect! 

In 3–4 sentences let us know how you are doing and if possible, send a current photo. Please include your full name (including your maiden name) and year of graduation. We will share your brief update on Dalat’s website.

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