Dalat Alumni Newsletter
November 2018
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November 2018

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In this issue:

  • Teaching and Staff  Positions Now Posted for 2019–20 School Year
  • Alumni Release New Film & Plan Book About Foster Care 
  • Consider Designating Dalat in Your Will by Mark Overgaard, Class of 1967
  • Eagle Games
  • We Think We Can Meet Our Big Goal!
  • Special Note from Alumna Carolyne Van Valkenburg
  • What’s New With You?

Teaching and Staff  Positions Now Posted
for 2019–20 School Year

Dalat has several job openings for enthusiastic caring staff for the 2019–20 school year. We are seeking applicants who have an understanding of Christian education and the ability to integrate Biblical principles in their teaching. Learn more about the positions currently available by visiting the Dalat website.

Alumni Release New Film & Plan Book
About Foster Care

Dalat alumni Nathanael and Christina (Robertson) Matanick (both 2005), who have produced award-winning films about children in foster care, are set to release a new film this month and are completing an anthology of art and stories by foster children. 

Back in 2013, the Matanicks released the first ReMoved short film, portraying a girl’s journey through extreme hardships in the foster care system, and won first place at the 168 Film Festival with a prize of $1 million. In March 2014 the film went viral; it has been viewed more than 50 million times on various platforms online. 

The Matanicks have gone on to produce another ReMoved film, and this month they will release the third film, making ReMoved a trilogy. (See the trailer here.) They have also created several other short films related to the same content, including a pair about understanding childhood trauma. 

The ReMoved Anthology Project received complete funding in October and the book, titled Love is Never Wasted, is now set for design and printing, with a goal for completion in April 2019. 

The Matanicks were also foster parents for two years and finalized their adoption last year of the little girl they had been fostering. They are now a family of six.

Consider Designating Dalat in Your Will
by Mark Overgaard, Class of 1967

Dalat changed the trajectory of my life.  When I arrived in Vietnam to start the second semester of 9th grade at Dalat in 1964, it was my 15th (!) school. My parents were missionaries with WEC International in Thailand. I had multiple schools in Thailand; then we spent several years in North America, with frequent relocations, often across the continent. Though Dalat moved across three countries during my time there, it was a haven of stability for me. Dalat provided opportunities for me to excel in academics, sports, and student activities; high school in America would likely have been a very different experience. I’m grateful for the life skills I learned at Dalat and the lifelong friendships I made there, among both students and staff.
After a successful career in computer and software technology, leveraging the leadership and communication skills I honed first at Dalat, I’m now retired. I’ve adopted photography as my retirement passion (that’s a photo of me, below). It has been rewarding to travel the world, connecting with its wildlife and cultures, sharing the resulting stories and images. You can browse through some of those results at Galleries that might be especially interesting include those for my 2014 trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos; my 2015 trip to Borneo (during which I visited Dalat campus in Penang for the first time); and my four most recent exhibits.
That 2015 visit to Penang brought home how much has changed since my days in Tanah Rata.  The student body is several times larger, with kids of missionary families still an important minority, but with large numbers of other international and Malaysian students. Dalat is playing an important role for education in Southeast Asia, especially for third culture kids like I was. To support the continuation and deepening of that role, my wife Bonnie and I decided to include Dalat International School in our will. 

Are you grateful for your time at Dalat?  How would your life have been different without that start? You can act on your gratitude and help future generations of students by designating Dalat to receive some of your financial legacy. Email Development Director Cheryl Franceschi if you would like to know more details at

Eagle Games

A full day of team building and fun activities made up this year’s high school Eagle Games, which was at the Penang Youth Park.

We Think We Can Meet Our Big Goal!

The Dalat Annual Fund is nearing the end, but there is still about $12,000 U.S. to raise to complete our new elementary playground. Head of School Karl Steinkamp has set up a Fundly campaign that we hope alumni can share with a few friends and family members who you think could help finish the project, and complete the Annual Fund this year.  We think that we can meet our big goal this year, especially with your help! Gifts of all sizes will make a difference for our students. 
Here's the link: There are also a link on the Dalat Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages that you can share with others. Even though Fundly is a crowdfunding platform that uses U.S. dollars, people elsewhere have successfully donated.
Thank you very much for sharing this with others, and for all you do for our school!

Special Note from Alumna
Carolyne Van Valkenburg

God did so much for me at Dalat! I praise God for the first-class dorm parents and dedicated teachers.  I know they prayed for me because as I grew into adulthood I learned that I could do all things through Christ who does strengthen me.

I grew throughout all those early years because of the special revival services we had at the beginning of each year. Today I live a lovely fulfilling life and still feel like on my honeymoon with my husband, a gift from God after 43 years of marriage. And we are still in full-time Christian service. I am very, very blessed in every way and very, very happy! The credit goes all to God but also to the faculty and my dear roommates who helped me grow up as well. My favorite verse is Matthew 6:33. It is as true today as in every year of my life since first grade at Dalat in Vietnam all the way to graduation from Dalat at Tanah Rata. 

Thank you and God richly continue to bless you!!

In God’s Grace Alone,
Carolyne Van Valkenburg

What’s New With You?

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