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We welcome news about you and your family. Please keep us updated with your contact information and sending us news for Bridges magazine, which always includes an alumni section. Most grads attest to making life-long friendships. We hope to facilitate those ongoing connections and friendships through reunions and other alumni events. Nominations are now being accepted for the Alumnus of the Year Award. This award presented yearly to one or two alumni who recently have made a significant contribution through service in their community, profession, family or church. Please send suggestions to Jon Heinly at email@example.com.
Recent News and Updates
LMS Class of 1960 Perseveres!
The LMS Class of 1960 held firm to their class motto and stayed on the ‘chosen path’, celebrating their 60th reunion, May 13, 2023.
LIVING COMPASSIONATELY TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE: SIWEI ZHU ‘16
SIWEI ZHU ‘16 is a registered dietitian and a Graduate Student in Epidemiology at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
COMPASSION IS MEETING STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE: MARTHA (SALIM) BYNUM ‘85
MARTHA (SALIM) BYNUM ‘85 is an educator. She started her career in the Bronx and has been teaching in Lancaster for over 24 years.
Dan Mast lives in Willow Street, PA and is a practicing physician of Internal Medicine at Union Community Care in Lancaster, PA, with added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine.
After serving with Indian Health Service and as an internist and early hospitalist with CIGNA in Arizona in the 90’s, he then returned to PA and private IM/Geriatric practice. His practice provided hospital, office, long-term care, and wound care. He served as medical director for three wound centers combined with clinical teaching of students/residents/fellows. He has served as a board officer for both an elder care consortium as well as its long-term care facility (Landis Communities/Homes). His passion is for serving and caring for a diverse range of elders, balanced with mentoring and teaching our next generation to be competent and compassionate medical caregivers.
Dan and his late wife, Cindy, are parents to four adult children who are all alumni of LM. Dan especially enjoys the time he gets to spend with his five grandchildren. He is a part of the James Street Mennonite Church community. We’re so thankful for his involvement at LM as a faithful and generous donor, and to Cindy, who was a longtime board member at Lancaster Mennonite School. In the spring of 2022, Dan donated a Southern Magnolia to LM, which the Mast family gathered to plant in honor of Cindy’s caring legacy.
In 2010, Jennie and Jonathan joined ownership of Stroopie, Inc., a social enterprise that exists to provide meaningful employment for resettled refugee women while making delicious Stroopies (stroopwafel cookies). In 2016, they opened the Sweet Shoppe in downtown Lancaster, PA where they offer the unique combination of their family's Groff's Candies, local ice cream, and freshly made Stroopies.
Their employees, women resettled in Lancaster from Syria, Sudan, Congo, Nepal, Burma, and Eritrea make approximately 15,000 Stroopies a week that are sold in Lancaster and all across the U.S. During the paid work day, they also have an ESL class that helps prepare the women to grow up into management at Stroopies, or to launch into other careers. Jennie and Jonathan are leveraging the private sector to create a beautiful business that allows them to live out their call from Jesus to love their neighbors and create a safe work environment for the women to know their value and to have renewed hope as they start their lives in a new place.
They have four children and live in Lancaster City where they participate in a home church. Jennie and their employees often visit LM to speak in chapel to share the exciting story of their social enterprise, the impact it is having on the women, and the way God is working in positive ways.
Alumni Athletic Club
The Blazer Nation is a voluntary group of former athletes and friends at LM.
- Provide an opportunity for former athletes and friends to re-connect with each other and LMS
- Support current LM athletes by attending games
- Honor alumni athletes and teams for excellence
- Support the LMS "Bridges to the Future" campaign
- Help to identify future athletic capital projects
- Support the mission and ministry of developing LMS student athletes and leaders
- Promote local community support through the Mennonite Sports Organization
- Develop and improve communication with alumni athletes via social media
- Assist the Athletic Director and Alumni Relations Liaison in coordinating events and activities such as Homecoming
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