Recent News from Campuses

Students welcomed at Winona campus Move-In Weekend

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:21pm

The men’s hockey team — along with other sports teams, faculty, staff, and alumni — all pitched in over the weekend to welcome new students and help them move into their residence halls. Classes began Monday, while Welcome Week activities continue to help students settle in, meet each other, engage them in the community, and get a running start on their college careers.

Check out more photos on our Facebook photo album.

SJU President reflects on first term, looks toward future

Hemesath discusses Learning Commons, CSB and liberal arts for lifelong learning

Internship gives student hands-on experience shaping Zambian policy

St. Olaf Campus News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:49am

Tazorodzwa “Tazo” Mnangagwa ’16 takes a selfie in front of the National Assembly of Zambia, where he is working this summer with the support of an internship grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career.

For St. Olaf College student Tazorodzwa “Tazo” Mnangagwa ’16, issues like terrorism and child marriage in his home country of Zambia aren’t simply things he’s reading about in the news.

They’re issues he’s analyzed and authored policy statements on as part of his summer internship with the National Assembly of Zambia.

The experience, supported with an internship grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career, has given Mnangagwa a front-row seat to Zambia’s law-making process.

In the past year, 146 St. Olaf students have received Piper Center funding for unpaid or underpaid internships. Another 47 students have received internship funding through college cohort programs such as the Rockswold Health Scholars Program and the Svoboda Legal Scholars Program. An additional 165 students earned academic credit for their internships.

Working in the National Assembly of Zambia’s Research Division, Mnangagwa has written policy statements for assembly members on topics ranging from “Terrorism: The Need to Enhance Global Cooperation Against the Threat to Democracy and Individual Rights” to “The Need to Ban the Indiscriminate Use of Private Firearms During Elections.”

These topics are then either be debated in the Chamber of the Zambian Parliament Assembly or discussed at national, regional, and global parliamentary forums.

Mnangagwa, a Davis United World College Scholar, has developed a strong passion for international development, particularly that related to issues of governance and public policy in the developing world. His interest began while he was a student at the Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong and has been fostered through a variety of classes he’s taken at St. Olaf.

The National Assembly of Zambia, the country’s legislative body, meets in Lusaka.

His internship this summer has enabled him not only to see the theories he’s studied in action, but to take a hands-on role in crafting legislation that could instigate real change.

“My experience has sharpened my knowledge of government protocol and procedures and how the legislative system works in Zambia and other Commonwealth nations,” says Mnangagwa, who is majoring in economics and political science at St. Olaf.

He’s also come to realize that his work at the Research Division is essential in providing National Assembly members with up-to-date information.

“Everyone in Parliament represents the people and the country; therefore, it is very important that they have appropriate information in relation to Zambia’s development to disseminate and to ensure that there is oversight in Zambia’s governance system,” Mnangagwa says.

The internship has also provided multiple opportunities for Mnangagwa to network with influential policy makers. He’s been involved, for example, in the Southern African Development Community’s initiative to fund efforts aimed at eradicating HIV/AIDS in the region, a role that involves partnering with various stakeholders who have similar interests in the goal of Zambia’s development.

The most significant thing Mnangagwa says he’s taken away from his time at the National Assembly, however, is the opportunity to work and interact with smart, hardworking, and ambitious Zambians. These ordinary citizens, he says, truly believe in Zambia’s ability to achieve full political and economic development.

That patriotism has helped fuel Mnangagwa’s desire to return to Zambia after graduating from St. Olaf and contribute to the development of his country. He also plans on pursuing a master’s degree in public policy or in a field closely related to international development and governance.

“I believe that if young Zambians like me, who are studying abroad, do not apply our unique experience and education back home and contribute to development in whatever aspect, no one else will do so,” he says.

MCA to host open house and ‘Second Chance Dance’ Sale

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 5:19pm

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold its annual Fall Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, just prior to fall classes starting on Sept. 8.

The open house is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and administrators, ask questions about classes or attire, tour the facility, enjoy treats, and register for classes. In addition to the usual events, a Second Chance Dance Sale is planned. All funds raised will be used to support the MCA scholarship and program funds. Community members with dance attire no longer being used can donate it to the MCA; MCA families are invited to request a table at no expense to sell or swap items as well.

Younger attendees won’t want to miss the opportunity to test out MCA’s 8-foot floor piano.

For more information about the Open House or the Second Chance Dance Sale, visit, e-mail, “like” them on Facebook, or call 507- 453-5500.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for children ages 18 months and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.


Retired Professor of English Steve Swanson ’54 dies

St. Olaf Campus News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:54pm

Retired St. Olaf College Professor of English Steve Swanson ’54, who helped bring the set design of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival to life for more than two decades, died August 23. He was 82 years old.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 31, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior.

Working alongside his wife, Judy Seleen Swanson ’57 — a liturgical artist who designed Christmas Festival backdrops from 1992 to 2014 — and their children, Steve Swanson helped construct the set annually. The family’s work was featured in a St. Olaf Magazine story several years ago.

A graduate of St. Olaf, Swanson earned a theology degree from Luther Seminary and was a parish pastor off and on for many years.

He also followed his love for literature and teaching, earning a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Oregon and teaching literature and creative writing at four Lutheran colleges.

Swanson also wrote a number of books, collaborated with theater faculty on plays, and created metal sculptures.

Read more in his obituary.

Washington Monthly 2015 College Rankings

Hamline University Campus News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:00am
Hamline has once again ranked among the best according to Washington Monthly's annual college rankings.

Presidential Installation Ceremony and Reception Save the Date

Hamline University Campus News - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 12:00am
Please save the date for the installation ceremony and reception of Hamline University's 20th president, Dr. Fayneese Miller on Friday, October 2, 2015. More information regarding the installation and other inauguration events will be forthcoming.

Student joins alumna’s pioneering work through clinical internship

St. Olaf Campus News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 1:05pm

St. Olaf student Emma Fulton ’16 (left) with her supervisor, Eva Mureithi, who is the registered nurse manager for the Positive Health Program clinic.

It’s one thing to have a hands-on internship in an area of medicine you’re passionate about.

It’s another to do that work alongside a St. Olaf College alumna who’s a world-renowned pioneer in the field.

And that’s exactly the opportunity St. Olaf student Emma Fulton ’16 had this summer as part of her internship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) General Hospital’s HIV/AIDS Division, more commonly known as the Positive Health Program.

While there she worked with St. Olaf alumna Diane Havlir ’80, whose research has helped define the most effective treatments for patients with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

Currently the chief of the HIV/AIDS Division at USCF General Hospital, Havlir co-founded the “Getting to Zero” coalition that aims to make San Francisco the first city with zero new HIV infections, zero stigma, and zero HIV-related deaths.

The Positive Health Program is a key component to reaching that goal. The program is the largest HIV clinic in San Francisco, and primarily serves patients who are HIV positive and without private health insurance. Many of the clinic’s patients also cope with issues such as homelessness, mental illness, and drug addiction.

As part of her internship, Fulton worked with Havlir and other staff members to ensure that every patient in the program has the amount of HIV in their blood tested every six months in an effort to examine the efficacy of and adherence to treatment, while also identifying and reaching out to patients who might be drifting out of care.

Fulton was also involved in other initiatives, such as helping host a women’s clinic each week. She and others provided breakfast to patients waiting to see their primary care provider, social worker, and case manager. The goal, Fulton says, is to foster a sense of community between the women who come to the Positive Health Program clinic every week.

“The hope is that by providing this consistent support, patients will be more consistent with their treatment — improving their long-term health while also decreasing HIV transmission in the community,” she says.

Fulton says talking to the women and listening to their stories each week left her humbled by the things they have had to overcome, and astonished by the progress they are making.

“Even in a city as progressive as San Francisco, there is much headway to be made in combatting discrimination based on sexuality, race, and socioeconomic status,” she notes.

Fulton landed her internship after reaching out to Havlir, who delivered a Founders Day Guest Seminar at St. Olaf in the fall of 2013 titled The Beginning of the End of AIDS.

The St. Olaf senior received an internship grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career to support her work this summer.

In the past year, 146 St. Olaf students have received Piper Center funding for unpaid or underpaid internships. Another 47 students have received internship funding through college cohort programs such as the Rockswold Health Scholars Program and the Svoboda Legal Scholars Program. An additional 165 students earned academic credit for their internships.

The Positive Health Program internship has given Fulton, a biology major at St. Olaf, unique insight into the various challenges in providing care to an underserved population. From funding issues to clinic overcrowding to simply getting patients to show up to appointments, the scope of obstacles in this work far exceeds the clinical management of HIV.

Despite the challenges, Fulton believes her experience at the clinic has provided her with invaluable preparation for medical school and a career as a health care provider.

“This internship has instilled confidence in me and reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in medicine,”  Fulton says. “Furthermore, it has given me a powerful perspective on the challenges I will someday face as a provider, but more importantly on the overwhelming adversity faced by so many patients.”

Summer intern profile: Lydia Henderson '16

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:54am

Think your summer vacation was exciting? Unless you stood face to face with an elephant on the African plains, Lydia Henderson ’16 probably has you beat.

Visit St. Thomas at the Minnesota State Fair

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 9:32am

The Minnesota State Fair is nearly here and St. Thomas will be stationed under its signature Arches in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street. Volunteers will greet visitors and share information about the university’s academic programs.

Specific programs and offices will be highlighted each of the 12 days of the fair. Program staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Thursday, Aug. 27: Study Abroad
Friday, Aug. 28: School of Engineering, St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan will visit the booth from 10 a.m.-noon
Saturday, Aug. 29: Alumni Association
Sunday, Aug. 30: The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, a life-sized cutout of Pope Francis and “pope on a stick” will be available
Monday, Aug. 31: Music Department
Tuesday, Sept. 1: School of Social Work
Wednesday, Sept. 2: School of Law
Thursday, Sept. 3: The Selim Center for Learning in Later Years
Friday, Sept. 4: Opus College of Business
Saturday, Sept. 5: Art History Department
Sunday, Sept. 6: English Department
Monday, Sept. 7: College of Education, Leadership and Counseling

In addition to visiting the booth, fair goers can share their St. Thomas state fair experience with their friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by snapping photos of themselves with Tommie and sharing them using the hashtag #GoTommies.

And as always, one of the state fair’s most popular giveaway items will be available at the St. Thomas booth. For the eleventh year, volunteers will hand out 20,000 purple St. Thomas tote bags. Giveaways will begin at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the booth early for a chance at getting a tote bag.

For more information, follow St. Thomas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Former St. Olaf Choir Conductor Kenneth Jennings ’50 dies

St. Olaf Campus News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:58pm

St. Olaf College Professor Emeritus of Music Kenneth Jennings ’50, who led the St. Olaf Choir for more than two decades, died August 20. He was 90 years old.

The funeral is planned for September 18.

“The world of choral music lost a great giant,” St. Olaf Choir Conductor Anton Armstrong ’78 tells Minnesota Public Radio. “He was an immense influence on many of the leading choral directors of his time, both those who were able to sing under his baton or his beautiful hands, and those who experienced his performances with the St. Olaf Choir and the other choirs he conducted. We will remember him with great love and great admiration, and most of all, with great appreciation for the beauty he brought to the world of choral music.”

Jennings became the third conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1968, taking the helm of a renowned ensemble that up to that point had only been led by founder F. Melius Christiansen and his son, Olaf Christiansen ’25.

Brilliant Sound

Under Jennings, the choir developed what one reviewer described as “a more vibrant, warm tone — a resonant, lively, brilliant sound that rings with vitality and conviction.” Jennings coaxed his students to reach their highest musical potential with a quiet leadership style and a graceful form of conducting.

Jennings also expanded the choir’s global reach. The St. Olaf Choir celebrated its 75th anniversary with a tour of Asia in 1986, and in 1988 it was one of only five choirs in the world invited to participate in the Olympic Arts Festival in Seoul, South Korea.

“He inherited a treasured musical tradition from the Christiansens, respected it and let it sing, and added his own musical artistry to the growth and enrichment of the St. Olaf Choir,” wrote Joseph M. Shaw ’49, professor emeritus of religion at St. Olaf and the author of The St. Olaf Choir: A Narrative. “What he accomplished will live on through his compositions, recordings of the St. Olaf Choir under his direction, and especially through the hundreds of students he inspired.”

Listen to Armstrong talk with MPR’s Cathy Wurzer about Jennings’ legacy.
Watch videos of Jennings conducting and listen to his music.

MCAD Announces 18th Annual Art Sale

MCAD News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:25pm

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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) announces its eighteenth annual art sale. This one-of-a-kind art sale, held every year the weekend before Thanksgiving, presents art for all tastes.

Thu, 2015-08-20 - Tue, 2019-08-20

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CSB/SJU looks to defend its title in 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

The second Campus Challenge, which runs from Sept. 6-Oct. 17, features 57 schools with the aim of getting people more active.

Alumni in Action: Benjamin Murray ’96

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:00am

Benjamin Murray ’96

Certified Public Accountant, co-founder & president of San Miguel Middle School of Minneapolis, volunteer ESL instructor, vice president for financial affairs for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Hometown: Austin, Minn.
Major: Accounting

While a student at Saint Mary’s, Ben Murray was in the Lasallian Honors Program, led S.O.U.L. Mission Trips and Buddies (a Campus Ministry organization that works with developmentally delayed adults), was voted Outstanding Senior Male in 1996, and played an influential role representing the student body when Saint Mary’s transitioned from a college to a university. Throughout college, he also worked a minimum of 20 hours a week as part of the work-study program.

Upon graduation, Murray became a licensed CPA and worked as an auditor for Virchow Krause (now Baker Tilly). After four years he left to lay the groundwork in founding San Miguel School of Minneapolis (an urban Lasallian middle school), eventually becoming its president. In 2011 he earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

He currently serves as chair for both the Saint Mary’s Press Board of Directors and the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Finance Committee.

“Saint Mary’s University has helped me to weave knowledge, ethics and spirituality into the fabric of my life, connecting my values with my vocation. The Lasallian charism draws me into a deeper understanding of community and the importance of engaging others to work for the common good,” he said.

Read more Alumni in Action stories.

Alumni in Action: Roger Lucas, Ph.D. ’65

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:00am

Roger Lucas, Ph.D. ’65

2012 Distinguished Alumnus, chair of the board of Envoy Medical, co-founder & vice chair of the board of TECHNE Corp., board member of ChemoChentryx, Inc. & Discovery Genomics, Inc.
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Major: Biology

Dr. Roger Lucas has enjoyed a successful career in scientific research and development. Dr. Lucas received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Institute of Technology, and was the recipient of National Institutes of Health pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. He is one of the founding shareholders of Envoy Medical Corporation, the first company to design, manufacture and bring to market a fully implantable hearing restoration device that doesn’t use a microphone or speaker. He co-founded TECHNE Corporation in 1985 and it has grown into one of the world’s largest suppliers of biotechnology products. As a way to give back to his alma mater, Dr. Lucas funds summer internship collaborations between R&D Systems (a subsidiary of TECHNE Corporation) and Saint Mary’s so that current students can gain the same exceptional practical experience he had as a student.

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Finding Meaning in Military Social Work

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:08am

I still recall the moment I knew I wanted to work with veterans. It was my first day as an intern at the Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). I was walking across a busy intersection to my position as a volunteer at Stand Down, an annual event that provides support to homeless and at-risk veterans. The large grin plastered across my face must have seemed strange to the driver of a passing car who shouted, “What the @#? are you smiling at?” Left alone with my thoughts, I recall not knowing exactly why I felt so happy yet sensed I was about to embark on work that felt meaningful.

Fifteen years later, my work still feels meaningful as my identification with military social work continues to evolve. After I completed my VA internship (1998-1999) and graduated with my Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree, I worked at the Minneapolis VA (2000-2010). During that time, I grew in my ability to support military populations with individual-, group-, couple- and family-based interventions. While at the VA, I started my Ph.D. (2007- 2012) at Smith College. During my Ph.D. program, I developed a research agenda that focused upon military children who were impacted by deployment, and ultimately wrote my dissertation, “Perspectives on Needs of School Children within National Guard Families from Military-Affiliated Providers and Civilian Educators: Implications for School Social Work,” about military children who resided within Minnesota communities. I left the VA and joined the faculty at the School of Social Work here at UST (2010-present). At that time, I began to consider the role social work education might play in helping educate students to work with service members, veterans, and their families.

Currently, military social work – which involves direct practice, policy and administration, and “provides prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services to service members, veterans, their families, and their communities” [Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 2012] – has become an increasingly important area of focus within higher education. Today’s U.S. military population – comprised of 3.6 million service members (Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, 2012), over 21 million veterans (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011), and their families – have needs for support that have become increasingly complex to articulate, assess and treat. These needs create a demand for social workers who are educated, trained and skilled in working with these populations. Providing this opportunity by way of military- specific curricula within social work education has been an exciting prospect – given estimated enrollment across CSWE accredited programs of 32,000 baccalaureate students across 479 programs and 39,000 master’s students across 218 master’s programs (CSWE, 2010) – that could reach large numbers of students who will enter practice with individuals, families and groups.

Although one study has been conducted that evaluates military curriculum (Whitworth, Herzog, & Scott, 2012) overall, research literature has not examined the process of developing and implementing military-related curricula within schools of social work. Therefore, as I took on the role of developing curricula, I found it particularly important to employ the help of students, alumni, service members, community members and other educators. Student research assistants participated in the development of comprehensive resources. Students, alumni and community members who worked with military populations or were in the military participated in either a focus group or an online mixed method survey to help establish a curriculum foci as well assess the needs at our school. As a mentor Major Greg Voth from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of St. Thomas helped me enrich and diversify my knowledge of work with military populations, and served as a co-collaborator during a key phase of curriculum development.

The School of Social Work launched its military social work curricula (two electives) and an Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP) Scholars program during the 2013-2014 school year. The first course, GRSW534: Military Social Work with Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families, was developed to provide an introduction to and overview of military social work knowledge, skills, and values for working with service members, veterans and their families. The second course, GRSW690: Clinical Practice in Military Social Work, was designed to build upon the foundation course and focus on the development of clinical competencies, use of professional self, integration of theory and knowledge of interventions, and application to direct practice with service members/veterans, couples, family members and groups. Eight AEMP Scholars were accepted as our inaugural cohort of students to focus upon military-specific curricula. They will pursue an emphasis on military social work practice during their time in our program, where they would learn how to apply their knowledge to work with military-connected populations.

Looking back upon this past year, much has been learned about the integration of military social work-specific curricula within our MSW program. The students contributed largely to its success and provided feedback about the curriculum in a number of ways. In addition to in-class assessments and informal feedback that is encouraged within all class settings, students who participated in GRSW534, GRSW690 and the AEMP Scholars Program gave pre- and post-feedback.

Overall, I think being engaged in military-specific research makes me a better instructor, mentor and scholar within the UST community. In the military course I teach (GRSW690), I am able to draw from my years of clinical experience as a social worker at the VA. These experiences provide a reference point when I discuss topics, seek out guest lecturers and ask students for input. In addition to advising students during the academic year, I mentored three students who presented at the 2014 Military and Veteran Social Work Conference in Saint Leo, Florida. Since coming to the School of Social Work, my military-specific scholarship agenda has taken off. I have published a manuscript, Helping Children with the Psychosocial Effects of a Parent’s Deployment: Integrating Today’s Needs with Lessons Learned from the Vietnam War, which provides a consolidated overview of research and theoretical literature relevant to helping social workers support the children of deployed service members. I have also presented nationally: “Social Work Support to Military Families: An Educator Perspective” at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Society for Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in Atlanta, Georgia; “Military Social Work Advanced Practice Guidelines within Graduate Education: Progress Since 2010?”at the 2013 CSWE conference in Dallas, Texas; and, “The State of Military Social Work Today: Is There Preparation, Presence, and Effectiveness Within Our Graduate-Level Programs?”at the 2014 Military and Veteran Social Work Conference in Saint Leo, Florida.

Dr. Kari L. Fletcher, LICSW is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work. 

From Exemplars, a publication of the Grants and Research Office.

Hamline Professors Help Commemorate World War II

Hamline University Campus News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:00am
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the dropping of the two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 2015 also marks the 60th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Nagasaki and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Hamline professors Walter Enloe and Jim Scheibel are helping to make the anniversary a special event.

Alumna’s appointment to White House staff garners international attention

St. Olaf Campus News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 6:11pm

St. Olaf College alumna Raffi Freedman-Gurspan ’09 made international news this week as the first openly transgender staff member hired by the White House.

Freedman-Gurspan, a former policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality, will serve as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser, said in a statement that the hiring “demonstrates the kind of leadership this administration champions. … Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration.”

The news has been reported by National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, Paris’ Le Monde, the Times of Israel, International Business Times, ABC News, and CNN, among others.

First-year shopping list: Carleton edition

Carleton College Campus News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:38pm

What are the things a new Carl can't do without?

Piper Report: President Fayneese Miller Interview

Hamline University Campus News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:00am
The Piper Report interviewed Dr. Fayneese Miller in April of 2015, shortly after she was chosen as Hamline's 20th president. Watch the extended interview here and on YouTube.
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