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Teaching Tip Tuesday: Developing Your Online Course

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Faculty, check out the link below for ideas to consider before developing your online course.

Remember to watch for more Teaching Tips on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and for Tech Tips on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. You can also visit for more resources.

Seven Things to Consider Before Developing Your Online Course

Paid Fellowship for Trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2019 trip will take place on April 16th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.

– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2020
– 3.0 GPA or higher

What Brings You Light?

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Augsburg’s Interfaith Scholars, a group of students who are interested in exploring the religious diversity of the Augsburg student body, the wider Twin Cities community, and the United States through interreligious dialogue and action, are organizing a campus wide art project focused on the question: “What brings you light?” This is an ambiguous prompt, as our goal is to engage with folks from many different religious, spiritual, and secular backgrounds and to showcase what is the “light” in our lives despite our different beliefs.

We ask the members of the Augsburg community to reflect on what brings them light, and to photograph if they are able. Perhaps it is a beloved pet, a significant other, a spice rack because you love cooking, a pocket bible, a special place you spend time in, etc. If it is not something you’re able to photograph, a selfie would be a great submission! Please send appropriate content, as these photos will be displayed on campus.

We are also asking for an audio clip with your photo submission. You can talk about what your light is or answer one of the following questions the Interfaith Scholars has compiled. Please send your photo submission to You may submit a text description or an audio recording between 30 seconds and 90 seconds long answering any of these questions:
– What brings you light?
– What brings you meaning?
– What brings you joy?

Please feel free to interpret the question in whatever way resonates with you. Be creative, be spontaneous, and be intentional. Please let us know if you have any questions on this art project or are unsure on how to complete the submission.

We look forward to seeing (and hearing!) from you.

Augsburg Interfaith Scholars

Spanked, Whupped and Paddled: Our Complex Relationship with Corporal Punishment

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“Speaking of Sabbatical with Christina Erickson” will take place on Wednesday, February 20th. If you had RSVP’d for the original date and would still like to attend please make sure to submit the form again. For those who haven’t already registered to attend, there is still time. Lunch is provided and seats are limited, so RSVP soon.

Wednesday, February 20th | Speaking of Sabbatical with Christina Erickson | 12:30-1:40 pm, Marshall Room

RSVP for Speaking of Sabbatical with Christina Erickson

Submit Your Grant Applications Now

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Faculty, there are only a few days remaining before the application deadline for the Scholarship Grant, the Integrated Course Design Grant, and the Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant. The applications are due by NOON this FRIDAY the 15th. Look for grant descriptions and application forms in the link below.

Grant Applications

Long Live the Lecture

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Just prior to the next Faculty Meeting you are invited to hear the next EDTalk, featuring Diane Pike. Learn more about lecture styles and strategies before heading off to the Faculty Meeting.

As always, the EDTalk will take place from 3:20-3:35 in HC 151. Grab your coffee and find a seat to take in this inspiring talk.

Wednesday, February 20th | EDTalk with Diane Pike | 3:20-3:35 pm, HC 151


General Announcements

Congratulations Outstanding Staff Nominees

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Staff Senate would like to congratulate and recognize those nominated for the Outstanding Staff and Outstanding Newcomer Award. The winners of the awards will be announced at the Staff Appreciation Event on Thursday, March 7th from 3–4:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

Outstanding Staff Nominees:
Amanda Burgess
Beth Carlson
Mike Christianson
Dianne Detloff
Kristina Fruge
Stephen Jendraszak
Katie Koch Code
Bryan Massich
Kirsten O’Brien
Kim O’Flaherty
Eric Pegues
Lisa Raetz
Jennifer Simon
Jenny Wheatley
Ann Marie Yacobucci

Outstanding Newcomer Nominees:
Jack Hein
Seth Rueter
Gita Sitaramiah
Stewart Van Cleve

Thank you to all of those who nominated these outstanding staff members. We hope to see you all at the event!

Staff Appreciation Event Details

Going to the Job & Internship Fair? Get your resume reviewed

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Are you attending the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, February 21st? If yes, don’t forget to stop by for a 15 minute resume review (no need to schedule) at the Strommen Career & Internship Services office. (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s).

Drop In Hours: Monday- Thursday – 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Register for the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for February

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information can be found at

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 5

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 15. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 5th (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).

For questions about registration or the event, please contact

URGO Website

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Fall 2019

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2019 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2020 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2020. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors EXCEPT most professional fields (including business, pre-law, pre-health).

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2020.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred).

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Coordinator, Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about the program or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

McNair Website

Campus Cupboard Hours

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Here are our hours:

Mondays: 2-5pm at Christensen Center ONLY given out FRESH PRODUCE EACH WEEK

Tuesdays: 9-11am, 1-3pm

Wednesdays: 4-6pm

Thursdays: 1:30-3:30pm

Bring your STUDENT ID!!

* We are looking for donations contact us at

Augsburg Leadership application

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Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors for their leadership contributions over the course of their tenure at Augsburg University. One individual who is inducted into the society will receive the Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which has an award value of $500. Students will also be nominated for the Marina Christensen Justice Award, given out at Commencement. (

Applications are due on Thursday, March 14 at 5pm. Recipients will be honored at the 20th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 7 from 5:00-7:30pm.

Leadership Award nominations are now open

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Nominations for the 2018-2019 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open! These awards celebrate and recognize outstanding student leaders and student organizations at Augsburg University for their innovation, mentorship, advocacy, and engagement throughout this academic year. (

We encourage all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to nominate student leaders and student organizations for these awards. A list of awards with their descriptions can be found here:( Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Nominees will be honored and recipients will be announced at the 20th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 7 from 5:00-7:30pm.

Apply for 2019-2020 Public Leadership Scholars Programs

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In these programs you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in the Christian tradition, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Current students with sophomore or junior status who plan to study on campus all of the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to apply.

APPLYING: The application for all three programs is available online through Sabo or CCV website, listed below.
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

The application deadline is March 4, 2019.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

Event Announcements

Straight/Curve Film Screening March 4

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Please join the Center for Wellness and Counseling and the Melrose Center for the film screening of Straight/Curve, Redefining Body Image on Monday March 4 at 6 pm in OGC 100. The film aims to create a dialogue around body “size” and image and educate people on health and representation while capturing a visual slice of life of the fashion industry. A short discussion will follow and refreshments will be provided. Questions, call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 or click on the link to view the trailer.

QIPOC Chipotle Fundraiser

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Augsburg’s Queer Indigenous and People of Color student organization is partnering with Chipotle for a fundraiser on Tuesday, February 26 from 5pm-9pm at 229 Cedar Ave South. All you need to do is say you’re there for the fundraiser and 33% of all proceeds will go to QIPOC. Extra guac for a good cause!

Free Yoga Tomorrow

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Hello! I will be teaching a free 45 minute lunch yoga class starting tomorrow, Wednesday Feb. 13. It will be from 11-11:45 am in the Racquetball Court (Si-Melby 130). They will continue on Wednesdays throughout the semester, but the time may change. We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses during this 45 minute yoga practice. Mats will be available if you do not have your own mat. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and any others part of the Augsburg community and the yoga will be accessible to any level. E-mail me if you have any questions:

Convocadence A Cappella Auditions TODAY and TOMORROW

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Do you have a passion for singing and/or a cappella? Convocadence is Augsburg’s only a cappella co-ed group and are looking for new members who are committed and passionate about music. Rehearsals are on Friday nights from 6-7:30 and Sundays from 4:30-6. We will be holding auditions on Tuesday, February 12th and Wednesday, February 13th from 6-8:30pm. Audition sign up sheets are located in the music building in between the choir and band room. We will be asking you to sing a verse and chorus at most. Hope to see you there!

Convocadence’s Instagram

FAFSA & MN Dream Act Completion Workshop

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The Multicultural Student Services and Student Financial Services are holding a FAFSA completion workshop in order to assist students in completing their FAFSA applications. Students should be sure to bring their 2017 taxes/W-2s, parent’s 2017 taxes/W-2s and their FSA ID login. Computers will be available for use but students are welcome to bring their own laptops.

Wednesday, February 13th 4:00-5:30pm.
Sverdrup 201

For any questions about the event contact the MSS office at & 612-330-1087 or the Student Financial Services office at & 612-330-1046.

HWT’s Hlub(Love) *RSVP Deadline Extended*

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Hlub (Love) is here to give Hmong women and their allies an opportunity to empower a woman and/or an inspirational figure(Guest Of Honor) in their life by participating in an intentional and intimate setting where they could express their gratitude to them.

If you choose to Honor someone, there will be time delegated for you, who RSVP’d, to express your gratitude to your Guest Of Honor. Please prepare a letter for you to read to them on the night of.
If you choose not to Honor anyone, please come with your support.

Please join us by RSVP-ing if you hope to attend. Only current Augsburg Students and Augsburg Alumni may RSVP. We have limited spots for RSVP’s (with a Guest of Honor). First Come First Serve! The Guest Of Honors may be a non-Augsburg community member. One guest per RSVP please!

Dress-Code: Semi-Formal
Location: Marshall Room
Address: 720 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Food: Will be provided

RSVP here:
**DEADLINE to RSVP: 02.13.19 11:59pm**

Want more information or have any questions? Feel free to contact Bobbie Thao ( or Nan Vang (
Feel free to refer to Hlub’s fb event page as well!

Click here for Hlub’s fb event page

Norwegian Gangster Thriller: February 13 at 6:00pm

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Interested in foreign films?
In Order of Disappearance (Kraft Idioten) is a 2014 Norwegian black comedy action film (compared to the film Fargo) directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Stellan Skarsgård.

Brief Summary:
Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, and is recently awarded a Citizen of the Year Award. When his son is murdered for something he did not do, Nils wants revenge and justice. His actions ignite a war between a vegan Norwegian gangster and the Serbian mafia boss. Winning a blood feud isn’t easy, especially not in a welfare state. But Nils has something going for him: Heavy machinery and beginners luck. (IMDb)

Date: Wednesday, February 13
Location: Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Hall
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Additional screening this semester:
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Location: Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Hall
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Film: Before Snowfall (Før Snøen Faller)
Director: Hisham Zaman, a contemporary Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker

Brief Summary:
A road movie that becomes an odyssey from East to West for young Siyar, a village-boy from Iraqi-Kurdistan. His journey begins when his older sister, Nermin, flees her wedding. Siyar’s father is dead, and as the eldest son, he is obliged to set out to find his sister and restore his family honour in the local village. In Istanbul he meets the young girl Evin. They travel together. Their journey through Greece, Germany (Berlin) and Norway makes Siyar’s search for his sister a search for dignity and love. (IMDb)

Questions? Contact Bettine Hoff Hermanson at (x1378).

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Focused Conversations on the Strommen Center Initiative: TODAY/TOMORROW

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The February Focused Conversation will feature Katie Bishop, Chief Student Success Officer, and Lee George, Executive Director of the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work discussing the Strommen Center Initiative. This initiative is to develop a comprehensive plan for the Strommen Center, positioning workforce readiness and alignment as one strategic focus of the Augsburg2025 plan.

Tues, Feb. 12: 2 p.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)
Wed, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m., Hagfors150

For the livestream link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg.

All Hands page

Study Abroad & Away Fair – February 15

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Come learn about hundreds of off-campus study programs available to Auggies! Programs are around the world as well as the USA, and range in length from 8 days to a whole year. There is something to fit each student!

Pick up program brochures, ask questions, and discover global opportunities that are perfect for you! Don’t forget to enter the prize drawing, too!

Join us:
Friday, February 15
10:30 – 2:30, Christensen Center

Learn more about Study Abroad & Away

HabitAware: Winner of Meda’s $1 Million Challenge speaks at Augsburg University February 16

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“HabitAware, a local tech startup developing a smart awareness tracker called Keen to stop behaviors like hair pulling, nail biting and skin picking, took home the top prize at the Metropolitan Economic Development Association’s (Meda) $1 Million Challenge startup competition Wednesday.

As the first place winner in the $1M Challenge, Minneapolis-based HabitAware will receive $400,000 to advance its business.”

Read more at:

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search welcomes Aneela Idnani, co-founder and president of HabitAware, as its keynote speaker. Jump Start offers opportunities to:

– Network with STEM industry professionals
– Attend career-oriented workshops
– Gain insights from STEM panelists
– Get personalized feedback on resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles
– Have a FREE professional headshot taken.

Join us!
Saturday, February 16th
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hagfors Center

Please send all questions and accommodation requests to Accommodation requests should be made one week in advance to allow us to best meet your needs.

Register for Jump Start Your STEM Job Search today!

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search – February 16 – Register today

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Join us at the 5th annual Jump Start Your STEM Job Search!

Saturday, February 16th
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hagfors Center

This event is perfect for all STEM majors – first year students to seniors. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to:

-Network with STEM industry professionals
-Attend career-oriented workshops
-Gain insights from STEM panelists
-Get personalized feedback on resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles
-Have a FREE professional headshot taken.

We welcome Aneela Idnani, co-founder and president of HabitAware, as our keynote speaker. HabitAware’s Keen smart bracelet “Retrains The Brain.” Keen creates awareness of hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting, debilitating mental health conditions. Having grown up with hair pulling disorder, Aneela is now an outspoken mental health advocate. HabitAware is a HAX hardware accelerator alumnus and recently received an NIH research grant. Her life’s work (HabitAware) has been featured as a TIME Magazine 2018 Best Invention and in BuzzFeed, SELF Magazine, The Washington Post, Prevention Magazine and more.

No cost to attend. Breakfast and lunch included.

Please send all questions and accommodation requests to Accommodation requests should be made one week in advance to allow us to best meet your needs.

Register today!

Spring Blood Drive Coming March 13

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Memorial Blood Center will be on campus for its annual spring blood drive in just a few weeks. Please help saves lives and consider donating blood. The blood drive will be in the East Commons in Christensen Center on Wednesday 3/13/19 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Please sign up on-line at and enter sponsor code 0027. You can also call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to get a donation time. Please consider donating blood to help save lives. During our fall blood drive we hit 97% of our goal — let’s make it 100% this time.

Keeping Track of Auggies

3 Auggies Selected for National Fellowship in Public Policy

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Three Augsburg rising seniors were selected for the nationally competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute in 2019. This seven-week program prepares students for graduate school in public policy and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service at five of the top public policy schools in the country. Not only is this summer program fully-paid, but it promises a minimum of $5,000 scholarship to a consortium of public policy graduate schools.

Natalya Arevalo, Political Science and Philosophy, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Noah Greenfield, Political Science, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Abdul Sharif, Political Science and International Relations, will be attending Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.

Only 20% of applicants receive the PPIA award. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievement!

3 Auggies named Fulbright Semi-Finalists and Advance in Competition

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Two Augsburg alumni and one current student were named Semi-Finalists for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships abroad. Reaching semi-finalist status means that one’s application has passed the first round of evaluation and will receive further consideration by the host country. In a competition with more than 10,000 applicants per year, being named semi-finalist is an impressive honor! The Semi-Finalists include:

Madeline Kinn ‘18, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Czech Republic

Emily Knudson ’15, English, Environmental Science, Spanish, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Brazil

Emilie Tomas ‘19, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Indonesia

If you are a junior or senior and would like to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student program, go to and attend one of URGO’s information sessions this spring! Dates of these sessions will be advertised in March.

SWK Prof. Emeritus Tony Bibus contributed to a 2018 publication

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Prof. Emeritus Tony Bibus from the social work department represented Augsburg on the national taskforce convened by the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Social Workers Insurance Company, and the Association of Social Work Boards to write the recently published Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation. He was assigned to a sub-group working on Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice (pp. 29-40 in the guide), and he had a hand especially in composing the list of resources, readings, learning exercises, and suggestions for students and field instructors in the chapter’s appendix.


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