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New SUNY Canton Grant Funded Research May Help Offset High Home-Heating Costs

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced new grant funding designated for wood pellet boiler research following an application by SUNY Canton.

Skylar P. Reynolds of Ogdensburg loads wood pellets into the hopper of a large wood pellet boiler.

Skylar P. Reynolds of Ogdensburg loads wood pellets into the hopper of a large wood pellet boiler.

Rural residents in upstate New York may be able to offset the high cost of fossil fuels by implementing new wood pellet boilers with large-capacity feeding capabilities.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $163,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for SUNY Canton to measure the efficiency of automatic-feeding wood pellet boilers.

“We will study all aspects of the combustion process of wood pellets and can determine how efficient a heating appliance will be when installed for residential or commercial use,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “A component of this grant is to demonstrate the long term efficiencies and emissions from heating with wood pellets.”

Newtown and Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Dean Arthur G. Hurlbut filed the grant to demonstrate how pellet boilers could replace conventional fuel-oil furnaces. Fuel oil costs have spiked recently and can cost in excess of $4 a gallon in some areas. It would take approximately $1.70 in wood pellets to produce equivalent heat of a gallon of fuel oil, approximately 130,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs), according to Hurlbut.

“We are setting up three boiler systems as demonstration sites at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Canton,” Hurlbut said. “One of the units we are installing will automatically vacuum feed the pellets into a hopper, making it as convenient to maintain as a fuel-oil boiler.”

The grant was designed to deliver findings to the public, including the benefits of heating with pelletized wood over traditional cordwood. Wood pellets are manufactured locally by Massena-based Curran Renewable Energy and can be delivered in bulk to the end user, similar to current delivery methods for fuel-oil users. Bulk pellets are easier for a consumer to use than conventional cordwood, because they take up less space and the large-capacity machines require fewer refills.

Nathan M. Christy of Canton and John C. Johnson of DeKalb test the emissions of a wood pellet boiler in SUNY Canton’s Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory.

Nathan M. Christy of Canton and John C. Johnson of DeKalb test the emissions of a wood pellet boiler in SUNY Canton’s Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory.

The College has previously tested the buildings for energy efficiency using Building Performance Institute energy audits. All three structures will respond similarly to many homes in the North Country. Heating costs from previous years are also available, so the demonstration will show actual savings. The heating systems can be monitored remotely and data findings will be made public.

Newtown and Hurlbut previously studied the combustion of switch grass pellets in pellet-burning stoves based on a 2009 NYSERDA grant. Two journal articles were published based on the findings in Energy and Fuels, an American Chemical Society publication.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Noted African-American Poet To Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Tyrone WilliamsA poet who challenges and investigates language, history and race will kick off the spring installment of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Tyrone Williams will speak at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Williams’ literary career has spanned nearly 30 years. He is the author of a number of books including “Convalescence” (1987), “Futures, Elections” (2004) and “Pink Tie” (2011).

“I don’t ‘revere’ the English language but I use it and, on occasion, abuse it,” Williams said in an interview. “Every grammatical marker is purposeful … every torque of the language renders ‘meaning’ problematic — which seems to me the precise ‘condition’ of African-American existence in particular and ‘American’ life in general.”

Williams is the editor of “African American Literature: Revised Edition” (2008). He teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Now in its second year, the Living Writers Series was created by SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Williams’ visit is just one of the many activities commemorating Black History Month.

Future guest speakers this spring will be author Jennifer Pashley March 26 and New York Times bestselling author George Saunders April 23. For more information on past and upcoming speakers, visit http://www.canton.edu/writers/.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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SUNY Canton’s Four-Year Nursing Program Seeks Initial Accreditation

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Community members and alumni are invited to provide feedback on the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

SUNY Canton will be hosting the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for a site review of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as it seeks initial accreditation.

The program was created in 2009 by creating an additional two years of coursework for the College’s signature two-year Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. Students who graduate from the two-year program are able to secure employment and complete their bachelor’s degree.

Nursing students

“The bachelor’s degree program is an entirely online program that offers an open enrollment admission policy to qualified applicants,” said Nursing Professor Debra M. Backus, who oversees the four-year program. “In 2013, student enrollment has quadrupled to a record enrollment of 139 students.”

When the program was created, it was one of only a few fully online two-year into four-year nursing programs. It has been recognized as one of the most affordable programs in the nation, according to the university research company SR Education Group.

The program was previously operating with ACEN candidacy status. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality. The College will provide evidence of the effectiveness of its faculty members, curriculum and graduates to gain accreditation.

Nursing students

Those interested are invited to share their comments about the program at 4 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Cook Hall Conference Room 121. Written comments can be mailed to Dr. Sharon Tanner, Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA, 30326, or via e-mail: sjtanner@acenursing.org. All written comments should be received by Feb. 10.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Environmental Activist to Speak at SUNY Canton

Friday, January 31st, 2014

SUNY Canton adjunct instructor Robin McClellan will discuss the challenges and solutions surrounding green living at the next SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series event.

McClellan will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. The event is free and open to the public.

“Addressing sustainability issues means working with people, natural resources and all the associated parameters and relationships,” McClellan said. “It’s important to discuss the ways to effectively navigate these complex bureaucracies toward accomplishing goals.”

McClellan teaches in the Alternative and Renewable Energy program and has served on the boards of the New York State Citizens Environmental Coalition and Great Lakes United. He is also the founder of Seedcorn, an organization dedicated to supporting grassroots community movements.

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html.

The events are just one facet of SUNY Canton’s focus on sustainability. The College was recently ranked among the top 50 colleges in the nation that are committed to saving the planet, according to the Online College Database website. The four-year Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program within the Canino School of Engineering Technology was specifically recognized for its appeal to technical students who are interested in pursuing a career in clean energy.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Bestselling Author to Speak at CSTEP Symposium at SUNY Canton

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Daniel SeddiquiDaniel Seddiqui, author of the bestselling book “50 Jobs in 50 States,” will speak to area college students at Northern New York’s annual career symposium for the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at SUNY Canton Feb. 1.

Seddiqui is widely known as the “world’s most ambitious job seeker,” yet has been named by USA Today as the “most rejected person in the world. After failing more than 40 consecutive job interviews and sending out thousands of emails seeking a job after college graduation, he set out on a quest of finding and working 50 jobs in 50 states. His book chronicles his journey, and he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, “World News Tonight” and the “Today” show.

More than 80 students from the Associated Colleges are expected to attend the all-day event, where they will have the opportunity to network and hear from local experts in law, health care, science and engineering.

The goal of CSTEP is to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. The program is sponsored by the New York State Education Department’s Bureau of Professional Career Opportunity Programs.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Students Receive College Honors for Fall 2013

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Students were recently recognized for outstanding academic achievement during the Fall 2013 semester at SUNY Canton.

“Congratulations to our President’s List, Dean’s List and Part-Time Honors students! The Provost, deans, faculty and I are very proud of the way you applied your best efforts to the semester’s coursework,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The work ethic and the enthusiasm for learning you develop here at the College will serve you well in your professional careers after graduation.”

To receive President’s List honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For Dean’s List, full-time students must receive a GPA of at least 3.25. Part-Time Honors are awarded to students earning at least a 3.25 GPA in six to 11 credit-bearing courses.

An email notification has been sent to each recipient’s canton.edu account and a press release has been sent to each individual’s hometown newspaper.

» President’s List

» Dean’s List

» Part-Time Honors

 

 

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SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant Program Earns Reaccreditation

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) recently reaffirmed SUNY Canton’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program’s accreditation.

The process included submission of a self-study report and an external review in which CAPTE representatives met with faculty, administrators, clinicians and students. The reaccreditation was granted for a period of 10 years.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell from DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau from Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny from Keeseville.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell from DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau from Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny from Keeseville.

“Receiving and maintaining accreditation is a team effort,” said Deborah S. Molnar, physical therapist assistant program director. “The efforts of the program faculty and students, along with the support of administration, clinical instructors and advisory board members, allow us to provide a high quality program in which we are preparing graduates to become effective healthcare providers.”

Students in the PTA program complete two years of liberal arts courses, technical coursework in physical therapy and clinical education experiences. Upon successful completion of the PTA curriculum, students graduate with an associate in applied science degree. They are then eligible to take a National Licensing Examination and apply for certification as a physical therapist assistant.

The PTA program began in 1996 and in 2011 entered into a partnership with the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka. Students enrolled in the program attend IIHS for a year and a half before traveling to the U.S. to complete an additional three semesters at SUNY Canton. The first international students graduated in May 2013.

Sri Lankan Physical Therapist Assistant students Aruna Dissinayake, Roshan Peiris, Supun Fernando and Chathura Karunarathna.

Sri Lankan Physical Therapist Assistant students Aruna Dissinayake, Roshan Peiris, Supun Fernando and Chathura Karunarathna.

“They’ve brought a whole new dynamic to the classroom,” said Molnar. “They are very well prepared academically and have been sharing their extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology with their classmates. The students demonstrate a very strong work ethic and high level of professionalism making them good role models for other students.”

SUNY Canton presented a very different, but a very good learning experience according to the Sri Lankan young men and women, who traveled approximately 8,600 miles to participate in the unique program.

“My favorite part is the way we learn,” Aruna P. Dissanayake, one of the IIHS graduates, said. “There is a lot of student-teacher interaction.”

The students mentioned everyone at the College and in the community had been exceptionally polite and helpful during their transition, which included adopting a completely different lifestyle, adapting to a new climate and completely different cuisine. “The people we’ve met at SUNY Canton and in the community have been nicest we’ve ever met,” said Supun Buddhi Femando, also a graduate of the program.

“It’s been great for our students as well,” said Molnar, “They have gained appreciation for cultural differences and enhanced their own interpersonal skills. The students have a had a lot of fun interacting both in and out of the classroom.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Program Receives X-Ray Unit Donation

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Sirona Dental Systems, in conjunction with Patterson Dental Supply, recently donated a digital X-ray unit to the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program so students may learn by using the most up-to-date technology.

“Digital units are being used more frequently than their conventional film counterparts in dental offices, so this very generous donation will allow our students to familiarize themselves with equipment they will likely be using during their careers,” said Program Director and Assistant Professor Pamela P. Quinn. “Digital machines are also much more efficient and emit less radiation.”

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student Charlotte A. Phippen, Parishville, takes a dental X-ray using the donated digital machine.

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student Charlotte A. Phippen, Parishville, takes a dental X-ray using the donated digital machine.

Students, who work under the direct supervision of a licensed dental practitioner, provide no-cost preventive services to community members. Quinn said the facility has served more than 5,000 patients since it opened in 2006 and provided approximately $280,000 worth of free dental care this past academic year. In addition to exposing X-rays, students administer cancer screenings, cavity checks, evaluations, saliva testing, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants.

The hygiene students have spearheaded several community outreach projects to educate children and teens about the importance of good oral hygiene. The program has earned three national awards from the American Dental Hygienists Association.

The Dental Hygiene program is located at the College’s satellite campus in Rome, N.Y., and students can choose to earn either a two- or four-year degree. Quinn said graduates have had a 100 percent success rate on the national licensing exam for the past six years and the program has seen 100 percent job placement. Dental hygiene is a profession with an ongoing demand in the workforce, which is anticipated to continue through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Graduate Receives Officer Commission

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A SUNY Canton graduate was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) ceremony in Potsdam Dec. 18.

Second Lt. Thomas C. Hamberger, from San Antonio, recently graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation. He will attend the military intelligence officer basic course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

“SUNY Canton professors have a wealth of knowledge and have prepared me well for my career,” Hamberger said.

Second Lt. Thomas Hamberger & Capt. Hamberger

Second Lt. Thomas C. Hamberger ’13 (right) was commissioned into the military intelligence branch of the U.S. Army Dec. 18. His brother, Capt. Christopher W. Hamberger (left), earned two degrees from SUNY Canton in 2007 and 2009.

Hamberger’s brother and mother, who attended the ceremony, are SUNY Canton alumni. Capt. Christopher W. Hamberger earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation in 2009. Ruth E. Hamberger received an associate degree in Nursing in 2005.

Second Lt. Hamberger was among five cadets who were commissioned from the Golden Knight Battalion, which trains future Army leadership from the four universities of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley.

“Our military, veteran and ROTC students are a vital part of the SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Their work ethic and drive to succeed make them leaders in the classroom and beyond. Thomas Hamberger is no exception; we are extremely proud of all he has accomplished.”

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton was recognized as a military-friendly College by G.I. Jobs magazine and was included in Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities. These exclusive lists honor the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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SUNY Canton Students Spread Holiday Cheer Through Fundraising Events

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Two SUNY Canton student clubs are spending the holiday season raising money and collecting donations for kids being cared for at local hospitals, as well as homeless animals at area shelters.

Gifts for Children

The president of SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair student club has a personal interest in giving hospitalized children a special gift during the holiday season.

“I remember how good I felt when I got a present when I was a neurology patient as a child,” said Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills. “I’ve always tried to collect toys for children in hospitals no matter where I’ve been during my life.”

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

The Powersports club collected approximately $800 in toys and donations to purchase toys. The students delivered the stuffed animals, dolls and other new children’s toys on Tuesday (Dec. 10) to Massena Memorial Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in the program said that Excessive Adrenaline, a local motorcycle club made a substantial donation to their toy drive efforts. “I’d also like to especially thank Robert Morley and Steven Davis who both contributed substantially to our project,” he said.

 

Gifts for Animals

Student members of the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technician Association collected donations and supplies for the Potsdam Humane Society and the North Country Animal Shelter.

“Our students have a deep concern and love for animals,” said Robin I. Gittings, L.V.T, an instructional support technician in the Veterinary Science Technology program and the association’s adviser. “They eagerly took on the challenge to collect donations for the shelters we work with on a regular basis. These organizations are always in need of assistance due to tight budgets.”

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katelyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katlyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Organizer Katlyn D. Podwirny, a Veterinary Technology major from Lake Luzerne, said the association collected dog and cat toys, food, treats and bowls, as well as cleaning supplies and blankets. Monetary donations totaled more than $300 and will be used to purchase other items on the shelters’ wish lists.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of donations we received,” Podwirny said. “It far exceeded my expectations.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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