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SUNY Canton Foundation Awards $20,000 to Promote College Growth

Monday, December 8th, 2008

CANTON – The SUNY Canton Foundation awarded approximately $20,000 to fund student, faculty, and staff campus enhancements.

This the third year that the Foundation has sponsored the Campus Enhancement Award program, according to Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach.

“This program was created through unrestricted donations,” he said. “During a time when state budgets are under attack, we rely upon donations to fund the creative and innovative projects of our college community. We are deeply grateful for all of the donors who make these programs possible.”

This year, the College Foundation’s planning committee members reviewed more than 45 proposals, making this a competitive selection process.

“It’s nice that we can give to so many deserving programs particularly because so many faculty and staff members support the foundation through payroll deductions,” Gerlach said. “More than 150 employees currently give to the SUNY Canton foundation to benefit our students.”

Among the proposals awarded were:

·      Bean bag chairs for students in the Southworth Library

·      A latchkey and reading program

·      Parts for the college’s solar boat

·      Funding for the gospel choir’s travel and events

·      Photographic equipment for the athletic department

·      Frames and materials to display student artwork

·      Funding to display college’s archives online

·      An EMT casualty simulation kit

·      Funding for the American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team

·      Travel expenses for the Auto Club to attend the Detroit auto show

·      Enhancements to the Mechanical Engineering Technology classroom

·      An energy management system for the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program

Also funded were various student and faculty research initiatives, campus-wide seminars, and other student-focused programming.

The awards come in addition to the $30,000 in Faculty and Staff Awards and $10,000 in employee tuition assistance that the foundation provides annually. “Any donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation directly helps continue the advancement of the programs and initiatives of the college,” Gerlach said.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Alumni House Dedicated to Devoted Benefactor Blanche K. Woodcock

Monday, September 1st, 2008
Blanche Woodcock

ALUMNI HOUSE NAMED - Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulating Blanche K. Woodcock after a dedication ceremony unveiling the newly-renamed Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

CANTON – The SUNY Canton Alumni House has been named after an honorary alumna who helped guide the residence’s transformation.

The SUNY Canton Foundation recently announced that the College’s Alumni House has been renamed the Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

Blanche, and her husband Ronald L. Woodcock (class of 1959) have played an integral role in involving alumni and businesses in the development and fundraising efforts of the college’s Advancement Division. Blanche oversaw the renovations at the College’s Alumni House located at 8 Stillman Drive, Canton. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy helped Blanche unveil a permanently affixed plaque to denote the name change during a ceremonial dedication this week.

“Blanche selected the furniture, interior color schemes, carpets, and even helped plan the landscape upgrades,” Kennedy said. “Numerous guests have complemented the new décor. We’ve renamed the house to recognize her commitment to the college and to highlight her work making this house a home.”

The Stillman Drive residence became available after Kennedy opted to purchase his own house instead of forcing the college to make costly state-mandated renovations to the building. The move allowed the college to adapt the building as a much needed respite for alumni and other distinguished guests. The house has now been utilized by visiting Russian faculty members from Moscow State University, high-level college foundation donors, faculty and staff retreats, and other College functions.

“The beautiful and welcoming home became a reality through Blanche’s vision and it is a tremendous asset for all who use it,” said Director of Alumni Affairs Peggy S. Levato. “It’s hard to put into words our gratitude toward the Woodcocks for their incredible dedication. They have volunteered an extraordinary number of hours working on this project.”

Ron and Blanche were both recently honored during SUNY Canton’s alumni weekend when the college unveiled the Woodcock Conference Suite, denoting the hard work and dedication of the husband and wife team. They have co-chaired the Centennial Campaign which has exceeded its $10 million by 2010 goal. Blanche is also the 2006 recipient of the college’s prestigious Honorary Alumna award. Blanche grew up in Ogdensburg and the couple now resides in Morristown.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 85 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Announces the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Sergi Family

THE SERGI FAMILY – Pictured are (l to r) Pat Sergi, Sam, Lisa, Mike, and Frank. The family owns Sergi’s Pizza in Canton and pledged $100,000 to name the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center.

SUNY Canton is honoring a well-known community member whose four children all attended the College. President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that the College will name the Early Childhood Teacher Center in Cook Hall in memory of Maria Sergi, who passed away in 2006.

“She would like this,” Sam Sergi said. “For our family, and for Maria, this is the right thing to do.”

The Sergi family has made an initial gift commitment of $100,000 to honor Maria, forever linking her name to the place where students learn to become Early Childhood professionals. The Sergi family gift will be used to help purchase equipment and resources that will greatly benefit the Early Childhood program.

“We viewed this as a way to honor my mother and support the college in their efforts to educate and train the people that would be taking care of children,” said Lisa (Sergi) Vecchio `87.

SUNY Canton has always played a big role in the life of the Sergi family. All four of Maria and Sam’s children attended the College: Pat graduated in 1986, Frank and Lisa in 1987, and Mike in 2000. “It’s not only where we went to school, it’s also been a big part of the success of our family business and the community we love,” said Pat Sergi.

The Sergi family has always been active in the North Country, and they openheartedly devote their time, support community groups, and often provide pizza for fundraising efforts. “This is a nice way to have our mother’s name and our family’s name on campus,” Mike Sergi said.

“The Sergi’s gift is extremely generous and will greatly impact our Early Childhood program and its students,” said Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “This is a wonderful tribute to Mrs. Sergi.” Community members and alumni can help the Sergi Family reach their $100,000 goal. The second annual Maria Sergi Walk/Run is slated for July 26 in Canton and there are other upcoming opportunities to get involved. For more information contact the Canton College Foundation at 386-7127 or www.canton.edu/alumni.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Blevins Family Creates SUNY Canton Scholarship

Thursday, April 17th, 2008
Blevins Family

BLEVINS DONATION – The Blevins family has created a $25,000 scholarship endowment at SUNY Canton in honor of Leland Blevins. Pictured are (l to r) Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Elizabeth Irvine, Mike Blevins, Dave Blevins, Alumni and Development Associate John Wilson Jr., and Lynn Blevins.

A successful family of highly-respected North Country car dealers have created a scholarship that will honor their father and help generations of SUNY Canton Automotive Technology students.

“We are dually honored because the Blevins are a true North- Country family and are closely intertwined with the college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

The Blevins family donated $25,000 for the Leland Blevins Scholarship Endowment. Each year an incoming automotive student will be awarded a scholarship in Leland’s name.

“Dad gave us our start in the automotive business, so it made sense for us to honor him by presenting others with an opportunity to enter the industry,” said Dave Blevins, who is a 1972 graduate of SUNY Canton.

Dave, and his brothers, Paul, Duanne, Lynn (class of 1979); three sisters, Sherry, Connie, and Beth; decided that the endowment would be a wonderful tribute to their father, who passed away last spring.

“I know Mom (Rita Blevins) is pleased that we’ve created this scholarship in Dad’s name,” Lynn said. “Over the years our businesses have benefited greatly from the hands-on training the college has provided our employees. I know all of the dealerships in the area appreciate the fact that it’s done here locally.”

Leland started the first Blevins dealership in Potsdam in 1969. He sold it to sons Paul and Duane in 1980. Dave and Lynn started the Ogdensburg Blevins Brothers in 1983. Blevins Ford in Gouverneur was added in 1990, and Team Blevins of Gouverneur was unveiled in 2006. The Potsdam dealership is run by Paul’s son, John.

Leland’s grandson Mike also graduated from SUNY Canton in 1999. Like his father Dave, he was an Engineering Technology major. He is now the sales manager for Team Blevins in Gouverneur.

Lynn’s daughter Leanne is a Nursing major at SUNY Canton and is expected to graduate in 2009.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Foundation Campaigns to Honor Harry King

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Harry KingThe SUNY Canton Foundation has revealed plans to raise $100,000 to honor Professor Emeritus Harry E. King, one of the most venerable and dedicated professors in the college’s history.

“We’d like to name the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory in Harry’s honor,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “In order to secure that right, we will be asking for donations from Alumni and organizations who know of King’s dedication and commitment to the college and community.”

King, who graduated in 1940, created the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1946 in the corner of an old barn with only a few tools. He oversaw the program until he retired in 1983. Now, the high-tech SUNY Canton lab has computers utilizing the latest design software and numerous air-handling units for students to study.

“Since its beginning, the program has continued to evolve and meet the increasingly complicated demands and needs of our society,” noted Arthur G. Hurlbut, Emeritus Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Harry influenced my life and the lives of countless other SUNY Canton graduates.”

King’s foresight has produced countless successful graduates. Nearly 100 percent of Air Conditioning Engineering Technology alumni secure successful careers immediately following graduation.

King has been decorated with Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni awards and is a former Alumni Association president. Both a SUNY Canton Foundation scholarship and an American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers scholarship have been named in his honor.

“There are a select number of professors whose names echo in the history of SUNY Canton,” said David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “Harry’s is high up on that list. I encourage anyone who has been influenced by Harry and his work to consider contributing to this namesake opportunity.”

King lives on Pleasant Street in Canton with his wife, Wilda. They have three daughters, JoAnne Danehy, Barbara King, and Martha MacArthur (class of 1974 and 1978).

The SUNY Canton Foundation began this campaign in February and is looking for donations of any size to reach the $100,000 goal. For more information, contact Development Associate Jeremiah J. Ayrassian at 386-7038, or by email at ayrassianj@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Celebrates Foundation’s 35th Anniversary

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Thirty-five years of creating scholarships and positively impacting people’s lives is a fantastic cause for celebration at SUNY Canton.

The SUNY Canton Foundation will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary with a benefit dinner to honor several alumni and friends who have been integral forces behind the college’s success. The celebration will commence at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Chaney Dining Center with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and a formal recognition ceremony.

According to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, “It will be wonderful to celebrate the successes of our past efforts and the promising future of our current endeavors. We’ll be honoring the support of all of our alumni, community members and friends, and 35 years of growth and giving.”

Numerous alumni and friends of the college have contributed to make this event possible and help ensure the continuing success and growth of the college. During the awards ceremony, four North Country families will be awarded for their years of extraordinary service and dedication:

  • The Coakley Family of Canton will receive the Foundation’s Community Leadership Award. Carol and Ronald Spadaccini, William and Carol Coakley, and Thomas and Nellie Coakley are well known for their civic pride, involvement in the community, and willingness to assist others. They have been longtime benefactors and advisors to the college.
  • The Bagley Family of Madrid will receive the Foundation’s Model Alumni Award. The late Leon E. Bagley, class of 1948, began a tradition of donating to the college along with his sister-in-law Alice Westaway Bagley. Their efforts have been continued by his wife, Rachael, son Timothy, class of 1985, grandson Alexander, class of 2005, and other family members.
  • The Fay Family of Canton will receive the Foundation’s Community Education Connection Award. The Fays have provided more than 100 years of combined educational service in the North Country: Accounting Professor Dan and Professor Emerita Linda Fay; Dean of the School of Business and Public Service Emeritus Ed Fay and his wife Patricia; Professor Emeritus Maurice and Sheila Fay Harrington, both of whom taught in the School of Business; and Director of Counseling Emeritus Harry and Peggy Fay Podgurski, an Edwards-Knox teacher. They are all well-known for their personal approach to education and their strong commitment to the community.
  • President Emeritus Dr. and Mrs. Earl W. MacArthur of Naples, Fla., and Morristown will receive the Canton College Foundation’s Impact Award. President Emeritus Earl MacArthur and his wife Joyce have positively influenced the college for more than 35 years. The Foundation was created through their vision and foresight. It continues to thrive with their continuing input and guidance.

“These four families are among the many friends, alumni and donors who are responsible for creating scholarships, improving the college, and dramatically impacting students’ lives,” Kennedy mentioned. “Every donation furthers our mission to offer an unparalleled educational experience. These families have been at the forefront of our efforts since the inception of the Foundation.”

The 35th Anniversary is an RSVP-only event. All proceeds will benefit a scholarship endowment for students in the Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, Law Enforcement Leadership, and Emergency and Disaster Management programs. Donations can be made in honor of the distinguished families to the 35th Anniversary Celebration – Public Service Scholarship, SUNY Canton Foundation, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Foundation Announces $30,000 in Campus Enhancement Awards

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The SUNY Canton Foundation recently awarded $30,000 to faculty, staff, and student campus enhancement projects.

The annual grants distributed increased by $10,000 over the inaugural Campus Enhancement Awards last year, according to Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach.

“The Campus Enhancement Awards serve as a means to reinvest assets that will continue the development and advancement of unique college initiatives,” Gerlach said. “All members of the campus community are invited to submit proposals for unique projects that benefit the overall learning experience at the college.”

The awards come in addition to the $30,000 in Faculty and Staff Awards and $10,000 in employee tuition assistance that the foundation provides annually. “Any donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation directly helps continue the advancement of the programs and initiatives of the college,” Gerlach said.

The Campus Enhancement Awards committee reviewed 27 individual and group proposals. This year’s funding includes:

  • A $3,501 award to purchase new equipment for media classrooms as part of the college’s upcoming four-year Multimedia and Graphic Design program.
  • A $2,000 award to research and implement a vodcast (video podcast) learning program in the Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation programs.
  • A $3,000 award for the college’s Solar Boat project.
  • A $2,000 award for Science tutoring and learning center enhancements.
  • A $1,200 award to construct a ceremonial flag station outside of Payson Hall.
  • A $200 award for the Educational Opportunity Program recognition ceremony.
  • A $199 award for software for the Automotive Technology program.
  • A $2,250 award to fund an Automotive Club trip to Detroit, Mich.
  • A $1,000 award for a fun bucks auction dorm function.
  • A $2,500 award to fund expenses for the 2008 Regional Steel Bridge Competition.
  • A $1,750 award to help fund e-portfolio software for students and faculty.
  • A $1,750 to fund a driving under the influence educational program.
  • A $750 award to fund an entry to the 2008 New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians seminar.
  • A $1,000 to purchase new choir robes for the SUNY Canton Gospel Choir.
  • A $ 1,000 award for the Southworth Library textbook loan initiative.
  • A $1,000 award for video and digital film editing equipment.
  • A $1,250 award to purchase an energy management system for the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications program.
  • A $2,400 award to fund diversity and Black History Month programming.
  • A $250 award for the University Police Department’s project blue light initiative.
  • A $1,000 award to support the First Year Program’s theatrical productions.

 

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SUNY Canton Associate Professor Establishes Scholarship

Monday, November 26th, 2007

A SUNY Canton Associate Professor has created a scholarship for students in the Criminal Investigation Program.

Each Year, Steven Gilbert will award $500 to a student based on the top investigative forensic science presentation. Specifically, students will be invited to submit presentations on “How Forensic Science Contributes to a Safer Society.”

“Many of our Criminal Investigation students are very interested in forensic science and interested in pursuing a career in crime scene investigation,” Gilbert pointed out. “The Gilbert Forensic Science Scholarship will help encourage students to continue research within this field.”

Gilbert, who has his doctorate in criminal justice, said that recent advancements within the field of DNA testing have dynamically changed investigations and forensic sciences.

The first scholarship will be awarded in Spring 2008 with following scholarships each Fall Semester. “The students’ presentations will also help inform the campus community about the changes and evolutions within our program,” Gilbert said.

Previously Gilbert has mentored students overseas who could not afford college, and was instrumental in beginning the Omega Upsilon chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

He created the scholarship through the SUNY Canton College Foundation which annually awards nearly $300,000 in scholarship assistance.

 

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SUNY Canton in The Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Inspired by the powerful impact their donations have made on SUNY Canton, a trio of college donors have placed a message in The Wall Street Journal encouraging others to consider giving to the SUNY Canton Foundation.

Alumnus Joel M. Canino ’59, classmate Ronald L. Woodcock ’59, and benefactor Rachael Bagley were also prompted by a pair of recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education about how donations to rich schools with huge endowments have almost no tangible effects. They mentioned, “Your donation will have little impact at a college that has stockpiled hundreds of millions or even billions.”

Having experienced the results their own gifts have brought to SUNY Canton, they decided to encourage others, including non-alumni, to do the same. The first advertisement ran in The Wall Street Journal last Wednesday. The same advertisement will run again on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

“When you make a donation at SUNY Canton, you make a direct effect and you can see it on a firsthand basis, rather than dumping into a billion-dollar pool,” Canino said in a recent interview.

Canino has given more than $3 million in the past three years and is the college’s top donor. He indicated that the SUNY Canton Foundation, alumni, and benefactors work hard on behalf of the college and its students to generate more gifts that directly benefit scholarships, upgrades, and grants.

“We’d like to thank Joel, Rachael and Ron for their continued leadership and support of the College and the Foundation,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We hope that this latest gift, the donation of an advertisement, will inspire people outside of our immediate circle of donors to consider an investment in our college.”

The advertisement can be viewed at www.canton.edu/impact. The web site notes the generous contributions of numerous donors including Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller, John L. Halford ’49, Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca, Professor Emeritus Herman W. Kalberer, Bernard C. Reagan ’65 and many others.

 

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SUNY Canton Foundation Assets Rise Nearly 40 Percent in 2007

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

MAKING CONNECTIONS - (l to r) Longtime SUNY Canton Donor Rachael Bagley laughs with Kareen Bedford, a Nursing student from Ogdensburg, who received the Leon and Rachael Bagley Endowed Scholarship.

A remarkable increase in assets of nearly 40 percent has enabled the SUNY Canton Foundation to award a record number of scholarships this year. Foundation assets have surpassed $14 million, an increase of nearly $4 million from last year’s total.

The increase was most evident last week, when approximately 200 scholarship recipients attended the Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon with scholarship donors and college officials. Nearly $300,000 in scholarship assistance was represented at the luncheon. This year’s event saw not only the largest number of scholarships, but also the largest total dollar amount awarded in college history.

MEETING DONORS - (l to r) Rebecca Trythall, a Veterinary Science Technology Student from East Syracuse, enjoys her lunchtime conversation with Professor Emeritus Varick Chittenden. Chittenden, who is also a SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Member, established the Chittenden Book Scholarship.

“We are extremely fortunate to have so many wonderful alumni and friends who believe in the ongoing success of our students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Their investment in our college benefits our students, the college, and the entire North Country. Many of these bright scholars would not otherwise be able to afford a college education.”

Students from almost every curricula at the college received a scholarship this year. “The Scholarship Luncheon is a special event where scholarship recipients are able to meet the donors who have so dramatically impacted their lives,” Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach said. “It’s often an emotional experience for both the recipients and the donors and it reinforces why we work so hard to make these scholarships possible.”

HEARTFELT GRATITUDE - Jacob Neely, a SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology student from Baldwinsville expresses his heartfelt thanks to SUNY Canton Patron and Alumnus Joel Canino for creating the scholarship that will pay for his entire college education. Neely said, "You've changed my life."

The Foundation’s total assets have grown by more than $9 million, or more than 280 percent since 2001. The growth in assets is a result of an increase in giving as well as investment growth and interest. The Foundation supports a variety of endeavors.

“Scholarships are just one of the outlets of Foundation expenditures,” Gerlach said. “The College Foundation also supports continuing education for faculty and staff members in addition to funding research and campus enhancement initiatives. The benefits are far-reaching and dramatic.”

The Foundation primarily uses donations to help defray the continually-increasing cost of higher education. Over the last several years, the Foundation has re-invested $7 million to fund college programs and initiatives. Many of the new highly-visible initiatives come in the form of scholarships, assistantships, or in a variety of ways that positively effect students’ overall college experience.

 

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