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New York Times Bestselling Author to Cap Off SUNY Canton Living Writers Series

Monday, April 21st, 2014

An American writer who has been hailed by Time magazine as one the most influential people in the world will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the College’s spring Living Writers Series.

George Saunders, author of the New York Times bestselling book “Tenth of December,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. May 1 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

George Saunders

“George Saunders is a national treasure, one of our best living storytellers,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “While his satire gnaws at our contemporary culture, the heart of his work always embraces the humanity of his characters, holding them close and dear.”

A creative writing professor at Syracuse University, Saunders has earned fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded the Pen/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. His writing has been featured in The New Yorker and GQ, among others.

“Tenth of December” has earned praise from the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine and Harper’s Magazine. The Chicago Tribune named Saunders “the best short story writer in America.”

 

He has appeared on “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Colbert Report.”

Saunders is also the author of two screenplays and three other short story collections: “Pastoralia,” “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” and “In Persuasion Nation.” His children’s book, “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip,” was also a New York Times bestseller.

Now in its second year, the Living Writers Series was created by LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Past guests have included New York Times bestselling author Mary Carr and sports columnist William Rhoden.

 

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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Sustainable Design Pioneer to Speak at SUNY Canton April 22

Friday, April 18th, 2014

George IrwinGeorge Irwin, CEO and founder of the Rochester-based company Green Living Technologies, will discuss revolutionary trends in environmentally conscious design at SUNY Canton during the final installment of the spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

He will speak at 6 p.m. April 22 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Irwin’s company specializes in living walls and roofs, also known as vertical gardens. His patented designs reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling through shading and evapotranspiration. They can remove pollutants and carbon dioxide and are known as the “new graffiti,” according to Irwin.

“I hold a degree in education and maintain a passion for out-of-the-box learning; I combined my love for environment and zest for learning,” he said. “I personally oversee all green wall and roof education, integrating the state-of-the-art technology into a continuously-evolving curriculum.”

Living roofs can also reduce storm water run-off, filter pollutants and heavy metals out of rain water, and increase real estate value. Vertical agriculture gardens, which are also a growing trend, provides families with food within reach, reducing the need to travel to the store.

Vertical Green WallIrwin said his passion is agriculture, utilizing vertical green living walls and roof systems. His organic edible plants include tomatoes, celery, eggplant, potatoes, root crops, melons, beans, peppers and onions. His mission is to help create solutions to the challenges of food scarcity and the amount of job opportunities for at-risk populations throughout cities around the world.

He is also a published author and is a leading resource for Time magazine, Fortune, CNN, NBC, CBS TEDx, National Geographic and Newsweek. He has co-hosted many radio, television and garden shows in the U.S. and abroad.
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 to Discuss Urban Renewal During Sustainability Lecture Series

Monday, April 14th, 2014

SUNY Canton graduate Richard A. Destito will speak about how he has taken his skills and used them to improve one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse as part of the College’s Sustainability Lecture Series.

Destito will speak at 6 p.m. April 16 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Rick Destito

In 2005 Destito purchased an abandoned manufacturing building in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse and named it The Gear Factory. His dream was to refurbish the property and rent the spaces to artists and musicians.

Through hard work, dedication and perseverance, Destito has been able to sustainably rehabilitate portions of the building, most notably adding a green roof. His free-flowing spaces encourage interaction and are leased to musicians, screen printers, painters, sculptors, and graphic designers.

Along with his success at The Gear Factory, Destito is leading the crusade to revitalize one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse. He purchased a rundown house for a dollar and has completely remodeled it using the skills he learned while earning his associate degree in Construction Tech: Management at SUNY Canton.

Rick Destito

Destito’s efforts are not going unnoticed. They have caught the attention of many local legislators and the media. The New York Times ran a feature story applauding his dreams, and New York State awarded him $680,000 in grants for more improvements to The Gear Factory.

During his lecture, Destito will explain his entrepreneurial strategies and how the local economy is involved in the process. His story of never giving up, even when faced with tough challenges, is how he hopes to inspire others.

“The things we care about have to become more important than the things we’re afraid of,” he said.

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

 

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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Gov. Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps Empowers North Country Residents to Respond to Disasters

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

More than 250 North Country residents learned how to prepare for disasters at the Citizen Preparedness Corps training hosted at SUNY Canton on Saturday, April 5.

National Guard members presented on proactive planning solutions to help respond to disasters. More than 250 people attended the training at SUNY Canton.

National Guard members presented on proactive planning solutions to help respond to disasters. More than 250 people attended the training at SUNY Canton.

New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo started the trainings with a goal of preparing 100,000 New York residents to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors if an emergency strikes. Members of the state’s National Guard presented a variety of ways to help residents to be proactive.

New York State Assemblymember Addie J. Russell said, “This initiative is about teaching New Yorkers what they can do in their own homes and for their neighbors to prepare for and respond to future emergencies. This is a truly visionary approach when you think about it – building a smarter, safer New York from the ground up.”

New York State Assemblymember Addie J. Russell personally thanked area Boy Scouts for attending the Citizen Preparedness Corps training.

New York State Assemblymember Addie J. Russell personally thanked area Boy Scouts for attending the Citizen Preparedness Corps training.

Among the emergencies that attendants learned about included natural, man-made and technological. The National Guard members recommended advanced planning with all family members before an emergency strikes.

“It is important to get the message out that anyone can prepare for emergencies,” said Michael J. LeCuyer, St. Lawrence County emergency services director. “Some things will be beyond people’s control and they may need assistance from emergency services, but we want to empower people to take care of emergencies on their own. By doing so we can provide better services to those who need it the most.”

Additional tips from the two-hour training included stocking up on food and water for at least 7 to 10 days. Typically, residents should save a gallon of water per person per day. Additionally, trainers advised photographing personal items of value and have important documents on hand and safely protected from water and fire.

Pictured are area preparedness experts (L to R) Fire Protection Specialist Christopher Taylor from the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Region III Office of Emergency Management Director Bruce Jordan, New York State Police Lieutenant Troy J. Granmoe, St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director Michael J. LeCuyer, and St Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells.

Pictured are area preparedness experts (L to R) Fire Protection Specialist Christopher Taylor from the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Region III Office of Emergency Management Director Bruce Jordan, New York State Police Lieutenant Troy J. Granmoe, St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director Michael J. LeCuyer, and St Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells.

“The importance of this training is neighbors taking care of neighbors,” Said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells, who is a 1980 graduate of SUNY Canton. “If we don’t help each other, what are we going to do? We are in an isolated part of the state and we need to take care of ourselves.”

SUNY Canton has majors in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. It is also home to the North Country Emergency Medical Services Program Agency. The Citizen Preparedness Corps training fits well within the scope of the programs and services offered at the College.

The College is vying to house the State’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber Security through a partnership with Clarkson University, Potsdam. The Colleges would become the first in the nation devoted to homeland security and would establish integrated education, training and research in a comprehensive public-private partnership.

 

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 Hosts Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training on Saturday

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

NYS PrepareThe New York State governor’s office is providing a two-hour training session designed to equip area residents with the tools and resources to prepare for disasters.

A team of New York National Guard Soldiers will be teaching civilians to be ready for almost any disaster as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Program.

A Citizen Preparedness Corps training will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Athletic Center. The event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend should preregister at http://www.nyprepare.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/registration.

“We have robust academic programs in the fields of Homeland Security, and Emergency Management in addition to our renowned Criminal Justice curricula,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “This training augments what many of our students are learning in their courses and is designed to prepare the public for natural or man-made disasters.”

State Senator Patty A. Ritchie, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators Chair Jonathan Putney, and the St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Office are cosponsoring the training.

Governor Cuomo assists with clean-up after natural disaster.

The two-hour program comes with a free disaster preparedness kit, including a first-aid kit, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies.

SUNY Canton is in the running to become the State’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber Security through a partnership with Clarkson University, Potsdam. The Colleges would become the first in the nation devoted to homeland security and would establish integrated education, training and research in a comprehensive public-private partnership.

 

About the Citizen Preparedness Corps:

The Citizen Preparedness Corps training began in February and has been held about a dozen times in various locations across the state. Trainings are led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Training sessions will be coordinated with local county emergency management personnel.

 

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 International Student Activist Organization Launches ‘Human Wrong Campaign’ in April

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Students from SUNY Canton have orchestrated a series of speakers in April to increase knowledge and understanding for Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The “Human Wrong Campaign” was the brainstorm of the International Student Activist Organization (ISAO), according to Sabel Bong, an Educational Opportunity Program counselor and the club’s advisor.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery,” Bong said. “It does not discriminate against race, religion or socioeconomic background. We are holding an awareness campaign to help people learn about the dangers of human trafficking, the role of human trafficking in funding organized criminal enterprises and what can be done to address this global epidemic.”

Speakers for the event will be presenting at 5:30 p.m. each Monday from April 7 to April 28, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Presentations will include, in order of appearance:

  • David Bugg, Ph.D., SUNY Potsdam, and Bong will discuss the study abroad experience in Cambodia.
  • Peter Ladd, Ph.D., St. Lawrence University, will be speaking about trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in victims and soldiers.
  • Harinda Vidanage, Ph.D., St. Lawrence University, will be talking about cyber security and the rise of cyber crime.
  • Geraldine Forbes, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Oswego, will be presenting the history of slavery and human trafficking in India.

Maleek C. McKenzie, ISAO president and an Electrical Engineering Technology student said he hopes to encourage open discussion about human trafficking and how it has been plaguing the world for centuries.

“Human Trafficking is a topic not normally talked about,” McKenzie said. “It affects all of us in our daily lives, down to the clothes we wear and the food we eat.”

This is the second year that the ISAO has held events at SUNY Canton coinciding with Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

 

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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Acclaimed Central New York Author to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Jennifer PashleyShort story author Jennifer Pashley will visit SUNY Canton this month as part of the popular spring Living Writers Series.

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

Pashley, who resides in Clinton, is the author of two collections of short stories: “The Conjurer” (2013) and “States” (2007).

The stories in “The Conjurer” have been described as unflinching in their portrayal of humans in love and the side effects of passion, and are hailed as “walking the edge between bravado and poetry, creating their own weird magic.”

She is the recipient of the Mississippi Review Prize for Fiction and the Carve Magazine Esoteric Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Fiction.

Her stories have appeared in journals such as PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly and Salt Hill.

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.

The final guest speaker will be 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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Sustainability Lecture Series Brings Environmental Activist to SUNY Canton

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith, the director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), will discuss the issue of invasive species in Northern New York as part of SUNY Canton’s spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

Smith will discuss local invasive species, potential future threats and efforts to stop their spread at 6 p.m. April 2 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Invasive species are one of the biggest environmental challenges of all time, according to Smith. Introduced from other places, invading plants and animals have no natural predators to keep their populations in check. They spread uncontrollably, wreaking havoc in rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, and woods and wetlands.

“Invasive species affect everyone,” said Smith. “There are opportunities for action to stop their spread in our backyards, in our favorite swimming spots, across the state and beyond.”

APIPP, along with more than 30 cooperating organizations, have the mission to protect the Adirondack region from the negative impacts of invasive species. Smith specializes in invasive species planning, program development, partnership building, community-based action and innovative solutions to invasive species prevention and management. She received her master’s in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany and her undergraduate degree in Biology from Hamilton College.

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.

 

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 to Honor K-9 Officers with Kevlar Vest Donations at Law Enforcement Day

Friday, March 14th, 2014

SUNY Canton students will help keep local K-9 officers safe in the line of duty by presenting Kevlar vests to three dogs that work side-by-side with police during the College’s Law Enforcement Day March 19.

Three student-run organizations raised the funds to outfit dogs working for the Massena Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The bulletproof vests are custom-made for each dog and cost approximately $1,000 each. The groups previously donated a vest to a K-9 officer working in the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey,  with new gear that could save his life.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey, with new gear that could save his life.

In addition to the ceremony, experts from across New York State and the country will share current criminal investigation and emergency response techniques. All presentations will be held in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public. Scheduled speakers and topics are:

  • David E. Chong, White Plains Department of Public Safety commissioner, will discuss law enforcement response since 9/11 at 9 a.m.
  • Scott Schmidt, funeral director, will discuss death scene investigations at 11 a.m.
  • James Wesley, forensic chemist with the Monroe County Crime Laboratory, will discuss emerging drug trends at 1 p.m.
  • Amy Mulnix, professor of biology at Earlham College, will discuss cadaver dog training and usage at 2:30 p.m.

“Law Enforcement Day is an opportunity for our criminal justice students – and the entire student body – to hear from experts in the field,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, SUNY Canton assistant professor of criminal justice. “Our speakers will be discussing the latest methods and procedures that are being used to solve crimes.”

The day-long event, sponsored by the College’s Criminal Justice Department, is free and open to the public.

 

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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Sustainability Lecture Series Guest Speaker Brings Attention to Global Warming

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

SUNY Canton Professor Stephen F. Ledoux, Ph.D., will discuss the value of behaviorology in helping to solve global climate problems as part of the College’s spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

Ledoux will speak at 6 p.m. March 19 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Stephen Ledoux

Recognizing the connection between solving global problems and the 100-year-old natural science of behaviorology, Ledoux emphasizes the necessity of developing functional relationships between behavior and green engineering that expands a students’ knowledge base, while establishing sustainable lifestyles.

“Behaviorology is the natural science of why human behavior happens, a natural science to help build a sustainable society in a timely manner,” he said.

The lecture will reflect some themes in Ledoux’s latest book, which is titled “Running Out of Time — Introducing Behaviorology to Help Solve Global Problems.”

“Natural scientists are working to solve problems like global warming within the limited time frame available before we experience its worst effects,” Ledoux said. “In that process, scientists note that solutions require changes in human behavior, yet they have lacked definitive access to a natural science of behavior. We now have that, which will be increasingly valuable for solving local and global problems.”

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.

 

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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