A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13 No. 30 April 17, 2000
Viterbo Students Earn National Recognition, Awards
WOW. We are impressed!
It’s hard to contain the enthusiasm that comes from the preponderance of national and regional recognition our students recently have earned.
Have you noticed? Rotoract, SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), the United Residence Hall Association, the Wisconsin Education Association, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival…are just a few organizations which have honored our students and/or campus groups.
What’s going on here? Some attribute this positive and impressive trend to the volunteer service component which is now a requirement for all of our graduating students. Consequently, Viterbo clubs and organizations are bustling with activities and memberships as students opt to serve and lead. In turn, some extraordinary achievements come about. With more to follow, here is a sampling of this good work:
Education Students Win Top Honors
The Viterbo chapter of the Student Wisconsin Education Association (StWEA) captured two top awards at the 1999-00 Annual Awards Luncheon in Madison on Saturday, April 1.
The "Outstanding Chapter Excellence Award" is the highest honor a StWEA chapter can receive. It’s given to chapters that display excellence in programming and that provide opportunities for leadership and professional growth to members. Since its chapter has 40 members, Viterbo received the award designated for a chapter with 75 or fewer members. Only one other chapter, with membership at more than 75 members, received the honor.
Viterbo’s StWEA chapter also received the "Outstanding Chapter National Education CLASS Project Award" for its grant-funded Safe Trick-or-Treat Project that allows community children to trick-or-treat on the Viterbo campus at Halloween. The award encourages and supports StWEA student members in reaching out and involving themselves and their universities and colleges in the local community.
Four student delegates and one observer attended this year’s StWEA awards luncheon. They are: Jenny Hale, senior, Public Relations Coordinator/Delegate; Sarah Schulz, senior, Vice President/ Delegate; Christi Graber, senior, President/Delegate; Cory Olson, senior, Member/Delegate; and Sarah J. Olson, sophomore, President-Elect/Observer.
Outreach to Teach (Photo Caption)
What time is it? Tool time!!! Eight Viterbo students put on their work clothes, joined more than 180 other college students from around the state, and served as "fixer uppers" for the Charles Lindbergh Elementary School in Madison on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2. Together, they painted, cleaned, assembled, replaced, and all-around updated the school as part of the student Wisconsin Education Association’s "Outreach to Teach" program. Annually, the group adopts a school in the state and helps with improvements with volunteer work and donated goods to offset high costs. Above, Viterbo students (standing, left to right) Sarah J. Olson, Missy Hoage, Christi Graber, Jenny Hale, and Sharon Schulz, along with Cory Olson, kneeling, take a break to pose for a picture.
Theatre Arts Students Win ACT Awards
Two Viterbo Theatre Arts students recently were named recipients of national "Awards of Excellence" by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival (ACTF).
Senior theatre major Kevin Schniepp was selected as the national winner of the "Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award" for the best play written on the theme of a disability. Schniepp’s play, A Simple Autumn, is set at a city bus stop and deals with a life-changing meeting between a businessman and a mentally disabled young man. The play, a project completed for Theatre Arts Professor Dean Yohnk’s playwriting class, was staged last spring at Viterbo as part of the "Original Play Festival."
As the winner of the "Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award," Schniepp will receive a $2,500 cash prize, membership in the American Dramatists Guild, and a full fellowship to attend a national playwriting workshop and conference.
Jesse Dreikosen, a sophomore majoring in Theatre Design, was also selected as a finalist in the ACTF Make up Design Competition. Dreikosen’s make up designs for Viterbo’s production of A Flea In Her Ear were chosen "best of show" at the five-state region III ACTF in January and are now entered into the national competition in Washington, D.C. Dreikosen will travel to the national ACTF next week to present his designs and participate in design workshops. The winner of this competition will be granted a fully-paid fellowship to study make up at a major Broadway theatre or Hollywood film studio.
The aims of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival are to identify and promote quality in college-level theatre production. During the past five years, Viterbo theatre productions and students have been awarded a number of regional and national awards in acting, design, playwriting, and directing. With more than 90 Bachelor of Fine Arts majors in theatre, Viterbo is home to the largest professional theatre training program in the state of Wisconsin.
Viterbo theatre faculty member Dr. Dean Yohnk serves on the Regional Executive Board and is the Wisconsin State Chair for the American College Theatre Festival.
Lent/Holy Week/Easter: Please note the following schedule of liturgical celebrations at the Campus Church:
• Monday, April 17
Penance Service, Sacrament of Reconciliation, 6 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 18
Taize Prayer, 6 p.m.
• Thursday, April 20
Holy Thursday, Celebration of the Lord's Supper, 7 p.m.
• Friday, April 21
Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion, 3 p.m.
• Sunday, April 23
Easter, Celebration of the Lord's Resurrection, 11 a.m. (Please note that there will not be a 6 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.)
• Monday, April 24
Easter Monday, Mass at noon.
Rest in Peace: Please remember those who have died and those who mourn: Lillie, the mother of Diane Foust, and the grandmother of Katie Kauphusman. May they rest in peace.
Concert Celebrates Release of Debut CD
A free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in the Viterbo College Church will mark the release of "Prodigals," the debut musical recording by Viterbo Religious Studies Professor Earl Madary.
The CD contains 11 original songs written, composed, and sung by Madary. While some of the songs are adaptations from scripture, all are originals with themes of compassion and restoration.
"Music is a calling for me and it’s my way of inviting others to pray with me. I hope my music will always be a way I can share prayer with people and inspire them into a deeper prayer experience," said Madary.
Guitar and percussion accompany the songs on this new CD. Viterbo graduate Shealan Crowley, along with Jeff Cozy, and several members of Viterbo’s St. Francis Choir will accompany Madary during the concert. Though there is no charge for the concert, a free will offering for Place of Grace, La Crosse’s Catholic Worker House, will be held. A reception with refreshments follows the entertainment.
"Prodigals" was produced by Little L.A. Records of La Crosse and will be available for $15 each at the event. A portion of the proceeds supports Place of Grace. Following the concert, the CDs will be available in the Viterbo College Bookstore on the Viterbo Campus or by calling Madary at ext. 3707 or emailing him at ejmadary.
V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
There still is time to enter a golf tournament designed to honor the memory of a former Viterbo student and assist future students.
The Chris Lee Memorial Golf Open will be May 2 at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
Lee was an outstanding pitcher and outfielder for the V-Hawks baseball team between 1995 and his graduation in 1999. He died of injuries received in a car accident on Oct. 23, 1999.
Lee's family and Viterbo officials are organizing the golf tournament to help create perpetual Endowment scholarships in Chris Lee's name. The scholarships will be used to aid baseball student-athletes with tuition needs.
Tournament organizers intend to make the golf tournament an annual event, and all proceeds from the tourneys will go into the endowment fund. Interest from the fund will provide annual grants to Viterbo student-athletes.
The golf tournament will begin at 12:45 p.m. Entrants also may attend a 7 p.m. dinner.
The entry fee is $85, which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, the dinner and various prizes and drawings. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. for the four-person scramble, which will have divisions for men and women as well as co-ed teams.
Entry forms are available from Chris Sanger in Institutional Advancement, ext. 3070. Additional information may be obtained from Dale Varsho, head baseball coach, at ext. 3824.
Funds from the raffle of a new Chevrolet Corvette Coupe also will be added to the scholarship endowment. The car is on display at Grossman Chevrolet in Burnsville, Minn., Lee's hometown. Sanger also has tickets for the Corvette raffle. A maximum of 2,000 of the $50 raffle tickets will be sold.
Place of Grace Receives President's Award at Recognition Banquet (Photo Caption)
Volunteers from Place of Grace, La Crosse's Catholic Worker House, stand with the President's Award bestowed upon them for their outstanding and selfless contributions in service to neighbors and the La Crosse community. The award was presented on Thursday, April 6 by Viterbo President William J. Medland and accepted by Joe Kruse, one of the founders of Place of Grace, during the volunteer recognition program at Viterbo.
Kruse, a Vice President at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, gave a keynote address at the celebration that also honored 47 area high school and college students for their service work. Congratulations on a job well done to all who received an award.
Students Gain New Perspectives on Chicago Trip
Students in Darrell Pofahl’s Racial and Ethnic Groups class who participated in the trip to Chicago wrote reflections on their experience. Here are some of their thoughts:
• "Being in the different ethnic neighborhoods was what I thought was probably the best part of the trip. I honestly didn’t think that each neighborhood would be that different from the next. Was I wrong...
Getting off of the bus for the first time in the Russian/Jewish and Indian/Pakistani neighborhoods was somewhat of a shock to me. It was almost as if I were in a completely different country...I think that the exposure I gained from going on this trip was really beneficial to me, much more so than I may realize. I grew up in an extremely small town where there was no diversity at all. The fact that I am planning on being a teacher means that I need to be much more culturally aware, and I think that this trip was a good start." ...Christina Mertig
• "The ethnic neighborhoods that we toured were real eye-openers as well. It was as if we left Chicago and traveled to a foreign country. Each neighborhood displayed their different customs, languages, foods, and material goods. I noticed that most did not intertwine with each other. When we were in the Jewish and Indian neighborhoods once you crossed the street that the bus was parked on you were in a whole new place. You didn’t see Jewish people in the Indian neighborhood or vice versa...this was the case in most ethnic neighborhoods once we were across a street or under a viaduct a new culture would often begin. I thought that this was very sad because even though these cultures felt they had all they needed from their loyal neighborhood, many of these cultures could have benefited from their surrounding cultures.” ...Anonymous
• "Since the time I was very young, I was lucky to have travelled internationally with my family and have felt those opportunities made me aware and respectful towards different cultures. However, I feel I may have overlooked the diversity that lies within our own country. It was enlightening to me to be able to travel just a few hours from home and find places that felt like a foreign country...
Driving past Cabrini Green. I had so many preconceived notions of what this living complex was like, and although it was disturbing, when I saw it for myself and truly absorbed it, I realized it wasn’t something to be ‘afraid’ of or something to avoid. Although I still could never understand the hardships the African-American families living here face, I now have gained a realistic perspective of what is really going on. It isn’t some isolated island of immoral people with no pride. It’s simply part of our country where help is needed. After seeing situations like these, I am no longer able to ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist; it is now a personal concern for me...Before this trip, I saw that Chicago skyline in a whole different light. Now I look past the magnificent light show and truly think about what’s hiding behind those lights. We can choose to stand back and determine our opinion of something from a distance, but you can’t truly understand or appreciate it unless you become a part of it."....Anwen Harris
Dietetics Survey Results Spawn New Programs, Courses
A survey recently was given to 239 Viterbo students regarding eating habits and nutrition. Survey results are as follows:
• 59% of students felt that they currently maintained healthy eating habits.
• 29% felt that they followed the recommendations of the Food Guide Pyramid.
When asked to rank satisfaction with physical activity:
• 31% of students indicated low satisfaction, 40% were somewhat satisfied, and 29% were satisfied.
• 74% of students felt that they have a “good self-image and liked themselves.”
When asked to rank satisfaction with current weight: 38% indicated low satisfaction with their weight, 26% were somewhat satisfied, and the remaining 26% were satisfied.
• 62% of survey participants have tried to lose weight in the past year.
• 53% of the students surveyed were interested in participating in a wellness class on the topic of nutrition.
Topics of most interest were as follows:
• 32% exercise program,
• 31% healthy nutrition,
• 27% weight management,
• 43% preferred a group class over individual sessions,
• 80% would rather have sessions conducted by a student intern for free rather than paying a fee for a professional.
Overall, assessments of height and weight indicated that 68% of students were in a healthy weight category.
The wellness committee, would like to meet the assessed needs of the student population. Due to the interest and positive feedback received, we are having a group class on healthy nutrition, which will take place on Tuesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 27, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This particular class will be taught by a dietetic intern and will be free. To pre-register and get more information please contact Jen Minnick (email@example.com) or Gail Rogers (office: 796-3663 or email gjrogers).
In addition, some students indicated an interest in a weight management program and an exercise class. We are in the process of developing programs this fall for weight management, nutrition, and exercise. In the meantime, for those of you who are not returning in the fall or don’t want to wait, we can match you up individually with an intern for an initial session.
If you would like to be contacted about programs this fall or have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at the above addresses.
Many thanks to all the students who participated!
ATC Annouces Spring, Summer Offerings
The Academic Technology Center has announced the final schedule of courses for the semester and this summer. All faculty, administrators, and staff are welcome to attend. Remember that if your department is scheduled to receive training under Title III this year, you must complete all of the computer basic training courses by Aug. 15.
Additionally, we have adopted Blackboard’s CourseInfo 4.0 as our design and delivery tool for web-enhanced classes and distance education. A stipend is available for faculty interested in learning how to use this tool to supplement courses they will teach on campus. Any faculty interested in participating should see Jack Havertape. A description of the courses regarding CourseInfo are listed below.
Please register for all classes ahead of time. Space is limited and you must pre-register. You can do this by calling Jeff Nyseth at ext. 3285 or by emailing him at jcnyseth.
As always, you can also check the schedule on the Academic Technology Center web page at: www.viterbo.edu/academic/as/ids/schedule.htm.
Spirituality Center Names New Director
Sr. Marla Lang announced Friday that the Leadership Council of the FSPAs has named Vince Hatt as director of the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, effective May 1. Hatt joined the staff in September 1993 and was named associate director shortly after.
Student Government Election Results
Congratulations to the following students who were elected Student Government Association Representatives for the next school year:
Seniors: Sasha Bobrov, Theresa Hoeger
Juniors: Kristen Harris, Shane Lanning
Sophomores: Natalie Shirkey, Becky Timmerman
At-large: Damon Guthery, Chad Hrdina, Matt Ida, Nick Johnson, Charlie Lauters, Sarah Rahn
Commuters/Non-traditionals: Erin Fargen, John Madlock, Joel Spaulding
Alternates: Neil Blalock, Jen Jahsman, Juan Jimenez
Congratulations also to Jen Jahsman who has been hired as SGA Business Manager for 2000-01.
Employees Honored for Years of Service
Reserve your spot now for the Employee Recognition Banquet on Thursday, May 4 in the FAC Main Lobby. The social (with cash bar) begins at 6:15 p.m. and the dinner is at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Please pay for your reservation at the Business Office by Friday, April 28.
Three retiring faculty members will be honored at the event: Sr. Anita Beskar, global education; Marvin Friedewald, business; and Sr. Kathleen Kenkel, religious studies.
Rose Kreutz, nursing, will receive the award for 30 years of service to Viterbo College.
Awards for 20 years of service will go to Vivien Edwards, nursing; Linda Malick, biology; Joan Keller-Maresh, nursing; Richard Maresh, mathematics; Mort Morehouse, psychology; Terry Norman, financial aid; and Jean Sciborski, physical plant.
Employees being honored for 10 years of service are Judy Anderson, nursing; Marcia Brodt, communications and marketing; John Hempstead, library; Vaughn Rodgers, chemistry; Richard Ruppel, English; Sr. Jean Moore, student development; and Linda Whitehead, physical plant.
Recipients of the Father J. Thomas Finucan, Teacher of the Year, Servant-Leader, Alec Chiu, and Academic Advisor awards also will be recognized at the dinner.
Plan to attend Gundersen Lutheran’s free, noon Special Tuesdays presentations this month in their Rasmus Center. No registration is required.
April 18: “Building a Healthy Future! The Health Science Center Project,” Linda Hamilton, La Crosse Health Science Center.
April 25: “The Comfortable Killer,” a presentation about alcoholism by panel of speakers from Gundersen Lutheran Behavioral Health.
Student Nurse Recognition Day
All Viterbo nursing students will be recognized for their efforts and career choice during Student Nursing Recognition Day on Thursday, April 27, from 3:10-4 p.m. in the Marian Hall Dining Room.
Special guests will present scholarships and awards to several students. Informal honors will be given, as well. Musical entertainment will be provided by Sue Hauser, and there will be door prizes and refreshments.
"This recognition day is a way to acknowledge all nursing students, even those not receiving an award, through fun and camaraderie," said Jane Mrozek, Viterbo nursing instructor.
Activities for Nursing Recognition Day were planned through the hard work and creativity of a committee that include the following nursing faculty: Mrozek, Deane Hatteberg, and Mary Christianson. Viterbo students on the board include: sophomore Amy Brown; juniors Michelle Newman and Staci Wenass; and seniors Lynda Palen, Carrie Saueressig, Beth Breidenbach, and Lisa Robertson.
Movin' & Groovin'
Celebrate National Dance Week April 21-30 by attending DANCE 2000, the annual performance by Viterbo Dance Theatre on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Dance Studio (Room 122).
Jazz, modern, and tap choreography by Viterbo dance instructor Kathy Gorman and Viterbo students will be presented. Admission is free.
For more information, contact Kathy Gorman at ext. 3784.
To: Academic Advisors
From : Wayne Wojciechowski, Assistant Academic VP
Re: WAAA Conference
The Wisconsin Academic Advising Association will hold its annual conference in Manitowoc, Wis. on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14 and 15. The theme is “Face to Face: Advising in an Online World.” Viterbo College has been encouraged to submit a proposal for presenting at the conference. If you are interested, please contact me by Friday, April 28.
MTU Bus Passes
Avoid the high price of gasoline and wear and tear on your car. Monthly, unlimited-use, MTU bus passes are available for purchase for Viterbo College employees at the low cost of $8 per month.
To purchase a bus pass for the month of May, please contact Rita in Communications and Marketing (MC 228) by Monday, April 24.
News You'll Notice by Wayne Wojciechowski
Thanks to all advisors who responded to the memo about the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship. Through your efforts, 15 students have picked up applications for the $5,000 annual scholarship. The deadline for completing and returning the application is April 25. I hope all the students who picked up materials for the scholarship actually do apply. Terry Norman mentioned to me that a number of students inquire about scholarships, but not many actually follow through with the application process which at times involves some writing. Your encouragement to students in this area is appreciated.
The scheduled registration time for continuing students has ended. However, you may have students who have not registered. Please give these students a call and invite them to register now, even though the prescribed dates have passed. These students may register any time up to August 15. On April 29, however, classes close and 200 new freshmen will register. So registering as soon as possible is to the student's advantage. If students are not planning to return to Viterbo, they need to see me for an exit interview.
Speaking of new student registration, Saturday, April 29 is the first scheduled new student registration. We expect 200 first-time freshmen to register on that day. These students will take placement tests in the morning and register in the afternoon. You may pick up the advising files in the Learning Center at noon; students will be available to meet with you around 1 p.m.
Other scheduled registration dates are Friday, June 23, Wednesday, July 19, and Friday, Aug. 18.
The fall 2000 semester begins on Sept. 5. On the first day of class, as we have done in previous years, all new Viterbo University students will meet with their academic advisors from 8-8:50 a.m. Classes begin at 9 a.m.
Arts & Entertainment
• “The Jewish Wife,” Bertolt Brecht’s famous one act play about a marriage around 1934 between a Catholic doctor and a Jewish woman in Frankfurt, Germany, today, 7 p.m., La Croix Black Box Theatre, FAC. The play precedes a lecture by Fr. Bernard McGarty, visiting scholar in ecumenial studies, about the history of Jewish and Catholic relations. The performance and lecture are free and open to the public.
• Lorie Line and Her Pop Chamber Orchestra, Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information.
• DANCE 2000 by Viterbo Dance Theatre, Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., FAC Dance Studio (Room 122). The program includes jazz, modern, and tap choreography by Kathy Gorman, theatre arts, and Viterbo students. Admission is free. For more information, call Kathy Gorman at ext. 3784.
• Student Art Show, Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, May 7, Viterbo College Art Department Gallery, third floor FAC. Works in a variety of media by freshmen through seniors will be featured. An opening reception will be held at the Gallery from 4-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26.
• Studio Recital by piano students of Carol Rhodes, Viterbo Preparatory School of Arts faculty member, Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Admission is free.
• Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson, internationally acclaimed virtuosos team together to form a remarkable piano trio for this final event of the 1999-00 Viterbo College Bright Star Series, Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. This performance is sponsored by James G. Birnbaum and Ross A. Seymour, Attorneys-at-Law. This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
...Wendy Wegner for her interview with WLSU radio Friday, April 7, regarding the national nursing shortage.
...Grant Smith, English, who presented a paper, "Merging Into One: Teaching the Sacred in A River Runs Through It" at the conference Spiritual Frontiers 2000: Belief and Values in the Literary West held in Provo, Utah.
...Charlie Lauters, who recently was hired to the current Resident Assistant staff. Charlie is based in McDonald Terrace.
...to Anne Ellefson, LeeAnn Bock, and Jenny Drexler for their interviews with WXOW-TV 19 (Tuesday and Wednesday, April 11-12) and for their interview with WKBT-TV 8 (Sunday, April 9) regarding Alcohol Awareness Week activities.
...to Anne Ellefson and students Shanda Nedland, Vanessa Lipke, and Megan Mueller for their interview with the La Crosse Tribune on Thursday, April 13, regarding Alcohol Awareness issues.
Dates & Deadlines
• Student Dietetic Association Food Thermometer Sale, through the end of April. Drop orders at the MC front desk, the BNC office, or the Student Union desk.
• Deadline for Connections for Monday, April 24 edition: Wednesday at noon.
• Staff Assembly Meeting, Thursday, 10 a.m., Robers Conference Room, Library.
• SEAL Awards nomination deadline, Monday, April 24, noon. Turn in completed nomination forms to the SDC.
• “7th Day” noon discussion: Isis in Egypt, led by John Hempstead, library, Tuesday, April 25, MC 419C.
• SEAL Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m., College Church.
• Good Neighbor Day, Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
• Pope John XXIII Awards for Distinguished Service ceremony, Monday, May 1. RSVP by Monday, April 24. This year’s featured award recipients are Billy Mills and Jane and Lindy Saline.
• Annual Employee Recognition Banquet, Thursday, May 4, FAC Main Lobby. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are due at the Business Office by Friday, April 28.
• Courtyard Carnie, Friday, May 5.
• Commencement, Sunday, May 14.
• Sister, Doctor, Dean Jean Golf Outing, Tuesday, May 16.
• Viterbo Employee Family Picnic, Saturday, May 20, Goose Island Shelter #5.
Food Drive for Place of Grace
Today through Wednesday, Viterbo students in Organizational Behavior are sponsoring a food drive to benefit Place of Grace. Please donate non-perishable food items at drop-off sites at the MC lobby, FAC (near the Box Office), or in BNC (near the vending machines). Your participation is appreciated.
Presenters Discuss Life After College
The Viterbo College Learning Center recently offered four workshops to help students prepare for “life after college.” The sessions, held earlier this month, addressed questions and concerns relative to a first job and introduction to the work/professional side of life.
The Learning Center staff expresses thanks to the workshop presenters: Annette Yoshizumi, Human Resources at DuraTech; Heidi Blanke, Viterbo’s Dahl School of Business; Polly Wenger, Casual Corner; Anne Ellefson, Viterbo Student Development. Thanks also go out to Mindy Johnson, a graduate student at UWL who helped facilitate these sessions.
For sale: Kenmore Ultra Wash II Dishwasher with faux butcher block top, 3-4 years old. Portable, but can be installed permanently. Great condition. $150.00.
For sale: Bamboo table with glass top and four chairs. $450.00 OBO. Call Marilyn at ext. 3903.
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