University of Wisconsin
Nursing Alumni Newsletter
College of Nursing
Greetings from the Interim Dean and Health Sciences
Greetings Nursing time of great economic challenges. put the fall 2009 date on your calendar.
Alumni and We are pleased that we are now The walk has become a wonderful tradi-
Friends of the able to offer increased opportunities tion in which we can enjoy reconnecting
Nursing Program. for persons interested in a career in and learning about all the things UW-
The 2008-2009 nursing. As you might remember we EC nursing alumni are doing. We con-
academic year is piloted an accelerated BSN program tinue to work on recruiting new faculty
certainly a very for persons with an undergraduate and of course a dean for the college. Any
exciting time at degree who now wish to become suggestions in these ventures or assis-
UW-EC and for the College of Nursing nurses. With much hard work by tance in encouraging nurse faculty to
and Health Sciences. We completed many, and spearheaded by Dr. Cheryl seek employment with us would cer-
the 2007-08 year saying good-bye to Brandt, we are in the process of ad- tainly be welcome.
colleagues who have been pivotal in mitting students to this program to Finally, there have been a few
creating the nursing programs we start in June 2009. In addition we changes to the nursing building with a
have today. They are missed, though have expanded our enrollment at our new classroom, and continued expansion
we know that they are experiencing Marshfield site (located at Saint Jo- of the skills and simulation learning
new phases of their lives and careers, seph‘s Hospital) for the traditional experiences, thanks in part to many of
and wish them all the very best. undergraduate program. The BSN your donations. Spring semester finds us
Chancellor Levin-Stankevich has completion/CND program (now called planning for the Annual Awards Ban-
led the campus through a strategic BSN@ home) has also seen substan- quet, a time to thank scholarship donors
planning process with the culmination tial growth. Our traditional BSN and and recognize so many of our deserving
being the ―Transforming Our Future‖ graduate programs are all fully en- students. We sincerely appreciate all of
Centennial Plan which sets a bold rolled and regretfully continue to have the past and continuing support from
vision for us to become the premier more applicants than we can serve. our alumni and now more than ever the
undergraduate learning community in Additionally, we continue to plan for a students need assistance to continue
the Upper Midwest, noted for rigor- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) their education and become the nurses
ous, integrated, globally infused, un- program and are hopeful to be able to that are needed for the future of this
dergraduate liberal education, and finalize this program at a Board of country. We are always happy to have
distinctive, select graduate programs. Regent‘s meeting later this spring. alumni stop in for a visit or e-mail us at
For that to happen, we must assess The faculty and staff continue to work email@example.com.
where we are now so that we can focus very hard to provide innovative and Special thanks are extended to Dr.
our efforts for the future. We are im- creative teaching/learning experiences Debra Jansen for the creation of this
plementing a Program to Evaluate and scholarship opportunities for the newsletter. We welcome your sugges-
and Enhance Quality (PEEQ) that exceptional students in the nursing tions for items for future publications
should allow UWEC to be well poised programs. and hope to see or hear from you soon.
to approach the future educational To those of you who joined us for
needs of the region and state, which the Nurses‘ Walk on Homecoming Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, PhD, RN, FAAN
are never more needed than at this morning, thank you! We hope you will Interim Dean and Professor
Upcoming Events—Mark Your Calendars
The 24th Annual UWEC/Sigma Theta Tau Research Day, Linking Practice and Research: A Kaleidoscope of Nurs-
ing Scholarship; April 24, 2009. Induction and reception to follow.
Nursing Alumni Homecoming Walk, October 17, 2009.
Please contact the Alumni Office for nominations for outstanding alumnus or to update your information
(www.uwec.edu/alumni; firstname.lastname@example.org; 715-836-3266).
Please continue to contact the Alumni Office (see above) and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (715-836-
5287; email@example.com) if you have an upcoming reunion or news to share.
For information or questions related to this newsletter, please contact Dr. Debra Jansen (Jansenda@uwec.edu).
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ulty, Dr. Rosemary Jadack, as she re- tor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
ceived the University‘s Excellence in Dr. Jadack certainly deserves the
Service Award at the August 2008 open- award!
ing session of our academic year. A
member of our faculty since 1999, Dr. Past recipients of University Excellence
Jadack has devoted herself to advocat- Awards have included Marilyn Burgess
ing for and helping traumatized women (Excellence in Service, 1992); Marcia
and children. She was the coordinator of Bollinger (Non-teaching Academic Staff
the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Excellence in Performance, 1993); Joan
program in Eau Claire and was instru- Stehle Werner (Excellence in Scholar-
mental in establishing the University‘s ship, 1994); Karen Witt (Excellence in
Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, Teaching, 1994, Excellence in Service,
and the Chippewa Valley Child Advo- 1996); CeCelia Zorn (Excellence in
cacy Center (which opened in our build- Teaching, 1996); Sandra Dirks
ing in 2007). Dr. Jadack currently is (Excellence in Service, 1998); Patricia
serving as Secretary on the Executive Burbach (Classified Staff Excellence in
If you have been around the College this Board of the Wisconsin Coalition Performance, 2004); and Susan Moch
past semester, you may have noticed Against Sexual Assault and she is coor- (Excellence in Scholarship, 1998, Excel-
some extra beaming smiles. We are dinating our graduate program, as we lence in Service, 2004).
quite proud of one of our nursing fac- plan the curriculum for a potential Doc-
Highlights from the 2008 Nursing Alumni Walk
We had another successful homecoming walk, on Saturday October 4th, with representatives from the classes of 1969, 1970,
1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005, and 2006. Participants enjoyed a brisk walk
through campus and Putnam Park Trail. Thanks and appreciation are extended to all those who came and to the many un-
dergraduate students who helped set up for the walk and made the day run smoothly. The numerous individuals and or-
ganizations who donated door prizes also deserve recognition, including Ms. Catherine Berry, Community Health Partner-
ship, Eau Claire Student Nurses Association, Lee‘s Uniform Center, Luther Midelfort Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital,
Saint Joseph‘s Hospital-Chippewa Falls, University Dining Services, UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, UW-Eau Claire
College of Nursing and Health Sciences, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, and Dean
Emeritus Elaine Wendt. Mark your calendars for the next homecoming walk on Saturday October 17, 2009. See you there!
Walkers taking in the view along the Putnam Park Trail, overlooking the Chippewa River (photo by R. Jadack).
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PEEQing your Interest and Establishing our Priorities
The UW-Eau Claire “Transforming Our Future” Centennial economic climate and the already limited resources of the
Plan, the University’s strategic plan, puts forth our vision of University, UW-Eau Claire is using the PEEQ evaluation proc-
becoming the premier undergraduate and selected gradu- ess to set campus priorities and make difficult but purposeful
ate programs learning community in the Upper Midwest. To choices regarding what programs we will continue and which
accomplish this vision, faculty and staff across campus are ones will be let go. We are hoping to emerge from this proc-
engaged in a Program to Evaluate and Enhance Quality ess as a stronger university, ready for the future, with our
(PEEQ). The PEEQ process is part of the Centennial Plan’s Excellence intact! For more information regarding the Centen-
charge to “conduct a comprehensive program and services nial Plan and the PEEQ process, please see the following web
review to strengthen liberal education and concentrate re- site: http://www.uwec.edu/acadaff/PEEQ/PEEQindex.htm
sources on our priorities”. Because of the current state-wide
Growing our Marshfield Site
We are pleased to now be admitting students every semes- clinical group. Of course, any increase in enrollment involves
ter to our traditional undergraduate nursing program at our both space and technology issues for the Marshfield and Eau
Marshfield Site. Prior to 2008, 24 undergraduate students Claire sites. Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield (the location of
were admitted only once a year at the Marshfield Site, for our Marshfield Site) is generously providing a third distance edu-
the spring semester; these students would complete the cation room there; and plans are under way to convert Rooms
sophomore sequence of nursing courses in that spring 119/119A to a third distance education room in Eau Claire. Of-
semester and then move on to the junior and senior level fering courses at our Marshfield Site every semester has many
courses. By means of funding received through a decision advantages, including making it easier to accommodate stu-
item narrative (DIN) from the State of Wisconsin, we are dents whose course sequencing plans become disrupted due to
now admitting 16 students for the fall semesters and 16 health, family, or academic reasons. In the past, students at the
students for the spring semesters, for a total of 32 stu- Marshfield Site would need to wait a whole semester before
dents per year. This is essentially equivalent to increasing being able to repeat a course; now they know that all courses
our Marshfield Site enrollment by 8 students, the size of a are offered every semester, as they are at the Eau Claire cam-
Nursing students at our Marshfield Site (photo by R. Lieske)
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Once again, we are gearing up our accel- the first class of 8 students graduating in the process of admitting up to 18 stu-
erated Bachelor of Science (BSN) pro- May 2007. Funding for that early offering dents, to start in June 2009. To be ad-
gram. This is a “fast track” way for stu- was received through a federal educa- mitted to the accelerated program, stu-
dents with baccalaureate degrees in tion grant, obtained with the help of U.S. dents must have completed all of the
areas other than nursing to receive a Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). By means of science and statistics requirements re-
BSN in a shortened length of time. The funding received through a decision item quired of our traditional undergraduate
accelerated curriculum consists of 58 narrative (DIN) from the State of Wiscon- students. The program is intensive due
nursing credits that are completed over a sin, we are now able to continue offering to the compressed time period and does
12 month period (this compares with the the accelerated BSN program. Students not enable students to engage in outside
60 nursing credits that are completed in the accelerated program are expected employment. Donors may wish to con-
over a three year period for our tradi- to pay higher tuition fees, as a means of sider designating funds for scholarships
tional program). We initially offered the recovering some of the costs associated for these students.
accelerated program in 2006-2007, with with this program. We are currently in
Great Gains for our Collaborative Nursing
Program/BSN Completion Program
gram (still referred to locally as the Collaborative Nursing Program) is a
statewide program that enables nurses with an associate degree or di-
ploma in nursing to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN).
As the BSN@Home State Director, Ms. Smith works with the five UW-
System campuses that are part of the collaborative, including Eau Claire,
Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, and Oshkosh. Each of the campuses
provides online courses needed for meeting the requirements of the
BSN. However, UW-Eau Claire recently started offering one of these nurs-
ing courses in a face-to-face format on campus and at the Marshfield
Site every semester via live two-way interactive video.
Agreements with the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) and with
the Western Technical College are also making it easier for students to
obtain their baccalaureate degrees. For instance, the Chippewa Valley
Nursing Alliance allows 24 undergraduate students (who were not admit-
ted to the UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences due to
lack of space) to be admitted in CVTC’s associate degree nursing pro-
gram, and continue to take general education classes at UW-Eau Claire.
After students complete their associate degree, they can enroll in the
Collaborative Nursing Program and earn a BSN from UW-Eau Claire.
The face to face courses offered at UW-Eau Claire and the alliances with
We had yet another reason to celebrate this past year. the technical colleges are greatly increasing the popularity of the Collabo-
Ms. Lorraine Smith was named the BSN@Home State rative Nursing Program. In the past, less than ten students graduated per
Director. Ms. Smith had been serving as our full time year from the program at UW-Eau Claire; whereas, Ms. Smith noted that
Student Services Coordinator at UW-Eau Claire; how- about 20 students graduated in the 2007 - 2008 academic year, and 30
ever, as of July 1, 2008, she has been working half students are expected to graduate during this academic year, with nearly
time in the State Director role, and half time as the 50 students admitted last year. Ms. Smith certainly has her work cut out
Student Services Coordinator. The BSN@Home Pro- for her! We wish her the best.
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Changes are always occurring in nurs- esthesiologists, nurse midwives, and Wisconsin-Oshkosh also is planning a
ing, most recently in the area of ad- nurse administrators. This change is to DNP program. We will collaborate with
vanced practice. In 2004, the American occur by 2015. Thus, we are in the proc- them in offering some of our courses.
Association of Colleges of Nursing ess of planning a Doctor of Nursing This is an exciting time for us—we will
(AACN) developed a position statement Practice (DNP) program. Our proposal keep you posted regarding the potential
and approved in 2006 that the Doctor of for a DNP program was approved at DNP program.
Nursing Practice (DNP) be the gradu- the university level, and we are await-
ate degree for advanced practice nurses ing final approval by the University of
(APNs), including clinical nurse spe- Wisconsin Board of Regents, hopefully
cialists, nurse practitioners, nurse an- later this spring. The University of
Enhancing Nursing Education through WI-TECNE
Nursing faculty and students have campuses is responsible for providing For the 2007-2008 academic year, we
been benefiting from faculty develop- technology-related faculty development offered a series of brownbag videocon-
ment opportunities made possible opportunities for nursing instructors ferences, online discussions and re-
through the Wisconsin Technology En- from the participating campuses and sources, and a workshop to help nurs-
hanced Collaborative Nursing Educa- neighboring technical colleges (see the ing faculty from across the state create
tion (WI-TECNE) project. WI-TECNE website for more information: http:// mannequin-based simulations. Already
is a five-year grant project that involves www.son.wisc.edu/tecne). in Year 3 of the grant, nursing faculty
strengthening technology-enhanced Year 1 (2006-2007): Telehealth & Infor- currently are exploring the educational
teaching approaches among nursing matics = UW-Madison. uses of Second Life, an internet-based
faculty from the five University of Wis- Year 2 (2007-2008): Mannequin-Based three-dimensional virtual world in
consin System (Eau Claire, Green Bay, Simulations = UW-Eau Claire. which students and faculty can interact
Madison, Milwaukee, and Oshkosh) Year 3 (2008-2009): Virtual Simula- via avatars. In addition to the faculty
and partnering Wisconsin Technical tions = UW-Oshkosh. development opportunities afforded by
College System nursing programs. Year 4 (2009-2010): Problem Based the WI-TECNE project, we received
Patricia Flatley Brennan, PhD, RN, Case Learning = UW-Milwaukee. funds to upgrade some of our simula-
FAAN, at UW-Madison, is the principle Year 5 (2010-2011): E-Learning = UW- tion equipment in our Eau Claire and
investigator. For each of the five years Green Bay. Marshfield skills laboratories.
of the project, one of the university
Catherine Berry with junior students in the Eau Claire skills laboratory (photo by R. Lieske)
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Quick Wins and Transcultural Connections
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich panic), as a means of enhancing diver- clude studying abroad in Costa Rica
recently established a Quick Wins sity in our undergraduate curriculum. during the summer and in Harlaxton,
Fund to target university resources to Ms. Rita Sperstad received funding to England during the senior year; taking
initiatives that address the goals of our expand the Texas Hispanic immersion part in pediatric clinicals at Minneapo-
Centennial Plan, UW-Eau Claire‘s stra- clinical experience. She currently takes lis Children‘s Hospital; and participat-
tegic plan. Two of the goals are to nursing students to Holy Family Birth ing in immersion clinicals in Anchor-
―promote connected learning‖ and to Center in Weslaco, Texas, near the age, Alaska and at Rosebud Reserva-
―accelerate global learning‖. Nursing border of Mexico, for a culturally di- tion in South Dakota. University differ-
received two awards, to be imple- verse perinatal clinical experience. In ential tuition funds were received to
mented by June 2009, to fund multicul- spring 2009, an additional faculty help finance the South Dakota, Alaska,
tural immersion experiences for our member will accompany Ms. Sperstad and Minnesota experiences. Funding
students. Dr. Sheila Smith, in collabo- so they can explore possible future cul- also is being sought for clinical experi-
ration with a team of faculty from the tural immersion experiences. ences at Camp Chi, an overnight camp
Department of Nursing, received fund- on Lake Blass near Wisconsin Dells,
ing for release time for faculty to build Global and cultural immersion experi- affiliated with the Jewish Community
relationships with regional ethnic com- ences are not new to nursing. A sam- Centers of Chicago.
munities (e.g., Ho Chunk, Lac Courte pling of some of our international and
Oreilles, Somali, Hmong, and His- national transcultural connections in-
A Great Time to be in Washington, D.C.
Our Interim Chair, Dr. Lois Taft, and from Alaska, who said they couldn‘t see Being in Washington, D.C. for the inau-
her husband, Mike, were among the Russia from their house. Two college guration was about people – concerts,
many throngs of people watching the students were taking pictures with receptions, parties, kind words on the
Inauguration in Washington, D.C. She their Obama action figure that had metro, and street vendors selling
described the memorable event: traveled throughout the city. We saw ―Everything Obama‖. We stayed with a
their pictures to prove it. We met a friend who lives in DC along with other
Inauguration 2009 Mexican Indian who is now practicing guests from Connecticut and Nebraska.
It was a moment of hope for my hus- law in LA and his wife, a Jewish physi- The population of the city swelled, and
band and I along with 2 million others cian practicing as an obstetrician at the there was excitement in the air. I‘ll
crowded onto the Mall in our nation‘s LA county hospital. We met an elderly never forget the cheers of the crowd
capitol. It was a cold January morning, African-American man who talked when Obama was sworn in. I‘m grate-
but we were like penguins, keeping about the days of segregation and about ful that I had the chance to be there
each other warm. We made new friends the young black youth who have all with all the others who were celebrat-
as we waited. We met 2 older women doors open to them now. ing this moment in history.
Lois and Mike Taft in front of the White House. Viewing the Inauguration
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Our New Emeriti Dean and Faculty – Keeping Busy and
Our emeriti list grew a bit longer this 1994. Dr. Werner taught undergradu-
past summer, as our Dean and two of ate and graduate courses in many di-
our faculty members retired. verse areas, including nursing theory,
holistic nursing, and alternative/
complementary therapies. She also
collaborated with other departments in
offering University Honors courses. A
note for historians: Dr. Werner is a
member of the class of 1968, our first
She earned her bachelor's degree from
the University of North Dakota, her
master's degree from UW-Madison, and
her doctoral degree from the University
Dr. L. Elaine Wendt, professor and of Minnesota. An advocate for families,
dean emerita of the College of Nursing Dr. Schmitt provided clinical experi-
and Health Sciences, retired after 25 ences for undergraduate and graduate
years at UW-Eau Claire. She earned a students through the UW-Eau Claire
bachelor's degree from South Dakota Human Development Center, an inter-
University, a master's degree from New disciplinary center which offers clinical
York University, and a doctoral degree services for children and families in the
from the University of Maryland. She Chippewa Valley area. Dr. Schmitt also
began teaching at UW-Eau Claire in valued personal wellness and holistic Dr. Werner began her retirement with
1969; but also worked for a time in nursing, incorporating these ideals into a two week trip to Australia with her
nursing in New York City and in Mary- her teaching and practice. Besides en- husband, Larry, and son, Andrew, to
land and taught briefly at UW- joying getting to know many different stay with their older son, Joe, and his
Milwaukee. She was Chair of the De- students over time while at the Univer- wife. Joe plays semi-professional bas-
partment of Family Health Nursing at sity, she also served as a Parish nurse ketball for the Kilsyth Cobras (Kilsyth
UW-Eau Claire before becoming In- for nine of the years. She is a certified is a suburb of Melbourne). Following
terim Associate Dean of the School of practitioner and instructor for Healing the trip, family caregiving has taken
Nursing in 2002, Associate Dean in Touch and continues to teach healing over, and continues to be her major
2003, and Dean of the College of Nurs- touch and offer it through her practice. activity. She has remained active on
ing and Health Sciences in 2004. Dr. the American Psychiatric Nurses' Asso-
Wendt is the original founder of the Since the summer, Dr. Schmitt has ciation task force on workplace vio-
Nursing Alumni Walk. been traveling (Canada, Seattle, San lence, heading up the team pertaining
Antonio, North Dakota, and Florida), to colleges and universities. The task
Dr. Wendt is keeping more than busy, visiting friends and relatives and at- force presented the results of their
serving on numerous boards and com- tending family reunions. She particu- yearlong comprehensive project at the
mittees, including boards for the Wis- larly enjoyed long walks on the Florida national conference in Minneapolis in
consin Center for Nursing, the Wiscon- beaches (while Wisconsin was facing October, and are currently finishing up
sin Nurses Foundation, the Chippewa subarctic temperatures). She appreci- three position papers, to be widely dis-
Valley Red Cross, the Epilepsy Founda- ates having the time to participate in seminated. There may be another trip
tion, and Group Health Cooperative, in more social activities, including attend- to Australia in the future, as her
addition to the Child Advocacy Advi- ing four Green Bay Packer games! younger son, Andrew, has been re-
sory Committee and the Sacred Heart cruited to play Aussie Rules Football in
Community Advisory Council. She also Dr. Joan Stehle Werner, professor Western Australia at Mount Barker.
is ―totally into bridge‖ (her playing emerita of nursing, taught nursing Further future plans for Dr. Werner
partner is Dr. Marge Bottoms), is deliv- students at UW-Eau Claire for 27 include traveling, delivering meals for
ering library books to housebound peo- years. She earned her bachelor's degree Mobile Meals, other volunteer activi-
ple, and is taking cooking classes. Once from UW-Eau Claire, and her master's ties, and ―writing all those articles that
the weather warms up, she can be and doctoral degrees from Indiana Uni- got put on the ‗back burner‘ during the
found out on the golf courses. As she versity. An expert in psychiatric/mental busy academic life‖.
said, ―it really is nice to be retired‖. health nursing, Dr. Werner was known
for her scholarly work and numerous We are happy for our emeriti faculty
Dr. Nola Schmitt, professor emerita of publications, particularly in the area of and dean, but we certainly miss them!
nursing, taught nursing students at stress. She received the University‘s They really seem to be enjoying their
UW-Eau Claire for nearly 30 years. Excellence in Scholarship Award in new status.
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Nursing and healthcare practices are rapidly changing, particularly in the areas of medication administration and manage-
ment of client information via electronic health records. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is working to update its
teaching methodologies and skills laboratory equipment to be current with the realities of modern nursing practice. At the
same time, our College is growing, as we admit students into our undergraduate accelerated program for second degree stu-
dents and prepare for a Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Additional resources are needed to manage these areas of
Your gift to any of the following will help enhance student learning experiences and provide valuable faculty resources.
Multicultural Clinical Experiences: Support the university‘s strategic plan to expand experiential, multicultural, and
interdisciplinary learning by providing funds to enable nursing experiences with diverse populations in Alaska, at Indian
reservations in South Dakota, at a birthing clinic in Texas, and more locally in Wisconsin.
Accelerated BSN Program Scholarships: Establish an accelerated BSN program scholarship. These nontraditional stu-
dents engage in a rigorous year-long program that does not enable them to work during the course of their studies.
Nursing Faculty Doctoral Education Scholarships: Support our ability to ―grow our own‖ doctorally prepared faculty.
Funding is needed for clinical instructors to pursue DNP‘s and PhD‘s.
Medication Dispensing System: Support the purchase of small, educational versions of the computerized medication dis-
pensing systems used by hospitals.
Skills Laboratory Equipment: Provide replacements of skills laboratory equipment as materials become outdated or non-
functional. For instance, new IV and feeding tube pumps are needed, as well as temporal artery thermometers.
Electronic Health Record System: Purchase an electronic health record system, complete with simulated patients. Such a
system would enable students to practice charting patient cares and assessments, review patient histories and laboratory
reports, document medication administration, and engage in quality improvement activities.
Nursing Licensure Exam Support Fund: Contribute to this fund, which supports students with financial need who are at
high risk of not doing well with state board exams, many of whom are of diverse backgrounds.
To designate a gift, see www.uwec.edu/fndn/giving.htm or call 1-877-625-2473.
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