Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 24 April 2015
Sullivan Awards

TROY - Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University's faculty with the 2015 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Aubrey Toole, a senior biology major from Pace, Fla., Thomas Brett Blevins, Jr., a senior sport and fitness management major from Florence, and Ellis Bush, instructor in the University's Institute for Leadership Development, were presented the awards during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Monday. The recipients were also honored during the University's annual Honors Convocation Monday night.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

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Roberts encourages TROY students to choose good mentors, become lifelong learners

Posted: Thursday, 23 April 2015
Ellis Bush

TROY - Max Roberts, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble College, credits successes in his life to choosing good mentors.

He challenged Troy University students attending Monday night's Honors Convocation to do the same.

"Your success, probably like mine, will be defined by those you surround yourself with and by those select few you choose to learn from," Roberts told the gathering at Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. "Some will cross your lives through destiny, sometimes the mentoring process will not be so apparent and sometimes it will be in exchange or bartered. But, in all cases, you will have the choice to continue or not continue and to make it an opportunity. In most cases, it will be hard work, but again the choice is always yours and the benefits may not always be clear at the time and in many cases involves risks."

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Jamie Miller wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 23 April 2015
Ellis Bush

TROY - Jamie Miller, student services specialist at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Miller, who has been employed by the University since 1990, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Tuesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Miller was nominated by Herbert Reeves, dean of student services.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University's athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.

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Bush receives Troy University's Ingalls Award

Posted: Thursday, 23 April 2015
Ellis Bush

TROY - Ellis M. Bush, Jr., instructor of leadership studies in Troy University's Institute for Leadership Development, is the recipient of the University's 2015 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

Bush received the award during the University's annual Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has "most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year." Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

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Rosa Parks Museum to host exhibit by artist, musician Tim Kerr

Posted: Thursday, 23 April 2015
Paintings by Tim Kerr

MONTGOMERY - An exhibit of paintings by one of the founding fathers of punk rock in the U.S. opens today at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.

Austin, Texas-based artist Tim Kerr was a founding member of several seminal punk and indie rock bands including The Big Boys, Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose and the Lord High Fixers. He is also a celebrated visual artist whose work has been featured in galleries around the world including PS1 in New York, 96 Gillespie in London and Slowboy Gallery in Germany.

The Rosa Parks Museum will host an exhibit of Kerr's work, "You Can Color Outside the Lines: The Work of Tim Kerr and Friends," through June 19 in the exhibit hall. Kerr's vibrant paintings feature portraits of musicians, civil rights activists and counter culture icons.

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Troy University's frequency to present free concert April 28

Posted: Monday, 20 April 2015
Wiregrass Blues Fest

TROY - Troy University's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, will present its final concert of the year on April 28, at 7 p.m. in the John M. Long Hall Choir Room.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature past favorites and new selections unheard by the public.

Dr. Diane Orlofsky, director of the ensemble, said the concert provides an opportunity for those familiar with the program to say farewell to many talented musicians.

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W.A Gayle Planetarium to host Astronomy Day Celebration April 25

Posted: Monday, 20 April 2015

MONTGOMERY - Local families can experience the W.A. Gayle Planetarium's new digital projection system and take a closer look at the night sky during the annual Astronomy Day celebration on Saturday, April 25.

The event is held in partnership with the Auburn Astronomical Society and is designed to introduce families to the fun of astronomy.

This is a "rain or shine" event, and admission is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or binoculars as well.

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Troy University Environmental Club to host Earth Week 2015

Posted: Friday, 17 April 2015

TROY - The Environmental Club at Troy University will host Earth Week 2015 starting April 20, with a focus on reducing TROY's carbon footprint, conserving energy and recycling.

"Earth Week is a time for us to celebrate our beautiful surroundings," said Herbert Reeves, dean of student services. "But also to be reminded that in order to keep our earth beautiful, we must take steps to sustain it for generations to come."

On Wednesday, Ken Muehlenfeld, director of the Forest Products Development Center of AIDT, a division of the Alabama Department of Commerce, will speak on the wood pellet industry and exporting from noon to 1 p.m. in Bibb Graves 129.

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Troy University to recognize students at Honors Convocation April 20

Posted: Friday, 17 April 2015

TROY - Troy University students will be recognized for their achievements during the University's annual Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 20, in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

Max J. Roberts, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble College, will serve as the keynote speaker for the convocation.

Among the awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, presented to an outstanding faculty member, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.

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TROY Theatre presents 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Posted: Friday, 17 April 2015

TROY – Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance will present "To Kill a Mockingbird," a play by Christopher Sergel, based on the novel by Harper Lee, Thursday through Sunday in the Trojan Center Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the event, which runs nightly at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., are $10 and $5 for student ID holders, and can be purchased in the Trojan Center Theater Box Office or online at www.troytheatre.org

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alabama author Harper Lee, the story is set against the backdrop of the 1930's rural American South caught between the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. Through the eyes of young Scout, daughter of town lawyer Atticus Finch, the story of racial injustice in a rural Alabama town is revealed in moments of tension and tenderness, humor and warmth. Featuring beloved characters from the American classic, the play offers a reminder of the importance of community, the love of family, the strength to stand for what is right, and the power of hope.

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Troy University statement on April 9, 2015 Arrests, Suspension of two students

Posted: Sunday, 12 April 2015

Troy University Senior Vice Chancellor Walter Givhan addresses the April 9 arrest and suspension of two TROY students on charges associated with an assault over spring break. Troy University's standards of conduct prohibit violence of any kind and breaches of those standards will not be tolerated.

One of the students involved was a track athlete, who has been removed from the team. Troy University expects our student athletes to model the highest standards of personal conduct and in accord with that philosophy, our athletes have pledged their support for the Sun Belt Conference's "It's On Us" campaign. https://youtu.be/AC8ARRYGDTY

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Troy University Concert Chorale to offer free concert April 21

Posted: Friday, 10 April 2015
Wiregrass Blues Fest

TROY - The Troy University Concert Chorale will present "Madrigals and Folk Songs" at 7 p.m., April 21 in the John M. Long Hall Choral Room.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be a collaborative effort of the Concert Chorale, the University's Guitar and Irish ensembles, student soloist and special guests Jaime Hammack and Quinton Cockrell.

The concert will feature Italian madrigals by Lassus, Monteverdi and a choral adaptation of a Resphighi balletto, as well as folk songs of the Colonial American era and Irish folk songs, many of which are sung in Gaelic.

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Troy University set to host MathFest 2015 on April 11

Posted: Friday, 10 April 2015

TROY - Troy University's Department of Mathematics will play host to the ninth annual TROY MathFest, a one-day conference for undergraduate students to share their research, on April 11.

Students from TROY will be joined with others from the University of Montevallo, Birmingham Southern College, the University of West Florida, the University of Georgia, Samford University and Huntingdon College to present on areas such as mathematics, mathematics education and the history of mathematics. The conference will take place in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.

"The purpose of the conference is to provide mathematics students an opportunity to showcase the results of their research and projects at a regional mathematics conference," said Dr. Diane Porter, chair of the Department of Mathematics and director of TROY MathFest 2015. "It also gives students attending the conference an opportunity to expand their knowledge about a wide range of mathematics topics and meet other mathematics students from other schools."

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Troy event to kick off 2015 Wiregrass Blues Fest on April 30

Posted: Friday, 10 April 2015
Wiregrass Blues Fest

TROY - A free public discussion and musical presentation, featuring musicians Debbie Bond and her husband Rick Asherson, at the Studio in downtown Troy on April 30 will kick off this year's Wiregrass Blues Fest.

Officials from Troy University, the city of Troy, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Johnson Center for the Arts announced the kickoff event during a press conference at the Johnson Center on Wednesday. The free event is set for 7 p.m. at the Studio, 300 E. Walnut St, and is made possible with grants from the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Alabama State Council on the Arts with assistance from the Wiregrass Blues Society and the Smithsonian grant "The Way We Worked."

Bond and Asherson will be joined by musician Lenny Trawick and disc jockey Gil Anthony in a discussion of the festival's 2015 honorees – the late guitarist J.W. Warren and musician and producer Paul Hornsby.

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TROY UAC to present NEEDTOBREATHE, Ben Rector in concert April 17

Posted: Wednesday, 08 April 2015
NEEDTOBREATHE

TROY - Troy University's University Activities Council will present its spring concert featuring NEEDTOBREATHE and special guest Ben Rector Friday, April 17 in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Student tickets are $15 and are available in the Trojan Center Food Court from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, while general public tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.ticketreturn.com.

Formed in Seneca, S.C. in 2002, NEEDTOBREATHE is made up of brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, bassist Seth Bolt and drummer Joe Stillwell. The group was signed by Atlantic/Lava Records in 2005, and a year later released their debut full-length album, "Daylight." The debut release led to tours with Train, Collective Soul and Will Hoge before the group returned to the studio to record their follow-up album, "The Heat."

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Troy University's Trojan Arena recognized by 'American School and University'

Posted: Tuesday, 07 April 2015
Trojan Arena

TROY, Ala. – Troy University's Trojan Arena has been named as an outstanding design by American School and University in its 2014 Architectural Portfolio.

A jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators worked together to evaluate submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country to select the AS&U 2014 Architectural Portfolio recipients.

The annual competition spotlights today's most exceptional educational design projects and effective learning environments in the United States. The outstanding designs were evaluated upon student engagement, environmental stewardship, comfort and flexibility to create positive learning outcomes, and the ability to promote an overall sense of health and wellbeing.

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Troy University's Sorrell College of Business hosting GEEKS Week

Posted: Tuesday, 07 April 2015

TROY - Troy University's Sorrell College of Business invites current students and prospective students to participate in GEEKS Week, an initiative of the college that is a part of a new business school accreditation process.

The College is seeking accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an accreditation held by less than 5 percent of the business programs in the world.

"The goal of the GEEKS campaign is to make our students aware of the overarching strategic initiatives of the college," said Dr. Judson C. Edwards, Dean of the College of Business. "Our faculty and staff work every day to instill these important traits represented by the GEEKS slogan into our students."

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Federal grant helps provide Chinese language and culture immersion at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 07 April 2015

TROY - For the fifth year, Troy University has been awarded a federal grant to offer its summer TROY-STARTALK Chinese programs for high school students learning the Chinese language, and for teachers of Chinese.

The programs will take place June 28 - July 12 on the Troy Campus. The deadline to apply is April 30.

The 15-day residential program will train 12 teachers and 24 high schools students from across Alabama and the southeastern region of the United States. The program is funded through a $120,000 grant from the National Security Agency.

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Troy University to present free Chinese language and culture courses for local businesses in Montgomery, Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 07 April 2015

Troy University will present free four-week courses on Chinese language and culture at both the Dothan and Montgomery campuses designed to help local businesses looking to get involved in the world's second largest economy.

The course, presented by the Confucius Institute at Troy University, begin in Montgomery on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Whitley Hall. Subsequent classes are each Tuesday and Thursday through May 14.

The course in Dothan will begin April 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Malone Hall's Harrison Room. Subsequent classes in Dothan are each Tuesday and Thursday through May 21.

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Troy University to host hunger, poverty summit in Montgomery

Posted: Monday, 06 April 2015

TROY - Students from Alabama's two- and four-year colleges and universities will gather on Troy University's Montgomery Campus on April 10 to raise awareness about hunger and poverty in the state.

Participants in the "Hungry for Justice: Student Poverty and Hunger Summit," held in collaboration with Alabama Possible, will hear from providers and advocates on the challenges of hunger and poverty in Alabama and have the opportunity to engage and interact in an effort to bring greater awareness to the issues.

"On each campus, they're doing food drives or have programs like our 'Backpack for Kids' program or our 'Campus Kitchens Project'," said Jonathan Cellon, coordinator for Service Learning and Civil Engagement. "What we're trying to do is bring representatives from those various programs together, so we can learn from each other, but also hopefully collaborate on future actions and efforts to make them more effective and widespread."

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Troy University Johnson Center to release study on Improving Lives in Alabama

Posted: Tuesday, 31 March 2015

TROY - The Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University is today releasing a study on "Improving Lives in Alabama: A Vision for Economic Freedom and Prosperity." The document has 12 chapters that cover topics that have an impact on the health of Alabama's economy and the well-being of its citizens.

"It lays out a vision for free markets and limited government in Alabama," said Dr. Daniel Sutter, Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics at Troy University and editor of the volume, "and how this could help lead to greater prosperity and I think more human happiness, and flourishing in our state."

Research findings and in-depth study topics covered in the study include tax and healthcare policy, labor and legal regulations, pension, education, and economic development policies. The study calls for both short and long-term policy goals to increase freedom and prosperity in Alabama.

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Troy University's spring career fair set for April 1

Posted: Friday, 27 March 2015

TROY - Troy University will hold its Fall Career Fair for students and alumni on April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus.

Approximately 50 employers will be in attendance searching to fill positions or internships, according to Lauren Cole, Career Services coordinator.

"Current students and alumni are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and dress professionally to make the best impression," Cole said. "Upon arrival, attendees will be given the opportunity to have a free professional photo taken and emailed to them for use in their portfolios or social media sites such as LinkedIn."

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TROY students to enjoy free food, prizes, bookstore discount during Student Appreciation Day

Posted: Friday, 27 March 2015

The faculty and staff of Troy University will show their appreciation for students during the University's first Student Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 1.

Students will be able to enjoy free food, prizes and activities at all four of TROY's campuses in Alabama and teaching sites throughout the U.S. All current TROY students will also receive a 25-percent discount coupon for Troy University's Barnes & Noble bookstores via email which can be used online at shoptroytrojans.com or TROY campus bookstores.

The event was organized so that faculty and staff could celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of TROY students everywhere, said Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, associate professor of adult education and chair of the Student Appreciation Day advisory council.

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Troy University to host prospective students March 28 for Spring Trojan Day

Posted: Friday, 20 March 2015

TROY - Troy University invites prospective students to the 2015 Spring Trojan Day on March 28. This event will allow prospective students to learn more about TROY's academic programs, financial aid, housing, and participate in a tailgate lunch for TROY baseball games.

"Trojan Day is a great time for any prospective students to come and learn about the opportunities that TROY has for them," said Tiffani Schmidt, director of enrollment services. "Whether it is academics or student involvement, it's a great opportunity for them to get their questions answered by faculty and staff."

The event begins at 10 a.m. with an academic browse session, followed by a presentation from admissions at 11 a.m. A campus tour will start at noon and house tours for sororities, fraternities, and campus ministries will start at 2 p.m.

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Author of 'The Bible's Cutting Room Floor' to speak at Troy University events

Posted: Thursday, 19 March 2015

TROY - International speaker and author Dr. Joel Hoffman will discuss translations of The Bible through time during presentations on March 31 at Troy University and at Temple Emanu-El in Dothan.

Dr. Hoffman's lectures, presented by Troy University libraries, will cover the full spectrum of holy writings from which the Bible was culled, as well as some reasons behind what was included and what was cut. He will also speak on how extra-Biblical material elucidates the text of the Bible and three ancient answers to good and evil that were omitted from the Bible.

Dr. Hoffman will speak at 11 a.m. on March 31, at the Troy Campus Library, and then at 7 p.m. at Dothan's Temple Emanu-El, 188 North Park Ave.

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Troy University journalism students claim 14 awards at Southeast Journalism Conference

Posted: Thursday, 19 March 2015

TROY - Students in Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication recently received 14 awards in the "Best in the South" awards competition at the Southeast Journalism Conference in Atlanta, including first place for best college TV station and best college video news program.

"We're just on cloud nine right now because this is fantastic news, which tells everybody that Troy University is on top," said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. "People are looking at TROY saying 'These guys are good' and that we're tough to compete with."

The SEJC chose David Caddell, a senior broadcast journalism major from Greenville, for best radio journalist for his work with Troy University Public Radio. The SEJC also chose Katy Ganaway, a graduate student from Madison studying multimedia journalism, for second place in the best radio news feature reporter and fifth for best college journalist of the year.

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Troy University to host free Health and Wellness Fair

Posted: Wednesday, 18 March 2015

DOTHAN - Local community healthcare providers and organizations will provide free checks, screenings and information during the annual Health and Wellness Fair at Troy University on Tuesday, April 14.

The fair will be held at the Dothan Campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

Local healthcare providers and organizations will be on hand to provide information about health and wellness topics including exercise, nutrition and personal safety. The fair will also feature free access to a range of services including blood pressure checks, vision screenings and body composition analysis.

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TROY to host musical revue "Life of Dorothy Dandridge" at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 18 March 2015

DOTHAN - In celebration of Women's History Month, Troy University will host a free performance at the Dothan Campus for local students highlighting the life of groundbreaking entertainer Dorothy Dandridge.

Written and produced by local playwright and poet Lamesa Danzey, "Reflections of a Diva: Life of Dorothy Dandridge" is a musical revue that celebrates the life and accomplishments of the trailblazing actress and singer who was the first African-American woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The performance will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m., inside the Sony Hall Auditorium in Everett Hall. Admission is free for local college, high school and middle school students.

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Hall-Waters Prize to be awarded to "Prince of Tides" author Pat Conroy

Posted: Tuesday, 17 March 2015

MONTGOMERY - Troy University will award its Hall-Waters Prize to renowned author Pat Conroy at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery next month.

One of the most popular Southern writers in the past 40 years, Conroy's work includes the bestselling novels "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides," published in 1986 and adapted to the screen for the 1991 Academy Award-nominated film by the same title.

The Hall-Waters Prize established by TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to a person who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. Past winners include Rep. John Lewis, Rick Bragg and Bobbie Ann Mason.

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TROY SBDC will offer free social media programs in Dothan and Andalusia

Posted: Wednesday, 11 March 2015

TROY - Troy University's Small Business Development Center will offer two free programs in south Alabama. Small business owners will learn how to incorporate social media and a smart phone app into their marketing mix.

The Dothan event will be held at the Chamber of Commerce on March 25 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Andalusia event will be held at the Chamber of Commerce on April 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Speakers for both events will include Kathryn Cariglino, marketing and management consultant for Never Give up Enterprises and a Constant Contact representative. Cariglino will speak on the use of email and its effectiveness on promoting your business.

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