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Winter 2011

Monday, February 7, 2:00 pm

Geology Department and Instrument Shop Office Crawl, meet at Mudd B67 - hosted by the Forum Steering Committee and Staff At Carleton (SAC)

Please join us for a tour of the Geology Department, its labs, and its display cases presented by Tim Vick, Technical Director in Geology. As some of you already know, Tim is retiring at the end of March after 36 years with Carleton. Please join Tim as he shares his life's work. After Tim is done we can tour the Carleton Instrument Shop, located in Mudd B65. Mark Zach, Instrument Project Manager, will be available to lead us through this facility.

Thursday, February 24, Noon - 1:00 pm

Art Gallery Art Crawl, lower level Music and Drama building - hosted by Laurel Bradley, the Forum Steering Committee, and Staff At Carleton (SAC)

Come explore the thrills and wonders of Japanese Theater by way of "The Art of Sight, Sound and Heart: Visualizing Japanese Theater," in the Art Gallery with Laurel Bradley, Director of Exhibitions and co-curator of this lively exhibition which brings together woodblock prints, tiny sculptures, centuries old scroll paintings and more drawn from the worlds of Noh and Kabuki Theater. As you may have noticed, events are popping all over campus this winter term connecting Carleton to Japanese dance, theater, art and folk tales! Come learn and enjoy.

Fall 2010

Friday, October 29

Halloween Office Decorating Contest - organized by the Forum Steering Committee and Staff At Carleton (SAC)

After being absent for a number of years, SAC and Forum have reinstated the Halloween decorating contest between offices on campus. President Poskanzer has generously offered to fund a prize of coffee and scones for the office that wins. Participating offices include: ACT, Admissions, Business Office, Campus Services, Central Records, Dean of the College, Human Resources, Library, Off Campus Studies, Printing and Mailing, Rec Center, Res Life, SOAN, Student Activities, Student Financial Services, and the Wellness Center.

Wednesday, November 3, Noon-1 p.m.

Art Gallery Art Crawl, lower level Music and Drama building - hosted by Laurel Bradley, Forum Steering Committee, and Staff At Carleton (SAC)

Celebrate art, November, and visions from the South Pacific on your lunch hour. Laurel Bradley, Director of Exhibitions, invites all to tour the art gallery exhibition, PRINTS AROUND THE PACIFIC RIM. Immerse yourself in prints by artists from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and Hawaii; learn about process and the back story of bringing art from far-flung lands to Carleton; relish the stories and meanings embedded in the art works on display.

Tuesday, November 9 at 3 p.m.

Art Barn Office Crawl - hosted by the Forum Steering Committee and Staff At Carleton (SAC)

Come and tour the college's newest art facility - not the Arts Union, the "Art Barn" that houses studios for three of the college's art professors: sculptor Stephen Mohring, ceramicist Kelly Connole, and painter David Lefkowitz. Constructed last summer, the Art Barn is a "pre-fab" facility that complements Boliou and the Arts Union and serves as the center of Carleton's crafts-education program. Professor Mohring will lead a tour of the barn and show off nearby arts infrastructure like Kelly's wood kiln and his own beloved sawmill (no, really). Join us at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 at the Art Barn - across from Farm House, just past the Rec Center and the water tower.

Spring 2010

Wednesday, May 5, Noon-1 p.m.

Art Gallery Art Crawl, lower level Music and Drama building - hosted by Forum Steering Committee and Laurel Bradley

A Lunch-time with Artists' Books: Laurel Bradley and "Radical Messages, Revolutionary Means". Feed the mind and soul by touring the visually lively, ontologically provocative art gallery exhibition featuring books and book-like objects from the Gould Library Special Collections.  Expand your definition of books by perusing the products of artistic experiments by artists from near and far.  "Artists' Books:  Radical Messages, Revolutionary Means" was organized by a team of six Carleton students enrolled in a winter term Curatorial Seminar directed by the art gallery director.  

Wednesday, April 28 at 2 p.m.

West Gym OFFICE CRAWL - hosted by the Forum Steering Committee

Do you know that there are aircraft cables encircling the West Gym roof?  Or, that the playing floor rests on a cushion of air, like a dance floor? Or, why were windows excluded from the original 1964 offices? Join us as Leon Lunder, Professor of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation & Athletic Director provides answers to these questions and offers a tour of the West Gym, built in 1964 as the Carleton Men's Gym.

Winter 2010

Thursday, February 11 at 3 p.m.

Chapel Office Crawl - hosted by the Forum Steering Committee and the Chaplain's Office

Always wondered what happens in the basement of the Chapel?  Come find out the secrets it holds! Cookies and coffee provided.  All faculty and staff are welcome.

Winter 2009

Tuesday, February 3 at 2 p.m.

BON APPETIT OFFICE CRAWL at East Dining Hall - hosted by Forum Steering Committee

The Bon Appetit Management Company believes "we can change the world one meal at a time" and are committed to sourcing sustainable, local foods. If you're interested in learning how this philosophy translates at Carleton dining venues, come to our "Back of the House Tour". Our guide will be Katie McKenna, Bon Appetit Dining Services Manager. We will gain exposure to the full cycle of dining operations - from food delivery on the building's dock to delicious entrees on the dining tables. The tour will last one hour.

Wednesday, February 18 at Noon

Art Gallery Art Crawl, lower level Music and Drama building - hosted by Forum Steering Committee and Laurel Bradley

Modernizing Melodrama: an emotionally wrought, action-packed gallery tour by Laurel Bradley, director of exhibitions. Taste the joys, trials and tribulations of organizing this interdisciplinary exhibition in collaboration with Carol Donelan of cinema and media studies. This exhibition features film clips, circus posters, experimental contemporary art, photographs, books and advertisements.

Fall 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 3:30 - 5 PM

TRIO/SSS OFFICE CRAWL - hosted by Forum Steering Committee

All staff are invited - Several years ago the TRIO/Student Support Services offices moved into a former private home at 216 College Street. This is your chance to see what Carleton and TRIO have done to the space, but more importantly to find out more about TRIO/SSS and why it is so important to the mission of Carleton. Our guides and sages will be Rietta Turner and Mitchell Madson. We hope you can join us for this first Forum Office Crawl of the new academic year.

Spring 2008

June 3, 2008 - Ice Cream Social

May 29, 2008 - Arb Office Crawl - hosted by Nancy Braker

Winter 2008

Art Gallery Tour - hosted by Laurel Bradley
Friday, March 7 - Noon
You are invited to an Art Gallery tour presented by Laurel Bradley....Functional Sculpture: Furniture from the Upper Midwest -- heard the buzz but haven't flown on over to the art gallery yet? Laurel will conduct a tour for all beginning at noon.

Facilities OFFICE CRAWL - hosted by Forum Steering Committee
Wednesday, February 27, program begins at 3 PM
Facilities Building 307 -
meet in the gathering area outside Steve Spehn's office (307)
Did you ever wonder how it is your office is warmed in the winter or cooled in the summer? Do you know how the infrastructure of the campus is maintained or by whom? When something breaks or needs to be installed we fill out a work request form and magically it is done. How does that happen? To find out come to the Facilities Office Crawl. Beginning at 3 pm Steve Spehn, Director of Facilities, will give a short presentation followed by tours of the steam plant and possibly the entrance to the underground tunnels.

Fall 2007

Archives OFFICE CRAWL - hosted by Forum Steering Committee
Thursday, December 13, program begins at 3 PM
Gould Library - Room 170 outside of Archives Office (ground floor of Library)
Eric Hillemann, College Archivist will begin at 3 PM with an exhibit of a few choice items from the archives with their stories - ranging from the grandiose to the gruesome. After his talk, small groups will be led on tours through archive storage.

Wednesday, December 5 - 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Severance Great Hall

Spring 2007

Thursday, May 10 - 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Sayles Hill 251
"THE COLLABORATORY" Arts Planning Update regarding the former Northfield Middle School
Dean Scott Bierman; Cliff Clark, Professor of History; and Lawrence Burnett, Professor of Music and Choral Director, will talk about the Arts Planning Committee's vision for an expanded, multi-disciplinary arts curriculum at Carleton, and the new facilities to make that vision possible. Come hear about the status of planning for the construction of a facility geared toward creative collaboration--known informally as The Collaboratory--at the facility previously known as the Northfield Middle School, and for an integrated Music Center.

Wednesday, May 23, afternoon - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
SPRING OFFICE CRAWL - tour several student housing locations
Depart from Residence Life Office in Sevy G10
All staff are invited
- hosted by Residential Life staff
As Carleton staff, you get to interact with the students who visit your office every day, but how often do you get to see them on their own turf? Don’t miss the chance to enter the world of a Carleton student on May 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Spring Term Office Crawl! Sponsored by the Forum and open to all Forum and SAC members, the Office Crawl will provide a quick glimpse of Residential Life at Carleton with a tour of several campus housing locations. Tours will leave from the Residential Life office (Sevy G10), where tall glasses of lemonade and tasty summer fruit treats will await guests looking for a refreshing break in the middle of their week. Contact Toby Uecker (x4455) for more information.

Friday, May 25, Noon - 1 p.m. - Sayles-Hill 251
BROWN BAG LUNCH - Discussion on Phased Retirement Proposal

Bring your lunch and join members of the Forum's Phased Retirement Task Force in a discussion of the recently drafted Phased Retirement Proposal. View the proposal and supporting documents.

Winter 2007

Monday, February 5, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Career Center, Sayles-Hill lower level

All staff are invited - Visit the Career Center during this open house, brief tour, sustenance (in the form of food and drink) and the opportunity to connect with other college staff members.

Wednesday, February 14, Noon, Art Gallery
Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints
All staff are invited -
Treat yourself to artistic tales and tantalizing visions of Japan entering the "modern" era with Laurel Bradley, Director of Exhibitions.

Tuesday, March 20th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Alumni Guest House

All staff are invited - Open House in Alumni Guest House is hosted by College Relations. Tour the guest rooms and enjoy refreshments.

Fall 2006

Tuesday October 3, Common Time, Art Gallery
Special tour of New Art, New Ideas:

Students Curate the Collection by two of its curators: Hallie Scott and Laura Schneider. Come enjoy some of the juicy artistic fruits that have come into the Carleton Art Collection over the last ten years, as organized by six student curators.

Tuesday, October 10, 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Touring Feast at St. Olaf College, sponsored by St. Olaf Lifelong Learning and Bon Appetit
Take this opportuntiy to learn what resources St. Olaf has for meetings, conferences, and other guest events. Click on this link to learn more and register for the event:

Thursday, October 19, Noon to 1:00 p.m., Boliou 104
Lunch time Brown Bag seminar on proposed new Office of Ombudsperson

Bring your lunch to this presentation and discussion on proposed new Office of Ombudsperson to represent all staff and faculty of Carleton. Presenters are Professors Cindy Blaha and Susannah Ottaway.

Monday, October 30, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Tunnel Tour (enter at South entrance - facing First Street), tunnel tales by Eric Hillemann
Monday, October 30, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Reception at the Cave with “hauntingly” beautiful guitar music by Roger Lasley
All staff are invited for a tour of the infamous tunnels and a reception with horror d' oeuvres and cider held at the Cave. See Related Documents, upper right corner of this page for the invitation.

Monday, November 6, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Alumni Guest House Library
New Staff Reception

All staff are invited to this reception to welcome new Carleton Staff.

Wednesday, November 15, 3:00 p.m., Bird House

All staff are invited for a tour of Bird House. Come find out answers to the questions: What kinds of birds work there? Why do alumni flock to this house? Does the staff fly south for the winter?

Thursday, December 7, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (includes continental breakfast & lunch) at LDC.
The 2nd Carleton All-Staff Retreat: Spheres of Influence - Saving the World: One Sheet of Paper at a Time.
Click here for details.


Friday, April 7th, Noon - 1:00 p.m., Sevy Meeting Room
Bring your lunch and join other exempt staff for good conversation and treats!

Tuesday, April 18th, Noon - 1:00 p.m., Gould Library Athenaeum

All staff are invited for a tour of Gould Library. Lemonade and cookies will be served.

Tuesday, April 25th, Noon - 1:00 p.m., Art Gallery
Join Laurel Bradley for a guided tour of Sound Suspended: Linda Rossi in the art gallery. Spend the noon hour with Art! Linda Rossi, Assistant Professor of Art, transformed Goodsell Observatory into an enchanted three-dimensional meditation on time, the universe, optics and nature last fall. Her latest creation is Sound Suspended -- an installation in the art gallery featuring photography and much more (artists today cannot be contained by one medium or format!). Come contemplate nature re-formed through an artist's sensibility with Laurel Bradley, Director of Exhibitions.

Monday, May 1st, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Boliou 104
Tom Champoux, nationally recognized as a dynamic speaker and energizing trainer, challenges long-held myths about leadership and followership. Enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of working relationships. Shift focus away from power and toward collaborative responsibility. Learn to build the Trust & Respect bridges, develop a common purpose to drive expectations and most importantly, learn how to integrate conflict and ask for accountability. Key components of Tom's presentation:

  • Understand the two underlying principles of successful relationships.
  • Discover the strengths and learn the “magic” of your behavior pattern.
  • Learn why teams work (or not) and isolate the 6 characteristics that cause team success.
  • Discover how to create internal energy for change.
  • Learn the process to fix problems instead of fixing blame.
  • Isolate your primary tendency for resolving conflict.
  • Develop an action plan for personal and professional growth.

Friday, May 5th, Noon - 1:00 p.m., Hill Lounge
Get to know other exempt staff at our once a month get-together. Treats provided!

Friday, June 2nd, Noon - 1:00 p.m., Hill Lounge

It's our last lunch of the term- don't miss out!

Tuesday, June 6th, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Alumni Guest House Library

Come and socialize over wine and cheese with your fellow Forum members. President Oden will share some perspectives on present and future initiatives at Carleton and answer your questions. We hope you can make time in your busy, end-of-year schedule to join us.


Thursday, January 26th, Noon-1:00 p.m., Art Gallery
"Dafatir" means notebook in Arabic; Come feast your eyes on a gallery full of visually delightful "notebooks" or Artworks in book format by seventeen Iraqi artists. These artists bear witness to the artistic vitality of Iraqi culture, and to the survival of the creative spirit under dictatorship and occupation. Laurel Bradley will tell tales of the exhibition during a lunchtime walkabout in the gallery.

Friday, February 3rd, Noon-1:00 p.m., Sayles-Hill 252

Bring your lunch and join Tom Baraniak and other exempt staff for lunch the first Friday of every month. The random nature is no longer when or where, but rather who shows up, what they talk about, and what treats are available. The new location allows you to conveniently buy some lunch if you don't bring your own and not have to go too far once you get it. Join your fellow compatriots to hear stories of fire trucks, high heating bills, or whatever.

Monday, February 13th, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Great Hall

Friday, February 10th, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Sue Traxler and the staff in ITS will lead us on a tour of ITS (and there will be food!).

Friday, March 3rd, Noon-1:00 p.m., Hill Lounge
It's time for our monthly lunch! Hmmmm....what will the topic and/or treats be this month...............

Wednesday, March 8th, 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., Great Hall
Join us for lunch and learn more about the professional leave process. "Cultivate" an idea for your own professional leave by talking with others and watching a video featuring some of your colleagues talking about their past professional leaves. Then listen as Laurel Bradley and Sam Demas share with us what they did during their professional development leaves last year.

FALL 2005

Tuesday, October 11th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., The Cave
SAC and The Forum invite you to an all-staff "Happy Hour". Find your way to The Cave (basement of Evans Hall - entrance on the north side). Hang out with great people and enjoy appetizers, music and conversation!

Tuesday, November 1st, Noon-1:00 p.m., Sayles-Hill 251
Performance Review Process at Carleton...everything you want to know and more! Bring your lunch to a brown bag session featuring Karyn Jeffrey, Associate Director of Human Resources and Bonnie-Jean Mork, Director of Human Resources. Karyn and Bonnie will provide an overview about the performance review process, in general and at Carleton, answer questions submitted to Human Resources by SAC and The Forum members, and close with a question and answer session.

Monday, November 7th, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Concert Hall

Monday, November 7th, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Alumni Guest House Library
Meet Carleton's new staff members and enjoy treats and good conversation. Co-hosted by SAC and The Forum.

Wednesday, November 9th, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Carleton Art Gallery
Join Laurel for a guided tour! Ever wondered what the pea plant which produced that monstrous orb torturing the princess of the princess and the pea looked like? How many stuffed tigers can one person collect in a single day in small-town Maryland? What treasures hide in Carleton biology, geology and archival collections? Sue Johnson, artist, provides answers in the "Alternate Encyclopedia." Johnson, an artist who loves to draw nature and to delve into old (sometime not-so-scientific) science books, has created a three dimensional "Alternate Encyclopedia" to give a context to her beautiful natural history drawings, watercolors and prints. With doses of humor, imagination, nostalgia and feminism, Johnson creates a unique installation in the gallery. Come explore over lunch time.

Wednesday, November 30th, 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Language and Dining Center

Join your fellow staff members for this first annual all staff retreat. Speakers, break-out sessions, a panel of Carleton administrators, plus breakfast and lunch! Click here for additional details.

Friday, November 18th, Noon-1:00 p.m., Hulings Atrium (south end of the main level)
Join Tom Baraniak for a bring-your-own lunch with your fellow staffers. Dessert treats provided. No need to RSVP, just show up if you can make it.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Goodsell
Did you know that Goodsell is the 2nd observatory at Carleton, not the first? Did you know that Goodsell has a telegraph station that was used to set the time for a large part of the nation? Did you know H. H. Nininger paid for the education of his daughter Margaret (class of 1946) by donating meteorites to the observatory's collection? You can hear these and other wonderful stories about Carleton's Romanesque revival style observatory, its telescopes and the College's early astronomers. Doug Foxgrover plays storyteller as we tour Goodsell from bottom to top. The sky's the limit (or is it?)!


Tuesday, May 24th, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Alumni Guest House Library
Meet Carleton's new staff members and enjoy lemonade, cookies, and good conversation. Co-hosted by SAC and The Forum.

Tuesday, June 7th, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Alumni Guest House Library
More details to come.


Thursday, February 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Carleton Art Gallery
"Topics for Further Discussion: David Lefkowitz and Stephen Mohring"

Tuesday, February 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Alumni Guest House Library
Meet Carleton's new staff members and enjoy some warm cider, goodies and good conversation. Co-hosted by SAC and The Forum.

Thursday, March 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sayles-Hill Lobby
Join Julia Burmesch, Post Office and Printing & Mailing Services Manager for our winter term office crawl. Similar to the 'Day in a Life', you will not only hear about what Julia does, but you will also see the Campus Post Office in high gear during its peak morning hours and tour Printing & Mailing Services to observe how these three work units service the campus. A demo of our newest high speed copier and our wide format printer will be available for those interested. Meet in the Sayles-Hill lobby in front of the Campus Post Office. Dress appropriately for travel between Sayles-Hill and Leighton.

Tuesday, March 8, Noon-1:00 p.m., Sayles-Hill 251
How do staff get appointed to committees? What is the criteria for selection? Are there term limits? Bring your lunch and your questions to a discussion about College committees led by Fred Rogers.

Fall 2004

Wednesday, September 29th, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Alumni Guest House Meeting Room

Here's your chance to meet Carleton's new Vice President and Treasurer.

Wednesday, October 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Carleton Art Gallery
A Walk through "Perils and Pleasures: Tales from Masami Teraoka 1976-2003"

Wednesday, October 20, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Concert Hall

Co-sponsored by SAC and the Exempt Staff Forum, this theater-based training presented by SST Communications uses actors to perform scenes dealing with customer service on campus, both internal and external.

Wednesday, November 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Alumni Guest House Library
Meet Carleton's new staff members and enjoy some wine and cheese and good conversation. Co-hosted by SAC and the Exempt Staff Forum.

Thursday, November 18, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Olin 208
Join Tom Baraniak, Electronics and Lab Manager in Physics and Astronomy for our first Office Crawl. Similar to the 'Day in a Life', you will not only hear about what Tom does but you will also see where he does it and be able to tour some of the facilities he works in, places you might not otherwise ever set foot. Tom will have some interesting physics demos in the labs and weather permitting there will be a telescope aimed at the sun to look at sunspots. In addition to Olin Hall we will tour the Goodsell Observatory. Wear appropriate clothing if you want to look through the outdoor telescope.

Thursday, December 9th, 8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Dining East, LDC
The theme of this year's retreat is Communication and Community. Click here for the retreat schedule and RSVP information.

Spring 2004

Friday, May 21st, 5-6:30 PM
Staff Happy Hour at the Contented Cow

Invite another staff member, and come on down to the Cow for a tall cool one to top off the week!

Monday, May 24th
Deadline for the return of ballots for election of Exempt Staff Member to College Council

Paper ballots and more information will be sent on May 10th

Tuesday, June 1st, 3:30-5 PM
President Oden's Annual ESF Gathering in the Alumni Guest House library

The academic year is winding down, and this is a chance to catch your breath before commencement, reunion, the end of the fiscal year, etc.!

Winter 2004

January 29th, Thursday, 12-1 PM, Alumni Guest House Meeting Room
All staff are welcome to hear an overview of Carleton's travel policies, and the new Controller's website. Also, the pros and cons of booking through a travel agent, and on your own. Bring your lunch and any questions.

February 4th, Wednesday, 12-1 PM, Carleton Art Gallery

Noon Gallery talk with Laurel Bradley - Kettles: Japanese Artistry and American Artists
Come feed the soul, feast the eyes, open the mind while touring the winter term exhibition in the Art Gallery. "Kettles: Japanese Artistry and American Artists" is the first exhibition in the US to highlight the Japanese tea ceremony kettle with exquisite works by four Japanese artists, and works by Tim Lloyd and Wayne Potratz,

American artists inspired by these powerful and beautiful Japanese functional objects. This exhibition was conceived in celebration of Tim Lloyd on the occasion of his retirement.

February 20th, Friday, 5-6:30 PM, Contented Cow

Staff Happy Hour

All staff are welcome to gather at the Cow for a wind-down after another full week at work. Since this happy hour follows the introductions of new employees at the Quarterly Meeting earlier in the week, we encourage you to invite the new staff in your office to join you - and us!

Fall 2003

Friday, October 17th:
3:30-5 PM, Alumni Guest House meeting room: the Capital Priorities Committee listens to Carleton exempt staff about the capital campaign possibilities and priorities

Friday, October 17th (a double header!)
5-6:30 PM, Contented Cow Pub on Division Street: Carleton Staff happy hour; invite your favorite new employee for a tall cool one at the Cow

Wednesday, October 22nd:12-1 PM, Art Gallery: Laurel Bradley provides a staff lunch hour gallery talk about the African American print exhibit (see

Thursday, October 23rd:
3:30-5 PM, SH 251: Exempt Staff Forum on the proposed Parental Leave policy

Thursday, November 13th:
12-1 PM, Art Gallery: Laurel Bradley offers another lunch hour gallery talk about the Sam Easterson video installation from "Animal Vegetable Video" – something that needs to be seen to be believed, or understood.

Tuesday, November 25th:
3:30-5 PM, place TBA: Back by popular demand, “A Day in the Life of” several Exempt Staff; more information about your colleagues and what they do soon; save the date.

Tuesday, December 16th:
9 AM – 1 PM, LDC East Dining Hall: 3rd Annual Exempt Staff Retreat; more information to follow, but save this date too.

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