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Recorded Sessions will be provided below in the agenda
Friday, February 5, 2021
9:15 a.m. Newcomer’s Session
Emma Brannon and Moira Pyle, Auburn Clubs Coordinator
10:00 a.m. Welcome From the Auburn Alumni Association
Gretchen VanValkenburg, Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Executive Director Auburn Alumni Association
Regenia Sanders, President, Auburn Alumni Association
10:30 a.m. COVID-19 Update
Fred Kam, M.D., Medical Director for the Auburn University Medical Clinic
11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Option One: Scholarship Fundraising Impact & Online Giving Advancements
Steve Inabinet, Scholarship Coordinator
Option Two: Athletics Compliance
Rich McGlynn, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance
Option Three: Capturing & Collecting Media
Derek Herscovici, Communications Specialist, Assistant Editor of Auburn Magazine
11:50 a.m. Lunch Break
12:30 p.m. Young Alumni Council Panel
Eric Dunlap, Chair, Young Alumni Council
Jacqueline Chandler, Member, Young Alumni Council
Adam Keeshan, Member, Young Alumni Council
Justin Saia, Member, Young Alumni Council
Natalie Walker, Member, Young Alumni Council
1:10 p.m. A Message from Dr. Jay Gogue
Dr. Jay Gogue, President, Auburn University
1:45 p.m. Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equity
Gretchen VanValkenburg, Task Force Representative
2:20 p.m. Black Alumni Council Panel
Chacolby Burns-Johnson, Chair, Black Alumni Council
Sonya Jenkins, Vice Chair, Black Alumni Council
Keisha Dzata, Member, Black Alumni Council
Linwood Moore, Member, Black Alumni Council
Latricia “Vonnie” Stone, Member, Black Alumni Council
3:20 p.m. The Year of Pivot
Cam Fulton, President, Greater Houston Auburn Club
Pam White, President, San Diego Auburn Club
4:00 p.m. Auburn University Enrollment
Dr. Joffery Gaymon, Vice President of Enrollment Services
Saturday, February 6, 2020
9:15 a.m. Equestrian- Auburn University Athletics
Coach Greg Williams, Head Equestrian Coach
Alumni Programs Coordinator
Emma Brannon serves as an Auburn Clubs Coordinator with the Office of Alumni Affairs at Auburn University. She has worked at Auburn University for the past five years and joined Alumni Affairs one year ago. Emma and her counterpart work with over one hundred Auburn Clubs and Affiliates to foster the Auburn spirit, raise student scholarship funds, and encourage Auburn Alumni Association’s initiatives in local communities.
Chair, Black Alumni Council
Chacolby Burns-Johnson graduated from Auburn University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Business and earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. She currently serves as Chair of the Inaugural Black Alumni Council and she is also a member of the James E. Foy Loyalty Society.
Currently, Chacolby serves as a Development Major Gifts Officer with a Legal Advocacy Civil Rights Non-Profit organization focused on human rights, justice, and equity for all. She has extensive experience as an Executive Director, an appointed member of two administrations in the State of Alabama Governor’s Office, and in Higher Education with her roles in development, community outreach, marketing, and public relations.
As a student she was a Camp War Eagle Counselor, Dunkin’ Darling, National PanHellenic Council President, Student Alumni Board member, and highly involved her beloved Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Chacolby holds membership in two professional organizations- the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Alabama Chapter where she’s President and the Public Relations Council of Alabama-Montgomery Chapter. In addition, she is a Sustainer member of the Association of Junior Leagues where she served on the Junior of Montgomery’s Board of Directors.
Member, Young Alumni Council
Jacqueline Chandler is a native of Guntersville, Ala. and was a first-generation Auburn student when she came to the Plains in 2014. During her time at Auburn, she served as the Student Government Association President, a senator for the College of Liberal Arts, as a member of War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen and Alpha Omicron Pi.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in economics in 2018, Chandler chose to make Auburn, Ala. her home and currently works for the City of Auburn’s Economic Development Department as the Director of Industrial Development.
Chair, Young Alumni Council
Eric Dunlap grew up in Prattville, Ala. and works as a Los Angeles-based civil engineer, where he coordinates Los Angeles County’s Vision Zero initiative, a traffic safety initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. He has spent his career working with community members and partner agencies towards solving transportation concerns in the region.
While at Auburn, Dunlap served as a Camp War Eagle counselor, student recruiter and played trombone in the Auburn University Marching Band. Eric is an avid Auburn Basketball fan; when he isn’t cheering on the Tigers, Dunlap enjoys volunteering with foster youth, working on his acting dream, and serving the community alongside his church.
Dunlap serves as president of the Los Angeles Auburn Club and tirelessly fosters the Auburn Spirit in Southern California. He is a Sustaining Life Member of the Auburn Alumni Association and a member of the Circle of Excellence Society.
Member, Black Alumni Council
Keisha Dzata is the Supply Chain Finance Manager for the Power Tools department at the Home Depot in Atlanta. In this role, she is responsible for the reporting, forecast, and planning of inventory, receipts, and turns for $7B+ in annual sales, as well as all associated supply chain expenses.
Prior to this role at the Home Depot, Keisha has supported the Operations Finance organization. Before Home Depot, Keisha has worked in finance for The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, and Serta Simmons Bedding, all in Atlanta.
Keisha earned her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business in 2010. Outside of work, she is very involved in her local alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She currently lives in metro Atlanta, GA with her husband Bernard.
Greater Houston Auburn Club President
Cam Fulton grew up in Brookfield, CT and attended Immaculate High School. Cam was the first member of his family to attend Auburn University and was the only member of his high school graduating class that attended a college in the state of Alabama. Originally pursuing a degree in Architecture, Cam spent the first year of his academic career in Auburn’s Architecture program, later transferring to the Harbert College of Business. Cam graduated from Auburn in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Upon graduation, Cam accepted a role in Supply Chain for Schneider National and moved to Dallas, TX to start his professional career. In 2012, Cam started the Dallas Young Alumni Affiliate, helping grow the Dallas-Fort Worth Young Alumni base from 5 members to 500+ members as it stands today. After 7 years in Dallas, Cam moved to Houston, TX in July of 2018 after he accepted a new role in executive search at Spencer Stuart. Cam is the Greater Houston Auburn Clubs new President and active member within the Auburn Alumni Association. Outside of work and the Auburn Club, Cam enjoys traveling (especially visiting his family in Connecticut), working out on a daily basis, and volunteering for several different charities in Houston.
Dr. Joffery Gaymon
Vice President Enrollment Services
Joffery Gaymon received a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College and State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University. She also completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard School of Education.
Dr. Gaymon brings significant expertise to Auburn. Her career in university enrollment and student recruitment began at Georgia College and State University. She held enrollment positions of increasing responsibility at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, from 2008 to 2013. She served as the University of West Florida’s vice president for enrollment and student affairs since 2017, where she has held similar positions since 2013.
Dr. Gaymon was named Vice President of Enrollment in March 2019 and oversees the areas of communications, recruitment, and admissions for future students as well as scholarships for future and current students.
Dr. Jay Gogue
Jay Gogue returned to his alma mater on July 16, 2007, as Auburn University’s 18th president and retired as president emeritus on July 1, 2017. He was appointed by the university’s Board of Trustees to serve as interim president effective July 8, 2019, and appointed the university’s 20th president effective Feb. 7, 2020. The Waycross, Ga., native earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn and a doctorate in horticulture from Michigan State University.
During his tenure as president, the academic strength of Auburn’s student population increased, a new research center was established in Huntsville, Ala., a common book program that generates a shared academic experience was instituted, and outreach partnerships with underserved schools in surrounding communities were established. His leadership during a period of sharp reductions in state support for the university budget protected Auburn’s academic quality and prevented elimination of academic programs. During his retirement, Dr. Gogue remained engaged in the realm of academia, advising colleagues at numerous universities and teaching a course on higher education leadership to Auburn students.
Communications Specialist, Assistant Editor of Auburn Magazine
Derek Herscovici ’14 is a communications specialist for the Office of Alumni Affairs and assistant editor of Auburn Magazine for the Auburn Alumni Association. He has published over 200 articles for Auburn Magazine, TAMPA Magazine, Birmingham Magazine, Good Grit, Georgia Southwest Living and more. Previously, he served as interim managing editor of Auburn Magazine during the 125th Anniversary of Auburn Women, which generated over 270 unique stories and features on Auburn alumnae through history.
Alumni Scholarship Coordinator
Steve graduated from Auburn in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation. After an extensive career in the aerospace/aviation field, he joined the Auburn Alumni Association in 2014, where he focuses on developing scholarship opportunities for our clubs, affiliates, and alumni.
Vice Chair, Black Alumni Council
Sonya Jenkins lives in Warner Robins, Georgia and earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Auburn in 1992.
She is the Chief of Operations at Advanced Project Consulting, a defense support contractor and is the proud mother of Jeremy, Josh, and Aria. Josh is continuing the Auburn Legacy as a sophomore in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.
In 2012, she worked with Middle Georgia Alumni to revitalize the Middle Georgia Auburn Club and served as interim president. She also assisted with re-chartering MGAC in 2017 and has served as a Club board member since 2019.
Sonya also serves on the AU Student Affairs Development Board, COSAM Dean’s Leadership Council, and Black Alumni Council. She is a Sustaining Life Member of the Auburn Alumni Association and is a member of the James E. Foy Loyalty Society with more than 10 years of continual giving to Auburn.
Fred Kam, M.D.
Dr. Kam is a board-certified Internist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and graduated with his Medical Degree from the University of Miami in 1986. He has over thirty years of experience in medical service delivery which includes positions as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and many Directorships – including Director of the Student Health Center – at the University of Miami. Dr. Kam was chosen by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America (1996-97 & 1997-98), and he is in Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Iron Arrow Honor Societies. He is also a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He served as President of his medical school class, was voted as the Best House Staff Member of the Year (1988) and received the coveted Eric Reiss Award for Outstanding Teaching. He currently holds professorships at Auburn in the Department of Political Science, School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kam was born in Trinidad and went to high school in England. He and his family live in Auburn. He enjoys traveling, fishing, tennis, and watching college football.
Member, Young Alumni Council
Adam Keeshan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Auburn University in 2008 and is the Managing Partner, Food & Beverage for Ithaka Hospitality Partners, where he oversees the entire food and beverage operation for all hotels and concepts.
Adam has worked within the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years, with a background that includes time in independent full service restaurants and bars, fast-casual concepts and country clubs. Adam serves on the Young Alumni Council for Auburn University and sits on Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association board. Adam also holds his Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators.
Keeshan is originally from Montgomery, Ala. and currently resides in Auburn with his wife Beth, son Parker and daughter Moseley.When not working, Keeshan enjoy soaking up and cherishing the time with his kids and wife, but also golfing and playing tennis.
Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance
Rich McGlynn joined the Auburn staff in June 2006, and his current role is Senior Associate AD-Athletic Compliance. He is responsible for administration coordination of all institutional, Southeastern Conference and NCAA programs. His responsibilities also include football sport administrator. Rich was employed by the NCAA from 2001 to 2006, most recently serving as Associate Director of Membership Services. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Director of Membership Services and a Student-Athletes Reinstatement Representative within the Enforcement Services arm of the NCAA. Rich was Commissioner of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference from 2000-01 and was a legal specialist for the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office (2000-01). He also served as a legal specialist to the Office of Counsel to the Governor to the State of New Jersey (1999-00).
Rich is a native of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. He is married to Kristen and has four children: Liam, Aidan, Cade and Keegan. Rich graduated from Florida Southern in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received his Juris Doctorate from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1999.
Member, Black Alumni Council
Linwood Moore is a 1977 graduate of the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. A graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, Linwood served 30 years as an active duty and reserve army officer achieving the rank of full Colonel. He is a native of Phenix City, Alabama and currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Linwood is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist who served as the Associate Chief and Chief of Pharmacy at the Washington DC VA Medical Center from 2000 until retirement in July 2018. In this capacity he was responsible for the daily operations of the Pharmacy Department at this comprehensive teaching medical center which provides pharmaceutical care for more than 100,000 veteran patients.
While at Auburn Linwood was the first African-American Plainsman and the first African-American Cheerleader. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, and was a member of Kappa Psi Pharmacy Fraternity and the Pershing Rifle Drill Team. Linwood was also selected “Who’s Who among students in American Universities and Colleges” while at Auburn.
Dr. Martin O’Neil
Department Head and Professor of Nutrition, Dietetics & Hospitality Management, College of Human Sciences
Dr. Martin O’Neill is the Horst Schulze Endowed Professor and Department Head with Auburn University’s Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management. Martin joined Auburn in 2002 and has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the hospitality field. He has been Department Head at Auburn for just over ten years; prior to which he served as Program Director for Auburn’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program. He has a total of 27 years of service with the academy across three continents. Prior to joining Auburn University Martin was employed by the School of Marketing and Tourism at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia and the School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He holds a BA (Honors) degree in Hotel and Tourism Management, a MS degree in Hotel and Catering Management and a PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Ulster. Martin has served as Vice-President, President and Immediate Past President of the International Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education – the peak professional body for hospitality educators. Martin has also previously served as President of the Southeast, Central & South American CHRIE Federation.
Alumni Programs Coordinator
Moira Pyle serves as an Auburn Clubs Coordinator within the Auburn Alumni Association. Alongside of her counterpart, they support over 120 Auburn Clubs and Auburn Alumni Affiliates. The goal of the Auburn Clubs program is to engage the Auburn Family and foster the Auburn spirit, raise funds to support student scholarships, and to be an extension of the Auburn Alumni Association in local communities.
Prior to her role at the Auburn Alumni Association, Moira served her national sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, as a leadership consultant with the local chapter at Auburn University.
Moira received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and minor in Leadership in 2018 from Emporia State University and is in the process of receiving her Certificate in Family Ministry from Highlands College.
Member, Young Alumni Council
Justin P. Saia leads global communications for Bloom Energy, the world’s leading provider of stationary fuel cells, and serves as an adjunct professor at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and as an Instructor, Continuing Studies at Stanford University.
Mr. Saia is a brand strategist with a demonstrated success influencing stakeholders, shaping public opinion, and building compelling brand narratives for both public and private companies.
He’s spent his career partnering with management teams and boards of directors guiding them through crises, navigating market disruptions, articulating their brand, and preserving their permission to operate.
Previous experience includes service as Vice President, Corporate Communications for the world’s leading cyber security company, Symantec. In New York City, Mr. Saia served as Chief Operating Officer at Matrix and as Senior Director at FTI Consulting, where he provided counsel to clients around critical issues impacting their enterprise value and reputation.
As a corporate spokesperson for Nissan North America, he led efforts to blunt negative news coverage and mitigate brand damage resulting from an aggressive international corporate campaign. As a corporate spokesperson for BP America’s international response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, he formulated proactive outreach and engagement strategies to manage reputational issues and restore corporate credibility with key stakeholder constituencies, following the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.
Mr. Saia also served as legislative assistant for a member of Congress, speechwriter for Alabama’s Lieutenant Governor, and campaign staffer and spokesperson for a number of contested political elections.
Mr. Saia holds a B.A. in philosophy from Auburn University, a M.B.A. in finance from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and a PGDip in strategy and innovation from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He was recognized in 2014 by the Nashville Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree and again in 2016 by the Public Relations Society of America – New York (PRSA – NY) as a 15 Under 35 honoree.
President for Alumni Affairs
Auburn Alumni Association
Regenia Sanders is a Principal at Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and serves as the America’s Supply Chain Leader for the Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility Industry Market, as well as Supply Chain Planning leader at EY. She has 20 years of experience delivering supply chain assessment and transformational projects, from sourcing and procurement to planning and fulfillment for Fortune 500 and Private Equity portfolio companies. The majority of her experience is in Industrial Manufacturing, where she advises and helps clients to innovate their supply chains. Sanders finds efficiencies through process improvement, while leveraging analytics and advanced technology point supply chain solutions and has authored thought leadership in the area. At Auburn, Sanders is a member of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Alumni Council and serves on the steering committee for the EMERGE Leadership program recently launched by Student Affairs. She is engaged in efforts with the Office of Inclusion & Diversity at Auburn and funds an endowed scholarship for females pursuing their undergraduate degrees in engineering. Regenia is also a member of the George Petrie Society, a recent inductee into the Samford Society, and a member of the Circle of Excellence Society.
Member, Black Alumni Council
My name is Vonnie Stone. I am a Future Ready Institute of Health Sciences Teachers at Tyner Academy in Chattanooga, TN. I became a Registered Nurse (RN) in 1995 when I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. I continued my education by receiving a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in 1998 from Troy University and a Master of Education (M.Ed) degree from Concordia University in 2015.
I am currently a Post-Masters Certificate student in the Auburn University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Graduation is May 1, 2021.
I worked as a RN in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Erlanger Hospital from 2010 to 2020. I worked for both the Chattanooga State Community College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Schools of Nursing as a Professor of Nursing. I was hired by Hamilton County Department of Education to teach at Tyner Academy in the Health Science program on August 1, 2011.
While attending Auburn University, I was a Student Recruiter, a Pre-College Orientation Counselor, an Admissions Office Tour Guide, a Tigerette, an SGA Senator for the AUSON, an SGA Representative at Large, and a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Black Student Union and the Gospel Choir.
Hans Van Der Reijden
Founder and CEO at Ithaka Hospitality Partners
With more than 25 years of dedicated service as an international hotelier, Hans van der Reijden is recognized as a hospitality expert and a respected leader.
As founder and CEO, Hans leads Ithaka’s development initiatives and spearheads the company’s academic partnership with Auburn University’s Hospitality Management Program. A visionary leader in the world of luxury hospitality, Hans has a record of successfully launching, turning around and expanding organizations.
Hans was a Partner in Capella Hotel Group from its founding in 2003 until 2018. Prior to joining Capella, he served as an Executive in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for 11 years, opening hotels across the globe.
He was named “Hotelier of the Year” in 2007 and “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2019 by the Alabama Hospitality Association, “Tourism Executive of the Year” by the State of Alabama in 2014 and was awarded the Award of Excellence by the Alabama Travel Council in 2014. Hans is an active member and has served as Chairman of the Board for both the Alabama Hospitality & Restaurant Association as well as the Alabama Travel Council. He also serves on the advisory board for the Alabama Tourism Department, an appointment by Governor Kay Ivey.
Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Executive Director
Auburn Alumni Association
Gretchen VanValkenburg serves as vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association for Auburn University. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership, direction and support of the mission of the Auburn Alumni Association and Auburn University. VanValkenburg, a 1986 Auburn business graduate, has a distinguished career as a university advancement professional. Prior to returning to Auburn, she served as executive director of development and alumni engagement at the University of West Florida, where she provided direction for all development and alumni-related activities and operations. Over a 17-year period, she held various leadership positions with increasing areas of responsibility, including alumni event planning, alumni board management, donor relations, fiscal management, volunteer recruitment and public speaking. She also served as a major gifts officer and led capital campaign planning efforts. VanValkenburg is a native of Montevallo and attended the University of Montevallo from 1982-1984. She is married to Craig VanValkenburg ’82, and they have one daughter, Heidi. She and her husband are life members of the Auburn Alumni Association and the Circle of Excellence Society.
Member, Young Alumni Council
Natalie Walker is originally from Marietta, Ga., and graduated from Auburn’s Harbert College of Business in 2016 with a degree in supply chain management. In her time at Auburn she was engaged in a variety of student organizations, from Air Force ROTC to serving on leadership teams for the Women’s Leadership Conference, Black Student Union & the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
Walker has a true passion for connecting with & helping others to find potential in themselves and to achieve their goals. As an Auburn student, Walker worked as an Operations Supervisor for Auburn Campus Recreation and as a student worker in HCOB Office of Professional & Career Development.
As her time on the plains was coming to an end, Walker completed an internship within the finance organization at Cox Enterprises in Atlanta, Ga. where she became a Sr. Sourcing Analyst. Walker is currently working as a Finance Vendor Relationship Analyst at Facebook in Austin, TX. Walker enjoys spending time cycling and competing in CrossFit, but also giving time back to her local community as a mentor for Women in Technology, as a youth girls basketball coach and through many endeavors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
As an ‘engaged alumni,’ Walker enjoys meeting and being able to host the Auburn family in her own back yard at Cox Enterprises and HCOB young alumni networking events, as well as out in other cities as she travels to neighboring cities to always take advantage of cheering on Auburn tigers across the globe.
San Diego Auburn Club President
Pam White ’90 joined the Alumni Relations team at University of San Diego in the summer of 2018 where she works with the Alumni Board of Directors and is ramping up a new alumni travel program. Prior to USD Pam served the Auburn Alumni Affairs team from 2009-2014 after moving back to Auburn from Jacksonville, FL. Pam worked with the War Eagle Travelers program and an executive assistant to the assistant vice president of Alumni Affairs.
Pam has also worked in the human resource and payroll fields at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, the PGA Tour Headquarters, British Airways and Emery Worldwide Airlines.
She loves to travel and volunteer her time and energy with the San Diego Auburn Club and the San Diego Zoo. While at Auburn, she served as the Advisor for the American Indian Auburn Association and has volunteered with the Red Cross during her university days.
Head Equestrian Coach
With six NCEA overall national championships at Auburn, head equestrian coach Greg Williams has become one of the most respected coaches’ in the sport. He put the program on the map with its first title in 2006 and has taken home five championships in the past 10 years. Now in his 26th season at the helm, and 19th as a varsity sport, Williams has continued to add wealth and prestige to Auburn equestrian.
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