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Welcome to the spring edition of the Panther’s Tale. We had a busy winter with our largest and, according to President Catanese, our best homecoming ever. The introduction of FIT Homecoming Fest in downtown Melbourne proved to be a huge success. National recording act The Mighty Mighty BossTones attracted 8,000+/- people downtown, which is the largest ever (single event) crowd in downtown history. The following day 2,500 football fans watched the Panthers football team scrimmage on campus. With all the other events on campus, including the Homecoming 5K and Homecoming Gala, it was a weekend to remember.

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2013 is shaping up as a great year. The buzz for the first football game continues to grow, and I hope to see many of you at the games.

Go Panthers!

Bino Campanini
Executive Director Alumni Association
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Alexis Loo takes over leadership of FTAA

Alexis Loo
Alexis Loo (center) with President Catanese and Bino Campanini

Alexis "Sandy" Loo was unanimously voted in as the new president of the FTAA at the winter FTAA board of directors meeting. Alexis received her bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1975. She retired from the U.S. Navy after 26 years of distinguished service as a Special Duty Cryptologist. She currently holds a position at a federal government agency.

Alexis has served on the FTAA board of directors for 6 years, most recently as a member of the executive committee. She is very active with the university's Career Management Services office and has played a major role in recruiting FIT graduates to her agency.

She received the College of Science Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010.

"Alexis is a great alumna and is truly dedicated to the FTAA and her alma mater. She brings a high level of energy and organization to the position and will be a real asset as we continue to grow the FTAA," said Executive Director Bino Campanini.

Alexis Loo
President Alexis Loo chairing the spring FTAA board meeting

FTAA Adds Eight New Board Members

The FTAA board of directors approved the addition of eight new members to serve on the FTAA board for a three-year term:

Chad Shoultz ’96 B.S. Civil Engineering
Eddie Enders ’93 B.S. Electrical Engineering
Margaret Berger ’89 B.S. Business Administration
Brian Stahl ’86 B.S. Oceanography, ’88 M.S. Environmental Engineering
Rebecca Lambert ’91 B.S. Business Communications
John Chappell ’70 B.S. Engineering
Bernie Fuchs ’70 B.S. Engineering
Daniel Schlegel ’08 B.S. Business

New Class of Graduates Join Alumni Association

1,131 candidates are eligible to attend the spring commencement ceremonies to receive diplomas. The 486 undergraduate and 645 graduate students include on-campus students as well as online and students at 10 Extended Studies Department sites located throughout the United States and a virtual campus. All are welcomed into the Florida Tech Alumni Association.

Fall 2012 Graduation

FTAA Offers Job Search Support … Partners with Alumni Agent

Alumni Agent

We proudly announce our partnership with Alumni Agent. Alumniagent.com is a unique career job site dedicated to connecting employers to jobseekers from their alma mater and with employers interested in hiring alumni from FIT. With the job market as congested as it is, Alumni Agent provides FIT alumni with a competitive advantage, the proverbial "foot-in-the-door." Create a customized profile page, upload your photo, specify your job requirements, including salary, location and position, and let the recruiters come to you.

So, whether you are a recent graduate or have been in the job market for years, please take advantage of our partnership and let alumniagent.com help you with your job search.

Alumni Agent Summary

Use Alumni Agent to assist you in your job search. Alumni Agent connects FIT alumni with companies specifically interested in hiring FIT alumni: Panthers hiring Panthers. Whether you are looking for a first job or have been in the job market for several years, Alumni Agent serves as your alumni job search community focused on connecting alumni employers to alumni job seekers. Some of the features are:

  • Exclusive jobs for FIT alumni
  • Communicate with your alumni community
  • Get your "foot in the door" for your career
  • Personalized profile page with photo
  • Specify your job requirements
  • Upload multiple résumés

Save customized job searches, weekly job recommendations and access to career resources.

This service is provided to you free by your alumni association. Start your job search now by signing up for your Alumni Agent online account at Alumniagent.com.

Last Call for Nominations

The FTAA is accepting nominations until Aug. 31 for the Jerome P. Keuper (JPK) Distinguished Alumni Award and the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award. The awards will be presented along with the Outstanding Alumni Award from each college at the Homecoming Awards Gala on Nov. 3. The award criteria and nomination forms can be found here.

FTAA Recognizes Achievements

Alan Prestwood and Barbara Moore

Community leader Barbara Moore and FIT alumnus Alan Prestwood '78 were recognized by the FTAA for their contributions to their community at the annual Martin Luther King community reception held on campus. Mrs. Moore was presented with the Julius Montgomery Pioneer Award in honor of FIT's first African-American student. Mr. Prestwood received the Harvey Riley Bridge Builder Award.

2012 Joan Bixby Award Winners

The winners of the FTAA's 2012 Joan Bixby Awards are joined by alumna Gen. Ann Dunwoody '88 M.S. (second from left) at the 6th annual women's history month luncheon. The luncheon is co-sponsored by the FTAA.

FTAA Brings the Sounds of the 60s to Gleason

Concert to benefit the Gleason Seat Campaign

Sounds of the 60s

A concert by former stars of The Platters, The Drifters, The Temptations and The Coasters wowed a sellout crowd in the Gleason Performing Arts Center. The FTAA-sponsored event in support of the Gleason Seat Campaign generated such interest from the general public that the concert was sold out in days and left many disappointed fans without tickets. The university band TWITCHY featuring President Catanese and faculty opened for the stars and received a warm reception from the crowd before the stars took the stage and entertained the audience for 2 ½ hours with classic songs such as "Only You," "Under the Boardwalk," "My Girl" and many more.

There are still opportunities to support the Gleason Seat Campaign and name a seat in Gleason: https://alumni.fit.edu/name-a-seat

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UAE Chapter Welcomes President Catanese

Abu Dhabi Dinner

The UAE Chapter gathered for a dinner in Abu Dhabi to welcome President Catanese, Dr. McCay, FTAA Executive Director Bino Campanini and other FIT senior staff to the UAE. The dinner, attended by 80+ guests, included members of Harris Corporation who helped sponsor the dinner. President Catanese provided an update on the university and shared many of FIT's recent successes. He was joined by Bino Campanini in making a special presentation to Ibrahim Al Balooshi '01 for his contributions to his alma mater and the UAE chapter.

Ibrahim Al Balooshi

Greater Boston Alumni Social

Members of the Greater Boston Area chapter met at Amhreins on Sept. 26, 2012. Doug Schuler, Bernie Fuchs, Duane Stichfield, Tom Menino, John Chappell and Gregory Hunter enjoyed beer, snacks, a great clam chowder and, best of all, talking about how we can continue to expand membership.

The group highlighted that the best work of the chapter is assistance at the college fairs for the local high schools. The GBA chapter has a strong history in recruiting students for their alma mater.

Boston Alumni Social

Houston Area Alumni

The Houston chapter welcomed two new members to its group: Daniel Schoenberg, who graduated in 2012 with a degree in aviation management, and Godwin Ndukwe, who graduated with an MBA in 1992.

Houston Area Alumni

The Chapter held elections and the following officers were chosen:

  • Vice President – Kim Walsh
  • Treasurer – Godwin Ndukwe
  • Secretary – Linzy Quandt
  • Steve Barrow remains President

Dean Ham visits Chapters in S. Korea and Thailand

Dean Ham Visits Seoul

Dr. Ham visits with alumni in Seoul (above) and Bangkok (below)

Dean Ham Visits Bangkok

ASI Taiwan 2012 Holds 1st reunion in Taipai

Taipai Reunion


Former Soccer Star Reaches the Premiership

Mark Cartwright

In 1991, Mark Cartwright's saves as a goalkeeper helped the Panthers win their second NCAA II National Championship. After three years as arguably the Panthers finest goalkeeper ever, Cartwright returned to his native England where he had a career as a professional soccer player in the Football League. Although he never played in the Premier League, which boasts teams like Manchester United, he has made it to the "best soccer league in the world' as the technical director of Stoke City Football Club, where he is responsible for the playing talent at the club. How big is this job? According to Sport+Markt consulting firm, the Premier League is watched by almost 70% of the world's population, making it the most popular sports league in the world. Every team in the UK wants to be part of the action and Mark's job is to ensure Stoke City has the players to keep them in the league. Mark was recently profiled by the Staffordshire newspaper The Sentinel.

Business Alumnus Inducted into Retail Hall of Fame

Spencer Blaker

Spencer Blaker '90 was recently featured in the March edition of Shopper Marketing. Blaker is the director of global marketing for Burt's Bees Inc. (a favorite brand of the alumni office). In his role, he is responsible for the development, design and implementation of retail materials for the company. Blaker was featured in the magazine for his contributions to the retail industry and to highlight his induction into the 2013 Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame.

Congratulations Spencer!

Health Central Hospital Appoints FIT Alumna Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer McCarthy

Health Central hospital, the newest addition to the Orlando Health family of hospitals, announced it has appointed Jennifer McCarthy, MBA, FACHE, as its chief operations officer. In her role, Jennifer will play a key role in driving the continued development of the hospital's services and operations, and the expansion of its facilities.

Jennifer joined the Health Central Hospital team after 16 years with Health First Inc., most recently as vice president of operations at its Palm Bay Hospital.

Jennifer earned her MBA from FIT.

Basketball Alumnus Stars for Pro Team in UK

Essex Leopards

Former Panther, Simon Cummings #5, has been making news over on the other side of the Atlantic. Cummings scored 23 points as he helped his Essex Leopards defeat Tees Valley Mohawks 99-91 in overtime in the (English) National Trophy Final at the Braunstone Leisure center in Leicester. Cummings is remembered at FIT for hitting 10 consecutive 3-pointers during a home game. You can view that highlight at: http://bit.ly/XrIPpl

Chris Payne and Simon Cummings

Simon received support at one of his recent games from Florida Tech and Sunshine State Conference Sports Hall of Fame member Chris Payne '90.

Trustee Jonathan Zung Establishes Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry

Martin, Andrew, and Jonathan B. Zung
From left are Martin, Andrew and Jonathan B. Zung

Alumnus and Trustee Jonathan B. Zung, Ph.D., has established The Martin Zung Memorial Chemistry Endowment Fund at Florida Institute of Technology in memory of his late father Martin Zung. Zung '86 received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from FIT and his doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from Emory University.

The scholarship will annually recognize an outstanding junior or senior chemistry major who has demonstrated strong academic performance and outstanding independent research. The recipient will be presented with a plaque and a financial award, which is anticipated to be at least $1,500.


Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Grubbs Lectures at Florida Tech

Robert H. Grubbs

2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor Robert H. Grubbs of California Institute of Technology, was on campus as the university's 15th A. H. Blatt Seminar speaker. The lecture, hosted by Professor Nasri Nesnas of the chemistry department, took place on Feb. 5 in the Gleason Performing Arts Center.

Grubbs received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Richard R. Schrock and Yves Chauvin, for his work in the field of olefin metathesis, which is simply the exchange of certain types of chemical groups known as double bonds (aka Olefin or alkene units). This chemical transformation, which can be thought of as the "magical chemical stitching" technique, is analogous to swing dancers holding both hands and later exchanging partners with a neighboring couple, facilitated by the dance instructor (the catalyst).

Surfing Channel Names Florida Tech Great for Studious Surfer

It's official, dude! Florida Institute of Technology is "great for the studious surfer," according to the Surf Channel, which just named it one of the Top 10 Universities for Surfers. Florida Tech was ranked #6 as one of the "schools in prime locations for daily surf sessions to break up all that studying." Visit: www.thesurfchannel.com/slide/top-10-universities-to-attend-as-a-surfer

Just a year ago, Florida Tech, a U.S. News & World Report Tier One Best National University, was named by that organization as one of "5 Great College Towns to Avoid Winter." The story read, in part: "It's no surprise that one of the country's top surf colleges is also situated in a desirable location for students who want to avoid winter."

Distinguished Alumni Visit Campus

Tim Wakefield and Bino Campanini
Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame members Tim Wakefield and Bino Campanini

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and Panther first baseman Tim Wakefield stopped by campus to congratulate the 1992 baseball squad on their induction into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Tim has moved back to his hometown after a long and successful career in the major leagues.

Gen. Ann Dunwoody

Distinguished alumna retired Gen. Ann Dunwoody made a recent visit to the Melbourne campus. She spent time touring the campus and had the opportunity to meet with our campus ROTC. Dunwoody received her master's degree in logistics management from FIT's Fort Lee campus and credits her degree for enabling her to reach the pinnacle of her career. She was the first female four-star general in the Army! Her last position was as the commander of the Army Materiel Command, the largest global logistics command in the Army comprising 69,000 military and civilians located in all 50 states and over 140 countries. She managed a budget of $60 billion and was responsible for the oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts.

Florida Tech ROTC Student Receives Highest National Award

Cadet Lacey Sovern, of FIT's Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), received the George C. Marshall Award, a national award and the highest award for an ROTC cadet. It was presented to her recently during the George C. Marshall ROTC Award Seminar at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

The award is named after Army Gen. George C. Marshall who served as the Army Chief of Staff in World War II and as secretary of state and secretary of defense in the post-war era. The award is given annually to the most outstanding senior Army ROTC cadets in military science studies and leadership values in each battalion at host universities or colleges.

Gen. Ann Dunwoody and Cadet Sovern
Cadet Sovern with retired Gen. Ann Dunwoody


Professor and Alumna Have Heads in Clouds with New Book

Computer science Professor Scott Tilley and Florida Tech alumna Tauhida Parveen highlight the usefulness of cloud computing for software testing in their recently published book, Software Testing in the Cloud: Perspectives on an Emerging Discipline.

Cloud computing has gained significant attention by providing ways to store applications remotely. With software testing continuing to be an important part of the software engineering life cycle, the emergence of software testing in the cloud has potential to change the way it is performed.

In their book, Tilley and Parveen have collected research by leading experts in cloud computing, providing their perspectives on current issues relating to software testing and data migration in this budding field. They aim to raise awareness among researchers, practitioners and managers about the useful applications of these practices to cloud computing.

The book is available for sale through the publisher, IGI Global, and Amazon.com.

Alumnus Dr. Khalid Sheikh Gets to the Heart of Health with New Book

FIT alumnus, Khalid Sheikh, MD, MBA, FACC, directs a cardiology practice specializing in lipid management and cardiovascular disease prevention, treatment and reversal in Cocoa Beach, FL.

His 350-page book is directed toward individuals motivated to maintain a high level of personal health and wellness, who are interested in learning about atherosclerosis, lipids and heart disease. Most of the book is devoted to a critical review of current approaches to prevent, treat and reverse heart disease. This includes lifestyle modifications, diet, nutrition, supplements, exercise, medications and heart angioplasty and surgery.

More information can be found at: www.sheikhheartcare.com

The book can be found in all e-book formats as well as soft and hard cover print editions online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.

Financial Advice Website Ranks Florida Tech Graduates among Top Earners

Florida Institute of Technology was recently recognized among the "highest reported salaries upon graduation" by financial advising website, NerdWallet.com. Among other colleges in the United States, Florida Tech ranked 21st overall; among universities in the engineering/computer science category, Florida Tech ranked 15th.

Launched in 2010 for the purpose of recommending credit cards, personal finance options, discounts and gas prices to consumers, NerdWallet.com also allows visitors to compare and rank colleges. The website was founded in 2009 by hedge fund equity analyst Tim Chen and former JPMorgan Chase employee Jacob Gibson. The website has been acclaimed by CNN Money and the New York Times Bucks blog.


Coach Englehart Talks Football

Crew Strikes Gold at Dad Vail

Robert H. Grubbs

Florida Tech's varsity four won its third gold medal in program history and first since 1995 Saturday afternoon at the 75th Anniversary of the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River.The Panthers won by 9.5 seconds at 6:39.17. The next closest boat was Wentworth Institute of Technology at 6:48.62. Oklahoma City, Rollins, Georgia Tech and Philadelphia came in third through sixth, in order. Capturing gold was coxswain Jacqueline Horbert, stroke Troy Toggweiler, Alec Bertossa, Jose Gomez-Feria and bow Frank Campione.

Doug Flutie Headlines Florida Tech's Second Inside the Huddle Banquet

Doug Flutie Hail Mary Celebration
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Doug Flutie celebrates his famous Hail Mary pass with Boston College offensive lineman Steve Trapilo after the Eagles beat Miami 47-45 in a regular season game at the Orange Bowl in 1984. Photo courtesy of Boston College Media Relations.

Over 200 football fans gathered in the Clemente Center to listen to Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie at the second Inside the Huddle banquet. Raised in nearby Melbourne Beach, Flutie played 12 seasons in the National Football League, eight seasons in the Canadian Football League and one season in the United States Football League. He was a six-time CFL Most Outstanding Player Award recipient, a six-time CFL All-Star, named NFL Comeback Player of the Year and played in the 1999 Pro Bowl.

Flutie is famously known for his Hail Mary pass that led Boston College to a 47-45 victory over the University of Miami during a regular season game at the Orange Bowl in 1984. He received several awards for his performance that season, including the Heisman Trophy and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

Bino Campanini and Doug Flutie
FTAA Executive Director Bino Campanini with Doug Flutie

Flutie entertained the crowd with anecdotes from his NFL years as well as his time at Boston College. The former NFL legend was enthusiastic in his support of the new Panther Football program and made himself available after the banquet for photos and autographs.

Chopper Dropper Event Drops $75,000 in cash prizes

Five alumni among winners

Chopper Dropper winner Josh Baker

The annual Chopper Dropper event delivered cash prizes to 17 lucky winners, including Josh Baker of Jacksonville, who took the $50,000 grand prize, and Paul DeKany of Merritt Island who won $10,000. Of the 15 runner-up prizes of $1,000 each, five went to alumni: Rebecca Archer '92, Cathy Bright '82 M.S., Joe Eckelman '74, Jack Pruitt '72 M.S. and John E. Burr (LJ).

2013 Class Inducted into Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame

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The 2013 Hall of Fame Class pictured after the induction ceremony

It was a matter of time before four standout performers and one remarkable team joined an exclusive group of former student-athletes, coaches and supporters in the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame. That time came on Feb. 1 in front of a roomful of people eager to recognize the distinguished class of 2013.

The inductees were women’s rower Dr. Valerie Barber ’78, men’s soccer players Eddie Enders ’93 and Fidgi Haig ’92, men’s tennis player Khalid Outaleb ’87 and Florida Tech’s 1992 Baseball Team.

Since the Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1986, 41 individuals and five teams have been enshrined. The next time you are in the Clemente Center, visit the Sports Hall of Fame near the entrance.

The 2013 Sports Hall of Fame banquet can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/FITHallofFame. Pictures from the evening are also available at http://bit.ly/FITHallofFamepics.

Men's Basketball featured on SportsCenter … Again!

For the second time in less than 15 months, a Florida Tech men’s basketball player made SportsCenter’s top plays! David Usic’s two-handed reverse dunk from a Panther’s home game against Nova Southeastern was featured as bonus footage to SportsCenter’s pre-edited top plays for February! You can view the actual highlight at the link below.


Long Serving Coach Reynolds Named WBCA South Region Coach of the Year

Florida Tech reached the postseason for a fifth consecutive season and finished the 2012–13 season with its 21st winning season in the program's history under head coach John Reynolds. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association named Reynolds its RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division II South Region Coach of the Year.

Reynolds, who finished his 26th season in charge of Florida Tech's bench, led the Panthers to their 21st winning season in the 27th year of the program. FIT finished the season with a 16-11 overall record to give Reynolds a 476-266 (.642) all-time record.

It is Reynolds' third South Region Coach of the Year award. He is one of eight Division II regional coaches to be recognized with the achievement.

Coach John Reynolds

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Andrew Lea (seated far right) at UAE Chapter dinner

Andrew Lea is serving as the program manager on the 6th largest yacht in the world. Andrew works with two other FIT alumni, Chris Goshow '95 and John Canada '94, based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Andrew attended the recent UAE chapter dinner attended by President Catanese.

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Loftsson Family

Former Panther soccer star Arnalder Loftsson '94 with Hafdís Böðvarsdóttir and their 3 children: Valdís, 12, Bjarki, 9, and Elsa Kristín, 6. Arnulder lives in his native Iceland.


Ann-Marie Helgestad

Ann-Marie Helgestad '12 enjoying a ski holiday in St. Anton in Austria.


Cannicle Family

Winston B. Cannicle '95 and his wife Stacy have two lovely children, Jillian, 9, and Winston Jr. (Julian), 3.


Scott Tessein

Scott Tessein is currently the aviation maintenance and logistics manager for the U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. Scott served in the Army for 23 years before taking his new position and is now responsible for acquisitions and budget for a fleet of 205 aircraft. Scott lives with his wife Diana and two daughters in Sanford, N.C.


Eddie and Sherri Enders

Eddie Enders '93 was inducted into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 1, 2013, and was recently appointed to the Florida Tech Alumni Association board of directors. Eddie lives in the Melbourne area and works at Harris Corporation as an advanced products engineer traveling to locations throughout the U.S. supporting his customers. This year, he celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary with his wife Sherri.


Shoultz Family

Newly appointed Alumni Board member Chad Shoultz '96 and wife Michelle '97 of Indialantic have enjoyed experiencing the exciting transformation of Florida Tech over the past several years. Alumni weekend events, sporting events and summer sports camps for their kids, Brock, 9, and Grant, 7, are just a few family activities they continue to enjoy on campus.


Stephens Family

Joel Stephens moved to Tampa in 1994 and joined Thomas Financial, which he is now an owner/partner. He married Janet Stephens (Sherman), who is also a Florida Tech alumna, and they have two beautiful girls, Jordan and Janelle. Janet and Joel are very involved in their children's activities including school, sports and dance. They are very active in the Tampa Bay Community both socially and philanthropically and both have continued their involvement with Florida Tech and have enjoyed watching and participating in the growth of the university.


Paprocky Family

Ray Paprocky '90 and his family live in Floral Park, N.Y. Ray and his wife of 16 years Christine have two daughters, Nicole, 10, and Jessica, 7. Ray works for a Biotech Pharmaceutical Co., Biogen Idec and his wife is a physical education teacher.


Atkinson Family

Dave Atkinson (Florida Tech Soccer) & Amy (McEwen) Atkinson (Florida Tech Volleyball) are currently living in Northern, Va., just outside Washington, D.C., after moving from Melbourne in 2004. Dave worked for Morgan Stanley for 11 years before recently joining UBS Financial Services in February 2013. Amy joined Harris Corporation after graduating from Florida Tech and is currently a human resources director for ICF International. Both Dave and Amy earned their MBAs from Florida Tech and are getting ready to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary on April 26, 2013. They currently have two sons, Jace, 4, and Taylor, 2, who take up most of their time. Dave is still a very active in soccer, both playing and coaching in the local community.


Todd Hubner

Todd Hubner is currently vice president of WSB & Associates, Inc., managing the water resources group. He is part of a team designing and monitoring several new technologies to improve the quality of storm water runoff from urban land uses. Recently, he has been been traveling in Australia, New Caledonia, Hawaii and will next be in New Zealand.


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