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I’ve had excellent support from the University [and] from the administrative staff, and I’ve actually had some of the best instructors I’ve had in any of the institutions I’ve been to”
Dr. Gordon Bennett
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I’ve been able to accomplish a lot, something that I wanted to do for a long time. It’s been my lifelong dream to be able to obtain a Doctorate degree.”
Benjamin Perez
Doctoral Candidate

[The lecturers] took out their time just to share with us and to give us a world of knowledge, and that is more than you can even ask for at a traditional school.”
Joan Phillips
Master’s Candidate

 

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Commencement – 2013 Album

October 11, 2013

Diamond Bar, CA., October 11, 2013 – California Intercontinental University was proud to welcome our graduates and their esteemed guests to the Diamond Bar Center for California Intercontinental University’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony. We are happy to share just some of the photos from our this years commencement ceremony. Plesae click on the photo below to be directed to the photo gallery.

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Caluniversity Alumni Name As Executive

September 20, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. – National Black & Latino Council (NBLC) has announced Dr. Michael C. Owens as the VP of Policy and Government affairs.  Dr. Owens will set strategy, develop tactics and oversee the execution of NBLC’s public policy advocacy agenda at the federal, state, and municipal level, and will develop and drive strategies involving legislation, regulations, and public education and outreach.michael_owens_portrait

“We are excited to have Dr. Owens represent the organization in this capacity”, said Lance Robertson, Executive Director of National Black & Latino Council. “Michael is a smart and seasoned professional who understands government inner-workings and policy and their effect on America’s Afro-American and Hispanic communities.  Dr. Owens will help lead our political and fundraising operations and we look forward to him dedicating his talents to our mission of supporting policy and legislation that bring the kind of strong innovation and collaboration that can drive economic growth within the Black and Latino sectors.  As an existing member and volunteer with NBLC, we now look forward to his contributions to our mission to grow the organization as a whole.”

Dr. Owens has an impressive history of working with both minority businesses and the community as an entrepreneur, corporate manager and community leader.  He has also been a long-time advocate of increasing the awareness of economic power that comes with increased collaboration between the nation’s two largest minority groups.  The VP of Policy and Government Affairs will work as a part of NBLC’s executive team to develop key messaging to advance the National Black & Latino Council’s mission and to identify opportunities to align political, economic and policy goals with NBLC’s programs.

For more information about the National Black & Latino Council of America, visithttp://www.blacklatinocouncil.org.

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Military Friendly School for 2014

September 10, 2013

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named California Intercontinental University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

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“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows your school’s name commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”  Complete survey methodology is available atmilitaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found atwww.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found athttp://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

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CalUniversity Awarded Military Friendly Schools 2013 Title from Victory Media

September 18, 2012

Diamond Bar, CA, September 18, 2012 – Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named California Intercontinental University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.Military Friendly Schools

A pioneer in online Doctorate of Business Administration programs, California Intercontinental University offers a wide range of specialized graduate degrees. The DETC accredited university also offers online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and is constantly expanding its range of programs. A strong supporter of military personnel, their families, and veterans seeking further education, the university is a VA Approved Institution of Higher Learning and a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC).

“California Intercontinental University continues to support the educational learning needs of military personnel and their families. We are pleased to, once again, receive the distinction of being a military friendly institution from the military community,” said Dr. Troy Roland, Chief Academic Officer of the university.

“By nature of its distance learning and online format, California Intercontinental University provides military with options to help them attain bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a multitude of academic disciplines”, he added.

California Intercontinental University provides various benefits to its military students. For example, the application and registration fees are waived. The school also offers military scholarships to active duty, reservists, national guardsmen, veterans and other military service members. Scholarships are awarded based on both need and merit, taking into account income, GPA, and the Military Scholarship Essay, and are determined based on a point system.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows California Intercontinental University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Sean Collins.

The Military Friendly Schools ® media and website, found atwww.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. Complete survey methodology is available at
http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit

ABOUT Victory Media Inc

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Victory’s free, data-driven, Military Friendly ® lists can be found atwww.gijobs.com/2012Top100 www.militaryfriendlyschools.com and Victory’s lists are also published in G.I. Jobs, Military SpouseVetrepreneurmagazines, republished in national and local periodicals and are frequently cited on national and local TV stations.

About California Intercontinental University

A pioneer in online Doctorate of Business Administration programs, California Intercontinental University offers a wide range of specialized Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees such as Entrepreneurship & Business Management, Global Business & Leadership, Health Care Administration and Information Systems. A VA Approved Institution of Higher Learning and a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), California Intercontinental University has a strong focus on the military student experience. Programs are designed to meet the needs of our United States Armed Forces, and prior coursework, military training, and past experiences are evaluated for credit. For more information on programs, benefits, and scholarships, click here

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Commencement – 2012 Album

August 8, 2012
Diamond Bar, CA., October 29, 2012 –We recently held our commencement at the Diamond Bar Center and were joined by graduands across our programs. Photographers caught their nervousness, excitement, encouragement of their peers, and thanks to their families and friends on camera. Graduates will cherish these memories as they set out on the next phase of their journeys. Please click on the photo below to be directed to the photo gallery.

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California Intercontinental University Student Awarded ASQ Healthcare Division Scholarship

June 06, 2012

Diamond Bar, CA., June 6 2012 – California Intercontinental University is pleased to announce that Winnie MacGregor, a current MBA student, has been awarded the Nightingale Scholarship by the Healthcare Division of ASQ for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to pursuing quality improvement in the health care field.

The $2000 scholarship was awarded during the Quality institute for Healthcare on May 21–23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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MacGregor is pursuing an MBA in project and quality management at California Intercontinental University (CALUNIVERSITY). She also is working toward a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

“We are extremely proud of Winnie’s achievements,” said Dr. Finian Tan, Chairman of California Intercontinental University. “Many of our students are working adults trying to improve themselves, and we support them through our flexible curriculum and make sure that everything they learn is relevant and applicable to their work. Winnie’s hard work has paid off and she truly deserves this scholarship.”

In addition to her studies, MacGregor is a project manager in the patient safety department at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, where she spends much of her time educating staff about key safety practices like hand hygiene and implementing various National Patient Safety goals and initiatives.

“This scholarship lets my employers, peers, and instructors know that I’m really serious about pursuing a career in health care quality management,” MacGregor said. “This is a role that will enable me to have the greatest impact on improving patient care.”

“Ms. MacGregor has been engaged in quality in the health care environment for the past seven years through her work at Kaiser and her MBA studies,” said Grace Paranzino, co-chair of the ASQ Healthcare Division Nightingale scholarship committee. “She has shown a commitment to excellence in both endeavors and it is our belief that she will be a future leader in the field of health care quality.”

The scholarship is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, the initiator of the nursing profession who also pioneered health care statistics and promoted quality reforms in hygienic hospital care.

For more information and future scholarship eligibility requirements, please visit asq.org/health/about/awards-health.html.

About ASQ
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations, and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India, and Mexico. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies, and training at www.asq.org.

About California Intercontinental University
A pioneer in online Doctorate of Business Administration programs, the DETC-accredited California Intercontinental University offers a wide range of specialized Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees such as Entrepreneurship & Business Management, Global Business & Leadership, Health Care Administration and Information Systems. As a VA Approved Institution of Higher Learning and a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), California Intercontinental University also has a strong focus on the military student experience. For more information, please go to caluniversity.edu.

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Student Highlight: Thomson Lukose

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in India. During my early years (after college 1996), my career revolved around Web analysis and design. This was the time when HTML was the primary markup language!thomas-lukose

I came to United States in 2002. During the past 10 years, my career has spanned all over the map – I have worked on consulting assignments with Wachovia Bank, JPMorgan Chase, McGraw-Hill, State Auto Insurance, and United Health (Ingenix). In Dec 2010, I eventually joined JP Morgan Chase as a full-time employee (Business System Analyst). Currently, I am working on multiple projects aimed at improving business processes.

Being as BSA has been challenging but fun. Fortunately for me, the technology know-how and the business skills has helped me to succeed gracefully. The drive for me has been my paramount interest in writing system logic and algorithm – making the given process come to life! Making it more fun is when I am challenged to think about system usability when involve myself with the system UI design.

Ah, Hobbies! Well, I like reading books (thrillers or otherwise). I also enjoy running. I ran my first ½ marathon in 2010 (Columbus Marathon). This year I plan to run in North Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana.

Who was the greatest influence on your decision to further your education?

My greatest influence has always been my mother. She has always been a very hardworking and determined woman. After our father passed away in 1982, she dedicated her life for us. She made sure that we (sister, brother, and I) got the education we deserved. She toiled every day to ensure that we got equipped with the basic necessities to succeed in life. A devout Catholic, she lived for us and not for herself.

At times, I think about the challenges she went through and how she went about facing them – makes my problems look smaller. She always had big dreams for me. During my school days, she wanted me to become an Engineer (well, in Indian culture every father and mother wants their son/daughter to be an engineer or a doctor!) However, I chose a different path. At times she used to worry about where I might end up.

My mother’s hard work and determination is the source of inspiration for all my siblings, especially me. Her attitude towards life made me realize that I should never give up on anything and should keep on trying till I achieve the goal.

She is proud of my accomplishments and even today, whenever we talk she makes point to always ask me this “how are you doing with your studies; are you done yet?” For her I am still a kid who goes to school!

And for me, well I am here because of only one reason: my mother.

You’re in your final year at CALUNIVERSITY. How has the experience been so far?

Final year! It seems like yesterday when I took my first orientation course with Dr. Inserto. To be honest, while I did not expect that pursuing a doctorate degree would be an easy journey, my experience at California Intercontinental University has been more challenging than I’d imagined. It requires lot of hard-work and lot of creative thinking. It is definitely not a walk-in-the-park experience. The weekly deliverables of mini-projects (requires high level of creativity), case study analysis (requires analytical skills) and term–end exams did not leave me much time to breathe! It was constant reading, researching and making sure that I meet the weekly deadlines. The constant juggling with work and school has been challenging, but so rewarding.

Now, in my final leg of journey, I have an excellent professor (Dr. Fields) who is the Chair for my thesis. She is creative, understanding, and an excellent guide. Her responses are always quick and to the point. I am glad she is Chair because her subtle critique (in a good way!) has helped me think beyond books. Dr. Fields is able to tinker with my thought process, enabling me to clearly focus on the application of my thesis to contemporary real world problems in software development projects.

Which is the class you’ve found most useful/fulfilling so far? What classes are you looking forward to taking?

The entire course has been fulfilling. Every course was aimed at solving problems. For me, the most useful has been the subject of strategic planning. I believe the functioning of the world as a whole is based on certain strategic plan. Every company and every individual is knowingly or unknowingly is involved in strategic planning. Strategic plans provide a roadmap for success. Even my pursuit of the DBA was based on my own strategic goal – the plan to succeed, grow, and prosper over the years to come.

Any advice for people thinking of furthering their education?

Determination and Consistency are two words that a student should never forget.

You have to be determined that when you start something, you will finish it – in a timely manner. Every individual should have the determination to create and sustain fire in the belly to push forward. And to elevate the level of determination there should be a desperate quest for consistency. You set goals and you will meet goals on consistent basis. Set new goals and begin a new quest and reenergize yourself. Stay focused and don’t limit yourself to a tunnel vision. Consistency is not easy but it is also not impossible.

The day a student considers education to be fun, that very same day, education will feel easy. Of course, there are no short–cuts and there should not be.

It is always important to maintain consistency when you are in the pursuit of knowledge. Be consistent and be eager to gain, be consistent and be eager to learn something new, and be consistent to translate that learning in a concrete idea that can help you to propel into the world of possibilities.

Finally, in the world of Jean Jacques Rousseau – “Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education. We are born weak, we need strength; we are born totally unprovided, we need aid; we are born stupid, we need judgment. Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education.(Emile, On Philosophy of Education)

What are your future plans? How are you working to fulfill your future goals?

I am not done yet! I plan to study and continue my education. The continuation may be going back to school taking up courses as it relates to human factors design and usability or cognitive science and how it shapes the world we see. Education is always in my future plans. I want to keep going and not stop. The more knowledge you have the more equipped you are to deal with the modern problems that you encounter every day.

Yes, I love learning but at the same time I want to impart the knowledge as I move forward in life. I want to make a difference for a person, for a project or for a company. Education for me is sharing game. You learn and you share.

After completing my DBA, I plan to add more goals and objectives and will just keep going…maybe forever.

You started the CALUNIVERSITY Student Faculty Lounge (CSFL) on LinkedIn. What motivated you to do this?thomsan

The sole motivation was to meet like-minded students and or faculty from our University. As I said earlier, I like to share knowledge and at the same time I like to hear what others have to share. The perfect medium for that was a networking group and LinkedIn provided that platform – a platform to have open discussion.

Personally, I admire the concept of networking. It is fulfilling and rewarding. The CFSL group has 30+ members but I expect it to grow for years to come. It will provide platform for all the current and more importantly prospective students to seek out information when they are faced with difficult times during pursuit of their degree at CalU.

The group will be there forever; it will store knowledge for years to come for students and faculty alike. I am tempted to look down the line – say 10 years from now and visualize the amount of knowledge the group will create, is mind-blowing. More importantly it will be an open platform – and never to forget “open platform” is the magic word for spreading the wealth of knowledge.

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Alumni Highlight: Arthur Mazhambe

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, Africa. The passion to excel in education drove me to leave Africa for the United States to enroll in college when I was twenty years old. I returned to Africa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and worked my way to top management in industry in Zimbabwe. At age thirty six I earned a masters degree in strategic management. In 2004 I returned to the United States to teach in college.

Arthur Mazhambe I love soccer, and for several years led the Lancashire Steel Soccer Club as chairman, culminating in the team winning the prestigious Madison Trophy in 1999. I watch European soccer everyday on television and I keep up with events in my country Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa on a daily basis. I aspire to excel as a professor of business, and to avail my best service to the United States and my country Zimbabwe. I love to see college students mature in their understanding of business. Presently, I am involved in Shepherd Ministries International, a Christian ministry with projects in Africa. I love to connect American people, particularly children, with the villagers in Africa; helping to make a difference in the lives of both peoples.

What made you decide to further your education?

I have always aspired to achieve doctoral education, but failed to do so when I was younger due to financial constraints. Later on in my career, I was too much involved in business to concentrate on further education. When I decided to enroll in a doctorate program, the road to making the final commitment was a little winding until I eventually settled for CALUNIVERSITY.

Jillian Price, an admissions advisor at CALUNIVERSITY helped me with lots of information leading to registration as a student. She would not leave me alone, but I told her I would not register until I got evidence that CALUNIVERSITY was properly accredited by the DETC. This accreditation was an essential requirement from my perspective. I insisted on reviewing the qualifications of CALUNIVERSITY’s faculty, and Jillian provided information to my satisfaction.

I began doctoral studies in order to fulfill my ambition to become a doctor, and in the process, become better prepared for classroom teaching and research in business. I would be a very disappointed person if I got to old age without achieving this aspiration. I painfully funded tuition payments from my pocket, but I am grateful to CALUNIVERSITY for the part-scholarship awarded to me during the early part of the program.

Share with us some of your more memorable experiences at CALUNIVERSITY

I always knew that studying at doctoral level was not for everyone, but I found out the hard way as I progressed into the program. The deadlines for submitting weekly assignments caused me to spend many sleepless nights searching scholarly articles and books in the process of writing assignments. Many times I cursed myself for getting into the program, and I quietly cursed CALUNIVERSITY and faculty too!

However, every time I needed help, the faculty members were happy to assist. I thought of quitting a few times along the way. Hats off to Dr. Inserto for staying close to me and counseling me. I had some unique problems which she gladly addressed. The registrar’s office promptly responded to my numerous issues. It was rough staying on course when I was working on projects in Africa. I remember enduring many hours of staying up into the early hours.

Then the capstone doctoral project came! Firstly, I had to rewrite my project plan, then after my project was complete, I had to defend it in front of the Graduate Review Committee. Thankfully the committee concluded that my project was acceptable subject to corrections and some additional work. I worked hard (again), and got the final draft approved, earning the title of doctor, at last. My doctoral project is now summarized in a book titled “Corporate Governance Consultancy” and is available on Amazon.com. I am grateful to all my advisors for guiding me throughout the research process.

Attending the graduation ceremony in California was a memorable experience, worth enduring the long flight from my home in Louisiana.

Any advice for people thinking of furthering their education?

I encourage those thinking of furthering their education to make the first step by registering as a student and taking the first module. There will be time and financial sacrifices, but there is no way a doctoral qualification will be handed to someone on a silver plate.

Be prepared to endure a lot of pain and suffering (literally)! The reality is that for many months, family and friends will just have to play second fiddle, and because work demands will always be there, a doctoral student must work and study into night and early hours a good part of the duration of studies. The trick is to hang in there, no matter what. Good time management will help. When writing assignments, it is important to get started by writing the first paragraph and amazingly, ideas start to flow. Leaving writing to the hours close to the deadline only causes stress and poor final product. It is important to persist to the end.

What are your future plans? How are you working to fulfill your future goals?

I plan to excel in academia (both classroom teaching and administration), and in business consultancy. I would like to sit on the boards of firms and engage in other ways in commercial firms.

Writing and publication will be an important goal for me. Presently, I am writing another book. This one is titled “Skills for the Workplace: Student Learning Outcomes for Higher Educational Institutions”.

I also plan to complete a Master of Laws in Commercial Law degree which I left unfinished when I enrolled at CALUNIVERSITY. I am 47 years old now and I must build a financial reserve in the next fifteen years. This means I will have to work hard career-wise but also make use of my intellectual property in whatever form to achieve success.

Tell us more about Corporate Governance Consultancy.

Corporate governance is the system by which companies are directed and controlled. So, the consultancy part is about experts who assist firms by offering advice and/or trainingbook cover for Corporate Governance Consultancy

I was initially inspired to write about corporate governance having observed the deterioration of firms in my country Zimbabwe during and following several years of turbulent economic, political, and business environments. The doctoral modules in leadership and strategic management helped me to see how top leadership holds the key to success in an organization.

I wrote the book “Corporate Governance Consultancy” as a way to summarize my doctoral project and communicate my research results to interested audience such as students of business and consultants, particularly those with interest in markets in the countries in Southern Africa. The book provides assistance in building a business plan for the consultant.

I am presently writing a book on “Skills for the Workplace: Student Learning Outcomes for Higher Educational Institutions”, and also a book on “Leadership Skills for the Christian Ministry”. Writing is also underway on a children’s book titled “My Friend Luyando in Africa”.

Find out more about Arthur Mazhambe and his book, “Corporate Governance Consultancy”

www.arthurmazhambe.net and Amazon.

Dr. Arthur Mazhambe is the recipient of the prestigious DETC Outstanding Graduate 2012 award. The award ceremony will be held during the DETC 86th Annual Conference on April 17th, 2012 at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Maui, Hawaii.

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California Intercontinental University Holds Its First Texas Cluster

March 27, 2012
California Intercontinental University is proud to announce the start of our Student and Alumni Cluster Meetings.These informal get-togethers amongst CALUNIVERSITY students, alumni, and faculty will be held throughout the nation to connect the CALUNIVERSITY community. We will also be hosting virtual clusters for those who are overseas or who are unable to attend a local cluster meeting.

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