CSU Dominguez Hills and Fullerton Sign Engineering Partnership

CARSON, Calif. – Two CSU campuses signed an agreement last week that will establish a landmark partnership in which students can obtain a bachelor of science in physics from California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) with an option in electrical engineering by attending engineering classes at CSU Fullerton.

The agreement for the pilot program was recently signed by Selase Williams, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Kenneth Ganezer, professor of physics, and Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of CSU Fullerton’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Mostafa Shiva, CSUF professor of electrical engineering.

“The program is a perfect partnership and represents the type of collaboration that CSU Chancellor Charles Reed wants,” Williams said.
“In this time of a severe budget crisis, it’s appropriate that the two campuses work together, and that this program is finalized during National Engineering Week and a time when we have two robotic devices on Mars,” said Ganezer.

The new program will welcome five to 10 students in the fall and is expected to grow in the future. Students will take 14 units of electrical engineering courses on their way to completing the B.S. in physics. Students in the program will also get a head start on pursuing graduate level engineering work at CSU Fullerton.

“The program involving the two universities is a unique model of collaboration,” said Keith Boyum, associate vice president for academic programs at CSUF. “It benefits the physics program at Dominguez Hills by offering students the electrical engineering option, along with a vehicle for direct admission into Fullerton’s master’s program in electrical engineering.”

“It’s a ’win-win’ for taxpayers,” said Boyum, “because Dominguez Hills does not have to pay expensive start-up costs for an engineering program, and Cal State Fullerton can utilize existing faculty and facilities for undergraduate Dominguez Hills physics majors.”

Linda W. Patton, director of grants and contracts at CSUF, and Clementine Sessoms, coordinator of federal programs, College of Arts and Sciences at CSUDH, agree that the program could lead to scholarship grants for participating students from agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation.

The genesis for the collaborative effort came about early in 2003 at a regional NASA conference that involved minority-serving institutions, including representatives from the two campuses. A few weeks later during Engineering Week, CSUF faculty members and others met with CSUDH officials. Jesa Kreiner, CSUF engineering division chair, proposed the idea of a collaborative program with CSUDH. Following a series of meetings and negotiations, the agreement was signed, just one year later.

Once the pilot program is underway and proves successful, other disciplines, such as mechanical engineering and computer engineering, may be added as other engineering options for CSUDH students.

Unnikrishnan, who has overseen similar partnerships when he served at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York, noted that this collaborative program is at the forefront in the CSU. He added that a wide array of career opportunities exist for electrical engineers, especially in Orange County’s systems-oriented industries that involve chip design, aviation, medical imaging, medical appliances and other fields.

Virtual Plaza participates on Inter American University Open-house

Friday 12th of March 2004
Virtual Plaza participates on Inter American University Open-house
Recently, Virtual Plaza staff participated from the Open-house at the Guayama Campus of the Inter American University of PR. The Consortium, with headquarters at the Central Office of the Inter American, was extended an invitation from the Guayama Campus to promote the services available through the Virtual Plaza portal for college students.
Recently, Virtual Plaza’s staff participated from the Open-house at the Guayama Campus of the Inter American University of PR. The Consortium, with headquarters at the Central Office of the Inter American, was extended an invitation from the Guayama Campus to promote the services available through the Virtual Plaza portal for college students.
Students and faculty members had the opportunity to visit Virtual Plaza’s informational booth, browse through the portal, and search for information about career opportunities, scholarships, and graduate studies. Students also registered at the Plaza to have access to other online resources, such as online libraries, a catalog of online courses and programs from the HETS affiliated institutions; the Cybercafé, where they can communicate with students from Puerto Rico and the United States, as well as tools to help them choose a career. Also, students had the opportunity to search for a mentor to give them guidance through the HETS e-Mentoring Program.
Faculty members also had the chance to register at the Virtual Plaza portal to have access to online support resources available at the Faculty Placita. Professors who subscribe at the Plaza can take advantage of free online modules; participate from the listserv and discussion forums, and online workshop Teaching Online for Higher Education offer through the University of Texas Pan American, HETS member institution, leader in distance education.
The Virtual Plaza is a bilingual interactive portal for online learning, faculty collaboration, career exploration and mentoring support. This project was created by HETS and has been financed, in part, with funds from the Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP) Program, the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as in kind contributions from HETS affiliated institutions and the private sector.
By Maribel Miro

HETS/LAAP Professor Recognized by the Instructional Design Council

Miami Dade College’s Professor Mildred (Millie) Roqueta has received the 2004 Outstanding Online Course Award from the Instructional Technology Council for her online course “Psychology of Personal Effectiveness”. The Instructional Technology Council (ITC) is a national organization that represents higher education institutions in the United States and Canada and is a leader in advancing distance education and instructional design.

Prof. Roqueta was honored at a special recognition luncheon on February 23rd, at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. The award ceremony is part of this year’s Tel e-learning conference in San Diego, California. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in course presentation, content, activities, evaluation, and management. It also acknowledges outstanding levels of interactivity, use of multimedia, communication, and variety of instructional material.

A full-time faculty member at MDC’s Kendall Campus Social Science Department, Prof. Roqueta holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from the Miami Institute of Psychology of the Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies. She is a member of MDC’s Distance Education Committee, the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, the Women’s History Conference Committee, and the Kendall Campus Academic and Student Support Council.

In commending Prof. Roqueta for the award, MDC president Eduardo J. Padrón said, “Prof. Roqueta’s ’Psychology of Personal Effectiveness’ course has succeeded in establishing a genuine sense of community among her students. Individuals who can shape technology into a humanizing force, who can make distance learning a means of bridging physical and cultural distance, earn my lifelong respect.”

Professor Roqueta’s “Psychology of Personal Effectiveness” course is widely regarded as one of the best online courses at MDC’s Virtual School. She has taught this course, using a variety of media, since June 2000. This online course was developed by Prof. Roqueta through a Grant awarded by the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS). HETS is a consortium initiative whose mission is to widen the access of higher education to Hispanic students by linking colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico through technology, and by increasing distance learning opportunities through partnerships and collaboration.

Prof. Roqueta’s course has been taught for over three years and has reached over 600 hundred students in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

HETS will provide more than $80K to Inter-Institutional Projects

Last December, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) selected four out of six proposals, that were reviewed in the last round of competition, as part of the Online Learning Collaboration Initiatives that the Consortium is funding for its member institutions.

HETS and its’ Evaluation Committee, constituted by renowned leaders and experts from different organizations and institutions of higher education, determined that the following proposed projects will be granted altogether more than eighty thousand dollars in LAAP funds as seed money for the program’s development phase. The new online offerings will be in Bilingual Journalism, Cross-Cultural Health Care, and Security Management, in addition to a student support service called Hispanic Online Learning Access. Most of the proposed online offerings will be bilingual, and vary from continuing education certificates and programs to associate and bachelor degrees.

These areas of future program development have been identified as fields of great demand and need for the Hispanic population in the U.S. The Cross-Cultural Health Care program, for example, has been designed with a focus on developing cultural awareness, sensitivity and competence in nursing professionals. The Bilingual Journalism addresses the current need for bilingual journalists. The Security Management program responds to the existent governmental, corporate, and personal concerns about security in contemporary society. And finally, the Hispanic Online Learning Access program proposes the development of learning tools to help non-native English speakers succeed in higher education.

The HETS Online Learning Collaboration Initiatives receive fnancial support from the Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships grant from FIPSE, of the U.S. Department of Education. Kansas State University Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), and its’ Co-Director and Project Coordinator, Dr. Sue Maes and Ms. Dawn Anderson, respectively have provided other valuable consulting and guidance support. Last September, Kansas State University received a FIPSE grant for the next three years to continue guiding HETS in this collaboration process.

“HETS is experiencing one of its most ambitious challenges in having for the first time colleges and universities, in the Unites States including Puerto Rico, collaborating together to expand their online offerings. This project will give the Consortium a leading role in promoting inter-institutional alliances, and will allow HETS member institutions to work together to develop new programs, minors, certificates and services. What a single institution could not do by itself, could be accomplished through collaborative groups from various higher education institutions”, expressed Nitza Hernández, HETS Executive Director.

Institutions participating in these initiatives include California State University at Bakersfield, California State University at Dominguez Hills, Miami Dade College, Hostos Community College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, Queensborough Community College, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, University of the Sacred Heart, University of Texas at Brownsville, and University of Texas Pan American.

Cal State Dominguez Hills joins Moscow to Promote Distance Learning

WHO: Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills and Boris Mikhailov, Rector, Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science (MGAPI) University.

WHAT: Live teleconference to sign an agreement to form a partnership between CSUDH and the Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science University.

The first partnership between an American and a Russian university to make accredited distance learning degree programs available to students in Russia. Initially, the program will offer the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Quality Assurance and Bachelor of Science in Quality Assurance.

WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Extended Education Complex 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson 90747
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 26, at 8:15 a.m.

CSUDH is an international leader in distance learning and has the largest distance learning program in the CSU system with students in all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science was established on August 29, 1936 as the All-Russian Machine-Building Institute. It was renamed the Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science (MGAPI) on January 7, 1994. MGAPI has seven major departments: Computer Sciences, Economics and Business, Science of Law, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics, Sociology, Philosophy and History. The major departments of MGAPI offer more than 50 specializations.

CSU Dominguez Hills MBA Program One of the Best Bargains in the Nation

GetEducated.com ranks CSUDH number nine among 120 accredited universities.

CARSON, Calif. – The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Distance Learning program at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), has been rated among the top 10 least expensive among major universities in America according to a national survey. GetEducated.com, LLC has released its biannual survey of tuition costs at 120 accredited distance learning MBA programs, and has determined CSUDH ranks number nine in regionally accredited MBA programs.

After surveying a cross section of respected universities from throughout America, including Duke, Howard, Purdue and Carnegie Mellon universities, officials at GetEducated.com selected the online MBA program at Cal State Dominguez Hills in the top 10, the only California university so listed.

“To be ranked a GetEducated.com ’Best Buy Distance MBA,’ a program must cost considerably less than the national average for an online MBA in its class,” said Vicky Phillips, CEO for GetEducated.com.

“Costing close to half of the national average [$16,400 is the national average for a regionally accredited online MBA], CSUDH is an amazing bargain for prospective students nationwide,” said Phillips. “It is in fact one of the Top 10 Least Expensive options for students to consider when they are trying to decide among the more than 100 accredited options currently available in the marketplace.” The Distance Learning program costs about $9,000 at CSUDH. Phillips said only programs accredited by agencies recognized by the Council on Higher Education (CHEA) are permitted to list in GetEducated.com’s “Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools”.

The online MBA courses are interactive between faculty and students and include lecture videos, e-mail communication, group involvement among students and video conferencing.

The CSUDH Distance Learning program, the largest in the 23 campus CSU system, attracts students from across America and throughout the world. In 2002-03, more than 4,000 students representing 60 countries were enrolled in online courses.

In addition to the online MBA, other distance learning programs are offered at CSUDH and others are under consideration. In January, CSUDH President James E. Lyons, Sr. joined Boris Mikhailov, Rector of Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science, as they signed a landmark agreement to provide accredited distance learning degree programs to students in Russia. This marked the first time an American and Russian university partnered to deliver an online academic program.

Last October, the Pannasastra University of Cambodia also signed a historic memorandum of understanding with CSUDH that opened the doors of distance learning instruction between the two universities. The agreement will facilitate the prospect of joint research activities for research funding, publications, student exchanges and joint seminars.

Following is additional background on the university’s online program:

* CSUDH was the first accredited university in the nation to design an academic degree for the Internet. The M.S. in Quality Assurance remains the only one of two MSQA programs offered in California.
* The M.P.A. Online program (master’s in public administration) is the only one of its kind in the CSU system and graduated its first student in May, 2003.
* The M.A. in Negotiation & Conflict Management is one of five such programs in the country and the only one delivered via TV.
* The 2003 issue of “A Report on Distance Education Courses and Programs,” released by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, reports CSUDH continues to lead the system in distance learning initiatives.
CSUDH produces more live TV programming than any other California State University and is one of the only college campuses in the country wired for live television broadcasts.

Please visit our Web site for Distance Learning at http://dominguezonline.csudh.edu/programs.php for additional information on the program.

University of Texas at Brownsville, U.S. Leading Institution in the HETS e-Mentoring Program

The University of Texas at Brownsville, one of HETS founding institutions, has been fundamental in the development, up scaling, and dissemination of the HETS e-Mentoring Program in the United States. Professors from various disciplines have been involved in this project, integrating the Program to their course as a supportive tool to enrich the students’ academic experience.

Dr. Mahmoud Quweider, Chairperson and Dr. Juan Iglesias, Assistant Professor, both from the Computer Science Department, have played a leading role in getting UTB’s students engaged in the e-Mentoring Program. Dr. Quweider and Dr. Iglesias have been participating in the Program since 2002, with more than 50 students been benefited from this online mentoring experience.

“It was a great chance for the students to be involved in and be in touch with professionals from the industry who can put the course they are taking in perspective with respect to their future careers”, expressed Dr. Mahmoud Quweider regarding his students’ experience with the HETS e-mentoring program. “For our students, especially being mainly of the underrepresented Hispanic minority, the program is making them aware of the great opportunities that await them especially by reading the success stories of their mentors who are working at some of the most prestigious corporations of America”, added Dr. Quweider.

The HETS e-Mentoring Program is a support service created for Hispanic college students with the objective of providing guidance and support for them to complete their degrees, thus increasing retention and Hispanic representation in the work force. Students engage in an online mentoring relationship with a professional in their field of study, giving them the opportunity to have a role model, getting an updated perspective of their future career, and the skills they need at the college level to be able to succeed in the future. In addition, students acquire technical and communications skills most required in today’s competitive corporate world.

“My students had the opportunity to interact with professional mentors in the area of Information Technology, most of them from the IBM Corporation. They exchanged interesting and valuable information that helps promote student retention and professional development, as well as skills on how to make a successful job interview, how to deal with the transition from college to work, in addition to uplifting and inspiring success stories”, expressed Dr. Iglesias.

El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye

CARSON, Calif. – The masterworks of nine prominent women photographers of Mexico will be on display during the exhibit, “El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye,” in the University Art Gallery of California State University, Dominguez Hills from Feb. 5 through March 4, 2004. The exhibit will open with a reception on Feb. 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. and a gallery tour led by Margarita Nieto, Ph.D., professor of Chicana/Chicano Studies, CSU Northridge, at 7 p.m.

El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye” features works from: Lola Álvarez Bravo, Kati Horna, Mariana Yampolsky, Graciela Iturbide, Flor Garduño, Yolanda Andrade, Alicia Ahumada Salaíz, Ángeles Torrejón and Maya Goded. These artists from three generations have collectively reached across the 20th century to confront us with the essentials of life. They all live in or near Mexico City. Many of the women are friends or acquaintances, though Bravo, Horna and Yampolsky have passed away.

Each photographer is an accomplished artist in her own right, with a body of work well able to stand on its own, but the kinship among them is particularly striking when their photographs are seen together. Because each generation of photographers mentored the next, their images have an extensive aesthetic connection – little homages here and there, borrowed elements, overlapping spiritual territory, similar lives.

From Lola Álvarez Bravo, one of the most prominent of the first generation of women photographers in Mexico, to Graciela Iturbide, with an international reputation as one of Mexico””””s premier contemporary photographers, this tour presents the work of a unique sisterhood of artists made available for the first time to venues across America.

“El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye” is curated by Connie Todd, curator of the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at Texas State University in San Marcos, where the exhibition enjoyed a successful run in 2000. The exhibition is organized by the Wittliff Gallery and toured by ExhibitsUSA. ExhibitsUSA provides access to an array of arts and humanities exhibitions, nurtures the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and encourages the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities. ExhibitsUSA is a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1972.


“El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye” is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Presentation of this exhibit at the University Art Gallery, CSU Dominguez Hills, is sponsored by the City of Carson Fine Arts and Historical Commission.

The exhibition continues through March 4, 2004. Admission is free to all gallery events. The gallery is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Cal State Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria Street in the City of Carson near the junction of the Harbor, Artesia and San Diego freeways. Visitor parking permits may be purchased for $2 at the yellow dispensing machines at the front of each campus lot.

HETS Board of Directors Welcomes New Member

Burlingtown County College is the institution that recently joined the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS). This institution requested membership during the Consortium’s Board of Directors meeting, which took place at the Main Offices of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR) and at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) this past January 15 and 16.

With the addition of this college, HETS member institutions total 19. The presidents of the institutions, or their appointed representatives, make up the HETS Board of Directors, which is currently chaired by IAUPR President Manuel J. Fernós, Esq., institution that also hosts HETS main office. Board meetings deal with the strategies regarding distance education that will be implemented each year in coordination with the affiliated institutions. This time around, when 17 of the 19 affiliated institutions were in attendance, most of the sessions targeted the topic of inter-institutional collaboration initiatives.

During the meeting, members of the Lehman College and John J. College’s faculties, in New York, as well as professors from Miami-Dade College, in Florida, were able to participate at-a-distance, through videoconference technology. These professors, along with others from the Sacred Heart University, PUPR, and IAUPR, presented to the HETS Board the four proposals that were selected to develop inter-institutional programs and services online. Three collaborative initiatives belong to the fields of cross-cultural nursing, security management, and bilingual journalism. The fourth constitutes a series of modules to support online learning. The teachers explained that many of the proposed offerings will be bilingual and will include from associate degrees and minors to continuing education certificates and programs. A total of thirteen HETS member institutions are currently involved in this project. “HETS is heading toward one of the most ambitious challenges that it has yet faced,” Consortium Executive Director Dr. Nitza Hernández stated during the meeting, “because this is the first time that several universities in the United States and Puerto Rico join to expand their online offerings in a collaborative manner. This will enlarge the inter-institutional alliances within the Consortium itself. Together they will begin creating new programs, minors, certificates and services.” Morevover, Hernández added, “A university will achieve through a collaborative group made up of several institutions that which it would not be able to do by itself”.

HETS Board members also participated in a workshop that was lead by the Great Plains Alliance (GPIDEA) of Kansas State University. The workshop addressed the most important issues and challenges as well as possible ways of solving them in order to support the development of these programs and services within institutions.

Also, the HETS Virtual Plaza project team shared with the Board its most recent achievements and lessons learned, as well as the challenges that it will be facing this coming semester in order to provide continuity to the services and programs. One of the project’s most notable achievements was the HETS Online Mentoring Program. Ms. Carmen Burtell, the Program Coordinator, indicated that more than 200 students of several HETS member institutions have benefited from the Online Mentoring Program.

Among the challenges faced by the Mentoring Program is getting more institutions involved in promoting it among faculty and students, as well as implementing some technical upgrades to the program in order to ease its use and management. “Among the lessons learned through the daily use of the Program during the semester,” Ms. Burtell explained, “one to highlight is realizing that the institution’s commitment is critical to its success, better results were achieved in those institutions where a faculty member was involved in the Program”.

HETS is the first telecommunications consortium created to serve the Hispanic community through distance education.

HETS Shares With Its Member Institutions $30K of Its FIPSE LAAP Grant

The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) recently granted around $30,000 of its Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP) grant, from FIPSE, among several member institutions that competed for a planning grant to develop online learning collaboration initiatives. HETS, a consortium of 18 colleges and universities dedicated to expanding Hispanics’ opportunities for higher education through distance learning, started facilitating this inter-institutional collaboration initiative during a workshop offered on last June’s board meeting in New York. Six groups, including almost 50 academic leaders, distance education administrators, and faculty from 13 member institutions in California, Florida, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas are now working jointly in these inter-institutional initiatives.

HETS selected the six inter-institutional groups, out of nine original proponents who submitted planning proposals or letters of intent to develop online programs or services in several areas of need for Hispanic college students. An Evaluation Committee integrated by prestigious professionals in the fields of distance learning and information technology in higher education thoroughly reviewed all the planning proposals, and submitted their comments and recommendations for the development of the full proposals. The committee members included Dr. Darcy Hardy (University of Texas Telecampus), Dr. Jerónimo Dominguez (University of New Mexico-Albuquerque), Dr. Alex Ramírez (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities), Dr. Sue Maes (Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, Kansas State University), and Rusell Poulin (Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications).

The Great Plains Alliance (www.gpidea.org), an award-winning multi-state consortium for online programs, has been providing HETS throughout this past year with consulting assistance and staff support for the management of strategies and protocols that can foster inter-institutional collaboration for online learning among its partner institutions. “This new effort for collaboration initiatives foresees that a set of new online programs or services could benefit thousands of Hispanic students around the country, and afford them the opportunity to be admitted to one member institution and study at other member institutions via Internet-based courses”, said Dr. Nitza Hernandez, HETS executive director and director of the consortium’s LAAP program.

The selected inter-institutional groups of the HETS consortium were invited to work jointly on six full proposals for online programs in Business Entrepreneurship, Cross-Cultural Nursing, Security Management, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Bilingual Journalism Online. Many of the proposed joint offerings will be bilingual, and will range from associate degrees, minors, or certificate and continuing education programs. One of the groups has envisioned developing a set of Online Learning Tools for Non-Native English Speakers. The six groups will be preparing their full proposals to compete for four program development grants of up to $20,000 each.

The HETS staff, together with the Great Plains Alliance staff, has offered guidance and assistance to the groups involved in the collaboration initiatives throughout constant communication, and has facilitated its teleconferencing system to support their planning meetings at a distance. A few months ago, HETS created a new section for Academic Collaboration in the Virtual Learning and Support Plaza (www.virtualplaza.org) with valuable guiding documents and tools to support these initiatives.

During the months of November and December 2003, the core-planning period for the full proposals, faculty and administrative members of the HETS partner institutions participating in each of the six groups will meet face-to-face in two different sites, in New York and Puerto Rico. In these meetings, the groups will work on their full proposals, which are due on December 5th. The Evaluation Committee will review and recommend the best four proposals for a HETS-LAAP grant, and the HETS staff will notify to the selected participants on December 18th. The four inter-institutional groups selected will be developing their collaboration initiatives from January to August 2004.

Institutions participating in these initiatives include California State University at Bakersfield, California State University Dominguez Hills, Miami Dade College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hostos Community College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, Queensborough Community College, Ana G. Méndez University System, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, University of the Sacred Heart, University of Texas at Brownsville, and University of Texas Pan American.

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