October 1st, 2009



Headings marked in BLUE represent new information. Headings marked in PURPLE represent old information.

The mission of the Simmons School of Management is to educate women for power and principled leadership. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in management through excellence in education and research. Our academic programs offer rigorous, applied, management education designed for women. We focus on leadership, and our programs integrate the strategic, functional, and behavioral aspects of management. SOM students gain the knowledge, analytical skills, and confidence that they need to manage successfully in dynamic and global environments. We are invested in our students’ success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.

New Information This Week

Note from Mary D.

Quotes of the Week
Swine Flu Symptoms and Health Center Protocol Reminders
Managerial Accounting Review Session
Registration Information for Spring 2010 Semester
Mark your calendars-Rhonda Seegal, Simmons ’92, VP and Treasurer of Xerox Corp will be on campus Thursday, October 29, 2009
Beth Dunn and Stacy Blake-Beard Published in the Mentoring Institute Conference
Lean Accounting Conference

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

Next week marks the beginning of week 6 in the MBA program which typically is the signal that the first round of exams, papers and other deliverables will start to come due in the first two weeks of October. It is a time when you really need to have your academic life in order prepping for classes, allowing time to prep for exams,  writing drafts of papers, etc. You will find the pace of the fall semester about to pick up and having good time management strategies is often very helpful!

Quotes of the Week

 “Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."  -- H. Jackson Brown

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.“-- William Penn

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."
-- Abraham Lincoln


Swine Flu Symptoms and Health Center Protocol Reminders

In accordance with the guidelines set by the Boston Public Health Commission, the Simmons Health Center will diagnose students with ILI on the basis of symptoms. The treatment recommendations are the same for anyone with ILI as they would be for confirmed cases of either seasonal flu or H1N1: isolation for 24 hours after fever is gone without help from fever medication, or four days from the onset of symptoms — whichever is longer.

You can use the following checklist to help decide if you have the flu:

-Fever of 100 °F or more


-Headache, body aches, or chills

-Sore throat

-Vomiting or diarrhea

If you have a fever of 100 °F or more, a cough and/or sore throat, you have an influenza-like illness and should follow these guidelines:

Stay home, do not attend classes, and contact the Health Center at (617) 521-1020 promptly for further health care instructions. If you live on campus and are able to return home without using public transportation, we will ask that you do so promptly. If you cannot return home, we will make arrangements for you to stay in your room on campus while you recover. Residence Life will offer alternative accommodations for any impacted roommates.

Do not return to campus/classes until 24 hours after being fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication, or four days from the onset of symptoms – whichever is longer.

We have asked that faculty offer flexibility regarding absences and class assignments, should you be away from class due to ILI. You will not need to produce a doctor’s note for your absences, but are asked to communicate with your faculty via email directly regarding your absences wherever possible. Our Academic Technology department also is working to develop a plan for providing access to course lectures for students who have an influenza-like illness. More information regarding this will be disseminated shortly.

The Simmons College Emergency Response Team continues to meet regularly and to plan for any potential outbreaks of H1N1 or seasonal flu on campus. We are working with the Boston Public Health Commission and are regularly monitoring information from both the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In the meantime, we strongly encourage the practice of good hand and respiratory hygiene. This includes:

Hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub or gel, especially before you eat, after visiting public places, or after being in contact with anyone with a cold or flu.

Don't share items that you put in your mouth, such as drinking cups, straws, or utensils.

Cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve — not on your hands — to prevent spreading the virus.

We will provide regular information and updates via the Simmons Health Center website http://my.simmons.edu/services/health, which includes an H1N1 & Seasonal Flu FAQ prepared by the Health Center. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please contact the Health Center at (617) 521-1020.

Managerial Accounting Review Session

Thrusday, October 8th, from 4:45pm to 6pm in M-223!

Registration Information for Spring 2010 Semester

Will be out sometime between October 15 and 20. Registration for MBAs will be in November.

Mark your calendars-Rhonda Seegal, Simmons ’92, VP and Treasurer of Xerox Corp will be on campus Thursday, October 29, 2009

From Communications/Spanish BA to Corporate Treasurer

3:30 – 4:30 P.M

School of Management Building, Room M501

A Simmons graduate chronicles her career journey from majoring in Communications and Spanish to landing corporate finance roles in Fortune 500 Corporations: Perkin-Elmer, General Electric, Avaya, and now Xerox.

Managing in Stormy Financial Seas

5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

School of Management Building, Room M501

A VP and Corporate Treasurer of a Fortune 500 company discusses the challenges of navigating through turbulent financial markets and a credit crunch (Reception to follow).

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The PMF Program attracts to Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.  The PMF Program, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is the Federal Government’s cornerstone succession planning program to help agencies meet their critical need for leadership continuity.

Since 1977, the PMF Program has helped Federal agencies meet their workforce and succession planning needs by attracting outstanding master’s, law, and doctoral-level students to Federal service.  Executive Order 13318, modernized the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program, in keeping with the emphasis on the strategic management of the Federal Government's human capital.  With this Executive Order, the name was changed to the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program to better reflect its high standards, rigor, and prestige.  Students can use this two-year fellowship as a stepping stone to highly visible and respected leadership positions in the Federal Government.

This rigorous two-year paid fellowship includes:

  • Formal classroom training of 160 hours,
  • Mandatory four to six month developmental assignment,
  • Optional rotations of one to six months in duration,
  • Challenging work assignments,
  • Potential for accelerated promotions, and
  • Opportunities to network with other future leaders.

For more information visit: https://www.pmf.opm.gov/HProgramOverview.aspx

Message for New Students from MBA Admissions and Marketing

The SOM Marketing and Admission team is hoping to capture your impressions of the marketing and admission processes at the School of Management.  We invite you to complete the confidential new student survey and to attend one of the new student focus groups to be held on Tuesday, October 6th from 11:15 – 12:15pm in m-222 and 5:00-6:00 p.m. in m-223. 

Survey Information: As a thank you for completing the 5-minute survey by Friday October 2nd, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. PLEASE NOTE: This is a confidential survey. To enter the drawing please print out the "thank you" page, write your name on the paper and drop it in the box located in the 2nd floor kitchen. Please use the following link to complete the survey: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB229KDDE4GB8

Focus Group Information: Two focus groups will be held on October 6th one in M-222 from 11:15 – 12:15pm and one in M-223 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.. Pizza will be served at both sessions. Please RSVP to either session by emailing Nicole Herrick at (nicole.herrick@simmons.edu) by noon on Monday, October 5th.

Your feedback is important to us. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Academic Year Travel Courses for MBA Students

We will again offer two different travel courses this year and the deadline for applying is Oct 30, with a deposit of $1000.   The rest of the funds are due by Nov 6. 

Spring 2010 to India: Travel during Winter Break, January 2-17 and will focus on Sustainable Business and will be led by Professor Vipin Gupta.
Spring 2010 to the UAE: Travel during Spring Break, March 5-14. The UAE trip will focus on Women’s Leadership, led by Professor Lynda Moore.

Travel costs all inclusive (airfare, visa, ground transportation, meals, double shared lodging, excursions) are $3,200. Tuition costs are additional.

Each course is 3 credits, and there will be some prework in advance of travel. Students will visit local universities and businesses, and meet local scholars and business executives.

Contact the faculty for further information.  Contact the MBA office or the Director- International Outreach, Professor Vipin Gupta at vipin.gupta@simmons.edu for the application forms and further information.

Spring 2010 Travel Course Information

Spring 2010, MBA Travel Courses to India (January) and UAE (March)! Contact Prof. Vipin Gupta at vipin.gupta@simmons.edu for further information and  registration form.

1) GSM 547 - Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets (3 credits)

India - The Triangle (Mumbai, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi)
January 2-17, 2010
Class dates: Sat, Nov 14, 2009 (3-6 pm),  Sat, Feb 27 2010 (3-6 pm)

Program Description
 Learn about India's sustainability challenges, political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, ecological, gender, fair trade.  We visit universities, businesses, micro sites, nonprofits, markets, restaurants, and cultural sites, in different States for a diversity of approaches to sustainability.  Participate in an international conference on gender and sustainability, and network with local students and experts.

Course highlights
Adventure: Experience the wonders of India from The 7th wonder Taj Mahal, to the elephant and camel rides, cultural villages, and ethnic dresses, meals, and festivals.
Basics: Transform how you think about India as you encounter her diversity, and debrief.
Case dialogues: Get inspired through live case dialogues of how women in India are at the forefront of sustainability, ecological, economic, and social.

Program price:  $3,200 (shared occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)
Price includes  International and domestic airfare, visa fees, lodging, meals, ground transportation, university and business visits, excursions, ethnic experiences

Faculty information: Prof. Vipin Gupta has done award-winning research on culture and leadership in India and other nations.   He is the author of a leading textbook on Strategy used in many colleges of India.    He has led a hugely popular travel course to India for the past 3 years.

2) GSM 590 - Cross-cultural Comparative Studies of Women leaders

UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi)
Travel dates    March 4-15, 2010
Class: Sat, Feb 20 and 27, and April 10, 1-5 pm (meet in class), and Sat, Mar 27, 1-5 pm (work online).
Program Description     Learn about the culture and women leadership of UAE by participating in an international conference, live case studies, and cultural excursions.  Meet representatives from the women's association, chambers of commerce, government ministries, United Nations office, and/or US embassy office.  Interact with women students, expatriate faculty members, and businesswomen and entrepreneurs from for profit and non profit sectors.

Course highlights
Adventure: Experience the palaces, mosques, forts, museums, heritage villages, souqs, and dessert safari.
Basics:  Network with the women students from the local universities, and learn about their gender and leadership journeys and aspirations, and the role of families, universities, society, and the government
Case Studies:  Live case studies of the challenges, opportunities and pathways to leadership for women.

Program price   MBAs : $3,200 (double occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)+ tuition fee

Alums and non-MBA graduate students: $5000 including tuition fee (double occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)

Price includes  International airfare, visa fees, lodging, meals, ground transportation, university and business visits, excursions, ethnic experiences.   Personal expenses extra.

Faculty information
Prof. Lynda Moore has spent a year in UAE as a Fulbright scholar, working on a project on women leadership in UAE.  She has an established track record of successfully teaching and inspiring research on gender and diversity.  She has previously led a hugely popular travel course to UAE.

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News & Events

Beth Dunn and Stacy Blake-Beard Published in the Mentoring Institute Conference

Beth Dunn and Stacy Blake-Beard both had papers accepted to the University of New Mexico's Mentoring Institute Conference. They will be presenting our work in Albuquerque, NM in November.  Beth's paper is entitled "Congruence and complementarity: The role of deep- and surface-level salient identities in forming effective developmental networks" and Stacy's paper is "A Qualitative Study of the Mentoring Experiences of Female Indian MBA Students."

Lean Accounting Conference

Susan Murphy attended the Lean Accounting Conference in Orlando from Sept 21-23 with Susan after being granted a scholarship from the Institute of Management Accountants. They had a great time!

CGO Speaker Series

Topic: Workplace Flexibility in Its Interpersonal Context
Speaker: Spela Trefalt
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Place: The School of Management building at 300 The Fenway,

In order to deal with the prevalent work-nonwork conflict and its negative consequences, more and more organizations offer their employees formal and informal workplace flexibility, the ability to determine when, where, and for how long they work.

The 2009/10 Speakers Series is sponsored by
The TJX Companies, Inc.

Partners’ Connected Health Symposium

Each fall Partners HealthCare, the integrated healthcare delivery system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, holds the Connected Health Symposium.  This is a meeting focused on information technology innovations in support of patient self-management, personal maintenance of health and wellness, and aging with independence. 

With over 1,000 attendees at last year’s event, the Symposium is the largest meeting of its kind in the world, dedicated to helping health care move beyond the hospital and clinic and into the day-to-day lives of consumers and patients, aided by computers, cell phones, the Internet, sensors, personal service robots.  In 2009 the Symposium celebrates its 6th Anniversary and takes place at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on October 21st and 22nd -- a beautiful time of year, of course, to be in the city.  The Symposium features world-class speakers and unparalleled opportunities to share knowledge, network and build community. You can learn more about the event (and the Center) by visiting www.connected-health.org.

In the future, there will be a need for many more people trained at the graduate and undergraduate levels to think creatively about all aspects of healthcare and information technology.  This is an opportunity for students pondering career options to listen, learn, connect and consider building their  careers in this important and needed area of healthcare.  

In keeping with Partners’ role as a nonprofit institution with an educational mission, we invite students to attend the Symposium at a cost o$ 195, which is $700 off of the full registration price.

To students:  We ask you to register in advance at www.connected-health.org and fax your valid student ID immediately afterwards to Partners’ Margaret Spinale at 617-228-4603.  You will need to present your student ID on the day of the Symposium. Student registration is open now.  To obtain the discount, go to the website, register as attendee type “Student” and continue the registration process until completion.  You may contact Margaret Spinale at 617-643-3905 or mmspinale@partners.org with any questions.

Symposium 2009 is structured to make ideas enjoyable and networking easy.  You will have full access to all Symposium educational sessions, to the exhibition area and to the sponsored workshops.   During meals, refreshment breaks and the evening reception, you will have an opportunity to interact with an extraordinary group of employers, thinkers and entrepreneurs.

Save the Date for the 2009 Net Impact Conference! 

November 13 - 14 in Ithaca, NY at The Johnson School at Cornell University

  • Hear from CSR Leaders like keynote Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE
  • Engage in panel discussions on topics ranging from Base of the Pyramid Strategies to Environmental Sustainability Consulting
  • Participate in fun and thought-provoking networking opportunities with organizations and individuals committed to positive social and environmental change
  • Explore the beautiful gorges, wineries and town of Ithaca, New York
  • Gain a new appreciation of your role as an individual business changemaker
Please contact Amy Longyear at amy.longyear@simmons.edu for more information.



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Career Services Updates

Company Visits

Clinton Foundation
Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 4-5:45pm
Location: TBA
RSVP to georgette.arato@simmons.edu
The William J. Clinton Foundation focuses on worldwide issues that demand urgent action, solutions, and measurable results -- global climate change, HIV/AIDS in the developing world, childhood obesity and economic opportunity in the United States, and economic development in Africa and Latin America.

Commongood Careers
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 4-5:45pm
Location: TBA
RSVP to georgette.arato@simmons.edu by October 20
Commongood Careers enables today's most innovative nonprofits to build strong organizations through the recruitment, retention, and development of outstanding talent. Founded by nonprofit professionals, Commongood Careers offers personalized, engaged services to jobseekers and organizations, as well as access to a wealth of information about careers in the social sector. Come learn more about Commongood Careers and get a personal review of your resume from one of their recruiters!


Access the latest chapter news, network with top female MBA professionals, career tips, events, and get the most up-to-date scoop on our first destination - NAWMBA conference at Disneyland, California- by joining us on LinkedIn!

Upcoming events 

Marketing Club Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 5-6pm
Location: M-221
RSVP requested but not required georgette.arato@simmons.edu

Women as Entrepreneurs, Women as Leaders
Date: Tuesday, October 13
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Center for Women's Leadership, Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Babson Park, MA 02457
For more information visit: http://gitbabson.eventbrite.com/
A panel discussion on women as Founders, Leaders and Entrepreneurs in today's technology community. This event is free and will include both networking and lively discussion with fellow women in technology. So please join us for conversation, hors d'oeuvres and wonderful company.


babson Entrepreneurship forum
Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 7am-6:30pm
Location: Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Babson Park, MA 02457-0310
For more information visit: http://www.babsonforum.com/2009/


Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 5:00–7:30pm
Location: L-025
Please RSVP: georgette.arato@simmons.edu  
Building a professional network is central to career development. LinkedIn exists to help you manage your professional network. Attend this workshop to learn how to register, create a profile, get connections, and build your network!


Public lectures by Rhonda L. Seegal
Vice President and Treasurer, Xerox Corporation
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Simmons College, Main Campus Building, Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
A Simmons graduate chronicles her career journey from majoring in Communications and Spanish to landing corporate finance roles in Fortune 500 Corporations: Perkin-Elmer, General Electric, Avaya, and now Xerox.


Managing in Stormy Financial Seas
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: School of Management Building, Room M501
A VP and Corporate Treasurer of a Fortune 500 company discusses the challenges of navigating through turbulent financial markets and a credit crunch. Reception to follow.


Reaching Out MBA 2009 www.reachingoutmba.org/dc08/  
October 15 - 18, at he Westin Peachtree in Atlanta, GA

MSCPA Fall Accounting Career Fair www.MSCPAonline.org/MSCPAcareerfairF09
October 21, Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom                        
NAWMBA www.mbawomen.org/site/Calendar/2084584999?view=Detail&id=100981
October 29-31, in Disneyland, Anaheim, CA ***early bird registration ends October 1

National Society of Hispanic MBA www.nshmba.org/conferencesites.asp 
October 8-10, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair www.psijobfair.com
October 20, 10am-3pm, at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, Boston, MA        
WITI’s (Women in Technology International) Virtual Social Media Summit www.witi.com
November 2-6, On the Web! It is a virtual conference

2009 Net Impact North America Conference www.netimpact.org
November 13-15, in Philadelphia, PA

COF Green Networking & Careers Fair
November 19, 1- 4pm, at the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College

CFN Boston Career Forum http://www.careerforum.net/event/?lang=E
(For Japanese-English bilingual jobseekers)
November 20-22, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, MA


The Career Services Office (CSO) is pleased to introduce our new Talent Acquisition Executive-In-Residence (TAEIR) program. This innovative program will provide an opportunity for SOM students to benefit from the TAEIR’s expertise in sourcing, evaluating and hiring candidates in today’s competitive marketplace. Our goal is to leverage this “inside knowledge” to help our students stand out as top candidates for the career opportunity they aspire to secure.

We are proud to introduce Lauri Rich as our first-ever Talent Acquisition Executive-In-Residence. Lauri has extensive Human Resources experience, with over 20 years in the field. Beginning in September, Lauri will be available approximately 15 hours per month. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lauri directly at lauri.rich@verizon.net


Recent Posting -
~ Assistant Director for Student Services for PhD Program  - Boston College
~ Research Associate  - Sapient Corporation
~ Director of Marketing & Customer Experience - Medical Sales Management
~ Director, Brand Portfolio, Store Brands - CVS Pharmacy
~ Intranet Communication Specialist - Kelly Financial Resources

Visit Career Connect for all the latest internship and job posts.  
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact georgette.arato@simmons.edu. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.


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Library Updates

Banned Books:
Please join Beatley Library in observing Banned Books Week, September 26-October 3, 2009:

   * Visit the display in the Living Room, just inside Beatley Library on Level 1 of Lefavour Hall.
   *Check out and read a book from the display.
   *Find out more about banned and challenged books on the Simmons Library?s Banned Books Week Research Guide.

Research Paper Clinics, Wednesdays at 2pm in L-225 Every Wednesday in L-225, the Library and Writing Center provide individual assistance with any stage of the research or writing process. These drop-in research clinics, have both a Writing Center tutor and a Reference Librarian available to help students find books, articles, and high-quality websites on their topic; search electronic databases; evaluate the quality of their information sources; organize paragraphs; convey ideas clearly; use APA, MLA, or other documentation styles; avoid plagiarism.

No appointment necessary - students can drop by with a few quick questions, or stay longer for more extensive help.

Library Hours:
# Beatley Library & Information Commons:
September 1st - December 9th

   * Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-11:00pm
   * Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
   * Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
   * Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm

Library Group Study Rooms- The Library has many study rooms available for you to use for project work and group study time. To book a room, use the online system at: http://library.simmons.edu/search~/?searchtype=X&searcharg=group+study+rooms&SORT=R
You can also find this link on the Library web site at simmons.edu/library.

Course Reserve Materials: Books and other materials which are on reserve for a class can be found at the Circulation Desk. You can search for reserve materials under the instructor's name or the course number. To get to the course reserves page, go to: http://library.simmons.edu/search/r

Need Help from a librarian?? You can reach Linda Schuller, the SOM Librarian, at x2767 or via email. Librarians are available to help you at the Reference Desk in the Beatley Library. Please stop by!

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Technology Updates

Greetings SOM Students!

On behalf of Technology at Simmons, welcome to the Main Campus!  Technology is here to help you have a smooth semester start as you settle in to your new space!

  • For other tip sheets and descriptions of technology resources visit my.simmons.edu/technology/students  We even have some podcasts on iTunes U.
  • Need help with your computer?  Sign up for a Technology Self Help Clinic by calling (617-521.-2222) or emailing helpdesk@simmons.edu.
  • Media Services has a variety of equipment is available for you to borrow including laptops and cameras: my.simmons.edu/services/technology/media
  • The Technology Desk on the 1st floor of the Beatley Library Information Commons is staffed with Simmons students eager to help you use the computers and study rooms available to you throughout the Library. This includes the Media Viewing and Listening Room, where you may watch or listen to DVDs, VHS tapes, and broadcasts.
  • At the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor you may borrow, among other items, a laptop that has the Bloomberg application on it.
  • Do you wish to enhance your software skills?  Go to ptrc.simmons.edu for a course catalog and to sign up for a workshop.

In addition to all of the resources around campus, the new SOM building has computing spaces available to you.

  • The MBA Resource Room on the 1st floor houses six computers and both a black/white and color pay-for-print printer.  Two of the computers are Macs that run Windows Vista or Mac OS X Leopard.
  • The MBA Living Room on the 2nd floor contains two Express Web Stations. 
  • There are also seven study rooms, all of which include a computer.  In addition, M205 and M230 include the following:
  • Large screen LCD monitor
  • Auxiliary audio and video inputs (e.g. for laptop)
  • VCR/DVD player
  • Audio/video recording (beta service: requires prior training)

Stay tuned for additional information about the College, including Technology’s services and resources by reading the MySimmons announcements on a regular basis. 

We are happy to assist you, so please let us know what we can do to help you get acclimated to the Main Campus.

- Technology at Simmons


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