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11/30/2012 ISS Newsletter

Spring Registration OPT Applications Semester Break Housing UPC Events De-Stress at Carnival Fest! Job Opportunities Volunteer Opportunities Alexia Foundation Grants 2013 Winter Survival Kit - free smartphone app Spring Culture Series

Spring Registration Now Open

Class registration for the Spring 2013 semester is now open to all Graduate Students. Register today by logginng into your UND Campus Connection account.

Graduating Students – Reminder to Apply for OPT

Students graduating in December and wanting to apply for OPT work authorization after graduation should do so as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more or apply for OPT, please call our front desk at (701)777-4231 to schedule an appointment with your international student advisor.

Semester Break Housing

SIGN-UP: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, through Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 11:59 pm.

Sign-up for Semester Break Housing through: Campus Connection/Apply Online

*All students are responsible for signing themselves up for their stay.

Residence halls close at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2012 Residence halls open at Noon on Sunday, January 6, 2013

LATE DEPARTURE HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available, December 14-15, 2012.

EARLY ARRIVAL HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available January 4-5, 2013.

*Housing is not guaranteed during break housing to students assigned to buildings other than Brannon Hall.

There is an additional nightly charge ($26.35) for break housing room and board. Students who sign up for break housing room and board will be charged the appropriate daily rate.

When students apply for break housing, they will be held to the terms and conditions of the 2012-13 Room and Board contract.

LATE SIGN-UP FEE will begin at 12:00 am on Friday, December 7, 2012. Late sign up means you will be charged a late sign-up fee of $25 if you wait until December 8, 2012, to sign up.

CANCELLATION FEE - There is a $10.00 cancellation fee billed to your University account for any day(s) canceled after the late sign-up begins (12:00 am, Fri, December 7, 2011).

NO SHOW FEE - Students who sign up for break housing who do not cancel and/or do not show-up to check into their assigned break housing location (Wilkerson Service Center) to pick up a break housing key are subject to a $30.00 no show fee.

LATE KEY RETURN FEE - Failure to return your break housing key by Noon on the day you are to check-out will result in a charge of $10.00 per day for up to 7 days, for a total of $70.00, and your room may be subject to a re-core.

Please contact the Wilkerson Complex Office at 777-2779, with any questions you may have regarding Semester Break Housing.

Upcoming UPC events:

This Friday, November 30th, Stolen will be played in the Lecture Bowl at 8 pm. On Saturday, come to Grocery Bingo! This will be in the Loading Dock at 9 pm and followed by Stolen, which will be played in the Lecture Bowl at 10 pm.

Get De-Stressed at the Carnival Fest!

It's that time of year again when we all need to de-stress. Come join us at the De-Stress Fest on Wednesday, December 5rd, from 11am to 3pm in the Memorial Union Loading Dock. The theme this year is "Get Distressed at the Carnival Fest." Enjoy free massage, food, fun games, lively music, stretching yoga, and awesome prizes! You can make your own carnival masks, tied blankets, trail mixes, and aroma therapy bags. Give your mind and body a break to meet the end of the semester with calmness, easiness, and focus!

Job Opportunities

Resident Assistant:

The University of North Dakota Housing Department has an amazing job opportunity available as a Resident Assistant (RA) for the 2013-2014 school year. The personal and professional benefits of becoming an RA are endless. The position of RA challenges you to develop your full potential within a residence hall setting. Leadership, organizational, and communication skills are gained over the course of the job; skills that benefit you in any career choice you pursue after college. Employers seek these skills, and recruiters on campus have an appreciation for the RA position that most other college activities cannot rival. Personal benefits include being very involved in the many activities around campus, great memories and friendships that last a lifetime. I encourage each of you to take this opportunity to apply for the RA position. If you would like more information, please check out the following website: http://und.edu/student-life/housing/residence-halls/ra.cfm. If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to contact Casey Weaver at 701-777-8978 or casey.weaver@email.und.edu, or simply ask any of our current RA's to tell you about the job. This truly is an experience you cannot replace.

GSA Position Available The Chief Information Office Enterprise Services team is looking for a half-time graduate student to work with a high performing Web and database programming team during the Spring semsester with the possibility of continuing longer. The Enterprise Services team designs, creates, implements, and supports enterprise applications, Web sites, and database-driven Web applications to the UND campus. The individual should:

•Be knowledgeable in HTML and CSS, especially table-less design •Familiarity with a content management system (CMS), i.e. WordPress, OmniCampus, etc. •Be familiar with, or willing to learn, Coldfusion, PHP, ASP.Net, or other web programming languages, including database concepts and object oriented programming •Be able to finish tasks on time and follow standard procedures •Be a logical thinker •Be a team player •Have good interpersonal skills and be able to work with technical and non-technical users •Have good communication skills •Be available to work 20 hours a week

Please e-mail your resume to jeffrey.barron@email.und.edu by December 5, 2012. Please also indicate your hours of availability.

Volunteer Opportunities

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Children's Dept. of the Grand Forks Public Library will be hosting World Cultures Day. This event will be a part of the Winter Reading Program for children in grades K-6. The library is looking for volunteers to share information and artifacts about their culture. There will be many different tables set up in the Children's Dept., each representing a different country, and volunteers will need to give short presentations about their country/culture to small groups of people throughout the hour. If you presented at this program last year, you are welcome to present again. If interested, please contact Aaron Stefanich, Children's Librarian at 772-8116 ext 13 or email aaron.stefanich@gflibrary.com Classroom Presentations at a Holy Family St. Mary's Elementary School HFSM is looking for students to present on their home country to 4th grade students. Presentations can take place on Fridays at 2pm. Transportation will be available. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Ms. Trish Mohr at tmohr1234@gra.midco.net or by calling (701)740-3319

The Alexia Foundation Grants 2013

The Alexia Foundation has announced an upcoming grant opportunity to provide grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.

Student Rules:

You are encouraged to consider stories that explore cultural understanding in or near you local community. While we do not discourage proposals on foreign topics, the judges give no extra weight to foreign topics.

The deadline for the student grants is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Professional Rules:

The professional Alexia Grant recipient will receive $15,000 for the production of a substantial picture story that furthers the Foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Any photographer may apply for this grant. Proposals that have received grants or awards exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. This award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted.

The application deadline for the professional grant is Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. (Applications will be accepted from 15 November 2012 only.)

For more information, visit: http://www.fundsforngos.org/latest-funds-for-ngos/alexia-foundation-grants-2013/#ixzz2AtzRJYRY

Stay safe this winter - Winter Survival Kit smartphone app

With winter settling in, there is always a concern for the safety of travelers when winter storms arrive. NDSU Extension has developed a winter-survival app for smart phones. If you would like to benefit from this free application, click here: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/apps/winter-survival-kit

Spring Culture Series

If you are interested in presenting in the Spring Culture Series and have not already signed up, please speak with Matt Hiller. The series will resume again at the end of January, and there are still a few opportunities available to present.

11/13/2012 ISS Newsletter

International Education Week - Volunteer Opportunity Peace Core at UND Feast of Nations Auditions Free Test Preparation with Kaplan OPT Applications Semester Break Housing More Volunteer Opportunities Alexia Foundation Grants 2013 Fall 2012 Culture Series

International Education Week

Join the entertaining, internationally-inspired events from Tuesday, November 13 through Friday, November 16. The latest information can be found online at: http://und.edu/academics/international-programs/iew.cfm

International Fair - Cultural Presentations are needed! It is not too late to contribute to the International Fair on Friday, Nov. 16th! It can be as simple as a table display of a particular country, region of the world, a display of dance and engaging people to learn something new, e.g. yoga, or a cooking demonstration. In addition, we will have a parade of nations and need individuals to help by carrying a flag in this parade sometime during the Fair. Our goal is to offer a number of cultural expressions and engaging venues to introduce and celebrate the wonder, beauty, color, or taste of the cultural diversity at UND. Want to get involved? Sign up HERE

Peace Corps at UND Wednesday, November 14, 2012

INFORMATION TABLE 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Memorial Union Chat with a recruiter & pick up info.

INFORMATION SESSION 5 to 6 p.m. McCannel Hall, Room 280 Video, slideshow, Q&A with a recruiter.

Sign up for the event here! Peace Corps is seeking dedicated people to fill thousands of program assignments around the world.

Submit an application by November 29 to be considered for an assignment departing in 2013. Visit www.peacecorps.gov/apply

Professional and Personal benefits include: • Deferment of some student loans • Free medical and dental care in service • Grad school programs with financial assistance • Federal jobs advantage after service • Two years of international work experience

The best way to know if you qualify is to apply. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Feast of Nations Auditions

IO is hosting student auditions for this year's Feast of Nations. (You do not need to sign up prior to the audition.) At the audition, please bring a write-up of what you will be doing and any music if needed.

November 17th, 1-4 pm at the at the Union in the River Valley room.

If you have questions, contact Matt Dungo: matthewalain.dungo@my.und.edu

FREE Test Strategy Session with Kaplan

Hey UND Students,

Kaplan is hosting another event series this month! Students can attend a Kaplan GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT or PCAT test strategy session for FREE between November 12th – 26th. You can take advantage of this tremendous resource to jump start your studies, even over the holiday break!

Each session will be held live and online, in our virtual Classroom Anywhere, with multiple meeting dates so you can pick a time that fits into your busy schedule. In addition, you will have a chance to see our top-rated instructors in action and learn proven, effective strategies to help ace that exam. Space is limited; however, we have reserved spots specifically for UND students. Click here to REGISTER.

Free GMAT Strategy Sessions Wednesday, November 14th 9:00pm ET | 6:00pm PT Sunday, November 18th 4:00pm ET | 1:00pm PT Monday, November 26th 7:00pm ET | 4:00pm PT

Free GRE Strategy Sessions Monday, November 12th 7:00pm ET | 4:00pm PT Saturday, November 17th 2:00pm ET | 11:00am PT Tuesday, November 20th 8:00pm ET | 5:00pm PT Sunday, November 25th 4:00pm ET | 1:00pm PT

Graduating Students – Reminder to Apply for OPT

Students graduating in December and wanting to apply for OPT work authorization after graduation should do so as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more or apply for OPT, please call our front desk at (701)777-4231 to schedule an appointment with your international student advisor.

Semester Break Housing

SIGN-UP: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, through Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 11:59 pm.

Sign-up for Semester Break Housing through: Campus Connection/Apply Online

*All students are responsible for signing themselves up for their stay.

Residence halls close at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2012 Residence halls open at Noon on Sunday, January 6, 2013

LATE DEPARTURE HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available, December 14-15, 2012.

EARLY ARRIVAL HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available January 4-5, 2013.

*Housing is not guaranteed during break housing to students assigned to buildings other than Brannon Hall.

There is an additional nightly charge ($26.35) for break housing room and board. Students who sign up for break housing room and board will be charged the appropriate daily rate.

When students apply for break housing, they will be held to the terms and conditions of the 2012-13 Room and Board contract.

LATE SIGN-UP FEE will begin at 12:00 am on Friday, December 7, 2012. Late sign up means you will be charged a late sign-up fee of $25 if you wait until December 8, 2012, to sign up.

CANCELLATION FEE - There is a $10.00 cancellation fee billed to your University account for any day(s) canceled after the late sign-up begins (12:00 am, Fri, December 7, 2011).

NO SHOW FEE - Students who sign up for break housing who do not cancel and/or do not show-up to check into their assigned break housing location (Wilkerson Service Center) to pick up a break housing key are subject to a $30.00 no show fee.

LATE KEY RETURN FEE - Failure to return your break housing key by Noon on the day you are to check-out will result in a charge of $10.00 per day for up to 7 days, for a total of $70.00, and your room may be subject to a re-core.

Please contact the Wilkerson Complex Office at 777-2779, with any questions you may have regarding Semester Break Housing.

More Volunteer Opportunities

Warm up and enjoy a fun, cozy afternoon of blanket tieing and hot-cocoa drinking with Amnesty International and Christus Rex, Saturday, November 17th from 3-6 pm! Join us as we gather in the sanctuary of Christus Rex (attached to Archives Coffeehouse) to make warm fleece tie-blankets for homeless individuals in North Dakota and Minnesota. All blankets will be donated to Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks and St. Stephens Homeless Shelter in St. Paul, MN. We will watch the movie The Pursuit of Happiness while making blankets. Afterwards, feel welcome to stay any enjoy a free spaghetti dinner! (Those who are attending the hockey game that evening- there is plenty of time between dinner and the game, so come warm up before you head over to the Ralph!) See you there!

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Children's Dept. of the Grand Forks Public Library will be hosting World Cultures Day. This event will be a part of the Winter Reading Program for children in grades K-6. The library is looking for volunteers to share information and artifacts about their culture. There will be many different tables set up in the Children's Dept., each representing a different country, and volunteers will need to give short presentations about their country/culture to small groups of people throughout the hour. If you presented at this program last year, you are welcome to present again. If interested, please contact Aaron Stefanich, Children's Librarian at 772-8116 ext 13 or email aaron.stefanich@gflibrary.com Classroom Presentations at a Holy Family St. Mary's Elementary School HFSM is looking for students to present on their home country to 4th grade students. Presentations can take place on Fridays at 2pm. Transportation will be available. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Ms. Trish Mohr at tmohr1234@gra.midco.net or by calling (701)740-3319

The Alexia Foundation Grants 2013

The Alexia Foundation has announced an upcoming grant opportunity to provide grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.

Student Rules:

You are encouraged to consider stories that explore cultural understanding in or near you local community. While we do not discourage proposals on foreign topics, the judges give no extra weight to foreign topics.

The deadline for the student grants is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Professional Rules:

The professional Alexia Grant recipient will receive $15,000 for the production of a substantial picture story that furthers the Foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Any photographer may apply for this grant. Proposals that have received grants or awards exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. This award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted.

The application deadline for the professional grant is Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. (Applications will be accepted from 15 November 2012 only.)

For more information, visit: http://www.fundsforngos.org/latest-funds-for-ngos/alexia-foundation-grants-2013/#ixzz2AtzRJYRY

Fall 2012 Culture Series

The line-up for the Fall 2012 Culture Series is as follows:

September 27: India October 4: Bangladesh October 18: Nepal October 25: Pakistan November 15: Russia & Taiwan November 29: UND Indian Association If you are interested in presenting in the future, please contact Matt Hiller.

11/2/2012 Newsletter

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11/02/2012 ISS Newsletter

Haunted Lab UPC Events Daylight Savings Time OPT Applications Alexia Foundation Grants 2013 Film Screening Free Dance Lessons Feast of Nations Auditions International Education Week - Volunteer Opportunity Semester Break Housing More Volunteer Opportunities Last Day to Drop Classes Fall 2012 Culture Series

Visit the 'Haunted Lab'

In case you just cannot get enough of Halloween, the Forensic Science Club is still willing to give you a fright from Nov. 2-3, 5 to 10 p.m. on 4th floor O'Kelly. Cost is $5.

http://webapp.und.edu/dept/our/uletter/?p=33424

UPC Events

This Saturday, come to the Hockey Watch Party at the Loading Dock at 7pm. Free Buffalo Wild Wings will be served. The Bourne Legacy will be the movie shown this weekend on Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 10pm. The movie will be shown in the Lecture Bowl both nights.

Remember to set back the clock!

Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, November 4th. Make sure to set your clock behind one hour – and enjoy the extra hour of weekend!

Graduating Students – Reminder to Apply for OPT

Students graduating in December and wanting to apply for OPT work authorization after graduation should do so as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more or apply for OPT, please call our front desk at (701)777-4231 to schedule an appointment with your international student advisor.

The Alexia Foundation Grants 2013

The Alexia Foundation has announced an upcoming grant opportunity to provide grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.

Student Rules:

You are encouraged to consider stories that explore cultural understanding in or near you local community. While we do not discourage proposals on foreign topics, the judges give no extra weight to foreign topics.

The deadline for the student grants is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Professional Rules

The professional Alexia Grant recipient will receive $15,000 for the production of a substantial picture story that furthers the Foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Any photographer may apply for this grant. Proposals that have received grants or awards exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. This award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted.

The application deadline for the professional grant is Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. (Applications will be accepted from 15 November 2012 only.)

For more information, visit: http://www.fundsforngos.org/latest-funds-for-ngos/alexia-foundation-grants-2013/#ixzz2AtzRJYRY

Film Screening

The Arts & Sciences Interdisciplinary Speaker Series, in conjunction with the UND Women/Gender Studies Program, presents a screening of the classic award-winning documentary Out at Work (winner Gold Apple Award; GLAAD Documentary Award) about LGBTQIA workplace discrimination.

Monday, November 5 at 3:00 PM in Merrifield 300. The screening will be followed by a brief Q&A session.

Free Dance Lessons

YES There is a Time to Dance... AND This is IT!

Where: Loading Dock, Memorial Union When: November 2, 2012 at 7:30pm The lessons are open and free to everyone. Invite your friends!

Free refreshments!

Sponsored by Cottonwood Community Church and H2O

For more information call 701-772-4126

Feast of Nations Auditions

IO is hosting student auditions for this year's Feast of Nations. (You do not need to sign up prior to the audition.) At the audition, please bring a write-up of what you will be doing and any music if needed.

November 17th, 1-4 pm at the at the Union in the River Valley room.

If you have questions, contact Matt Dungo: matthewalain.dungo@my.und.edu

International Education Week

A series of events from Tuesday, November 13 through Friday, November 16. The latest information can be found online at: http://und.edu/academics/international-programs/iew.cfm

Our goal is to offer a number of cultural expressions and engaging venues to introduce and celebrate the wonder, beauty, color, or taste of the cultural diversity at UND. We are looking for people who interested in sharing their culture during the International Fair on Friday, November 16, 6pm - 8pm at the Wellness Center.

A few ideas of what you may volunteer for:

Carry your home country's flag during the Parade of Nations Cooking demos, e.g. "Cooking Korean" or "My favorite Indian curry" or "Curry to Curl your Toes" Country displays similar to the tables at the Feast of Nations Dancing, e.g. "How to Salsa" or "Bhangra made easy" or "Belly Dancing for Everyone" Sporting, e.g. "An Intro to Cricket" Writing, e.g. "How to write your name in Farsi, or Japanese, or Mandarin, or Korean, or Arabic" Exercise, e.g. "Yoga for all" or "T'ai chi: an introduction" Spirituality, "An introduction to Hinduism" or "Spiritual practices of Buddhism" We have the following spaces available:

Multi-Activity Court (perfect for a cricket display) 2 of the 3 courts in the gymnasium (perfect for country vignettes, small group interactive displays) Atrium Quiet Lounge (ideal for spiritual practices) Culinary Corner (cooking displays) Pilates Room (exercises) Classrooms next to the Culinary Corner (perfect for writing displays, or intro presentations) GX room on 2nd floor (perfect for dancing) Track on 2nd floor (Parade of Nations) More information regarding International Education Week and the sign-up forms can be found on the following site. http://und.edu/academics/international-programs/iew.cfm. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Office of International Programs.

Semester Break Housing

SIGN-UP: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, through Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 11:59 pm.

Sign-up for Semester Break Housing through: Campus Connection/Apply Online

*All students are responsible for signing themselves up for their stay.

Residence halls close at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2012 Residence halls open at Noon on Sunday, January 6, 2013

LATE DEPARTURE HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available, December 14-15, 2012.

EARLY ARRIVAL HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available January 4-5, 2013.

*Housing is not guaranteed during break housing to students assigned to buildings other than Brannon Hall.

There is an additional nightly charge ($26.35) for break housing room and board. Students who sign up for break housing room and board will be charged the appropriate daily rate.

When students apply for break housing, they will be held to the terms and conditions of the 2012-13 Room and Board contract.

LATE SIGN-UP FEE will begin at 12:00 am on Friday, December 7, 2012. Late sign up means you will be charged a late sign-up fee of $25 if you wait until December 8, 2012, to sign up.

CANCELLATION FEE - There is a $10.00 cancellation fee billed to your University account for any day(s) canceled after the late sign-up begins (12:00 am, Fri, December 7, 2011).

NO SHOW FEE - Students who sign up for break housing who do not cancel and/or do not show-up to check into their assigned break housing location (Wilkerson Service Center) to pick up a break housing key are subject to a $30.00 no show fee.

LATE KEY RETURN FEE - Failure to return your break housing key by Noon on the day you are to check-out will result in a charge of $10.00 per day for up to 7 days, for a total of $70.00, and your room may be subject to a re-core.

Please contact the Wilkerson Complex Office at 777-2779, with any questions you may have regarding Semester Break Housing.

More Volunteer Opportunities

Warm up and enjoy a fun, cozy afternoon of blanket tieing and hot-cocoa drinking with Amnesty International and Christus Rex, Saturday, November 17th from 3-6 pm! Join us as we gather in the sanctuary of Christus Rex (attached to Archives Coffeehouse) to make warm fleece tie-blankets for homeless individuals in North Dakota and Minnesota. All blankets will be donated to Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks and St. Stephens Homeless Shelter in St. Paul, MN. We will watch the movie The Pursuit of Happiness while making blankets. Afterwards, feel welcome to stay any enjoy a free spaghetti dinner! (Those who are attending the hockey game that evening- there is plenty of time between dinner and the game, so come warm up before you head over to the Ralph!) See you there!

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Children's Dept. of the Grand Forks Public Library will be hosting World Cultures Day. This event will be a part of the Winter Reading Program for children in grades K-6. The library is looking for volunteers to share information and artifacts about their culture. There will be many different tables set up in the Children's Dept., each representing a different country, and volunteers will need to give short presentations about their country/culture to small groups of people throughout the hour. If you presented at this program last year, you are welcome to present again. If interested, please contact Aaron Stefanich, Children's Librarian at 772-8116 ext 13 or email aaron.stefanich@gflibrary.com Classroom Presentations at a Holy Family St. Mary's Elementary School HFSM is looking for students to present on their home country to 4th grade students. Presentations can take place on Fridays at 2pm. Transportation will be available. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Ms. Trish Mohr at tmohr1234@gra.midco.net or by calling (701)740-3319

Last Day to Drop Classes

November 9th is the last day to drop classes for the fall semester.

Fall 2012 Culture Series

The line-up for the Fall 2012 Culture Series is as follows:

September 27: India October 4: Bangladesh October 18: Nepal October 25: Pakistan November 15: Russia & Taiwan November 29: UND Indian Association If you are interested in presenting in the future, please contact Matt Hiller.

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