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NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Atlantic Regional Tournament

Women's BasketballGlenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Lady Pioneers will host the NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Atlantic Regional Tournament.

The offical Tournament page can be found at the link below: http://mountaineast.org/sports/2014/3/11/WBB_NCAA14.aspx

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Lifeguard Classes To Be Held at GSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2014

For More Information: Annette Barnette
Public Relations and Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV- Lifeguard classes are scheduled to be held soon at Glenville State College.  Students can either sign up ahead of time or simply attend the first class.

“When I first moved to West Virginia, there was a lifeguard shortage. One pool had two guards. That was it for the entire summer. So the pool operated on limited hours because the law requires two guards. By offering classes every year, we can help provide trained lifeguards to pools throughout North Central West Virginia,” said GSC Aquatics Manager Jennifer Wenner.

The lifeguard classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays in March starting on the 15th at the GSC Pool, which is located in the basement of the Physical Education Building.  Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. Students must be at least 15 years of age to enroll in the course.

Wenner says all participants must complete the pre-course test on March 15th to be able to register for and take the remainder of the course. The pre-course test consists of three parts. First, there is a non-stop, non-timed, 300 yard swim test of six laps using different techniques such as the breast stroke or freestyle swim. Students will then tread water for two minutes without the use of their hands. Finally, they will be required to swim 25 feet, surface dive to retrieve a brick, resurface, swim back to their start, and exit the pool without the use of a ladder.

All classes must be attended in order to pass the complete course, which includes 50 percent book work and 50 percent pool time to apply the lessons learned in the classroom. The cost is 150 dollars which includes all materials needed for the entire course.

For more information, contact Wenner at Jennifer.Wenner@glenville.edu or at (304) 462-6436.

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GSC Swimming Lessons Rescheduled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2014

For More Information: Annette Barnette
Public Relations and Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV- Sign-ups for swimming lessons at Glenville State College that were cancelled on Monday, March 2nd due to inclement weather have been rescheduled. The registration is now scheduled for Monday, March 17th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the GSC Pool, which is located in the basement of the Physical Education Building.

GSC Aquatics Manager Jennifer Wenner says the lessons are open to anyone ages four to 14 years of age and will be held throughout the months of March and April. The times will be arranged with the instructor to best fit the participants’ schedules.

Group lessons will be offered for four to six students and cost 40 dollars per child for six lessons. Semi-private lessons will be offered for two students and cost 50 dollars per child for five lessons. Private lessons will be offered for one student and cost 100 dollars per child for five lessons.

For more information, contact Wenner at Jennifer.Wenner@glenville.edu or at (304) 462-6436.

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GSC Dining Services Staff Participate in Annual Culinary Classic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2014

For more information:
Dustin Crutchfield
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6394
Dustin.Crutchfield@glenville.edu

GSC's Culinary Classic Team

Glenville State College Culinary Classic team members: Chef Erin White, Michele Powell, and Melody Thompson

GLENVILLE, WV – Three Glenville State College Dining Services employees took part in the 11th Annual Culinary Classic held at Stonewall Resort in Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia on March 7th and 8th. The annual event drew over 200 food fans to the resort to sample the offerings of several local culinary programs, vendors, restaurants, and caterers.

The GSC Dining Services team consisted of Chef Erin White, Melody Thompson, and Michele Powell. Friday evening showcased a ‘dine around’ in which attendees were able to sample foods and beverages from the various booths. GSC’s trio served up lobster bisque with sweet potato biscuits, classic brown beans with cornbread mini muffins, and chocolate topped almond toffee.

“The best part about attending an event like this is networking with other local chefs. It helps us all grow and branch out when we can see what other professionals in the business are doing,” said White. “It’s also great to get to do what we love – feed people.” This year marks her fourth participating in the Culinary Classic.

Closing out the event on Saturday evening, GSC’s group was in charge of preparing, plating, and presenting the dessert course for a multi-course dinner. For that part of the event, diners were treated to a triple chocolate amaretto mousse cup with Swiss meringue garnished with a ginger and almond praline tuile and pomegranate Shiraz syrup.

GSC Chef Erin White at the Culinary Classic

GSC Chef Erin White serves an attendee of the Culinary Classic

“We heard organizers say that this was the most solid and cohesive four course meal that they’ve seen in the 11 years of the event, so to be a part of that was an honor. Michele, Melody, and I all had a great time, and we enjoyed promoting GSC,” said White.

Dining services at Glenville State College are contracted by Aramark’s Higher Education Division. For more information about GSC Dining Services or the employees’ participation in the Culinary Classic, contact (304) 462-4108.

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Innerviews: Visionary Leader Energizes Glenville State

Reprinted from the January 5, 2014 issue of The Charleston Gazette

By Sandy Wells

Barr photo by Charleston Gazette Photographer Kenny Kemp

Wearing an optimistic smile and his Glenville State College tie, Glenville President Peter Barr looks forward to building on the successes that have marked his tenure there since 2006. A Huntington native, he spearheaded a mentoring program to encourage would-be college students, constructed a $26 million residence hall and the $27 million Waco Center to accommodate conferences, athletic events, scholastic programs and a community medical center. He also established a Veterans Legacy Project that involved interviews with 250 state veterans. The project morphed into a book, a documentary and a traveling photography exhibit. Kenny Kemp | Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Peter Barr wanted to be a bread truck driver like his dad. Then a teacher planted a seed, the prediction of a higher calling. The seed took a long time to sprout.

“Good Time Charlie” couldn’t cut it in college. In the Army, he started to realize what a fertile mind and a lot of people could accomplish.

He returned to Marshall for his undergraduate degree, earned a Ph.D. and landed in South Carolina as an academic icon at Coastal Carolina University, where he made a huge name for himself as a dynamic Pied Piper for economic development.

Today, he uses those can-do skills as president of Glenville State College.

He’s particularly proud of the Hidden Promise Scholars Consortium, a mentoring program for 8th- to 12th-graders designed to groom first-generation college graduates.

At 63, he’s starting to think about retiring, maybe spending more time in Myrtle Beach. But there’s a problem. How could he leave the little town that has stolen his heart?

“I was born and raised in the West End of Huntington. My daddy was a bread truck driver for Heiner’s. There were three boys and three girls, a big family.

“The Heiner’s bread thing impacted me a good bit because dad had a really big route. On weekends and before Thanksgiving and Christmas, I would go with him on the route. I got to know my dad in ways that a lot of young men don’t get to know their fathers.

“I was going to be a bread man. Dad had a good living, and the Heiners were incredible people. In the ninth grade, my civics teacher, Mrs. Grant, hugged me one day and said, ‘Pete, I bet one day, you would like to be governor of West Virginia.’ I didn’t want to be governor then, and don’t want to be governor now. But she recognized something, and it made me start thinking.

“I went to Huntington High School and developed the fine art of partying. When I went to Marshall in 1968, I did a really good job of playing cards and having a drink and didn’t do a real good job of going to class. So I went to the Army for a little over three years.

Barr Courtesy Photo

In the Army, Pete Barr trained for military police duty in Georgia and wound up a second lieutenant and rifle-shooting instructor at Fort Knox.

“I was trained as an MP at Fort Gordon, Ga. I was sent to Fort Sill, Okla., for Officers Candidate School. In May of ’70, I became a second lieutenant and spent two years at Fort Knox teaching kids how to shoot rifles.

“I was 19 and a second lieutenant and that put me in a position of responsibility I hadn’t had before. I began to realize in the Army that if you have enough people and have the brainpower, you can do anything.

“I started back at Marshall as a business major and graduated in ’75. In ’72, I was married. She helped put me through school on the GI Bill. I started the MBA program and did that until ’77. My father-in-law was Don Malcolm, and he and Fred Ashworth had Stationer’s. They hired me to manage the bookstore while I finished my master’s. When they sold out, I decided I had to get into something else.

“I had been teaching part time. I wanted to stay in education and went to Louisiana Tech for my doctorate. I finished all the course work and went back to Marshall. I thought I was going to be a professor at Marshall forever.

“In 1987, I had an opportunity to go to what was then the University of South Carolina at Coastal Carolina, in the Myrtle Beach-Conway area. I started as an associate professor.

“After one year, I had an opportunity to start what’s called the Coastal Center for Economic and Community Development. I became dean of the Wall College of Business.

“We had the first accreditation from the American Association of Schools of College and Business.

“We wanted to start a professional golf management program, but four schools were already accredited, and the PGA put a moratorium on them.

“So we started the Cooperative Golf Management Program and formed an association with the Spanish Royal Federation of Golf who sanctioned our program. Then the PGA lifted the moratorium and we were accredited.

“We did a lot of economic development studies and put in the Carolina Bays Highway. It was a big deal.

Barr Courtesy Photo

Glenville College's president and first lady, Pete and Betsy Barr, worked together as deans at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Active in economic development there, he was named Myrtle Beach Volunteer of the Year in 2005.

“Horry County was perceived by the bond rating agencies as not a real stable economy because it relied so much on tourism. My job was to convince the raters that we were a stable economy.

“Grand Strand Hospital wanted to start an acute cardiac care unit. We were able to demonstrate that we had sufficient population, and we got the cardiac care unit.

“I worked so hard to see Myrtle Beach grow. Now you look at it and you wish maybe there were more tranquil parts.

“I did eight years as a dean. I have a mentor, Doug Wendell, president and CEO of Burroughs and Chapin, a big private land development company, and I worked for Doug for a couple of years as a senior VP.

“Ron Ingle, president of Coastal Carolina, hired me to come back as provost at Coastal Carolina. That’s how I ended up at Glenville in 2006.

“I had never been to Glenville. Betsy and I both knew it was the right move. We fell in love with the people. All the qualities you think of in West Virginia people – hardworking, family, commitment, patriotism — those people had that.

“When we first moved to Glenville, one of the issues was quality affordable housing for faculty and staff. Ike Morris owns Waco Oil and Gas. He said, ‘[We] have 22 acres behind Otterbein Church. Take it and see what you can do with it.’ I had been in development, so this was exciting.

“Here’s the contrast between Myrtle Beach and Glenville. With no hope of making any money, nine of us put up $25,000 apiece just to build the infrastructure to sell lots and get quality affordable housing. You could not find nine people in Myrtle Beach who would [do that]. We have about nine houses there now. The community is incredible.

“I’m a first-generation college student. About 70 percent of our kids are first-generation college students, and 65 to 70 percent are low- to moderate-income kids. They are as smart as any kids in the world, but they don’t know how good they are. They haven’t had an opportunity to be beyond central West Virginia.

“If you come from humble beginnings and get a college degree, it opens so many doors. I can’t tell you how many times I heard, ‘If it hadn’t been for Glenville State, I never would have gone to college.’ Glenville State is so important to central West Virginia. That can’t be overstated.

“Of all the state colleges and universities, we have the highest percentage of graduates who remain in West Virginia.

“All my life I had been told that it is important for K-12 and higher education to work together. I started visiting school superintendents in the area about working together. We wanted more kids graduating from high school, higher ACT scores, more kids going to college.

“We started with 13 counties. Now we have 38 counties in West Virginia and Ohio and Connecticut as part of our Hidden Promise Consortium. We think the true promise of West Virginia lies in its people, especially its young people and their education.

“There are lots of smart kids out there who won’t have the background for college. So we asked consortium members to identify five kids in their district in grades eight through 12.

“We said we would recognize those students and assign them campus passes and a mentor — a current student at Glenville — and just introduce them to the college culture.

“We want to get as many of them in college whether or not they go to Glenville. If you do come to Glenville, you get a $1,000 scholarship. We call them Hidden Promise Scholars.

Barr Courtesy Photo

In a stadium box, Peter Barr (right) confers with Ike Morris, owner of the Waco Oil and Gas Co. and a staunch Glenville State College benefactor. Beside them is a picture of the new Waco Center at Glenville.

“It started in 2006. We have about 130 now on campus. We graduated our 25th and 26th graduates the other night. I remember what they were like four or five years ago. The transformation is unbelievable.

“We have a professor who says a lot of our students don’t know how to dream. They don’t have the self-confidence of knowing what they can do. Kids grow up here knowing a teacher, a doctor, maybe a dentist and lawyer. If you don’t want to be one of those four things, you don’t have that vision of what the future is.

“The faculty and staff at Glenville care whether or not you succeed. Remember that problem I had going to class at Marshall? Here, they will come and get you.

“The one thing I would want to see happen is an institutionalization of our Hidden Promise program so that when I’m dead, there are still kids going through that program.

“I feel extremely grateful. I have had some incredible people in my life, opportunities other people haven’t had, lots of mentors. I’ve had an opportunity to be involved in decision-making, opportunities to make things happen.

“My contract expires June 30, 2015, but I would like to stay long enough to where Glenville doesn’t need a crutch, where it can grow on its own. We are the best small public liberal arts college in the country. I would like everybody to know that.

“I would like to see Gilmer County and Glenville realize the economic prosperity it is building. It still isn’t where we would like it to be.

“I’m proud of what has happened in Glenville. I’m proud of my children. We have three and they are all doing well. They’re all educators.

“Along with the house in North Myrtle, we have a cabin in North Carolina. When I retire, we might spend half the year in each place. But I don’t know if I can leave Glenville.”

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks GSC One of Best Colleges for Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2014

For more Information:
Bob Henry Baber
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6390

Student veterans at GSC

GSC student veterans Hunter Sprouse, Student Veterans Association President Marc Jones, Erica Graham, and Cheyenna Kendal

GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College is ranked in the top 20 of the best colleges for veterans within the south regional colleges division by U.S. News & World Report.

GSC received the number 17 score in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges because of graduation rates, faculty resources, reputation, and other markers of academic quality. In total, there were only 234 ranked schools across ten placing categories. The new rankings provide national data on schools that offer federal benefits including tuition and housing assistance to veterans and active service members. To qualify, colleges had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.

“We have a large pool of faculty and staff that know what veterans need and the language that they speak. We are an affordable small school, and most of our departments have veterans in them and are therefore veteran friendly,” said twenty-one-year Air Force Technical Sergeant Veteran Jennifer Wenner, who is the former GSC Veterans Affairs Coordinator. Wenner previously attended and graduated from GSC utilizing her veteran’s benefits.

Paul Roach

Paul Roach

Sixty-six year old Paul Roach from Birch River in Nicholas County, West Virginia graduated in December 2013 with a Board of Regents Degree thanks to his veteran’s benefits. “I spent 23 years, 4 months, 2 days, 12 hours, and 16 minutes in the U.S. Army. I’ve been shot at, almost blown up by a bomb, and crashed in a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, but that was fun compared to what I had to do and write while attending Glenville State. But seriously, my time here has been fantastic. At the GSC Veterans Center, I had people I could really communicate with. They told me about the new ways, and I told them about the old,” said Roach, who plans to be a substitute teacher in Webster County.

GSC Registrar and Veteran’s Certifying Official Ann Reed stated, “I am currently developing fact sheets to aid veterans in attaining educational benefits. It’s always a pleasure to provide critically needed information to help veterans attend Glenville State College, and I feel especially good when they thank me for all of my assistance.”

Along with the Yellow Ribbon program, GSC participates in the GoArmy Educational Tuition Association for active duty, reservists, and National Guard soldiers. There is also a designated space on campus for veterans to talk, support each other, gather, and exchange information.

Former Marine Jonathan Clark originally from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania stated, “Yellow Ribbon is why I came here. If you’re an out-of-state student, the program makes up the difference in tuition. That’s invaluable! Also, the GSC Veteran’s Club has given me a network of friends and peers. We sponsor an annual Veteran’s Military Ball, prepare packages for deployed vets, assist community veterans in attaining benefits and exploring educational opportunities and engage in a number of other campus-based and community veteran activities.”

For more information about using veteran’s benefits at GSC, contact Reed at Ann.Reed@glenville.edu or call (304) 462-6123.

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GSC Men Make History

Men's Basketball

The Glenville State men's basketball team has made the NCAA DII Men's Basketball Atlantic Regional Tournament for the first time in school history

Glenville, W.Va. – Three men’s basketball teams from the Mountain East Conference have earned invitations to the Mountain East Conference, the NCAA announced today.

West Liberty (26-3) is the second seed in the Atlantic Region, followed by Charleston (21-8) as the fourth seed and Glenville State (18-10) is the seventh seed. It is the first-ever appearance for the Pioneers in the NCAA Tournament.

GSC and WLU will have to face each other in the first round in East Stroudsburg, Pa. Charleston will take on Gannon out of the PSAC. 

Four teams from the PSAC earned berths to the Atlantic Regional, and the MEC is represented by three teams. The CIAA is represented by Livingstone.

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Lady Pioneers will Host NCAA DII Atlantic Regional Tournament

Women's Basketball

The Glenville State Lady Pioneers will host the NCAA DII Women's Basketball Atlantic Regional Tournament

Glenville, W.Va. -  Three teams from the Mountain East Conference earned invitations to the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, including Glenville State, which is the top seed and host for the Atlantic Regional.

The Pioneers (28-3) won both the Mountain East Conference regular season and tournament championships. 

The University of Charleston, which finished third in the MEC regular season and runner-up in the conference tournament, is seeded seventh. The Golden Eagles will take on second-seeded Edinboro (24-5) from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

West Liberty (20-10) also earned an NCAA Tournament bid as the eighth seed and will play Glenville State in the first round.

The Mountain East Conference and the PSAC each had three teams earn bids, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) had two berths.

Friday, March 14th Schedule

Noon                                     Game No. 1. Shaw vs. Gannon

2:30 p.m.                             Game No. 2. Charleston vs. Edinboro

6 p.m.                                   Game No. 3.  West Liberty vs. Glenville State

8:30 p.m.                             Game No. 4.  Virginia State vs. Bloomsburg

Ticket Prices

General Admission – $7.00

Students (must show student ID), Seniors, and Children – $3.00

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Lady Pioneers Down Charleston Win MEC Tournament Championship

Women's Basketball

Kenyona Simmon scored 16 points and was named the MEC Tournament MVP as her and the Lady Pioneers defeated UC for the MEC Tournament Championship

Charleston, W.Va. – The Glenville State Lady Pioneers defeated the University of Charleston, 74-50, as they win the MEC Conference Tournament Championship.

GSC and UC would both have trouble scoring early in the first half of play in the MEC Conference Tournament Championship game as Charleston would try and slow the game down by stalling, however Ginny Mills would get the Lady Pioneers on the scoreboard first at the 17:10 minute mark after she made a steal and took it all the for the lay-up.

Ginny would not be finished there as on the next possession she would drill a deep three-pointer as they took a, 5-2 lead.

The Lady Pioneers would then build an eight point lead, 10-2, at the 14:01 minute mark in the first half. But Charleston would then make a run and cut the Lady Pioneers lead to two, 12-10, at the 12:12 minute mark.

Glenville State would lead the rest of the way into halftime as they went into intermission up eight, 28-20. The Lady Pioneers largest lead in the first half was 10 points.

In the second half of play the Lady Pioneers would build a 13 point lead, 35-22, with 17:04 left to play.

GSC would later extend their lead to 19 points, 47-28, with 7:07 left to play.

The Lady Pioneers would prove to be too much for the Golden Eagles as they would cruise to a 24 point victory, 74-50, and win the Mountain East Conference Tournament Championship.

The Lady Pioneers defense forced 18 turnovers and converted them into 20 points.

GSC had four players score in double figures with Kenyona Simmons leading the way with 16 points and 4 steals. Simmons was also the MVP of the MEC Tournament.

Ginny Mills scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists. Kenyell Goodson scored 11 points and pulled down 9 rebounds, while Tasia Bristow chipped in with 10 points and had 4 assists.

Aesha Peters grabbed a game high 12 rebounds.

Charleston was led by LeAnne Ross as she scored a game high 17 points.

“It’s an honor and I am thrilled to be the coach here at Glenville State College, and I would like to dedicate this championship to Glenville State, “ stated first year head coach Charles “Cookie” Marshall.

Glenville State will now wait and see where they end up in the NCAA Division II Basketball Regional Tournament.

Mountain East Conference All-Tournament Team

Liz Flower (West Liberty)

Lexy Carson (West Virginia State)

Tasia Bristow (Glenville State)

Chyress Lockhart (Charleston)

Kenyona Simmons (Glenville State)

Ginny Mills (Glenville State)

Kenyell Goodson (Glenville State)

LeAnna Ross (Charleston)

MVP- Kenyona Simmons (Glenville State)

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Pioneers Fall in MEC Tournament Semifinals

Men's Basketball

Kevin Gray and the Glenville State Pioneers fell to the University of Charleston in the MEC Conference Tournament semifinals, 65-77

Charleston, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneers fell to the University of Charleston by a final score, 76-65.

GSC would get off to an early start as they built a 7-2 lead at the 17:29 minute mark of the first half. However Charleston would come right back and would tie it up at 7 all, after a technical foul was called on the Pioneers bench.

The Golden Eagles would take their first lead of the game at the 13:03 minute mark as they went up 12-11 over the Pioneers.

However the Pioneers would then tie it up at 19 all at the 10:30 minute mark after two made free-throws by Lamar Mallory.

The Golden Eagles would then go on a seven point run at the 9:15 minute mark as they took a 26-19 lead.

GSC would then claw and fight to cut into the Golden Eagles lead and they would cut it to only three points with under 3:00 minutes to play till halftime. But Charleston would take a four point lead into halftime up, 34-30.

In the second half of play both teams would trade several baskets early, however Charleston would go on a run and build a nine point lead, 47-38, with under 15:00 minutes to play.

Then the Pioneers would find their selves struggling to score as they would go almost five minutes without scoring, and with that GSC would find themselves down 15 points, 58-43, with 9:47 left to play in the game.

The rest of the second half the Pioneers would continue to struggle shooting the ball as Charleston built a, 72-58, lead with only 1:50 left in the game.

The Pioneers would try and get back into the game but the deficit would be to large as GSC fell to Charleston in the MEC Conference Tournament semifinals, 76-65.

The Pioneers shot 37 percent from the floor and shot only 15 percent from behind the three-point line, while Charleston shot 50 percent from the floor and 42 percent from behind the three-point line.

GSC however won the rebounding battle by eight, 38 to 30.

The Pioneers had three players score in double figure with Reggie Williams leading the way with a game high 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Lamont Cole came off the bench and scored 14 points for GSC while Lamar Mallory chipped in with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Charleston was led by Xavier Humphrey as he finished the night with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

The Pioneers will now have to wait and see if they get into the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament.

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