The following offices work in cooperation with UT Martin’s Division of Student Affairs, helping students adjust to their new and growing responsibilities:
The Division of Academic Affairs coordinates programs and services related to academic advising and learning assistance. Professors who are assigned as advisers provide academic counseling. Besides the many kinds of assistance provided by academic departments and individual faculty and staff members, UT Martin offers coordinated learning support through Academic Support Services.
Boling University Center
The Boling University Center is the student services center for the campus community. These services include: post office, Computer Store, fitness center, gameroom, automated teller machines, Sodexho (food) Services, University Bookstore, Skyhawk Card Services, Telephone Services, Counseling and Career Services, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, Black Student Association,
Employment Information Services, and Information Center (Information Desk, campus operator/call center, facility reservations/administration, ticket sales, campus schedules, public internet access, photocopying, etc.).
The Boling University Center also has multi-purpose meeting facilities that can accommodate meetings of groups from 6 to 600. Special meeting spaces include a 500-seat auditorium/theater, 70-seat tiered “classroom,” and a ballroom. All spaces can accommodate access to telephone and data lines. Catering is available from Sodexho Services (the University’s food service provider).
The Boling University Center is located in the center of campus in close proximity to the residential and academic areas of campus, and is available for use by students and the campus community.
Housed in the Boling University Center, the University Bookstore provides a convenient place for the purchase of books, stationery, athletic goods, and other supplies students might need. The store is modern and completely self-service.
Students can sell used textbooks back to the bookstore. For specific repurchase guidelines, contact the bookstore.
Hours of service are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (not open on Saturdays during the summer).
Student Health Services
The mission of Student Health Services is to provide students with timely, quality health care throughout their enrollment and to assist students in developing a greater sense of responsibility to themselves and others by establishing good health care and habits. By helping students maintain a state of good health, Student Health Services hopes to promote their intellectual and social development. Student Health Services are also available to the campus community to provide resource material and educational programs.
Student Health Services is located directly across from the northeast wing of Austin Peay Hall and has a staff of nurses and a part-time family nurse practitioner with an M.D. consultant. The staff nurses are available during the regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday while classes are in session. The family nurse practitioner is available four hours per day during spring and fall semesters and two to three hours during summer semesters by appointment.
To be eligible for services, one must be enrolled in classes during that semester. A health history card must be completed and on file in the Student Health office. Services include general outpatient care, first aid care, emergency care, limited laboratory services, vaccines, and physicals. There is no charge for an office visit; however, minimal fees are charged for certain labs and supplies. Volunteer Community Hospital is located near the university and is available for medical and surgical services and emergencies, but the student must pay his/her own hospital expenses.
Students are urged to carry health insurance to cover illnesses and accidents that may occur while they are enrolled, since this coverage is not provided by the institution. Information about insurance coverage available to students at low costs can be obtained at Student Health Services.
Note: All students are required to be in compliance with Tennessee Department of Health requirements regarding two MMR vaccines. Proof of vaccinations must be on file in Student Health Services. Failure to comply will result in inability to register for classes.
Margaret N. Perry Children’s Center
The Margaret N. Perry Children's Center provides quality care for children of UT Martin students, faculty and staff, and community members. Student-parents are given first priority, and children with special needs are included at the center. The state-of-the-art facility is licensed and provides part-day and full-day care for children six weeks to 12 years of age.
The children's center also serves as a laboratory setting for students in many of UT Martin’s academic departments, including family and consumer sciences and educational studies. Students observe children’s behavior and gain practical experience in the planning and implementation of activities. Professional staff supervise these students as they plan developmentally appropriate activities and curricula. The academic components are supervised by the director in cooperation with other UT Martin faculty. The children's center is administered through the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Information about fees and services may be obtained by calling the director, 731-881-7715.
The Paul Meek Library
The Paul Meek Library was renovated and expanded in 1995 as an attractive 120,000-square-foot structure containing an all-night study room, a student computer lab, a faculty multimedia lab, and a variety of group and individual study areas. The library collection contains more than 400,000 volumes, over 4,000 videotapes, and almost 1,500 periodical subscriptions. In addition, the library is a selective government documents depository featuring an extensive collection of both print and electronic materials from the federal government.
The Media Services Department houses a variety of non-print media including microform, compact discs, DVDs and a circulating video collection. The department offers two fully equipped media classrooms for use by classes, along with individual viewing carrels for students who wish to view or listen to material on their own. This area is also responsible for programming UT Martin’s educational, entertainment, and fine arts television channels, and provides downlink support for campus teleconferences.
The Alliene and Jimmie Corbitt Special Collections area supports a non-circulating collection of Tennessee regional history and genealogy. This department also houses the University Museum, maintains the library’s exhibit area, maintains the rare book and manuscript collection, and serves as the archival repository for the campus. Manuscript collections include the papers of Congressman Ed Jones and the legislative papers of Governor Ned Ray McWherter, as well as on-site replicas of their offices. The library offers regular orientation classes for all freshmen, while additional library instruction is available to classes and to individuals. Library instruction programs include tours, videotapes, lectures, printed guides, and an online tutorial explaining the use of the library catalog and major databases. A Bibliographic Instruction Room is available for teaching students about accessing, understanding, and using library services and collections, in addition to the larger world of information.
Books acquired by the library each year are usually made available within a few days after being received, with rapid processing made possible by the automated acquisition and cataloging system. This system also enhances interlibrary loan service by providing fast access to collections in other libraries. In addition, the library has implemented online circulation and periodical control functions linked to the overall automation system.
Electronic resources include a host of indexing and reference databases for use by the university community. Library users can enjoy access to full-text magazine articles through the Internet-based PROQUEST system and the Tennessee Electronic Library. Other electronic offerings include JSTOR Arts and Sciences database; ABI INFORM, the primary database for business administration; CINAHL, a key online index for nursing; as well as other electronic databases supporting the university’s various academic specialties.
Whether in person, by telephone, or electronically, students and other library users can find help with their research needs at the Reference Desk, which is staffed by qualified librarians and available anytime the library is open. The library has an automated phone system that will route patrons dialing 731-881-7060 to any public service area in the building. Also visit the university’s Web site at www.utm.edu/ for a closer look at the campus and the library.
The Office of Computer Services provides high-quality information technology and communications resources and services through shared resources, common infrastructure, and common functions in support of the administrative and academic activities of UT Martin.
The services provided by Computer Services are in place to provide a flexible infrastructure to meet the rapidly changing needs for instruction, all types of learning, research, and administrative functions.
Counseling and Career Services
This office provides support services that help each student grow and develop emotionally, intellectually, and interpersonally. All currently registered students are eligible for services at the Counseling Center. Generally, counseling services are free, although there may be a minimal fee for certain types of psychological and career testing. Services include:
The office is located at 213 Boling University Center. For additional information, visit the Web under Student Resources at www.utm.edu or call 731-881-7720.
Personal counseling is conducted by mental health professionals who understand the stresses of college life. Students typically seek help for relationship problems, academic concerns, stress and time management, or mood issues such as anxiety or depression. All services and records are treated with strict confidentiality as governed by professional ethics and laws.
The Office of Counseling and Career Services, located in 213 Boling University Center, assists students, prospective students and alumni with career decisions. Career testing is available to determine occupations which best fit an individual’s aptitude, interests, personality, and values. Counseling is available regarding academic majors, career choices, and vocational goals. Career exploration classes are offered for academic credit during the fall and spring semesters. Additional information on specific occupations is available through an extensive career library. For additional information, call 731-881-7720.
The Student Employment Program is an opportunity for students to find part-time and temporary on and off campus employment while enrolled at UT Martin. Students are allowed to participate free of charge and regardless of their financial needs. Students must go to 215 Boling University Center and make application each semester to be eligible for employment. For additional information, call 731-881-7740.
Senior/Alumni Employment Information Services
Employment Information Services provides assistance to degree candidates and alumni in securing professional employment. The services are free and available year-round. Candidates for degrees are encouraged to set up a graduate file early in their senior year to take advantage of the various employment services offered. Services include:
For additional information, call 731-881-7740.
Cooperative Education Program
Cooperative Education is the integration of classroom theory with practical experience by means of alternating specific periods of attendance at the university with specific periods of employment. The following factors are used to adhere to this definition: (1) The student’s work should be related to his/her field of study and individual interests within the field. (2) The employment must be considered to be regular, continuing, and an essential element in the educational process. (3) The working experience will ideally increase in difficulty and responsibility as the student progresses through the academic curriculum.
Any UT Martin instructional unit that develops an academic program which permits students to rotate the semesters at the university and the periods of employment may participate.Academic Credit
Cooperative Education students enroll in (Academic Major) 201C-202C-203C-204C-205C-206C (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) Cooperative Education Experience and receive one semester hour credit per work period. Academic qualifications and career training positions, as available, are determined by the coordinator of Employment Information Services or the academic adviser from the participating instructional unit who assigns a Pass (P) or Fail (F) grade for the courses. Normally, failing grades will not be given except in cases where students have been dismissed by their employers for unsatisfactory performance or students leave their jobs prior to completion of a work period without proper approval from their academic adviser or the coordinator of Employment Information Services. In order to receive credit, students must submit a work report, and employers are requested to submit an Employer’s Rating Form for each work period. Students majoring in programs which require, or accept, internship credit for professional experience may elect to enroll in (Academic Major) 301C-302C (2-6, 2-6) Cooperative Education and Internship Experience and receive two to six semester hours credit per work period. To receive this experience, approval of the academic adviser and the coordinator of Employment Information Services is required. To enroll, students must have at least junior status. An academic adviser from the participating instructional unit is assigned to help coordinate the internship experience and assign letter grades. The students are required to maintain all work reports necessary to satisfy the cooperative education requirements plus any additional assignments.
No more than 12 total credit hours for the entire Cooperative Education Experience and/or Cooperative Education and Internship Experience may be earned. Internship credit hours count toward the requirements of the baccalaureate degree and are not additive. The specific instructional units under which the students participate in the program determine the degree requirements for which the work experience substitutes.Student Status
To be eligible for the Cooperative Education program, students must have completed the freshman year and have a 2.3 GPA. Students in a co-op work assignment are considered full-time students of the University of Tennessee at Martin and have the same general status as students in attendance at the university. Student fees are assessed according to the current per semester hour rate as shown under Financial Information. Information about the program and how to apply can be obtained in the Office of Counseling and Career Services, 731-881-7740.
The UT Martin Freshman Experience
The UT Martin Freshman Experience is a unique program designed to help students with their transition to college life. The first phase of the Freshman Experience is SOAR, Summer Orientation and Registration. During SOAR, prospective students take placement tests, meet with academic advisers, and register for classes. Also, students and parents receive information about various student services including housing, financial aid, and student activities. There are four SOAR sessions scheduled during the spring and summer.
The second phase of the UT Martin Freshman Experience involves the active participation of students in Freshman Welcome Week. Freshman Welcome Week begins one week prior to the start of Fall Semester. It is an action-packed week where students learn more about the programs, services, and student life opportunities available for them at UT Martin. At the beginning of Welcome Week, each student is assigned to a group of students with similar academic interests. A faculty counselor and a peer counselor (PEP leader) lead the group during Welcome Week and throughout the Freshman Experience. It is during this week that students begin their Freshman Studies class with their group. This is a credit class which focuses on the strategies and skills needed to experience success in the collegiate environment. The class meets four times during Welcome Week and then once a week for the Fall Semester.
The final phase of the Freshman Experience involves the student’s participation in scheduled meetings with their PEP leader. Students meet individually with their PEP leader several times during the academic year. The purpose of these meetings is to gauge the progress of each student during his/her freshman year and assist them with making any adjustments that will contribute to their success as a UT Martin student.
The University strongly encourages all freshmen to take part in the Freshman Experience. It is the best way to begin to live the total collegiate experience at UT Martin.
Services for Students with Disabilities
It is the policy of the university to provide reasonable accommodations (academic adjustments and auxiliary aids) to assist students with disabilities in negotiating the university system. PACE (Program Access for College Enhancement) serves students with learning disabilities and ADD. For additional information on the PACE Program, call 731-881-7195. For additional information on services to students with all other disabilities, call the director in the Office of Student Academic Support at 731-881-7744. Also see the university’s 504/ADA statement listed in the front of this catalog.
Student Academic Support
UT Martin coordinates its learning support activities through the Office of Student Academic Support. Help for students begins with placement tests, which students take during orientation. The tests help advisers know students' appropriate beginning levels. One test may show, for example, that students need greater reading skills; they may choose to take a reading course which will help them deal with the increased size and difficulty of the college reading load.
Once in classes, students will find a range of available aid. They may get drop-in help for writing needs in the Writing Center, 209 Andy Holt Humanities. A Math Lab operates on the fourth floor of the Andy Holt Humanities Building on Monday through Thursday evenings and in the Humanities Building basement during the day. Students often want to learn how to manage their time effectively, how to succeed in a particular course, or how to prepare for a particular examination. To learn what labs, courses, tutoring, printed and computer materials, and counseling UT Martin offers, students may inquire at the Office of Student Academic Support, 206-210 Clement Hall, or may call 731-881-7744.
The CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) and GED (General Education Development) tests are administered in the Office of Student Academic Support. The GED is provided weekly, by appointment. Computer-based testing is available for GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, PRAXIS, NBPME, CBSAT (Talent Search), and NBPTS by appointment or drop-in basis. For more testing information, contact the Testing Center in the Office of Student Academic Support, 210 or 211 Clement Hall, or call 731-881-7744.
UT Martin Study Skills, located in 206-210 Clement Hall (731-881-7744), offers students help with time management, note taking, and other study skills related to academic performance. Films, tapes, written materials and individual counseling are all available resources.
Automobile Regulations for Student Vehicles
Students who operate vehicles on campus are required to register their vehicles with the Office of Public Safety at registration time. Students are expected to operate their vehicles under the regulations in the current Parking and Traffic Regulations issued at the time of their registration. Vehicles brought to campus after registration must be registered within 24 hours. A vehicle registration decal showing that the car has been registered is provided at a fee of $26 per year and is to be displayed on the left side of the front and rear windshield. If the bumpers are chrome, place the decals on the driver’s front and rear bumper. Disabled students will be given special consideration upon recommendation of the university physician.
The University of Tennessee at Martin is fully approved by the State Approving Agency to provide training under the Vocational Rehabilitation and War Orphans’ Assistance programs, the Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966, and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program.
Counseling service for veterans is available at the Office of Student Financial Assistance in 205 Hall- Moody Administration Building. All students planning to enter under provisions of a veterans’ educational program are urged to apply to the appropriate agency for necessary authorization well in advance of their registration date. Ten semester hours of credit will be given to students with a DD214 or DD295 that shows successful completion of basic training. Military schooling may not duplicate these 10 semester hours of credit. The ACE Guide is used in awarding credits for military schools. Official transcripts must be sent from the serviceperson’s education office (AARTS or SMARTS transcripts are recommended) in order to receive military credit. Up to 30 semester hours of military and/or examination credit may be applied toward degree requirements.
UT Martin will certify only those courses which are included in the major field of study selected by the student; certification of “elective courses” will be limited to the number of elective hours permitted in the designated major. Electives must be selected from the academic areas prescribed in the college catalog for each specified major.
The student receiving benefits must show evidence of making “satisfactory” progress toward his/her educational objective, as defined in the university catalog. Class attendance will be a major factor in determining satisfactory academic progress.
Certification will not be allowed for any course(s) previously passed (D or above), unless catalog states a C or above is required, or any course(s) designated as “incomplete.” An “F” can only be repeated when it is required in the veteran's designated major. For more information, contact 731-881-7031.
UT Martin offers many opportunities for students to become involved in the total collegiate experience. The Office of Student Life coordinates a number of special activities throughout the year in conjunction with various student organizations and university departments. The Office of Student Life works to support more than 125 student organizations including professional organizations, honorary societies, service organizations, special interest groups, and social Greek letter organizations (fraternities and sororities).
Student Life works closely with the Office of Campus Recreation in support of the intramural sports, club sports, and outdoor recreation programs, and with the University Center in support of the various program opportunities for students. Also, Student Life provides advisement for the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Council, and co-directs the University’s Freshman Experience Program. For more information, please call the Office of Student Life at 731-881-7525 or visit the Website at www.utm.edu/~utmlife.
Opportunities at UT Martin:
Office of Minority Affairs
The Office of Minority Affairs exists to provide support to the minority students at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In order to do so, the office seeks to identify the academic, cultural, economic, social, and other needs of minority students. It then works to centralize and coordinate a holistic program of the University’s efforts to cultivate the cultural and ethnic diversity of the campus by communicating these needs, along with recommendations for meeting them, to other units on campus; providing programs and services that enhance the personal, social, educational, and cultural development of students; and actively engaging in efforts to encourage students of color to participate in and contribute to the life of the campus.
The Office of Minority Affairs endeavors to serve the UT Martin community as a multicultural resource. The office seeks to provide educational opportunities that assist majority and minority students in identifying commonalities and recognizing, understanding, accepting, respecting, and valuing their differences.
Located in 172 Clement Hall, the Office of Minority Affairs advises several student organizations, including the Black Student Association and the Collegiates (Gospel Choir). The office also administers the Harold Conner Scholarship Program and Young Scholars Academy, a summer pre-university experience for high school students.
Fine and Performing Arts Opportunities
Vanguard Theatre presents two or three major theatrical productions and a series of one-act plays during the academic year. These provide the opportunity for students to participate in acting, stagemanaging, and lighting as well as designing and constructing stage sets and costumes. In addition, a series of original plays written by students in the playwriting classes is presented in the spring. These performances are directed by students from directing classes. Thus, students work together as playwrights, directors, and actors, toward the realization of a script.
The UT Martin Dance Ensemble is an auditioned group which performs a variety of dance styles. Student productions in the spring semester provide opportunities for dancing, choreography, stagemanaging, lighting, and designing sets and costumes for dance. Two credit hours.
The Skyhawk Marching Band is organized Fall Semester and is open to all university students who have a background in marching band. The band performs for football games and presents exhibition performances at area marching band contests. Band camp is held for one week before fall semester. Marching band carries two credit hours, and band camp carries another credit hour. Pep bands are organized to perform for basketball games and pep rallies. Band scholarships are available by audition.
The Symphonic Band is also open to all students with instrumental music experience. The band performs a variety of wind band repertoire during the spring semester. Two credit hours. Band scholarships are available by audition.
The Concert Jazz Band rehearses throughout the academic year and is open to all students by audition. A variety of jazz, rock and popular music styles are performed for special events on- and off-campus, including concerts for area schools. Two credit hours.
Instrumental Ensembles – Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Ensembles are open to all students by audition. These groups perform in chamber music concerts and for other occasions. One credit hour each.
University Singers is an auditioned choir of about 40 to 50 voices which performs both sacred and secular music from all periods of history. The choir meets four times each week. Two credit hours.
Choral Society is open to men and women of the student body, faculty, and area residents. The society performs both sacred and secular choral works and rehearses two hours per week during each semester.
New Pacer Singers is an auditioned show choir of students chosen for their singing and dancing ability. The group performs mostly show tunes and popular music for campus activities, civic groups, and high schools. Two credit hours. New Pacer Singers scholarships are available by audition.
Lyric Opera Theatre presents at least one staged production during the year, usually in the spring semester. These performances include works from the standard operatic repertoire as well as contemporary operas. Scenes from operas are also presented. Two credit hours.
Piano Ensemble is open to qualified students by audition. The group specializes in the performance of four-hand and eight-hand piano music. One credit hour.
Accompanying offers opportunities for performance with vocal and instrumental soloists as well as with instrumental ensembles. One credit hour. Opportunity to accompany on a non-credit basis is also available.
Private Instruction in Music – Qualified students from all curricula may elect to take individual instruction in applied music in the Department of Music for credit on a “space available” basis.
Music Recitals – Faculty recitals are presented each year by the Department of Music. Junior and senior recitals are given by music majors, and students perform in weekly recitals on Wednesday afternoons. All recitals are open to the public.
The University Museum provides UT Martin students, local school teachers and children, and the general public with a diverse exhibit and program schedule. The museum provides an exhibit venue for travelling and locally generated exhibits of fine art, history and culture, and natural history.
The University Museum is located in the Paul Meek Library. The museum is accessible only through the Special Collections/University Archives reading area, and is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for University holidays, and by special prior arrangement. Public parking is available across Mt. Pelia Road, west of the Library and directly south of the Child and Family Resource Center. For changing exhibit and additional program information or to schedule a group visit, contact the University Museum at 731-881-7094 or email@example.com.
The UT Martin intercollegiate athletics program consists of nine men’s sports: football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, rifle, cross-country, rodeo, and cheerleading. The nine women’s sports are: basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, cross-country, soccer, rifle, rodeo, and cheerleading.UT Martin has excellent athletics facilities which include: a 7,500-seat football stadium, a 6,700-seat basketball arena, a 3,000-seat fieldhouse, an 800-seat baseball stadium, a 300-seat softball stadium, a 400- meter track, and a 15-court tennis complex.
The UT Martin Skyhawks participate in Division I of the NCAA and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The rodeo team competes in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
Office of Campus Recreation
UT Martin’s Office of Campus Recreation is committed to recreation and fitness as components of a balanced lifestyle. Campus Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational and competitive programs for students, faculty/staff, and the community. Active participation is the general aim of the program with emphasis given to such basic needs as relaxing, belonging, and achieving, as they relate to good health and fitness. Campus Recreation offers programs in intramural sports, individual and dual sports, leisure activities, aquatics, outdoor recreation, fitness, sports clubs, and a host of special events. Indoor recreational facilities include an Olympic size swimming pool, seven racquetball courts, a running/walking track, weight room, and Skyhawk Arena which contains six basketball, volleyball, badminton, and tennis court combinations. The outdoor facilities include a 1.5 mile fitness trail, 16 tennis courts, a soccer field, and the lighted intramural playing fields. There are also several opportunities for student employment in Campus Recreation. The jobs available include sports officiating, lifeguarding, and various recreation and facility management positions. For additional information about the Office of Campus Recreation, call 731-881-7745 or view the office’s Web site at www.utm.edu and click on “students.”
Opportunities in ROTC
ROTC Drill Team – The Department of Military Science and Leadership supervises and coaches the ROTC Drill Team. The ROTC Drill Team is an elite, highly trained, precision drill and ceremony team. Dedication and hard work are required for membership to perfect the split-second timing and cohesive teamwork necessary to achieve the impressive performance admired by viewers, along with participation in the ROTC program. The ROTC Color Guard is derived from the Drill Team. The Color Guard participates at intercollegiate athletic, university and community events.
UT Martin Rangers – The Rangers are a highly trained, elite, and motivated organization under the direction of advanced-course ROTC students and are supervised by the Department of Military Science and Leadership cadre. Membership in the Rangers is limited to students who are enrolled in military science and interested in developing skills associated with patrolling, mountaineering, survival training, weapons, and similar activities. Members must meet medical standards required of contracted ROTC cadets and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
ROTC Color Guard – The Color Guard presents the National colors, state flag and university flag at intercollegiate athletic, university and community events.
ROTC Rifle Team – MSL students with a desire to fine tune their rifle marksmanship skills in a spirit of competition should consider joining the ROTC rifle team. Cadets joining the rifle team receive marksmanship training and use Army ROTC weapons (.22 caliber) and ammunition. Each Spring Semester the Rifle Team competes in a Postal competition hosted by the Second ROTC Region Headquarters.
Opportunities to Work on Student Publications
The student newspaper, The Pacer, is published weekly during the academic year and distributed free to the campus community. The UT Martin yearbook, The Spirit, is published annually and is distributed to all regular, full-time undergraduate students who have been assessed a yearbook fee during the academic year. Others may reserve copies of the yearbook by contacting the Department of Communications, 305 Gooch Hall, 731-881-7546.
To apply for paid staff positions on either publication, students should contact the appropriate faculty advisers within the Department of Communications.
Bean Switch is a literary magazine which provides a selection of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and photography from the university community. Work may be submitted to the Department of English for publication and for consideration for the Department of English writing awards of $100 each, which will be given for the most outstanding poetry, short story, scholarly paper, and essay.
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