Pellissippi State: Rep. Armstrong speaks at Magnolia site for Civic Engagement Week

In honor of Constitution Day, on Monday, Sept. 17, Pellissippi State Community College will host State Rep. Joe Armstrong at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Armstrong will talk about the rights and responsibilities of citizens. The public is invited to hear the free presentation in the Community Room, 10:45-11:45 a.m. In addition, voter registration is taking place with the help of Iota Phi Lambda sorority in the Lobby, 10-noon.

The events are part of the college’s first-ever Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

For more information, call the Magnolia Avenue Campus at (865) 329-3100.

Pellissippi State debuts arts series with two performances of ‘biting comedy’

The new “Arts at Pellissippi State” series showcases an eclectic mix of theatre, music, lectures and visual arts for 2012-13. Pellissippi State Community College’s first theatrical offering of the series features an evening and a matinee performance of “Pardon Me for Living: A Biting New Comedy.”

The first performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and the second is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Both take place at Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center, located in West Knox County on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Co-produced by Pellissippi State and Flying Anvil Theatre, the one-woman show features performer Staci Swedeen, also the playwright. Jayne Morgan directs. The idea for the show came to Swedeen in 2003, when she was bitten by a raccoon at her home in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

“It’s my version of ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” she said, “but instead of ‘through the rabbit hole,’ it’s ‘through the rabid raccoon hole.’”

“[Swedeen] captures the event and its aftermath with comedic flair,” wrote Peter Kramer in Gannett’s Journal News of the 2008 Hudson Stage Company production.

Tickets are now on sale for both performances. Cost is $20 general admission in advance, $24 at the door, $16 with student ID and $18 for discount groups. Proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation to benefit Flying Anvil Theatre and the Pellissippi State Theatre program.

Tickets are available at the Clayton Performing Arts Center Box Office beginning one hour before each performance.  They also can be reserved by phone at (865) 694-6684 or by email at

For more information on “The Arts at Pellissippi State,” call (865) 694-6400 or visit To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State hosts exhibit featuring African-American artist Harold Winslow

He lived on the roof of a five-story apartment building in Mexico, and his room was so small that it contained little more than a bed, some canvases and his painting tools. It was from there, though, that African-American artist Harold Winslow created more than 1,300 pieces, securing a place in art history as a prolific chronicler of Mexican culture.

A collection of 50 of Winslow’s works will be shown at a special traveling art exhibit hosted by Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. The works have been on tour since August 2011 at selected Kentucky and Tennessee colleges and universities.

Slated for display at Pellissippi State Sept. 19-Oct. 3, “Una Visión de la Mexicanidad”—“Mexicanidad” refers to the Mexican national identity and culture—offers a record of one artist’s experience in two cultures. Winslow, who was born in 1918 in Dayton, Ohio, moved to Mexico in 1940 in the hopes of escaping racism. He remained there until his death in 2001, at the age of 83.

“As a painter, Winslow expressed the enduring spirit of Mexican culture and the detailed harmony of human anatomy,” said Tracey Bradley, executive director of the consortium. “This unique perspective gives us all an opportunity to experience Mexico through his vision.”

The creative community in Mexico embraced Winslow, and he studied under such notable artists as painters Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, watercolorist Pastor Velásquez, and muralist Alfredo Zalce. Winslow’s work includes paintings, murals and illustrations.

In the early 1940s, the artist also drew more than 2,000 illustrations for the “Treaty of Human Anatomy,” a textbook still in use at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, one of the most recognized academic institutions in Latin America.

“Una Visión de la Mexicanidad” marks the second time this summer that Pellissippi State and TnCIS have joined with the Ministry of Culture of Michoacán to bring an international art exhibit to East Tennessee. The three organizations teamed in August to bring “Masks of Michoacán” from Mexico to Knoxville for a 17-day showing.

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, and the Ministry of Culture of Michoacán, a Mexican state, are sponsoring the exhibit. TnCIS is dedicated to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education in Tennessee. The consortium offers study abroad opportunities to college students throughout the state.

The display of Winslow’s art is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s new arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The exhibit is on display Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The showing is in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus. It is free and open to the public. Group tours from schools, art classes and artist groups are welcome and may be arranged with advance notice.

To learn more or schedule a group tour, contact Linnette Legg at (865) 539-7064 or To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Additional information about TnCIS is available at For more about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

Pellissippi State offers wide range of non-credit classes at Blount County Campus

Pellissippi State Community College has scheduled a variety of non-credit courses this fall at its Blount County Campus, and they are open for immediate registration. The fall non-credit course selection provided by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division includes the following:

“Rules of the Road for Sound Investing”—Sept. 17-Oct. 8, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $65. Learn the “rules of the road” to gain a better understanding of the key principles of saving and investing. Tips will be given to identify and avoid the most common investment mistakes.

“Crash Course—Not Your Typical Guitar Class for the Adult Beginner”—Oct. 2-16, Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $65, plus $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class. Students will pick up quick, easy methods of guitar playing without having to learn lots of chords. Methods require the use of one or two fingers, making this the perfect class for those with hand or finger limitations.

“Tennessee Handgun Carry-Permit Class”—Oct. 6, Nov. 3 or Dec. 1, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; $65, plus $5 range fee payable to the instructor. Successfully completing this eight-hour course satisfies the requirement necessary for application for a state permit. About three of the hours are spent on the firing range (Location is to be announced). Students must furnish gun and ammunition.

“How to Thrive Financially in Retirement”—Oct. 9-16, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $59. Designed for those who are retired or getting close to retiring, this course covers topics such as retirement investing, tax reduction, estate planning and IRA/401K strategies.

“Basic Digital Photography”—Oct. 10-Nov. 7, Wednesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m.; $99. Participants will learn how to use a digital camera effectively. The course covers exposure, composition, lighting and color theory. Students must bring a digital SLR camera. A point-and-shoot camera may be used if it has a manual mode.

“Introduction to Using Herbs”—Nov. 8-Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 22), Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.; $65, plus required textbooks (Call for information). Susan Jane Fidler, a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, teaches students how herbs work, safe preparation for different body systems and drug-herb interaction safety tips.

All of the classes are at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

Non-credit courses also are currently being offered by Pellissippi State in Knox County. For information or registration, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Learn more about East Tennessee volunteer opportunities at Pellissippi State’s volunteer resource fair

Pellissippi State Community College will host a volunteer resource fair, Call to Service (C2S), on Sept. 12 to introduce members of the community and students interested in learning about regional volunteer opportunities to local nonprofit agencies seeking volunteers. More than 75 agencies have been invited to the free event. Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus is hosting the fair.

Potential volunteers will have the opportunity to meet with agency representatives to learn more about each nonprofit organization’s mission and the roles available to individuals wishing to become more involved in their communities. This marks the second year that the Magnolia Avenue Campus has hosted a volunteer resource fair.

Students at Pellissippi State are introduced to volunteerism through the school’s Service-Learning program and the student club Gnosis. Service-learning pairs community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

To date, Pellissippi State students have volunteered with Beardsley Community Farm, Ijams Nature Center, and Maynard Elementary School, all in Knoxville; Second Harvest Food Bank in Maryville; and a growing list of other schools and nonprofit organizations.

Event hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. C2S takes place in the Joe Armstrong Building at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Registration is not required. The event will also take place at the Blount County Campus on September 26 and the Hardin Valley Campus on September 28.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State: ‘From Philadelphia to Knoxville: Tennessee’s Role in the Constitutional Experiment’

William Blount. Not everyone has a town and a county named after them, but William Blount’s credentials are indeed worthy of the honor: Signer of the U.S. Constitution. Governor of the Southwest Territory, later known as the state of Tennessee. One of the state’s first two U.S. senators. Chair of the 1796 convention that framed the first state constitution of Tennessee.

First and only member of the U.S. House of Representatives to be impeached. (Well, not all of his credentials are worthy of honor.)

Ian Hennessey, a Knoxville attorney and member of the Blount Mansion Board of Directors, discusses William Blount’s political adventures and his achievements in a free lecture at Pellissippi State Community College Monday, Sept. 17. The event is noon-12:50, and the public is invited to attend.

In “From Philadelphia to Knoxville: Tennessee’s Role in the Constitutional Experiment,” Hennessey uses Blount to put a human face on Tennessee’s road to statehood.

The speaker is an attorney with London & Amburn, P.C. A native of Cincinnati, Hennessey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in 2004 and earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007.

The lecture, which is in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, is part of the college’s recognition of Constitution Day. The event coincides with Pellissippi State’s first-ever Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17.

Other activities during Civic Engagement Week:

  • Voter registration at each of the five campuses
  • A presentation by State Rep. Joe Armstrong on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, also Sept. 17, 10:45-11:45 a.m., in the Community Room on the Magnolia Avenue Campus

Four entities have teamed up to support civic engagement at Pellissippi State: the Service-Learning Program, the student service-learning club Gnosis, the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, and the Student Life and Recreation Office.

For more information, call Pellissippi State at (865) 649-6400 or email Annie Gray ( or Ann Kronk (

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State earns top spot in Community College Week’s Top 100 edition

Pellissippi State Community College produced the second largest number of graduates nationally in “Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services” in 2010-11, according to Community College Week. The magazine announced the new rankings in June in its annual “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers 2012” edition. The analysis was based on U.S. Department of Education data.

Pellissippi State saw an increase of 29 percent in the number of associate’s degrees awarded in the category between 2009-10 and 2010-11. The college’s communication technologies program is Media Technologies. The college bestowed 81 degrees in Media Technologies in 2010-11, up from 63 the previous academic year.

The Media Technologies degree program offers four cross-disciplinary concentrations: Communication Graphics Technology, Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.

Pellissippi State has five campuses in Knox and Blount counties, including the newest at Strawberry Plains. Fall classes began Aug. 25.

For additional information about what the college has to offer, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State releases list of 2012 Summer Academic Achievers

Pellissippi State Community College has named 421 part-time college-level students to the list of Academic Achievers for summer. To be included, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.50-4.00, be degree-seeking and have completed 6 to 11 credit hours per semester of Pellissippi State coursework. At least 6 of those hours must be college-level.

Honorees include—

Garrett Abrahamson
Jenna Adams
Michael Adams
Sara Adams
Zachary Ahmad
Daniel Alan
Christopher Alexander
Elizabeth Allen
David (Trey) Alley
Candi Aman
Brandon Ambrose
Tabitha Ammons
Zoe-Elizabeth Andrews
Taylor Arden
Anum Aslam
Anna Astorga
Daniel Atkins
Haven Axmacher
Ashley Bailey
Hannah Bailey
Jacob Balfe
Kareem Baradei
Brad Barker
Elisabeth Barnett
Maggie Barta
Kaylon Baumeister
Brittany Beavers
Chelsea Belcher
Dana Bell
Jessica Bell
Sarah Beuerlein
Leland Biles
Raymond Bishop
Mayra Blackburn
Alan Blaha
Nathanael Blais
Jacob Blizard
Thomas Bohannon
Brittany Bonner
Jeffrey Boswell
Derek Bowers
Nathan Bowman
Andrea Boyter
Elise Brackin
Elizabeth Bradley
Melissa Bradshaw
Valerie Bradshaw
Jordan Brady
Chris Brewer
Timothy Broadbent
Megan Brockett
James Brown
Corey A. Browning
Corey J. Browning
Ericka Bryant
Tyler Bunn
Christie Burkett
Charlie Burris
Emily Butters
Katie Byrd
Kayla Byrd
Abigail Cacace
Jaret Cameron
Zachary Carey
Miranda Carpenter
Samuel Carroll
Rebecca Carter
Gary Caughron
Rachel Cecil
Dixon Chadwick
Jonathan Charles
George Childress
Yuming Childress
Sarah Christopher
Alexis Clevenger
Melanie Cole
Kendall Collier
Cristen Colquitt
Chad Colvin
Andrew Connell
Jaclyn Covington
John Cox
Sarah Cox
Chester Craig IV
Corey Cross
Julie Crum
Kimberly Cunningham
Nicola Dalili
Sam Dalili
William Darby
Mitchell Davis
Mildred De Leon
Tyler DeLaney
Katherine Deer
Lori Deer
Lindsay Delay
Angela Denton
James Derrick
Mark Dew
Kseniia Diakiv
Brittney Dingess
Nicholas Dixon
Katherine Donovan
Robert Drake
Tatiana Dukas
Garrett Eason
Kevin Edington
Devon Edmisten
Jennifer Eiffe
Samuel England
Chad Fairbanks
Amanda Fancher
Deirdre Farmer
Sara Farmer
Ryan Farrell
Chelsea Ferguson
Ian Ferguson
Chad Fields
Almondo Fiori
Craig Foster
Elizabeth Francis
Carson Frasure
Shanon Friauf
Lori Fuller
Tyler Gallimore
Angel Gardner
Shelley Garriott
Grant Geist
Lori George
James Giles
Andrew Gillespie
Louis Goitz
Alyssa Gollwitzer
Jennifer Graves
Hannah Green
Randee Green
Joshua Greenway
Sarah Greenway
Season Guffey
Valerie Hamilton
J. Hancock
Patrick Hancock
Jon Hansrote
Rebekah Harless
William Harris
Lawrence Harrison
Janet Hastings
Heather Hatfield
Autumn Hatley
Angela Hattaway
Brent Hattley
Aaron Haun
Courtney Haynes
Christina Haynie
Aos Hazem
Caleb Hearon
David Hedger
Laurel Heine
John Helton
James Henderlight
Jessica Henderlight
Brandon Henderson
Robert Henry
Lindsey Henson
Erikka Hill
Matthew Hobbs
John Hodge
Robin Hodge
Katelin Hodges
Peter Hoffecker
Michael Holder
Jonathan Holt
Michael Honeycutt
Jacob Howard
Kelly Howard
Emily Huch
Jennifer Hughes
Andrea Hutchins
Jenna Irwin
Maggie Iwaniuk
Sharon James
Patrick Jarman
Jesse Johnson
Jessica Johnson
Jason Jones
Jonathan Jones
Matthew Karnes
William Killian
Kilho Kim
Sydney Kimball
Brian Kimmitt
Krystal Kimmitt
Andrea Kitzmiller
Brett Kleinhans
Rebekah Knause
Krystle Koons
David Kornrumpf
Paige Krizan
Chelsea Kyle
Robert Lacey
Angela Lambert
Jordan Lang
Kandi Lantz
Rebecca Larson
Olga Lavrinovich
Christopher Lawrence
Christopher Lawson
Christina Layne
Nhu Le
Rhonda Lenski
Lisa Lisle
Jan Lomax
Robin Loope
Kari Loy
Michael Lundy
Shan Luo
Teron Mack
Yared Mamo
Sarah Maner
Jennifer Mann
Brittany Manning
Serena Marsh
Morgen Marshall
David Martin
Troy Martin
Erika Martinez Gutierrez
Saimah Masood
Christopher Maxwell
Kassy Maynard
Vanessa McAfee
Erin McAlister
David McAndrews
Christopher McDaniel
Carol McGaha
Andrea McGinn
Ashleigh McGinnis
Daniel McGraw
Samuel McLeod
Brittany McMillon
Allison Medley
Maria Mejia
Austin Merical
Edward Meyer
Stephanie Michel
David Miller
Denna Miller
Samuel Miller
Sara Mills
Jennifer Milton
Natalia Mock
Melissa Moon
Thomas Moore
Samantha Morgan
William Morgan
Trevor Motz
Christy Muecke
Mason Mulkey
Rashmi Molukuvan Narayana Murthy
John Music
Philip Naglitch
Gladys Nance
Carthel Newton
Sharon Noble
William Norris
Hannah O’Banion
Wesley O’Connor
Leah Odom
Amanda Ogle
Babajide Ogunyombo
Drake Onks
Marie Owen
Bill Paczkowski
George Paine
Bronagh Paladino
Kayla Palmer
Nickolaos Pantanizopoulos
Hannah Parkman
Jacob Parks
Hannah Parrott
Briana Patrick
Preston Patterson
Maria Pavone
Jessica Petre
Michael Pettet
Matthew Phillips
Ashleigh Pitt
Erin Pittman
Jacqueline Plemons
Jason Plunk
Joe Polakiewicz
Amber Poole
Richard Poppert
Michelle Power
Courtney Prate
Justyne Pride
Harold Puckett
Christopher Pullins
Jennifer Quillen
David Quraishi
Spencer Raby
Amanda Radford
Allison Rainwater
Anne Ramsaur
Allison Rannells
Aimee Readel
Elizabeth Redmond
Christopher Reed
Grayson Reedy
Jared Rice
Molly Richardson
Alan Riggs
Taylor Ripley
Walter Rivera
Jennifer Robbins
Jason Roberts
Lauren Robinson
Timothy Roddy
Rachel Rollick
Josh Roop
Robert Sanders
Dylan Sauls
Michelle Sauls
Megan Saunders
Kelly Scott
Mycol Scott
Zachary Scott
Olive Sebatembo
Sharyn Seguine
Jane Sellers
Michael Shafer
Edward Shalett
Jee Yeon Shin
Teresa Shinlever
Saasha Shirooni
Jena Lee Silva
John Silva
Corey Singletary
Sara Skaggs
Nicholas Skuda
Andrea Smith
Jennifer Smith
Joshua Smith
Sheri Smith
Tessa Snyder
James Sparks
Pamela Stallings
Cindy Standifer
Brooke Stevenson
Cole Stines
Cameron Stinnett
Hannah Stockton
Chelsea Stowell
Terry Strickland
La Questa Summeour
Bethany Summers
Arnold Sundermeyer
Mackenzie Talley
Greg Tanner
Erin Taylor
Laurie Taylor
Nora Taylor
Jamahl Thomas
Kaylie Thomas
Lee Thomas
William Thomas
Bradley Thompson
Edward Thompson
Sadie Tibbs
Patricia Tinsley
Maryellen Tipton
Mitchell Transue
Joshua Trentham
Michelle Tuck
Adam Tucker
Kayla Turner
Jason Tyler
Alyssa Underwood
Ashley Utley
Sara Van Duzer
Donna Vanderbilt
Simeon Vandeventer
Jennifer Vasquez
Travis Vickery
Tina Vinsant
Christy Voland
Janice Vowell
Bao Vuu
Denise Wade
Sherri Wade
Drexel Waggoner II
Heather Walker
Paul Walker
Phylicia Washington
Maria Wathen
Kinsey Watkins
Billy Watson
Jennifer Waymon
Leaha Weaver
James Whaley
David Wiedenhoeft
Matthew Wilburn
Justin Wiley
Anthony Willard
Andrew Williams
Erin Williams
Taylor Williams
Caroline Wilson
Timothy Wilson
Jhean Shetan Wolfsbrother
Hannah Wong
Scottie Wood
Kelly Wright
Richard Yoon
Charysse Young
Kellie Young
Lauren Yount
Ricardo Zapata
Ashita Zaveri
Ning Zhong
Nur Ziadeh
Stacey Zupka

Help your community: donate blood at Pellissippi State

Medic Regional Blood Center is hosting a blood drive at Pellissippi State Community College on Sept. 12, and those who donate receive a free T-shirt and a coupon for a one-topping pizza. More important, donors will play an instrumental role in keeping the blood supply at a level critical to serving those in need in East Tennessee.

There is a call for all blood types and currently an emergency need for O positive and O negative blood types. One donation can help up to three people. Blood and its components are used for transfusions, as well as in the treatment of patients with cancer and clotting disorders.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. They should not have fasted prior to arriving. In fact, Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to donating. Participants are asked to provide photo identification and a list of all current medications to Medic personnel at the site.

Event hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the F-1 lot at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Additional information on the donation process can be found at

Pellissippi State musical lecture pokes fun at the economy

The country’s economic situation may be enough to make you want to cry, but those involved in the first presentation of the 2012-13 Faculty Lecture Series at Pellissippi State Community College hope you’ll laugh, or at least snicker, at “Economics: the Musical.”

The musical, the first of its genre in the series, is Sept. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. The community is invited to the free event.

Based on the recent financial crisis, the witty script by Tyra Barrett, an associate professor of the Business Administration degree program, puts an entertaining spin on our current economic woes.

The musical presentation calls upon the talents of faculty and students to poke fun at all aspects of our financial condition—from a spoof of the Julie Andrews classic “My Favorite Things,” sung by a member of “The One Percent” (a reference to America’s wealthiest), to a ukulele concert by Occupy Wall Street “protestors.”

Even “Ben Bernanke” will be there, singing “The Liquidity Trap Song” to the tune of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.” The audience will be supplied with a program containing the words to the songs and definitions of economic concepts, so they won’t miss a single innuendo.

“I wanted to do something really different,” said Barrett. “People asked why the financial meltdown happened. It was predicted for years. We had bankers and investors with their fingers in their ears. What I’ve tried to do with the production is explain what led up to the crisis and where it has left us. The audience will be treated to a musical and an economics lesson, too!”

Robyn James, violist and Music adjunct faculty member, assisted Barrett in writing the arrangements for the production. James has collaborated musically with several local musicians, including the popular band The Dirty Guv’nahs. She also writes the arrangements for her own group, The Robyn James Trio.

The Faculty Lecture Series showcases the expertise of Pellissippi State faculty. The next lecture is “The Greatest Story Never Told,” by Donn King, associate professor of Liberal Arts. It takes place on Oct. 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

For details on the economics musical, email Tyra Barrett at For more information about the Faculty Lecture Series, call Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6607 or

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