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    VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 11 November 2010     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Dave & Marci GroesbeckDave and Marci Groesbeck

If it weren’t for their same last names, one might wonder why David and Marci Groesbeck’s stories are connected. Yes, they met and fell in love at Utah State, but more than their own love endears them to USU. They both share an admiration for the university, their education, and the experiences Utah State afforded them.

Dave Groesbeck, a successful lawyer in Spokane, WA, came to USU in 1981 with the intention to study animal science. Almost as soon as this California native stepped on campus he knew Utah State was the right place. It took about five minutes after he submitted his application for the admissions office to notify him he was accepted. Dave said, “yes…things were a little different in those days because I’m sure it takes longer to get admitted now.” With his admissions acceptance letter in his hand, Dave cancelled all of his other college visits. He had found his new home.

Marci (Hubbard) Groesbeck, a high school history teacher with an impressive academic resume, grew up as an Aggie. Old Main Hill served as a familiar backdrop for her family. Not only did her dad serve as the ASUSU student body president, but Marci’s parents met at USU in the 50s and her three siblings graduated from Utah State. With a full-ride scholarship in hand, this Logan High grad easily transitioned from Grizzly crimson to Aggie blue.

During his USU days, Dave enjoyed camaraderie with the remarkable Val R. Christensen while serving on several student and university committees and councils. Marci recalled fond memories walking back and forth across the quad between classes in Old Main and the Merrill Library. Eating Aggie ice cream and going to Friday night movies in the student center—watching everything from The Jungle Book to Ghandi—were among the Groesbecks’ favorite activities.

Looking back on their USU experience, Dave and Marci most value the people they met. Dave said, “I remember people being very friendly and supporting educational aspirations. Many of the friends I made at Utah State are still among my closest friends today.” When asked to describe their USU experience, almost in unison, Dave and Marci said, “The quality of the faculty was incredible. We had the opportunity to not only learn from excellent teachers, but they were also leaders in their respective fields.”

While a mutual friend introduced Marci to Dave on the first day of classes in the fall of 1984, the Groesbecks give two history professors credit for getting them together: Doug Alder and Norm Jones. A conversation in Doug Alder’s office about Norm Jones’ Western Civ. class was the beginning of their shared love for history and each other. As Dave put it, “Norm helped seal the deal for Marci and me.” A testament to the caliber of USU student-faculty relationships, over the years Norm has remained good friends with the Groesbecks. 

Dave graduated from Utah State in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Spanish. A year later he received another bachelor’s degree from USU in history. Marci graduated with her bachelor’s degree in history and minor in political science in 1985. From Logan, the Groesbecks traveled to the University of Cambridge, where they both received their Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degrees in Latin American Studies.

When they returned to the states, Dave pursued a law degree at Gonzaga University and graduated with a J.D. in 1994. Meanwhile, Marci continued her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh before pursuing a degree in education and a teaching certificate.

The Groesbecks have achieved personal and professional success through hard work, service and maintaining good friendships. Both agree that fulfillment comes from following the adage: “love what you do” and then pass it on to others. During her 18 years as a teacher, Marci has been the advisor of the National Honor Society and served on the Executive Board of the West Valley teacher’s union, including several terms as president. Dave was President of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington, Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and currently serves as a state-wide board member for the Legal Aid for Washington Fund (LAW Fund).

Talking with Dave and Marci, one can’t help but feel their enthusiasm for life. Their unique attributes and stories can only be captured so well in print. After all, not every Aggie offers to pick up the tab for the men’s basketball team dinner at a local Spokane restaurant during USU’s NCAA tournament appearance this year. Too bad NCAA regulations didn’t allow it, but it’s the thought that counts right? And not every Aggie has a father who—after the Board of Trustees fired popular USU President Louis L. Madsen in 1953—led a protest on the state capital that sparked coverage in LIFE magazine. The Groesbecks are only in the middle of their story. Time is in their favor.

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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"Raise the Barn" Campaign for the USU Welcome Center and Anthropology Museum

The new Welcome Center will be a first on campus, where visitors can receive complete information about Utah State University, meet with a tour guide, and purchase tickets for campus events.

In the expanded Anthropology Museum, young and old will be involved in the fascinating studio of human cultures, societies, and customs through the ages. Many valuable artifacts will be on displays.


In December 2012, the decrepit but much-loved Art Barn will be “re-Barned” as the Aggie Barn, housing the brand new USU Welcome Center and a much-expanded Museum of Anthropology.

How can you help?  Let us count the ways.  One hundred years ago, Cache Valley friends and neighbors routinely joined forces to build barns, and we can do it again! 

Visit the USU Museum of Anthropology.  It’s FREE, and we’re open M – F, 8:00 – 5:00 and Sat, 10:00 – 4:00.  Saturday programs change every week.  For info:  

Share your Barn stories with our research team.  Whether your story unfolded 80 years or 8 days ago, we’d like to archive your experiences.  See our “Barn Blog” for great anecdotes your friends and neighbors have already shared. (  To relate your own, contact us at or 435-797-0219.

If you or someone you know created art in the Art Barn, we would like to talk to you about a Raise the Barn project we’ve just begun.  Please contact to learn more.

If you are a wood worker and like a fun woodworking challenge (like, say, crafting mini Aggie Barns), please contact museum director at or 435-797-1496.

Honor a family member or friend with a significant financial contribution to the Raise the Barn fund.  A few high-profile space-naming opportunities remain.  Please contact museum director at or 435-797-1496, for information on donation options. 

Watch for the official roll-out of our community-focused Raise the Barn campaign, where we’ll ask everyone to pitch in what they can.  If you just cannot wait to donate to this fun project, or to learn more about the Barn Raising, visit

Questions? Contact Holly Andrew:
(435) 797-0219

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Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver Aggie Legacy Nonresident Scholarship

Keep the Aggie tradition alive!

Did you earn a degree from USU? You can now send your child to Utah State and their out-of-state tuition differential will be waived. Stay connected through the next generation of Aggies. We'd love to have them here!

To qualify for the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship, a future Aggie must:

* Be admitted to Utah State University.
* Have at least one parent who earned an associate degree or higher from Utah State University (verification required).
* Enroll at USU as a first-time student.


Spring Semester: November 1
Fall Semester: August 1

*Note: Awarding of the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship for fall semester will start on December 1 and will continue to be awarded monthly until the August 1 deadline.

Time spent in Utah on the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship cannot be counted towards establishing resident student status. If you would like to discuss other options, please email Corey Mikkelsen at

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Alumni Legacy Scholarships Alumni Association

Did your mom or dad graduate from Utah State? Are your grandparents True Aggies? The Alumni Association is pleased to offer Alumni Legacy Scholarships to children and grandchildren of our esteemed alumni.

Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for an Alumni Legacy Scholarship:

* Live in an area with a chartered alumni chapter. If you do not live in a chapter area, your application will be considered by the Aggie Emeriti Chapter

* Be an incoming freshman or transfer student (can not have previously attended Utah State University)

* Be a child or grandchild of a Utah State alumnus

Click here to apply for a 2011-2012 Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

Deadline: February 1, 2011.

No transcripts are required for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

Your GPA and ACT scores will be verified with the Office of Admissions at Utah State. Only students admitted to Utah State University will be offered an Alumni Legacy Scholarships. Click here for more information.

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USU Alumni Print Store Website Christmas Cards

Choose from a wide assortment of personalized cards just in time for the holidays!

Ordering thank you notes, stationary, invitations, and announcements is as easy as a few clicks.

Save 10% off your order through November 30 by entering GRAND10 at checkout. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase will benefit the USU Alumni Association.

Show your Aggie pride today at

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Liberty Mutual Quote for Hope

As a USU alumnus, you're eligible to participate in the Liberty Mutual Quote for Hope campaign running September 1 through November 30, 2010.

Partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Liberty Mutual will contribute $3 to the fight against breast cancer for every auto, home and renters insurance quote completed. Visit or call 1-888-652-2145.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Foundation is the world's largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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University Inn & Conference Center Fall Coupon!Fall Coupon

Surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, the University Inn & Conference Center is nestled into the beautiful campus of Utah State University overlooking charming Cache Valley in Northern Utah.

Click here to print the fall coupon!

When you stay at the University Inn & Conference Center you’re just a few steps away from all campus facilities and events. Explore all we have to offer. Whether visiting for business, vacation, or hosting your next conference, we invite you to experience our warm hospitality, personal customer service and peaceful night stay.

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Aggie Ice Cream Survey Christmas Cards

Do you like Aggie Ice Cream? Tell us by taking a short nine question survey about your favorite Aggie Ice Cream flavors.

Utah State is considering avenues that would open home delivery of Aggie Ice Cream, or expand retail offerings. A portion of the proceeds would go to support student scholarships in the College of Agriculture. Will you please answer the following brief survey to help gauge interest in this service among USU alumni and friends?

Take the Aggie Ice Cream Survey here.

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Back to the Buzzer


Snow Sculpture honoring the 1950 Snow Royalty.

Buzzers are now available online! Click here to go to the Buzzer Yearbooks Collection at the USU Digital Library.

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Tip-off Party - USU Men's Basketball vs. Denver

Join the Utah State University Alumni Association for a pre-game party prior to the USU vs. Denver men's basketball game!

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pre-game Party: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
7 p.m.

Location: Pre-game party at Hacienda Colorado Mexican restaurant,
4100 E. Mexico Ave. in Denver (near Colorado Blvd. & I-25) MAP

$15 per person for Alumni Association Sustaining Members
$20 per person for all others

Price does not include game ticket. Game tickets are available for $11 each and will be available for pick up at the pre-game event.

RSVP: By November 24. Register online here.

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Tip-off Party - USU Men's Basketball vs. Georgetown

Join the President Stan L. Albrecht and the USU Alumni Association for a pre-game party prior to the USU  vs. Georgetown men's basketball game!

Return to watch the USU vs. Boise State football game 3 p.m. at Clyde's (no-host) following the Basketball game.

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pre-game Party: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Tip-off: Noon

Location: Pre-game brunch at Clyde's, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. MAP

$10 per person for Alumni Association Sustaining Members
$15 per person for all others

Price does not include game ticket.

$25 game tickets in the visiting section may be ordered on the registration page or other section seats can be ordered here.

RSVP: By December 1. Register online here.

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Phoenix Aggie Family BBQ - New Date!

Come and enjoy an Aggie Family BBQ! We will be holding a raffle for Aggie prizes at 12:15 pm. All money from the raffle goes directly to the Arizona Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Riverview Park, Ramada #4 - 2100 W 8th St in Mesa, near Dobson and the 202 (convenient parking in the north parking lot)

Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family - Includes hamburgers, hot dogs, and Aggie Ice Cream.

RSVP: By January 19. Register online here.

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Merit Citation November Merit CItation

Terry Linares is a devoted Aggie. Her vast background in education has impacted thousands of students throughout the last 35 years. Terry is from Carbon County, Utah and graduated from Carbon High School in 1966. She attended Utah State University and received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 1988 and a Masters of Education and her Administrative Endorsement in 1998 from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services.

Since 1975, Terry has used her expertise in numerous educational capacities. From 1975-1989, Terry served as the School Secretary in the Tooele School District. From 1989-1995, she taught middle school and high school in Grantsville. Her administrative career began in 1995. She served as Grantsville High School Principal and has been the Tooele County School District Superintendant since 2008. Her role as secretary, teacher, principal, and district superintendent has established a legacy of love and admiration for the thousands of students she has personally taught and nurtured. One of the most telling recognitions Terry has received is the 2009 Administrator of the Year for Utah Classified Employees.

Terry’s involvement and service in various organizations is as impressive as her service in the educational system. Under her leadership, the Tooele Community Learning Center—a multi-use, state-of-the-art facility housing USU Classes, adult learning, Blue Peak alternative high school, and vocational classes—was completed in time for the 2010 school year.

Terry is married to Kenneth Linares and they have three sons. Terry and Kenneth are also the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren, who are the best part of their lives. Terry and Kenneth understand the importance and value of an education. All of their children are graduates of Utah State University. They truly are a family with a legacy and love of USU.

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Discover Career Success Discover Career Success

"I have always heard from my Career Coach that when considering a job offer, salary negotiation should be a part of the process. In reality, however, this can be a scary thing to do especially as I have had little experience as a college student in this area. I have always experienced great results by gaining advice from my Career Coach at Career Services. During all of my salary negotiations with employers I was offered more than the initial starting salary. I am very pleased with the experience I received at Career Services in helping me display my best self to employers.”

Jordan Yates
BS, Mechanical Engineering, 2010

Connect with Career Services to:

- Hire USU students and graduates for internship and permanent positions.

- Share your career success as an alumni mentor.

- Connect with your career coach for personalized assistance in your career search.

Visit Career Services at:; (435) 797-7777; University Inn, 102.

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Liberty Mutual Renters Insurance

Your degree will open doors for you — Liberty Mutual’s Renters Insurance will protect what's inside.

It doesn’t cost a lot to cover what you’ve got. Liberty Mutual has partnered with the Utah State University Alumni Association to offer you renters insurance that protects your prized possessions from theft, fire and some types of water damage—in your apartment, in your car, and even when you’re on vacation. And with prices as low as $17 a month*, you can afford to cover everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Plus, if you also insure your car with us, you may qualify for a multi-policy discount and exclusive group savings on auto insurance.

Click here to get a free quote today!

*Average premium cost based on 2010 sample of the renters policy premium paid. Individual premium will vary.
Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

For more information, please visit us at © 2009 Liberty Mutual Group.  All rights reserved.

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Share Photos with the Utah State Flickr GroupFlickr

Show your Aggie pride by sharing your USU related pictures on the Utah State Flickr group! We recently added pictures from the Homecoming Pregame Party!

Flickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications available. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

Click here to view and add photos.

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Update Your Records Update Your Records (laptop photo courtesy of fotocromo)

Have you recently moved, changed your email address, or gotten married? Whatever the change might be, it's easy to keep your USU records current!

To update your records, simply complete the online form and we will make the necessary changes so you can continue to receive the Utah State University Magazine; invitations to our many alumni events; and information about our other exciting promotions and publications.

Click here to update your records.

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Civil War Battlefields with Dr. F. Ross Peterson: April 9-15, 2011 Photo by Margan Zajdowicz

Next April, join USU Alumni and Dr. F. Ross Peterson on a tour of Civil War Battlefields and much more. Highlights include visiting the Washington, DC area; Gettysburg; and much more!

A native of Montpelier, Idaho, and a graduate of USU with a PhD from Washington State University, Dr. Peterson taught history for 33 years at USU. In 2004 he became President of Deep Springs College in California. He has returned to Utah State University where he currently serves as Vice President for Advancement. Dr. Peterson established a distinguished reputation as a teacher, scholar, and historical guide. He has led many tours to Civil War battlefields, the nation’s capital and numerous other historical areas. Each of his tours features great stories, amazing facts, humor, wonderful interaction with the sites, and a commitment to the history of the nation.

More information to come!

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Explore Gorongosa National Park: September 2011Photo Courtesty of The Carr Family

Explore Gorongosa National Park in beautiful Mozambique!

One Aggie family from Idaho Falls, ID is busy making a difference in Mozambique. Brothers Ken, Steve, and Greg Carr have become major contributors to the restoration of Gorongosa National Park. In 1999, Greg founded The Carr Foundation---a non-profit organization dedicated to "the environment, human rights, and the arts". The Carr Foundation has partnered with the Government of Mozambique to rebuild, restore, and preserve the 4,000 square kilometer park.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience Gorongosa National Park.

Click here for a brochure with complete details and itinerary.

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Have you received a recent promotion or participated in a community event? Do you ever wonder what other Aggies from your graduating class are up to?

Click here to add your own Class Note today!

Read all of the recent Class Notes to find out what's going on in the lives of successful Aggie Alumni everywhere!

Alumnus Notes

David Baugh

David Baugh
BA '88,
MA '90


David has been promoted to Audit Director for Tanner LLC, a professional audit, tax and consulting firm located in Salt Lake City. Dave has over 14 years experience in public accounting (including over 5 years “Big 4” experience) and 6 years hands-on experience serving as controller and treasurer of private corporations. Dave has served a variety of public and private companies in many industries including construction, distribution, not-for-profit, software development, mining, medical devices, manufacturing, oil and gas, and municipalities/counties. Dave also has extensive experience with ERISA and DOL rules and regulations. He is a licensed CPA and a member of the UACPA and AICPA.

Tom Colligan

Tom Colligan
BS '07,
MA '08


Recently promoted to Audit and Business Advisory Services Senior for Tanner LLC, a professional audit, tax, and consulting services firm located in Salt Lake City. Over two years of experience at Tanner and audits small and large private companies (real estate, franchising, sales and service), employee benefit plans, and not-for-profit organizations. Tom is a licensed CPA and a member of both the AICPA and UACPA.

Jake Dettinger

Jacob Dettinger
BS '07,
MA '08


Jake was promoted to Audit and Business Advisory Services Senior for Tanner LLC, a professional audit, tax, and consulting services firm located in Salt Lake City. He serves financial institutions, SEC reporting companies, construction, manufacturing, software development, employee benefit plans, ski and resort companies, and venture capital firms. A licensed CPA, Jacob is a member of both the AICPA and UACPA.

Justin Osmond

Justin Osmond
BS '01


Not too long ago we finished an episode with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’ We helped the Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem. It was aired on ‘ABC’ Halloween night! 

We just got done doing a back to back mission in NYC and DC.  We have aligned with the New York Yankees and thanks to our partners FedEx, we helped over 200 kids with the Gift of Better Hearing right inside the new beautiful Yankee stadium!  Something the kids will never forget.

Now I’m on my way to Africa (Botswana, S. Africa, Tanzania, and Mozambique) to help some more kids!

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Current Schedules 2010 Football Guide


USU Great Dave Kragthorpe Among Utah Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Dave Kragthorpe

USU alumnus Dave Kragthorpe will be inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation on Nov. 16 at EnergySolutions Arena in recognition of his national achievements. His impending induction was announced in a Deseret News article published on Friday, Oct. 29. Athletes Tom Chambers, Mark Eaton, Tiffany Lott Hogan, and Lance Robinson will also join Kragthorpe as new Utah Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

Kragthorpe excelled as a lineman for the Aggies from '51-'54. He was a two-time all-conference selection in 1953 and 1954. He graduated from Utah State with double bachelor's degrees in physical education and recreation education in 1955. After graduation he played one year with the New York Giants. He later returned to USU to obtain his master's degree in secondary education.

Dave served as the athletics director at USU from 1983-84. He was named to the USU's all-century football team in 1993. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Utah State and in 2009 he was inducted into the Utah State Athletic Hall of Fame with six other members.


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Former Aggie Great Jay Van Noy Passes Away

Van Noy competed in football, basketball, baseball and track during his time at Utah State.

Jay Van NoyFormer Utah State four-sport standout Jay Van Noy passed away at his home in Logan Saturday, November 6 at the age of 82. Van Noy competed in football, basketball, baseball and track during his time at Utah State.

On the gridiron, Van Noy earned four varsity letters (1946-49) and was a two time first-team all-Mountain States Conference selection. He played in two of Utah State's six bowl games all-time (1946 Raisin Bowl and the 1947 Grape Bowl), and finished the 1948 season second in the nation in rushing. In a 22-17 win against Arizona State in 1948, Van Noy rushed for a then school record 242 yards, a mark that still ranks third all-time in school history. He also had an 82-yard run against Wyoming during his junior campaign, which still ranks eighth all-time at USU.

On the hardwood, Van Noy was a member of the 1947 and 1948 Aggie basketball teams and lettered four years in baseball at USU.

Following his collegiate career, he was drafted in the 10th round of the 1950 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, but instead played professional baseball making it with the Major League's St. Louis Cardinals in 1951.

Van Noy was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. He was listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 50 athletes of all-time from the state of Utah.




Two Utah State Soccer Players Named to the WAC All-Tournament Team USU Soccer

Sophomore Natalie Norris and junior Chandra Salmon earn first all-tournament honors.

Sophomore Natalie Norris and junior Chandra Salmon were named to the Western Athletic Conference all-tournament team following the completion of the tournament in Ruston, La. The Aggie duo led the Utah State in its,1-0, loss to eventual-champion Fresno State in the semifinal on Nov. 5.

Both Norris and Salmon were also named to the first-team all-WAC squad this season. Norris also earned WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

The sixth-seeded Bulldogs went on to capture the WAC Tournament title after defeating second-seeded San Jose State in the championship match on Sunday in penalty kicks. After completing two overtimes with a 0-0 score, Fresno State captured the win going 3-1 in penalty kicks.


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