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Dowload the Full Teal Ticket Guidebook

With your offer of admission to UNCW, you have earned a TEAL TICKET which will assist you in your transition to becoming a member of the Seahawk community. The first step is downloading this guidebook which will walk you step-by-step through the enrollment process and provide the vital information necessary to make this transition as stress-free as possible. You will also find a checklist in your acceptance package which will serve as a great resource -- helping you stay up-to-date and organized. We strongly encourage you to download the TEAL TICKET COMPANION as well. This document includes fun facts, explanations of services, campus contacts, and other “need to know” information about the UNCW campus.

DUE DATE

RIGHT NOW


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STEP

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Access your UNCW E-Mail Account

Your UNCW e-mail will serve as THE OFFICIAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION FROM UNCW. It is important that you check your e-mail regularly for important information and updates from the campus throughout your tenure as a student. Students receive 1GB of e-mail space (including ALL subfolders, calendars, etc.) which can be accessed directly at http://mail.uncw.edu. Your e-mail address is your username@uncw.edu (i.e. abc1234@uncw.edu). Usernames are created using your first, middle, and last initials followed by four random digits. You can look up your username at https://appserv02.uncw.edu/dasapps/sec/getid.aspx. It is important that you develop a habit of managing your e-mail files. For additional information on mailbox sizes and a link to how to keep your e-mail from being cluttered, visit www.uncw.edu/itsd/help/instructions/ ManageYourEmail.html

DUE DATE

RIGHT NOW


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Apply for Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are available at UNCW, each with specific and unique criteria. While some are available to one or more students each academic year, others are renewable and only become available after the current recipient has graduated. UNCW awards scholarships based on the competitive strength of your academic profile. Over the past decade, the number of UNCW students enrolling with strong records of achievement has increased significantly. We recognize that a number of highly qualified students may not receive a merit scholarship from UNCW. Consequently, we strongly encourage you to explore any and all possible sources of merit-based aid to optimize your chance of receiving scholarship money. Also visit www.fastweb.com for other financial aid opportunities. Scholarships are offered through several offices, and you are encouraged to apply for scholarships as soon as possible (in advance of the deadlines). Click on the links below the name of each office to explore the opportunities available: •

Honors Scholars Program www.uncw.edu/admissions/Scholarships-HonorsProg.html (requires admission to the program) Due by April 1st

Office of Admissions www.uncw.edu/admissions/newAid.html Due by April 1st

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid www.uncw.edu/finaid/universityscholarships.html Due by April 1st

UNCW Alumni Association www.uncw.edu/alumni/scholarships.html Due by March 12th *note the earlier due date

DUE DATE

APRIL 1*


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STEP

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Consider Summer School at UNCW

Summer is on the Horizon First-year students have an exciting opportunity to begin their enrollment in July during the second session of Summer School (from June 23 through July 23, 2010). Summer School provides the ability to jump start your education by completing up to two courses prior to the start of the fall semester. You can reduce your courseload in future semesters or even prepare yourself to graduate early! Summer courses are the same courses you would take in the fall or spring semesters, but are condensed into just five weeks. Not all courses are available in the summer, check online for courses which will be available during Summer School. If you are interested in beginning classes at UNCW in the summer, you must send an e-mail to admissions@uncw.edu no later than April 23, 2010, requesting that your application be “backdated to Summer II�. NOTE! If you intend to enroll in Summer II at UNCW, you must attend a June orientation session (this will be covered in Step 8).

DUE DATE

APRIL 23


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STEP

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Pay your $100 Enrollment Deposit

In order to hold your place in the freshman class at UNCW, you must pay your $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit no later than 5 p.m. EST on April 30th electronically or postmark by May 1st. Keep in mind that most of the additional steps that follow in the enrollment process require receipt of this deposit; so the earlier you deposit, the better. All enrollment deposits must be paid using one of the following methods: • pay online with a credit or debit card using SeaPort (do NOT use e-Bill to pay your enrollment deposit) • mail a check or money order to the Cashier’s Office with your enrollment deposit statement. Be sure to include your UNCW ID # (the number beginning with 850) UNCW Student Accounts & Cashier Services 601 South College Road Wilmington, NC 28403-5926 • pay in person at the Cashier’s Office in the Warwick Center with cash, check, or money order

DUE DATE

MAY 1


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Fully-Contract for On-Campus Housing REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS LIVING ON-CAMPUS

If you wish to live on campus, your $105 nonrefundable housing contract fee and completed housing contract must be received no later than 5 p.m. EST on May 1st. You can pay your housing contract fee with a credit card and complete the housing contract in one easy step using SeaPort. The Office of Housing & Residence Life encourages you to complete this step online. The housing contract can be found in the Guide to Living On-Campus at www.uncw.edu/stuaff/housing/ documents/contract_book.pdf, for those families who do not wish to make an online payment. This guide also includes detailed information about housing locations, floorplans, and other relevant information. A hard copy of this document will be mailed to all accepted students at UNCW. Confirmation of the receipt of your completed housing contract will be sent shortly after you have remitted your housing contract and paid the non-refundable housing contract fee. NOTE! On-campus housing is strongly encouraged. While not required, more than 90% of incoming freshmen choose to reside on-campus. If you intend to live off-campus, the Seahawk Perch, UNCW’s Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Center, can be of great assistance to you. Visit www.uncw.edu/ seahawkperch for more information.

Due Date

MAY 1


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Set Up your Authorized User(s) & E-Refund Preferences

At UNCW, all bills are generated using a paperless system: e-Bill. You can still print a copy of your e-Bill if you wish. This system allows you to receive your bills and make payments to the university. To use e-Bill, login to your SeaPort account. Authorized User Set up your parents or someone designated to review and pay your bill as an Authorized User. In accordance with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), only students and authorized users will receive e-Bill notifications and access to billing information. E-Refund Preferences You will need to set up your e-Refund preferences to determine how you would receive any student account refunds. Please refer to the Student Accounts Web site for detailed instructions on how to set up your refund profile. You may use a checking or savings account (do not use a credit union savings account), but keep in mind that your debit card number is not your account number. Payment Plans Payment plans are available if you would like to pay your fees in monthly installments. For more information, visit www.uncw.edu/studentaccounts and click on “Tuition Payment Plan�.

DUE DATE

MAY 11


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STEP

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Register for your Required Orientation

Orientation is REQUIRED, as you will sign up for classes at that time. Register using your SeaPort account. For further instructions, visit www.uncw.edu/stuaff/transitions/orientation-signup-howto.htm. For June orientation sessions, you must register no later than 5 p.m. on May 14th; for the August session, you must register no later than 5 p.m. on July 29th. For a complete schedule, see Step 13. NOTE! Check your orientation confirmation carefully, as it may not be for your first-choice date. Students choosing to begin classes during Summer II MUST attend a June orientation date. The cost of orientation is $130 for the June sessions, or $110 for the August session, including the cost of your materials, meals, and lodging on campus. Parents or guardians may attend for an extra $60 each for the June sessions or $50 each for the August session (parents or guardians are responsible for their own lodging).

August 2010

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DUE DATE

MAY 14


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STEP

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Submit Housing Preferences

REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS LIVING ON-CAMPUS

Room & Roommate Preferences Complete your room and roommate preferences by May 18th. To do so, login to SeaPort and click on the on-campus housing link. If you do not submit preferences, your housing assignment and roommate will be chosen at random. No guarantees are made for specific roommates and/or housing assignments. NOTE! The RMS housing system requires a PC operating Internet Explorer. Please make sure all pop-up blockers are turned off as well. Specialty Housing Specialty housing locations such as the Cornerstone Learning Communities, International House, the NC Teaching Fellows floor of Schwartz Hall, etc., require that you also complete a special interest housing application by May 18th. For detailed information and applications to the specific specialty housing programs, visit www.uncw.edu/stuaff/housing/studentresourcesspecial.htm.

Due Date

MAY 18


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STEP

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Take your Placement Exams Before Orientation

Foreign Language Placement Exam All UNCW students are required to take at least one course in a foreign language to complete basic studies requirements (some majors may require more). The foreign language placement exam is offered online for French, German, Latin, and Spanish. Everyone should take the placement test, except: • Students who never took a high school course in the foreign language that they intend to study at the university, or those who only took one course of that language in high school. • Students who are transferring foreign language credit from another institution. To access the exam and for more details, visit www.uncw.edu/fll/student-placement.html. Mathematics Placement Exam All UNCW students are required to take at least one course in mathematics to complete basic studies requirements (some majors may require more). Information and test registration instructions for math placement exams will be available at www.uncw.edu/ stuaff/transitions/orientation-parent-testing.htm in early February. In preparation for course registration, we strongly encourage that you take the placement test before coming to orientation. On-site testing may delay your course registration. Most entering students must take the math placement exam if they have not completed their UNCW mathematics requirement. For test registration or administration questions, e-mail testingservices@uncw.edu.

DUE DATE

MAY 27


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STEP

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Return your Immunization & Medical History Form

DUE DATE

MAY 27

All students are required to submit a completed “Immunization & Medical History Form”. The form can be downloaded at http://www.uncw.edu/stuaff/healthservices/ shc_records.htm. There are three main parts: •

Immunization Record: You can have your doctor fill this form out and sign it, or attach a copy of an official immunization record.

Physical Examination: All students who will be taking Physical Education will need to have had a physical within the past year.

Report of Medical History: All students must complete these two pages. Students under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign the form.

Once the form is complete, fax to 910-962-4130 or mail to: Abrons Student Health Center 901 S. College Road Wilmington, NC 28403-5985 YOU CAN AVOID LONG LINES AND DELAYS IN REGISTRATION BY SENDING YOUR COMPLETED FORM TO THE STUDENT HEALTH CENTER PRIOR TO ORIENTATION.

NEW THIS YEAR! Beginning in Fall 2010, all students will need to have health insurance to attend UNCW. Students who have insurance will be able to waive the school-sponsored plan. Students without insurance will be required to purchase the school-sponsored plan. More details will be available in January at www.uncw.edu/healthservices.

IMPORTANT! North Carolina state law (§103A 152-157) requires all students complete this form and obtain all required vaccinations within 30 days of registration for courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be withdrawn from the university.


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STEP

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Receive your Housing & Roommate Assignments

REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS LIVING ON-CAMPUS

Based on your earlier room and roommate preferences, the majority of students will receive their housing and roommate assignment by June 1st. Housing assignments are generated on a firstcome, first-served basis, so keep in mind that your roommate or first choice residence hall may not be your actual housing assignment due to our inability to accommodate every request. This is a good time to get in contact with your new roommate(s), so you can get to know one another and discuss what each of you will be bringing on Move-In day in August. Note that UNCW has a required two-week waiting period at the start of the semester BEFORE any reassignments can be made. Your mailing address on-campus will be: UNCW Station - CB ##### 601 South College Road Wilmington, NC 28403-#### (CB=Campus Box Number -- you will receive this at orientation. Use the last four digits of your CB in the UNCW zip code + 4)

Due Date

JUNE 1


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STEP

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Attend your Assigned Orientation Date

Check your orientation confirmation carefully, as it may not be for your first-choice date. Most students will take part in orientation in June, though a few choose to wait until August. Orientation is a mandatory, two-day event for all incoming UNCW students that familiarizes you with the campus, allows you to meet with an academic advisor, and to register for your fall courses (and summer courses for students enrolling in Summer School). What to Bring Bring comfortable clothes, a light jacket (some locations are chilly), comfortable shoes, an umbrella, and a notepad and pen to orientation; all other materials you need will be provided at check-in. Remember to bring a list of any recent AP/IB exams and in-progress coursework with you to orientation to ensure proper academic advising. During Orientation During orientation, you will receive your UNCW One Card, choose a meal plan, receive your campus mailbox assignment, meet with an academic advisor, and register for classes. IMPORTANT! Before orientation, you must: • complete your foreign language and mathematics placement exams • complete and return your Immunization & Medical History Form

Due Date

IN JUNE


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STEP

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Review your E-Bill & Apply for Financial Aid for Summer II

This step only applies to students choosing to begin classes during Summer II. Fall e-bills will be sent at a later date (see Step 18). Summer II e-bills will be generated on June 7th. The charges will include summer tuition and required fees, room and board, and any other applicable fees such as parking. Textbooks are not included in your charges. Make certain that you have successfully created an e-Refund profile in Step 07 in the event that you are owed a refund from the university. Financial Aid In addition to submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must complete a separate “Summer School Aid� application online at www.uncw.edu/finaid in order to qualify for any financial aid during Summer II. Also remember that you must accept or deny your awards, create and sign a master promissory note (MPN), complete entrance counseling, and fulfill any other outstanding requirements BEFORE classes begin in order to ensure your aid is disbursed in a timely fashion. You can check on the overall status of your financial aid by using SeaPort.

DUE DATE

JUNE 7


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STEP

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Pay your E-Bill Balance for Summer II

This step only applies to students choosing to begin classes during Summer II. Fall e-bills will be due at a later date(see Step 20). Summer II e-bills are due June 28th. The charges will include tuition and required fees, room and board, and any other applicable fees such as parking. Textbooks are not included in your charges. Make certain that you have successfully created an e-Refund profile in Step 7 in the event that you are owed a refund from the university.

DUE DATE

JUNE 28


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STEP

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Send your Final High School Transcript & Any Advanced Credit

Final High School Transcript Though most high schools will complete this action automatically, it is necessary that UNCW receives a copy of your final high school transcript, showing all senior grades and a verified graduation date. Advanced Credit UNCW will also require official documentation of any advanced credit you may be eligible for. This includes: community college or university-level coursework completed while in high school, AP credit, and IB credit. Official, sealed copies of your community college or university transcripts must be sent to UNCW in order to award this advanced credit. Additionally, official score reports for CollegeBoard or the International Baccalaureate Organization must be sent directly to UNCW to receive AP or IB credit. Verify that both your final high school transcript and advanced credit reports/transcripts have been sent to UNCW by July 1st at the following address: UNCW Office of Admissions 601 South College Road Wilmington, NC 28403-5904

Due Date

JULY 1


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STEP

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Review your E-Bill for the Fall Semester

Fall e-bills will be generated on July 14th. The charges will include tuition and required fees, room and board, and any other applicable fees such as parking. Textbooks, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in your charges. Make certain that you have successfully created an e-Refund profile in Step 7 in the event that you are owed a refund from the university. IMPORTANT! Students scheduled to register for classes after August 10th have a bill due date of August 25th. Financial Aid Keep in mind that if you are due to receive any financial aid, your classes for which your are preregistered will not be dropped for non-payment. Additionally, you may not see all of the aid you are due on your e-bill, depending on any outstanding requirements that need to be satisfied for your financial aid.

Due Date

JULY 14


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STEP

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DUE DATE

File your FAFSA

If you intend to use financial aid to pay for the cost of your attendance, your FAFSA must be received by 5 p.m. EST on July 15th. Otherwise, you will be expected to pay out-of-pocket for your attendance and be reimbursed by any aid you receive at a later date. Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Student Loans

Be mindful that if you are receiving any loans as part of your financial aid package, you must choose an approved lender, complete a master promissory note (MPN), and complete entrance loan counseling. This may be done online at www.uncw.edu/finaid.

Additional Awards

If you receive any additional financial aid awards outside of UNCW, it is essential that you inform the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid of these awards. Because these awards may alter exactly how much and what type(s) of aid you qualify for, it is important you inform UNCW of these awards in order to prevent possible changes to your financial aid package.

Other Questions

If you have additional questions about financial aid, you may contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid by phone at (910) 962-3177 or by e-mail at finaid@ uncw.edu. The FAFSA opens on January 1, 2010. You are strongly encouraged to complete this form as soon as possible to maximize your opportunities for aid.

JULY 15


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STEP

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Review & Accept or Refuse your 2009-2010 Financial Aid Awards

Once your FAFSA and other information has been received and reviewed by the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, your financial aid awards will be posted to SeaPort. If you are receiving financial aid, it is extremely important that you periodically log in to your SeaPort account and check the overall status of your financial aid. You can accept or deny any financial aid awards you receive, or request to receive a partial amount of your award. You should also ensure that necessary paperwork and other requirements are in place in advance of your payments and/or refunds. Not doing so may create significant delays in the processing of your financial aid.

DUE DATE

AUGUST 2


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STEP

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Pay your E-Bill Balance for the Fall

Fall e-bills are due August 10th. Students preregistered for courses should take one of the following actions to avoid having their classes dropped: 1. Pay your balance in full 2. Sign up for a Tuition Payment Plan 3. Complete the necessary steps to have financial aid in place If you fail to take action, your classes will be dropped and you will have to add courses back when the drop/ add period reopens on August 13th, with no guarantee of establishing the same schedule. Refunds Generally, a refund is the remaining balance after the cost of tuition, required fees, and room and board are subtracted from your overall financial aid award. Your refund will be disbursed via your e-refund preferences beginning no earlier than the first day of classes, so plan accordingly for textbook purchases and other items you may need beforehand.

IMPORTANT! Financial aid should be resolved and posted to your student account by the August 25th drop/add deadline date to avoid class cancellation at that time. If you did not sign up for a full courseload, additional charges may be posted to your student account at a later time.

Due Date

AUGUST 10


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STEP

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Move-In for On-Campus Housing REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS LIVING ON-CAMPUS

If you will be living on campus, August 14th is Move-In! You will receive additional details and materials from the Office of Housing & Residence Life over the summer. Because we know Move-In day can be somewhat stressful, here is a rundown of the process so you’ll be prepared when the day comes: 1. Prior to arriving on campus, clearly label all of your belongings with your NAME, RESIDENCE HALL, and ROOM NUMBER. 2. When you get to campus on Move-In day, University Police will direct you (please make sure your Move-In placard is in the front window of your vehicle). 3. Your first stop will be the check-in location that corresponds to your residence hall, where you will receive your room key and obtain your Move-In paperwork. 4. Once you have your key, you will pull up in front of your residence hall so that your car can be unloaded (at least one parent/driver should remain with their vehicle at all times). 5. UNCW volunteers will unload your belongings and take them to your room (during Move-In 2009, a record 1,700 volunteers were on hand to assist our 1,950 freshmen with the effort). 6. The vehicle driver will then relocate the vehicle promptly to the proper parking lot as designated by university staff. 7. By the time you get to your room, your belongings will be waiting for so you can begin setting up your new room! For a complete listing of what to bring and what not to bring, please view the housing section of the TEAL TICKET COMPANION.

Due Date

AUGUST 14


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STEP

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Attend your Required Convocation

Convocation is UNCW’s official academic welcome for the Class of 2014. First-year students will receive a small group assignment by e-mail from the Office of Transitions Programs to let them know where to report by 10:00 a.m. A faculty member will be there to welcome the group and offer his/her perspective on your success at UNCW. You will also meet your Seahawk Link at this time (see the Teal Ticket Companion for more information). A short ceremony at the Clock Tower will include the unveiling of the Class of 2014 flag, a welcome from the SGA President and the beginning of your first “Trask Trek.” At Trask Coliseum, the formal ceremony will include a welcome by the Provost and comments by the Chancellor. Lunch on the Hoggard Hall Lawn is provided after the formal ceremony. Don’t forget to wear your orientation shirt or another favorite teal shirt for the official class picture to be taken during convocation.


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STEP

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Due Date

Classes Begin

Classes begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18th. Welcome to the UNCW community! University Statement on Academic Expectations for Students In choosing UNCW, you have become a part of our community of scholars. We recognize that the UNCW learning experience is challenging and requires hard work. It also requires a commitment to make time available to do that hard work. The university expects you to make academics your highest priority by dedicating your time and energy to training your mind and acquiring knowledge. Academic success in critical thinking and problem solving prepares you for the changes and challenges you will encounter in the future. Our faculty and academic support resources are readily available as partners in this effort, but the primary responsibility for learning is yours. UNCW Cornerstone Pledge I am an engaged learner in constant search of knowledge. I foster human dignity through acts of civility and respect. I maintain a distinguished character based on truth, honesty and integrity. I pursue inner peace by recognizing the significance of spirituality. I demonstrate honorable citizenship through acts of civic engagement. I embrace community by active involvement and service. I lead a lifestyle that advances physical health and emotional well-being.

AUGUST 18


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