After 22 Years, Utah Educational Savings Plan Launches New Brand

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UVU President Matthew S. Holland called as LDS mission president, set to leave UVU in June, 2018

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NEWS RELEASE

November 6, 2017

OREM, UT – Dr. Matthew S. Holland, president of Utah Valley University, has been called to serve as a mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints starting in July next year. He will continue to serve as UVU president through early June 2018. The LDS Church has said the Hollands will preside over an English-speaking mission and will announce the location later in the year.

“Serving at UVU during the past nine years has been a signal honor and daily joy,” said Holland. “The experience of building a thriving university around a community college has been one of the great causes in higher education and I couldn’t be more pleased about the impact this powerful, dual-mission model has had in making a quality, college degree more affordable, accessible, and relevant. At the same time, I absolutely cherish my faith and am so honored and grateful for this unexpected privilege to serve in this new ecclesiastical role.”

President Holland was appointed the sixth president of Utah Valley University in 2009. Under his leadership, he completed the institution’s transition to a full-fledged university now with more than 37,000 students (headcount), making it the largest university in the state. During his tenure, academic offerings expanded to 44 certificate programs, 62 associate degrees, 84 bachelor degrees, three graduate certificates, and eight master degrees.

“We have been fortunate to have Matt Holland serving as president of UVU for nearly nine years,” said Daniel W. Campbell, chair of the Utah Board of Regents. “It has been a remarkable period of growth and development. Matt and Paige’s service has been exceptional. We will miss them greatly but wish them well in their future endeavors. They will always be part of the UVU community.”

“Matt has been a transformative president at Utah Valley University,” said David L. Buhler, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education. “The Board of Regents will

commence a national search with the intention of having a new president named by June 2018.  Names of the search committee members will be announced in the near future.”

Elaine Dalton, chair, UVU Board of Trustees noted: “Matt Holland’s vision for engaged learning and student success has propelled UVU into the national and international spotlight. His ability to work with people in a cooperative and synergistic way has garnered immense community support and trust. As a board of trustees, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to President Holland for his leadership that has helped all of us see and work for UVU’s true potential.  We will remain committed to the upward trajectory President Holland has envisioned and established.”

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Utah Valley Chamber Celebrates Business of the Month: Costco

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PROVO, UT- October 31, 2017 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors (the welcoming arm of the chamber) are proud to announce their November Business of the Month recipient; Costco. The Chamber Ambassadors will be awarding Costco at their Orem location, 9:45 a.m. on November 1. Press, media and public are welcome to attend.

“Costco has been wonderful to work with,” said Ambassador Chair and Habitat for Humanity Director Kena Mathews. “They donate a cake to every ribbon cutting we have! Since we have at least one ribbon cutting a week, that is a big commitment!”

“Amy Conners (Costco’s Marketing Representative) is an active member of the chamber constantly looking for ways to help,” said Chamber President Rona Rahlf, “This year, Conners has supported us in our small business golf tournament, volunteered at several chamber events and attended almost all of our ribbon cuttings. We are fortunate to have her and her company as a member of the chamber.”

When asked about the vast amount of ribbon cuttings that the chamber conducts, Chamber President, Rona Rahlf, stated, “It is great that we have so many grand openings this year! It shows us that businesses want to move here because Utah County is flourishing. It’s our job to welcome businesses (new or old) with open arms. We are thankful to Costco and our members who help us with this process because it creates a tight-knit community where businesses want to stay.”

 

About the Business of the Month Award:

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large Business of the Month Awardee sign to display in front of their business. They are later on awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org

 

About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.

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For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi

801-851-2555

amandi@thechamber.org

UVU PFP Takes First Place in National Financial Planning Challenge in Nashville

OREM, UT – OCTOBER 3, 2017– UVU’s Personal Financial Planning (PFP) students continued their incredible winning streak by capturing first place in the Financial Planning Association’s (FPA) National Financial Planning Challenge October 2-4 in Nashville, TN. UVU has always placed in this competition, but first place eluded them until now.

 

The FPA Challenge was open to teams of three undergraduate students from universities with financial planning programs. The students representing UVU in this competition were:

 

Josh Scott, a senior PFP major

Gerika Ballard, a senior PFP major

Brian Miller, a senior PFP major

 

The challenge consisted of three phases. Phase 1 was a written financial planning case study. Teams were given profiles for two hypothetical clients for whom they prepared a comprehensive financial plan. They could not seek advice or help from professionals, even from their own faculty adviser. After the first phase was judged, only the top eight teams advanced to the national competition. 

 

Says PFP student Gerika Ballard “I’m grateful I could have this incredible experience, but it happened because of UVU’s PFP program. We worked hard, putting in over 300 hours as a team, but without the program, we wouldn’t have the chance to participate in career-defining events like this.”

 

The students of the top-10 rated PFP program had their work cut out for them. After being flown all-expenses-paid to Nashville, students participated Phase 2, where teams presented their case study orally to a panel of judges.

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Phase 3 was the “How Do You Know” Challenge, a two-hour “Jeopardy”-style quiz bowl that tested the financial planning knowledge of each team. UVU scored 8350 points in the quiz bowl, 2550 points more than distant second place California State University, Northridge, followed by Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, Winthrop University, University of IL Urbana-Champaign, University of Georgia and University of Akron.

 

“Attending conferences and competitions like this lets us network closely with professionals in the financial planning industry. Each student on the team came back with many new contacts and relationships with potential employers,” says – PFP student Brian Miller”

 

For winning first place, the UVU team was awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Also, members of the first-place team will receive a full scholarship to FPA’s highly acclaimed residency program as well as one hour of career coaching with one of the industry’s best advisors.

 

“Josh, Brian, and Gerika worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them.  It was fun to see them honored in the final session in front of over a thousand financial planning professionals across the nation whose interest in UVU’s PFP program continues to grow,” says advisor, coach and mentor Dr. Hyrum Smith.

 

For more information on the top 10 ranked Woodbury School of Business Personal Financial Planning Program visit www.uvu.edu/pfp.

 

About the Woodbury School of Business

The Woodbury School of Business (WSB) is the largest business school in the Utah System of Higher Education and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The WSB supports a variety of engaged learning projects and programs, including the Entrepreneurship Institute in which students start their own business. The school is distinguished for its focus on student development, entrepreneurship, global involvement and innovative teaching. In addition to traditional undergraduate courses of study in discipline ranging from accounting to marketing, the WSB offers an MBA program that accommodates the schedule of working professionals through evening and weekend classes.                         

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UVU Personal Financial Planning Students Capture First Place in 2017 NAGDCA Retirement Knowledge Quiz Bowl

OREM, UTAH – SEPTEMBER 28,2017 — UVU Personal Financial Planning (PFP) students pulled out all the stops for an overall first place victory over Texas Tech in the finals of the 2017 National Association of Government Deferred Compensation Administrators (NAGDCA) Foundation Retirement Knowledge Quiz Bowl in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Woodbury PFP students Trent Colledge, Colin Hardy, Josh Pollard and Josh Wagstaff coached by their advisor Dr. Hyrum Smith, received an all expenses paid trip to Milwaukee to compete.

The game show style competition for Certified Financial Planners (CFP)  and non-CFP degree programs was held during the NAGDCA Annual Conference, September 26-27.

As first place winners, the students were awarded $400 scholarships each. Equally as rewarding was the opportunity for them to network with professionals in the retirement planning industry. The objective of the NAGDCA Quiz Bowl is to promote the profession of financial planning and advance knowledge in the field of public sector retirement plans. The event engages students in general retirement planning issues.     

“It was a great opportunity to compete against the top financial planning programs in the nation,” says Pollard. “I have to give credit to all the team members and our Professor Dr. Hyrum Smith for helping us prepare for and win the NAGDCA Quiz Bowl. It was a memorable experience representing the UVU Personal Financial Planning Program on a national level.”

Another winning student, Josh Wagstaff, concurred sharing “NAGDCA was a great experience for all of us. We had a great time learning and networking at the conference. Winning the final round of the quiz bowl was an amazing way to end the conference.

 

For more information on the top 10 ranked Woodbury School of Business Personal Financial Planning Program visit www.uvu.edu/pfp.

 

About the Woodbury School of Business

The Woodbury School of Business (WSB) is the largest business school in the Utah System of Higher Education and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The WSB supports a variety of engaged learning projects and programs, including the Entrepreneurship Institute in which students start their own business. The school is distinguished for its focus on student development, entrepreneurship, global involvement and innovative teaching. In addition to traditional undergraduate courses of study in discipline ranging from accounting to marketing, the WSB offers an MBA program that accommodates the schedule of working professionals through evening and weekend classes.

 

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Spring2 Technologies Joins Eide Bailly, grows award-winning NetSuite practice

 

SANDY, Utah — Technology consulting company Spring2 Technologies of Sandy, Utah, has become part of Eide Bailly LLP, a regional CPA and business advisory firm, effective today.

 

Spring2 brings new staff to the technology practice of Eide Bailly, which was recognized as NetSuite’s 2017 Partner of the Year and is also a Salesforce Silver Consulting Partner and Authorized Sage Partner. Spring2 staff will move into Eide Bailly’s existing Lehi, Utah, office.

 

Spring2’s expertise in both NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics will help Eide Bailly become even stronger in these areas, said Scott Kost, director of technology consulting at Eide Bailly.

 

“Spring2 brings additional talent in implementation, development and customization to our team,” said Kost. “This union further expands our award-winning and nationally recognized NetSuite practice and deepens our ERP and CRM solution expertise.”

 

Spring2 owners Neff Broadbent and Ken Berry were excited for the new opportunities clients and staff will have through joining Eide Bailly.

 

“Eide Bailly’s culture and values match perfectly with our own, meaning they have the same commitment to client service as we do,” said Broadbent. “Joining teams with Eide Bailly will give our clients access to a wealth of business advisory services to help them grow and succeed, with the same level of service they have always expected.”

 

“This gives us a much bigger stage to expand our NetSuite and software development practices and attract new clients,” said Berry. “Our people will have more resources and more opportunities to showcase their talents. It’s really a win for all involved.”

 

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Notes to the editor:

  • Eide Bailly has three offices in Utah – Salt Lake City, Ogden, Lehi.  We will be adding an office in Orem, Utah, on Oct. 30.

 

 

About Eide Bailly LLP

Eide Bailly’s journey began in 1917. By embracing change and focusing on innovative ideas, we’ve grown with our clients to become one of the top 25 accounting firms in the nation. Accounting is about numbers, but our business is about relationships. Talented, down-to-earth people work at Eide Bailly, and we’re inspired to deliver outstanding expertise and care to our clients across the nation in the areas of audit, tax, accounting and business advisory services.

 

 

 

Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors Recognize Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as Business of the Month

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PROVO, UT- August 31, 2017 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors (the welcoming arm of the chamber) are proud to announce their September Business of the Month recipient; Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU). The Chamber Ambassadors will be awarding RMU at their Provo location at 4:30 p.m. on September 5. Press, media and public are welcome to attend.

“There are many reasons why RMU was chosen as this month’s Business of the Month awardee,” said Ambassador Chair and Habitat for Humanity Director Kena Mathews. “We admire the emphasis that they place on health and education within the Utah County community.”

“Jessica Egbert (RMU’s Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Community) is a great example of a community advocate for health and education,” said Chamber President Rona Rahlf, “Egbert has contributed her time and talents to the business community for well over a decade. She has served as the Women’s Business Network President, Strategic Planning Chair and Chamber Board Member. RMU has been a great partner and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

When asked what makes a strong community, Chamber President, Rona Rahlf, stated, “When you have a strong chamber, that means business is doing well. When business is doing well, the community is stronger. And that’s what we are all about as a chamber; building a stronger community. It is the local businesses that help us achieve that.”

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Picture above: RMU President, Richard P. Nielsen, speaking about the health community at Executive Summit (2016).

About the Business of the Month Award:

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large sign and awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org

About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.

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For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi

801-851-2555

amandi@thechamber.org

Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors Recognize Banner Bank as Business of the Month

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PROVO, UT- August 1, 2017   The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors (the welcoming arm of the chamber) recognized and awarded their first Business of the Month recipient this morning at the Banner Bank location in Provo.

“We have many businesses in our valley that have made a huge impact within the chamber and community,” said Chamber Business Development Executive Kate Bowcut. “After much thought, the Chamber Ambassadors created an award that would recognize our members for the good that they do monthly; The Business of the Month Award.”

“Banner Bank’s Regional Manager, Arthur Newell, has recently undertaken the Business and Education Partnership Committee,” said Ambassador Chair and Habitat for Humanity Director Kena Mathews. “He and his committee have done well in connecting businesses to local schools that are in need of their expertise and resources. We are excited to hear about the development of these relationships at the Friday Forum Event in October.”

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About the Business of the Month Award:

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large sign and awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org

About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.

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For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi

801-851-2555

amandi@thechamber.org

Think Pro Business Growth When Voting in Utah County

 

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Dear Citizens of Utah County:

The 2017 primary election ballots are in the mail. The election is held when more than two candidates have filed for the various city council and mayoral seats and the open Congressional seat Chaffetz vacated recently. With so many candidates to choose from, who should get your vote?  The Utah Valley Chamber would like to provide you with additional standards to consider while making your voting decisions.

Utah Valley is frequently identified as being among the best places in the country to do business.  These rankings do not come by accident.  In fact, a primary reason for these accolades is the business-friendly laws passed by our local, state and federal lawmakers.

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting legislation at all levels of government that strengthens and facilitates business growth.  We believe a strong economy results in a broader and deeper tax base, which helps fund our critical community needs such as economic development, education, transportation and public safety.

Multiple levels of the business community have been engaged in the development of our legislative priorities for 2017 and beyond.  They were developed initially by the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee and were ratified by the Board of Directors.

During this election cycle, we encourage Utah Valley citizens to vote for those candidates who support these business growth priorities.

Here are the principle-based legislative priorities:

Priorities for Economic Development

  1. Support measures to expedite the availability and sale of Tier-3 gasoline in Utah and the Wasatch Front as soon as possible.
  2. Refine the modeling for Division of Air Quality and EPA emissions standards that are currently inhibiting manufacturing companies from locating along the Wasatch Front.
  3. Encourage efforts intended to reduce diesel and gas emissions from mobile sources.
  4. Encourage education of energy-efficient solutions to be gained in homes, cars and commercial sites that are economically sound.
  5. Support the state-led visioning and strategic planning process to establish the Point of the Mountain area as an internationally acclaimed job center.
  6. Continued commitment for funding for carp removal from Utah Lake.
  7. Support the Utah Compact.

Priorities for Education

  1. Partner with industry to promote and fund STEM initiatives.
  2. Fully fund growth and Weighted Pupil Unit and invest in targeted educational needs.
  3. Support compensation increases for education employees.

Priorities for Transportation

  1. Preserve existing sources of transportation funding.
  2. 1-15 upgrades in Utah County; SR-92 interchange fast tracked/funded with bonding and Orem 8th South interchange
  3. Support local and county transportation funding efforts.

Priorities for Federal Land

  1. Pursue a Declaratory Judgment requiring the Federal Government to fulfill its obligation of the Utah Enabling Act of 1894.

Priorities for Water and Related Infrastructure

  1. Urge water conservation to meet Governor’s goal of a 25% drop in current use by 2025.
  2. Protect water-funding sources necessary to meet expected growth.
  3. Allow accrual of reserve funds to pay for replacement of aging water delivery systems.
  4. Keep the State Engineer as the general administrator and superior of the state’s water supply and adequately fund water law administration.

The Utah Valley Chamber is proud to be the voice of business in Utah Valley.  We are actively engaged in policy issues to represent the thousands of businesses located in our growing and prosperous region.  With the help of lawmakers of all government levels, we hope to continue to be the best place in the country to live, learn, work and play.

Note:   Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters on July 25. Registered voters that have not received a ballot or have misplaced the ballot should contact the Utah County Election Office at 801-851-8123. To ensure their ballot was received, voters will be able to track their returned ballot online at vote.utah.gov.  Voters are encouraged to visit vote.utah.gov to verify that they are registered to vote and that their mailing address is listed correctly.

To view the Chamber’s Public Policy Guide in its entirety, click here.

UVU Woodbury School of Business Captures Two 2017 Best of State Awards

Media Contact: Patricia Monsoor pmonsoor@uvu.edu land: 801-863-5483; cell 650-454-6441

OREM, UT – June 5, 2017 Dr. Steven C. Huff, Associate Professor of Marketing at Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business, has been named the 2016 Best of State College/University Teacher.  The UVU Vivint SMARTLab, has been named the 2016 Best of State Science and Technology Category—Anaytical Laboratory.  The Best of State Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah.

“It is an honor to be named to such an elite group of educators. I am grateful to receive it and I acknowledge that there are a number of university educators in this state and university who are just as deserving of this award, says Dr. Huff. “And while I certainly work hard to give my students the best education they can get, I think this award is even more so a testament to our singular focus on student success at the Woodbury School of Business. We have a very clear and focused mission here and student growth (what we call “Delta”) is the very heart of that mission.

Huff holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Business Administration, an MBA from BYU, Marriott School of Management, Marketing emphasis, and a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University, in Computer Engineering.

His academic experience includes:

  • 2015-current: Associate Professor of Marketing, Utah Valley University
  • 2015-current: Visiting Associate Professor of Marketing, UC Berkeley
  • 2017: Adjunct Lecturer in Executive Education, University of Utah
  • 2014-2015: Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing, UC Berkeley
  • 2012-2015: Assistant Professor of Marketing, Utah Valley University
  • 2008-2012: Assistant Professor of Marketing, Brigham Young University
  • 2008: Instructor, University of San Francisco
  • 2004-2008: Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley
  • 2001-2002: Instructor, Brigham Young University

As part of UVU’s new professional sales program, funded by a generous $2-million gift from the Vivint Corporation and its CEO, Todd R. Pedersen,

the new Sales and Marketing Applied Research Test Lab (S/MART Lab) SMARTLab provides graduate and undergraduate marketing students with opportunities to engage in projects sponsored by area businesses.   

SMARTLab, shares many valuable research resources including:

– Advanced eye-tracking technology for advertising, package design, usability and website testing

– Galvanic skin response and EEG technologies that can pinpoint reaction people have to various forms of marketing stimuli

– State-of-the-art focus group and observation rooms

-Facial coding analysis to provide salespeople with unbiased responses concerning the probable interpretation of their verbal and non-verbal communication cues.

UVU students, faculty and staff, led by SMARTLab director Dale Jolley and executive director Dr. Paul Dishman, will assist companies in the use and application of these tools and analysis of the data they provide, with the goal of improving marketing campaigns and sales training for local and national businesses.

The SMARTLab also provides UVU students with hands-on experience and training to prepare them for careers in business.

Founded in 2012, the Business Resource Center is UVU’s storefront for economic development, providing resources for entrepreneurs and local business owners to help accelerate business growth and serving as a vital cog in Utah’s broader economic development engine.

“This is state of the art,” remarked UVU President Matthew S. Holland about the lab’s technology. “We think it is the best in the region, maybe the best in the nation. Certainly, it’s our ambition to become that.”

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Best of State college/university marketing teacher Dr. Huff has been published numerous times including:

 

  • “Seeing Stars: How the Mere Presence of Ratings Influences Willingness to Pay,” American Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 3, No. 3, September 2014
  • “Clicking Through Overload: When Choice Overload Can Actually Increase Choice,” with Aaron Johnson, American Journal of Direct, Data and Digital Marketing Practice, Vol. 16, No. 1, September 2014
  • “The Z Effect: Why Good is Good, But Better is Better,” International Journal of Marketing Studies, Vol. 6, No. 3, June 2014.
  • “When Economic Experiments Can Help Consumer Research,” International Business Research, Vol. 7, No. 5, May 2014.
  • “Consumer Retaliation: Confirmation and Extension,” with Jonathan C. Huefner, Brian L. Parry, Collin R. Payne, Sean D. Otto, Michael J. Swenson, and H. Keith Hunt, Journal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction, and Complaining Behavior, 15 (Feb), 114-127 (2002).

 

  • “Consumer Complimenting Behavior: Exploration and Elaboration,” with Collin R. Payne, Brian L. Parry, Sean D. Otto, and H. Keith Hunt, Journal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction, and Complaining Behavior, 15 (Feb), 128-147 (2002).

Best of State Utah candidates demonstrate achievement and excellence in their fields of endeavor, producing superior results and outcomes. More than 100 judges review the nominations. UVU was honored at the Best of State Awards Gala at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City May 17, 2017.

For more information on the marketing department within the Woodbury School of Business visit www. http://www.uvu.edu/woodbury/marketing/

For more information on the Vivint SMARTLab, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vivintsmartlab/

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