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 Marian  O'Rourke-Kaplan
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Marian O'Rourke-Kaplan
Associate Professor-Design
Contact address   1155 Union Circle # 305100, Denton, TX 76203     
Email  Marian.O'    Contact Number 940-369-7239   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership -Permanent   
toggle toggle Professional Preparation
 Master of Business AdministrationBusiness AdministrationNational University; San Diego, CA1978
 Bachelor of Fine ArtsFashion DesignStephens College; Columbia, MO1971
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Spring 2014ADES4580001Fashion Design: Professional Practice Download Syllabus
Fall 2013ADES4550502Fashion Design V Download Syllabus
Fall 2013ADES4590501Fashion Design Studio Download Syllabus
Fall 2013ADES4595002Exploration : Fashion Design Download Syllabus
Spring 2013ADES2560501Fashion Design: Advanced Industrial Sewing Techniques Download Syllabus
Spring 2013ADES4580001Fashion Design: Professional Practice Download Syllabus
Summer 2012ART4120001Art on Location Download Syllabus
Fall 2012ADES4590501Fashion Design Studio Download Syllabus
Fall 2012ADES4595001Exploration : Fashion Design Download Syllabus
Spring 2012ADES4555501Fashion Design VI Download Syllabus
Spring 2012ADES4555502Fashion Design VI Download Syllabus
Spring 2012ADES4580001Fashion Design: Professional Practice Download Syllabus
Fall 2011ADES4590501Fashion Design Studio Download Syllabus
Fall 2011ADES5590001Fashion Design Studio Download Syllabus
Spring 2011ADES4580001Fashion Design: Professional Practice Download Syllabus
Spring 2010ADES5590001Fashion Design Studio24Download Syllabus
Fall 2009ADES4580501Fashion Design: Professional Practice96Download Syllabus
toggle toggle Research and Expertise
Apparel industry techniques for draping, pattern making, construction, fitting & tailoring
Area of Expertise

Design, production and marketing of fashion products
Area of Expertise

Heavily experienced in knit as well as woven fabrications from high end to moderate price range
Area of Expertise

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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2002-presentAssociate Professor Fashion Design area of CVADUNT Denton, TX
2007-2011Associate Dean Academic and Student AffairsUNT Denton, TX
2006-2007Interim Associate Dean Academic and Student AffairsUNT Denton, TX
1998-2002Associate Professor, ChairDivision of Design UNT Denton, TX
1993-1998Assistant Professor  UNT Denton, TX
1992-1993Lecturer  UNT Denton, TX
1979-1992Adjunct  EL CENTRO COLLEGE Dallas, TX
1982-1983Adjunct  BAUDER FASHION COLLEGE, Arlington, TX
1973-1977Department Chair  BAUDER FASHION COLLEGE, Arlington, TX
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
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2013Materials Hard & Soft exhibition Original design "On the Road Again selected for exhibitionEntryDenton, TXJuried Exhibition
2012BIFT/ITAA joint symposeum of Fashion Two garments accepted for exhibition "High Waist - No Waste" and "Laguna Veneto"EntryBeijing, CHINAJuried Exhibition
2012"Laguna Veneto" selected as third place in Design competition at BIFT-ITAA symposeumAwardBeijing, ChinaJuried Exhibition
2011"High Waist - No Waste" finalist for the Threads Zero Waste competition held in conjunction with the Annual conference of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals.FinalistPortland ORJuried Exhibition
2011"Laguna Veneto" exhibited in the live gallery of the BiAnnual Conference of the Surface Design Association.EntryMinneapolis, MNJuried Exhibition
2010Go Red for Women fund raiser exhibition for American Heart Association event. "Bubblicious" and "Fair and Square" were both in the runway show.EntryDenton, TXExhibition
2010Spotlight on Fashion - Exhibition of faculty and student work "Bubblicious" was on display for the monthlong exhibit. UNT on the Square, Denton TXExhibition
2010"Fair and Square" 100% Peacock rated Thai Silk 3-piece suit in Aubergine and Pewter.entryUNT Faculty Exhibition in the UNT Art GalleryExhibition
2009“Moroccan Dream” 100% silk garment with 2 Italian foulard silk patterns in the bodice and 2 colors of silk chiffon over a silk charmeuse liner has two side drape panels that convert to a capelet with the use of bead tasseled spaghetti ties.Juried Annual meeting design competition2009 ITAA National Conference held in Bellevue WASales & Exhibitions
2009"Bubblicious" 100% silk cocktail dess with self fringed vertical seams in corselet torso and Ikat patterned tissue tafetta bubble skirt. UNT Faculty Exhibition at the University Art GallerySales & Exhibitions
2009"Fair and Square" 100% Peacock rated Thai Silk 3-piece suit in Aubergine and Pewter. Career Wear competition one of ten finalist judged by Queen Sirikit of Thailand.FinalistASEAN Conference 2009 Bangkok, ThailandJuried Exhibition
2008“Moroccan Dream” 100% silk garment with 2 Italian foulard silk patterns in the bodice and 2 colors of silk chiffon over a silk charmeuse liner has two side drape panels that convert to a capelet with the use of bead tasseled spaghetti ties. UNT Faculty Exhibition at the University Art GallerySales & Exhibitions
2008Creative Teaching entry “Design Exploration – Function vs. Design” was accepted for presentationjuried ITAA Annual Meeting design competition.2008 ITAA National Conference held in Chicago, ILSales & Exhibitions
2008“Moroccan Dream” was exhibited in the runway show. Selected as a finalist in the Threads Magazine “Fluid Fabric” design competition. Won “Audience Choice” Award and was published in Threads magazine issue 142 April/juried member fashion show2008 ASDP National conference in Chicago, ILSales & Exhibitions
2006Electronic exhibition of 2D and 3D work. Conceptual design piece, "15 Yards of Muslin and the Path to Sanity" took 2nd Place in 3D. Exhibition will be up accessible after 1/15/07Juried annual exhibition Design Educators National Exhibition.DENE ExhibitionSales & Exhibitions
2006“Classic Elegance” was accepted for exhibition in this juried eventjuried ITAA Annual Meeting Design Competition.2006 ITAA Annual Conference held in San Antonio, TXSales & Exhibitions
2006“Classic Elegance” was exhibited in the runway show. Selected as a finalist in the Threads Magazine “Little Black Dress” design competition. Published in the March „07 issue of Threads Magazinejuried member fashion show2006 PACC National conference in San Francisco, CASales & Exhibitions
2005“15 Yards of Muslin and the Path to Sanity” 100% Cotton Muslin garment composed of three sizes (8-12) stacked with front zipper openings revealing each layer. Black screen printed images and text with Red floss stitching. UNT Faculty Exhibition at the University Art GallerySales & Exhibitions
2004“Fit To Be Tied” was accepted for exhibition in this juried event.juried ITAA Annual Meeting design competition.2004 ITAA Annual Conference held in Portland, ORSales & Exhibitions
2004“She Earned Her Stripes” was exhibited in the runway show. Selected as a finalist in the Threads Magazine “Stripe Fabric” design competition. Published in the October „04 issue of Threads Magazinejuried member fashion show2004 PACC National conference in Savannah, GASales & Exhibitions
2004“Fit To Be Tied” Linen Sheath Dress with Jute cords and Glass Beads cowled piercing open the garment to expose the figure and cords are drawn up to create form and cowls. UNT Faculty Exhibition at the University Art GallerySales & Exhibitions
2002“Knit Witty” was exhibited in the runway show. Selected as a finalist in the Threads Magazine Denim Challenge design competition. To be published in the #104 issue of Threads Magazine.juried member fashion show2002 PACC National conference in Chicago, ILSales & Exhibitions
2001“Mondrian Revisited” Grey stretch linen blend with natural linen trim and pearls suspended in tulle connected by “Mondrianesque” graphic stitching. This backless dress crosses the evening/daywear barriers with inventive use of materials, silhouett UNT Faculty Exhibition at the University Art GallerySales & Exhibitions
2001“Mondrian Revisited” was accepted for exhibition in this juried event.juried ITAA Annual meeting Design Competition2001 ITAA Annual Meeting held in Kansas City, MOSales & Exhibitions
2001“Cocoon Wrap” and “Mondrian Revisited” were exhibited in the runway show. “Cocoon Wrap” was also entered in the Threads Magazine Right Side/Wrong Side Challenge design competition.juried member fashion show2001 PACC National conference in Los Angeles, CASales & Exhibitions
2000“Fraying at the Seams” was accepted for exhibition in this juried event.juried ITAA Annual Meeting held in Cincinnati, OH2000 ITAA Design CompetitionSales & Exhibitions
2000 Published article with winners garments in the Oct/Nov issue of Threads. “Fraying at the Seams” was included and awarded the “Most Successful Design” award.Threads Magazine Mohair Challenge design competitionSales & Exhibitions
2000Seascape” and “Fraying at the Edges” were exhibited in the runway show. “Fraying at the Edges”was awarded the Most Successful Design Award.Threads Magazine Mohair Challenge design competition and member fashion show.2000 PACC National conference in St. Louis, MOSales & Exhibitions
2000“Fraying at the Edges” Mohair Float coat with hand fringed seams mocha plaid with a plum stripe, has a funnel neck and hidden button stand. UNT Faculty Exhibition at the University Art Gallery.Sales & Exhibitions
1999“Winterscape” and “Timely & Tailored”juried ITAA Annual Meeting held in Santa Fe, NM1999 ITAA Design CompetitionSales & Exhibitions
1999This competition holds an exhibition of the winners only at the MFA in Houston. Timely & Tailored was chosen for honorable mention in the Ready-to-Wear category.Invitational –JuriedFine Arts Fashion Event MFA-Houston Textile and Costume Institute.Sales & Exhibitions
1998“Dreamscape: Winter” Hand knit sweater with a mixture of textures and yarns in Wool, cashmere, mohair, cotton, rayon and linen. UNT Faculty Exhibition at the University Art GallerySales & Exhibitions
1998“Zippity Yea!” a suit constructed from a vast variety of YKK zippers. Commissioned by YKK Corp. for use at trade shows and promotions across the US. YKK is the world‟s largest producer of zipper fastenersSales & Exhibitions
1997-1999Sterling silver and copper jewelry exhibited Earth and Stone Gallery, Denton, TXSales & Exhibitions
1997“Sheer Chocolate” Two-piece Brown Linen ensemble with white lace insertions and antique pearl buttons. “Sheer Licorice” Two-piece Black Linen ensemble with white lace insertions and antique pearl buttons. UNT Faculty Exhibition at the University Art GallerySales & Exhibitions
1997“Zippity Do Da” zipper suit sold to YKK Corp. for promotion purposes YKK CorpSales & Exhibitions
1997“Zippity Do Da” zipper suit exhibited in fashion exhibition, “Suiting the Modern Woman” Texas Fashion Collection held in the UNT ART Gallery, Denton TXSales & Exhibitions
1996Jewelry and Wearable Art Fine Art Gallery on the Internet. & Exhibitions
1995-1996Jewelry exhibited Michelle Long Art gallery, Coppell, TX 3/96; L.A. Thompson Gallery, Dallas.19 pieces of one of a kind art pieces exhibited for 4 weeks, sold 8 piecesSales & Exhibitions
1995“Points West”Fused glass & sterling silver neck pendent. Awarded Exhibition at L.A. Thompson Gallery, Dallas.DWCA National exhibitionSales & Exhibitions
1995 created hand crafted metal mesh treasure boxes for all 27 stores. A total of 210 boxes assorted sizes and metalsNeiman Marcus StoresSales & Exhibitions
1995 created 8 metal mesh treasure boxes. Assorted sizes and metalsDallas Museum of Art Gift ShopSales & Exhibitions
toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2011 2011 The Shirt Dress: A Case Study in Creative Process
Presented at Annual Conference for International Textile and Apparel Association in Philadelphia, PA November 4, 2011. Co presented in special session 1.5 Hour panel.
Melanie Carrico, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Li-Fen Anny Chang, Marian O’Rourke-Kaplan, Janie Stidham, and Chelsea Bell, University of North Texas
Linda Ohrn-McDaniel, Kent State University
This session is intended to stimulate conversation about the creative process through the sharing of a case study by the six designers involved in the study
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 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)TitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2002-2003“Barcelona & Gaudi: Fashion Creation from Architectural Inspiration”Faculty Development Leave OtherCompleted
1998“Pattern Essentials for Fashion Design”, a 7 module CD- ROM tutorial for students in an undergraduate fashion design program. Projected completion November '98Teaching with Technology Grant$7,650OtherCompleted
1997CD- ROM tutorial for students in an undergraduate fashion design program. Three-module prototype for student focus groups to be titled “Pattern Essentials for Fashion Design” projected completion of prototype December '97Teaching with Technology Grant$6,900OtherCompleted
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2004-2006Faculty Scholarship CommitteeChairITAA (International Textile & Apparel Association)
2001-2003Faculty Scholarship CommitteeMemberITAA (International Textile & Apparel Association)
2000Program committee, Design exhibition, Annual conference: Cincinnati November 10, 2000.ChairITAA (International Textile & Apparel Association)
1998Fashion Show Committee for Design Exhibition; Annual conference, Dallas November 19, 1998. “Crossing Boundaries” held at the Hotel Intercontinental in the Malachite Room with 500+ in attendanceChairITAA (International Textile & Apparel Association)
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2004-PresentSDA (Surface Design AssociationMember 
2000-PresentASDP (Association of Sewing and Design Professionals)Member 
1996-PresentITAA (International Textile & Apparel Association)Member 
toggle toggle Field Experience
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Company/OrganizationPosition
2001-2004Camabolé Accents, Dallas, TXDesigner
1994-2002Stardust Creations Evergreen, CODesign / Presentation
1994-1995Michael Ballas Couture Dallas, TXConsultant
1993-1994SIERRA COLLECTIONS Dallas, TXStock patterns
1993MESA COLLECTIONS, Dallas, TXFreelance Design
1991-1992KALOGRIDIS INTERNATIONAL Dallas, TXDesign / Quality
1989-1991MOR, Dallas, TXDesigner / Owner
1982-1990LYNN FRENCH, INC. Dallas, TXDesign / Production
1978-1982JAY JACKS Dallas, TXOperations Manager
1972-1974NEIMAN MARCUS, Dallas, TXSales Part time
1971-1972JENNIFER OF DALLAS Dallas, TXDesigner
1972JERREL INC. Dallas, TXDesigner
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YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2009-PresentIllustration and Patternmaking modules of certification programEvaluatorASDP (Association of Sewing and Design Professionals)
2008-2009 Regional DirectorASDP (Association of Sewing and Design Professionals)
20062006 PACC National conference in San Francisco, CAGuest workshop leaderWorkshop
2005Annual Design CompetitionJurorITAA (International Textile & Apparel Association)
2004Arts of Fashion Foundation Design CompetitionSemi Final Jury member for this International student design competition. For further information go to the following addressWorkshop
1994-1996H & H Enterprises. Start-up operation for the manufacture and marketing of career clothing for the physically challenged.Developing the products and working as liaison with manufacturing contractors.Consulting
1994-1995Michael Ballas Couture; Couture Design house specializing in high-end women‟s clothing made of fine imported fabrications.Various areas of consulting, set up production systems did space planning for factory and worked on development of efficient fabric and trim purchasing and trackingConsulting
1993-1994Geisha-Caucasian, Dallas, TX Start-up operation for design and manufacture of men‟s and women‟s shirts. Consulting
1993 Expert Witness in Copyright litigation involving ribbon flowers used in the lingerie industryConsulting
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Taught Patternmaking, Construction, Draping and Illustration

I was responsible for teaching the evening draping course DES140 a component of the required curriculum for their AA in Fashion Design degree.  Also on occasion taught daytime classes of apparel production processes and tailoring.

Assistant Professor
Area Coordinator for the Fashion Design area of the School of Visual Arts. Responsible for scheduling classes, textbook requests, budget requests, supply and repair purchasing, acted as liaison between SoVA administration and area faculty.  Create syllabi, projects and teach 6 to 7 classes a year. Included is draping, tailoring, collection, illustration, New York City study 
tour, design development, & computers in fashion. Spearhead the production of the senior fashion design runway show called ArtWear.

Associate Dean Academic and Student Affairs
It was voted and announced in September .07 that I would begin a four year appointment as Associate Dean. In this position I have a twelve month contract and carry a 1-1 teaching load. Announced at the Annual conference in October of 2007, CVAD received full membership and accreditation by NASAD a result of a great deal of work over the 06-07 academic year, an effort that I supervised and coordinated with a one course release in the fall term. Everyone in the School worked towards this goal and it was a huge accomplishment to achieve in less than 18 months.  In this position I chair the Academic Committee and the Core Oversight Committee. I represent CVAD on the UCC and Associate Deans Council.  I oversee and manage the curricular changes that will be put into place ensuring that the advisors, students and faculty of CVAD are aware when new degree requirements and course changes take effect.  I also serve on the Executive Committee. .As director of the Student Services Center I supervise a staff of 7 personnel in the day to day processes of advising, scholarship programs, graduation filing, and degree plan processing and catalog changes.  I make presentations at Preview days twice a year to prospective students and their parents. On Freshman Orientation days (11 a year) I meet with Parents to discuss the college and programs within.  I am signing authority for the student services budget account and 40 scholarship accounts which I monitor and certify each month that proper allocation of funds has been maintained.

Associate Professor
As a faculty member in the Fashion Design area of CVAD, I teach a full load of 6 courses per academic year plus special problems and major professor responsibilities with the MFA students. I partake in the governance of the school through committee work and am a member of several university committees as well. Beyond these faculty responsibilities, I actively seek out professional opportunities to enhance my status in the field of fashion design and to remain visible in industry.

Associate Professor, Chair, Division of Design

The Division of Design includes the Fashion Design, Interior Design and Communication Design Areas.  It is comprised of 52% of SoVA.s student body and 12 tenured or tenure-track professors, along with 2 full time lecturers and 4-9 adjunct faculty depending on the semester.  I worked with the faculty and students in many ways, advising, counseling, scheduling, monitoring supplies/repair purchases and often acting as mediator.  I spoke to the important issues of the areas in the executive and administrative committee meetings.  This position was a 10-½ month contract and carried a teaching load of 3 courses per year. Administrative duties included were:
Executive Committee member  

. Processing Degree plans for the division at best count approximately 150/yr

. Course Scheduling 

. Staffing for adjunct and leave replacement positions.

. Promotion & Tenure Evaluation

. Search Administration

. Division and Area Budget Supervision

. Grade appeal and student complaint administration.

. Graduate student advising

. Prospective student advising

Camabolé Accents Designer
Design multiple coordinated groups of tabletop and home accessories for this start-up company.  Resource fabrics and trims, research trends, create designs, first samples, marketing photography and costing for wholesale.

Continued Learning
7/06 - One week training on Gerber PDS version 8
7/02 - Two weeks training on Gerber Technology “Artworks” and “PDS” software
7/97 - Kent State University Workshop attended. “Charles Kliebacker Couture Draping”
8/97 - Micrographics Designer Computer Training.
8/97 - Scanvec Computer training Patternmaking.
7/96 - Authorware Programming software training

Developed curriculum for an AA degree in Fashion Design. Supervised 4 instructors, scheduled classes, taught fashion design, pattern making, draping, illustration and construction, business math and art history.

Interim Associate Dean Academic and Student Affairs
In this one year interim position I had the responsibility of guiding the faculty through the NASAD accreditation application, overseeing the self study document specifically the Instructional portion.  As Chair of the Academic Committee I guided the curricular changes that were necessitated by not only NASAD accreditation but a state mandate to reduce programs to 120 hours and renumbering all courses in the College to reflect departments and programs.  As chair of the Core Curriculum Task Force, I planned and facilitated a core retreat in June that resulted in resolution of long standing conflict and miscommunication. As director of the Student Services Center I supervised a staff of 6 personnel in the day to day processes of student advising, scholarship programs, graduation filing, and degree plan processing and catalog changes.  I make presentations at Preview days twice a year to prospective students and their parents and on Freshman Orientation days (10 a year) I met with Parents to discuss the college and programs within. I also carry a 1-1 teaching load in the fashion design program.  One course release was allowed for the self study project in the fall term 2006.

JAY JACKS Operations Manager
Oversaw day-to-day operations for this small designer manufacturer. Responsible for marketing in the Dallas & New York markets, costing, production scheduling and monitoring, fabric & trim purchasing, negotiating advertising contracts and artwork selection as well as arranging and styling photo shoots, seasonal fashion show production and supervision of 7 employees.

Designed dresses for this Missy dress manufacturer. Created the top selling style for both the Cruise and the Spring '72 seasons.

JERREL INC. Designer
Designed for this $35MM annual sales Dress Manufacturer. Designed junior dresses.
Created top selling style for Transition „72.  Also created 2 of 3 dresses chosen for the Junior miss pageant contestants.

Worked at this custom carpet manufacturer whose clientele are primarily in the aviation industry.  Consulted with clients on design development, color and sample approvals.  Supervised production and quality control monitored all stages of the project and kept client apprised of status. 

Lecturer, UNT
Taught Pattern making, Collection, Construction and Illustration.  A one-year appointment concurrent with a national search for tenure track assistant professor position. 

LYNN FRENCH, INC. Design / Production
Co-designed this line of bridge soft dressing coordinates. Majority of groups in knit fabrications or rayon crinkle.  Built company from 0 to 3MM.  Oversaw production and design areas.  Responsible for costing this 50-piece line for five markets each year, sourcing and purchasing fabrics, trims and notions.  Annual visits to Interstoff and Premiere Vision, as well as several trips per year to NY and LA for sourcing.  Developed custom prints with textile converters.

Freelance designer for two seasons with this small blouse manufacturer.  Created 12 styles each season for pima cotton group, to add a fashion edge to this otherwise conservative line.  Despite increased sales, the company was unable to reverse the losses enough to continue manufacturing.

Worked with Mr. Ballas and his production staff to develop production-tracking systems.  Created space plan for factory and sample area, to promote efficient workflow and maximize space usage.  Also created fabric and trim purchasing and tracking systems. Facilitated implementation of all systems and supervised form development.

MOR Designer / Owner
Created and marketed this designer line of sleepwear and loungewear for the plus size market. Designed, developed patterns and prototypes for each of three seasonal markets a year typically a 20-piece line each season. Marketed nationally through plus size market trade shows, direct marketing to target stores and clientele. Marketed regionally through the Dallas Apparel Mart.  Coordinated all production, shipping, fitting, advertising campaigns, photo shoots, materials purchasing and financial reporting functions.

NEIMAN MARCUS Sales Part time
Sales Associate in the Men.s Furnishings department

Developed fit and construction standards for this southwestern sportswear design firm.  Worked with fit model and production manager to determine pattern changes needed before production.  Repaired patterns to meet fit and construction standards.  

STARDUST CREATIONS Design / Presentation
Co-creator of childrenswear concept for girls and toddlers market. Includes fashion apparel line and ancillary product development and marketing. Developed patterns, garment samples, accessory prototypes and presentation boards. Responsible for materials sourcing, costing, market research, analysis and presentations.

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