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News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) held its 69th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA on January 6th-9th. The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) had numerous members gain recognition with new leadership roles and awards. Four athletic trainers were inducted into the EATA ’49 Club. Additionally, four members received the new leadership roles. Two members received awards and a former PATS and NATA Executive Board member delivered the Pinky Newell Address. Attendees enjoyed educational programming, exhibits and professional networking. Many members of PATS were honored throughout the weekend convention. Neil Curtis, EdD, LAT, ATC was elected into an Athletic Trainer Director-Elect position on the Board of Certification (BOC) Board of Directors. This Board of Directors is a nine-member group that governs the BOC. There are six athletic trainer directors, one physician director, one public director and one corporate/educational director. Curtis is currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Education within the department of sports medicine at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. John “Doc” Moyer, LAT, ATC, was appointed as the District 2 Representative to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Secondary School Committee. In addition, Moyer was honored with two awards. The first award presented was the 2017 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. This award recognizes a certified athletic trainer from each National Athletic Trainer Association (NATA) district who has made outstanding contributions in furthering his or her high school’s athletic care program or the overall profession of secondary school athletic training. The second award presented to Moyer was the Henry Schein Award. This award recognizes a person who has make an outstanding contribution to the profession on the secondary or prep school level. Moyer is currently the PATS Past-President and the Head Athletic Trainer at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pennsylvania where he has served for over 35 years. Two members of PATS were announced as new leaders within the EATA. John Hauth, EdD, LAT, ATC becomes President-Elect of the EATA. Hauth has served on various committees within PATS, in addition to leadership roles on the Executive Board. Hauth has also served Pennsylvania as the Representative for the EATA and NATA. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Currently, Hauth serves as Senior Director of Sports Medicine Relations at St. Luke’s Center for Sports Medicine in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Former PATS Treasurer, Dave Marchetti, MS, LAT, ATC, was announced as the EATA Treasurer. Marchetti currently is an Associate Clinical Professor and Athletic Trainer at Kings College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Steve Nemes, LAT, ATC was awarded the EATA Presidential Award. The EATA Presidential Award is presented to a person who shows unselfish and dedicated efforts which has advanced the EATA and the athletic training profession. Nemes has been the past recipient of a PATS Board of Directors' Service Award for his many years as a member, and later, was Co-Chair of the College/ University Athletic Trainers' Committee, Chair of the Ethics Committee, and Chair of the Nominations and Election Committee. He also served as the Eastern Representative on the PATS Board of Directors from 1986-1988 and is also a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2010. Nemes showed leadership within the EATA as a member of their Workshop Committee and has served as the Chair. Nemes is currently in his 32nd year as head athletic trainer at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Four PATS members were inducted in the Inaugural Class of the EATA ’49 Club. This is the equivalent of the EATA Hall of Fame. Phil Donley, DPT, ATC has spent over 40 years evaluating, treating and rehabilitation athletic injuries for athletes at all levels of competition. He served on the faculty and as Head Athletic Trainer at West Chester University for 26 years. Donley’s athletic training education program was not only the first in Pennsylvania, but was also the first co-ed program in the country. He was a pioneer in helping women enter the field of athletic training and hired the first full time female athletic trainer in 1966. In addition to being elected to the NATA Hall of Fame in 1991, Donley was awarded the NATA Distinguished Athletic Training Educator’s Award. He is a member of the inaugural class (2000) of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame. Joe Godek, MS, ATC has had many accomplishments over the last four decades on the local, state, regional, national and international levels. The 1999 NATA Hall of Fame inductee was a charter member of PATS. He oversaw the drafting of the Commonwealth’s initial athletic training legislation, served as liaison to the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association and sat on the Athletic Trainers’ Advisory Committee. Godek has been EATA President and District II Director. While District II Director, he also served as Vice President of the NATA. Godek has received countless awards including but not limited to: inducted into the Legion of Honor of Four Chaplains, the EATA Cramer Award, the PATS Distinguished Service Award, and the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. He was the head athletic trainer with West Chester University football for 28 years and currently owns and operates DevTay Enterprises in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Joe Iezzi, MS, LAT, ATC has been an athletic trainer for over 30 years. He has been a leader within PATS, serving on the Board of Directors for eight years. During his tenure as PATS President, Iezzi introduced changes in the Pennsylvania Law and initiated the proposal to have athletic trainers licensed directly under the Medical Boards (MD and DO). Iezzi has served on the District II, EATA and NATA Executive Boards. In addition, Iezzi has received many awards including, the EATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award, the PATS Service Award, the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress “Ted Quedenfeld” Award, just to name a few. Iezzi is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2007 and a member of the NATA Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Paula Turocy, EdD, LAT, ATC has had an immeasurable impact on the profession of athletic training. Turocy is a former chair of the Commission of the Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Program Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training and a former chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. A recognized volunteer and activist at the local, state and national levels, Turocy contributed to the advancement of the regulatory status and licensure of athletic trainers in Pennsylvania. She has been a member of PATS since 1980, where she has served membership as President, President-Elect and Past-President, as well as Parliamentarian, a member of the Long Range Planning and Governmental Affairs Committee. Turocy was also a liaison to the Pennsylvania PTA and Safe Kids Programs. Turocy is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2008 and the NATA Hall of Fame Class of 2014. She currently is serving as Interim Dean in the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences. Turocy is also the Director of the Duquesne University's Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs and is a senior RSHS faculty member and Associate Professor in the Department of Athletic Training at the University. Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES, PES had the honor of delivering the Pinky Newell Address. The presenter criteria include many of the attributes of “Pinky” but are also attributes of a role model athletic training professional to exhibit to others. Thornton has been a member of PATS since 1996, serving on the Long Range Planning and Finance Committee. He has also served as an Executive Board Member for the EATA and as NATA District II Secretary. Most notably, Thornton served as NATA President from 2012-2015, after serving as vice president from 2009-2012. He was named the 2007 PATS Service Award winner and the NATA Division II Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2008. In 2010 he was the recipient of Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Most Distinguished Volunteer Award. Thornton is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Jim Thornton currently is the Head Athletic Trainer at Clarion University and serves as the athletic training liaison to the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee. Next year’s Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Convention will be held on January 5th-8th, 2018 in Boston, MA. For more information regarding this topic or to schedule an interview with PATS President Gaetano Sanchioli, MS, LAT, ATC, PES, (president(at)gopats(dot)org) please contact Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC, PATS Executive director at patsexecutivedirector(at)gopats(dot)org. The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Inc. is a progressive organization of licensed healthcare professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Our society continues to increase public awareness and education regarding Athletic Trainers and the Athletic Training profession while serving as the premier source of information for public safety, injury and illness prevention, early intervention, patient care, and healthcare delivery for the physically active in the Commonwealth.

Clafshenkel W.P.,Duquesne University | King T.L.,Duquesne University | Kotlarczyk M.P.,Duquesne University | Cline J.M.,Wake forest University | And 4 more authors.
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Year: 2012

Morinda citrifolia (noni) is reported to have many beneficial properties, including on immune, inflammatory, quality of life, and cancer endpoints, but little is known about its ability to prevent or treat breast cancer. To test its anticancer potential, the effects of Tahitian Noni Juice (TNJ) on mammary carcinogenesis were examined in MMTV-neu transgenic mice. Mammary tumor latency, incidence, multiplicity, and metastatic incidence were unaffected by TNJ treatment, which suggests that it would not increase or decrease breast cancer risk in women taking TNJ for its other benefits. However, noni may be useful to enhance treatment responses in women with existing HER2/neu breast cancer since TNJ resulted in significant reductions in tumor weight and volume and in longer tumor doubling times in mice. Remarkably, its ability to inhibit the growth of this aggressive form of cancer occurred with the mouse equivalent of a recommended dose for humans (3oz/day). A 30-day treatment with TNJ also induced significant changes in mammary secondary ductule branching and lobuloalveolar development, serum progesterone levels, and estrous cycling. Additional studies investigating TNJ-induced tumor growth suppression and modified reproductive responses are needed to characterize its potential as a CAM therapy for women with and without HER 2 + breast cancer. © 2012 William P. Clafshenkel et al.

News Article | October 28, 2016
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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are pleased to announce Amy Keth, business consultant with the Clarion University SBDC, has been awarded the 2016 State Star for Pennsylvania. Keth was honored during the America’s SBDC Annual Conference in Orlando this September. “Amy Keth has been an exemplary member of the SBDC team at Clarion University for more than 12 years. She has demonstrated a consistently strong commitment to assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region,” said Pennsylvania SBDC State Director Christian Conroy. “She has fostered the development of strong collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholder groups including lenders, economic development professionals, and Clarion University personnel and students,” added Conroy. “She consistently and effectively maintains a large client case load that contributes to the center’s consulting hours, capital formation, and milestone metrics performance,” said Clarion University SBDC Interim Director Cindy Nellis. “Amy continually works to build solid relationships with clients through her work, which results in high customer satisfaction ratings and client support letter response,” added Nellis. Amy has also established and maintained many relationships with resource partners and stakeholders in the many counties she has served. Through her work she has connected many clients with organizations such as the county economic development organizations, local development districts, recreational and tourism organizations such as the PA Wilds, financial institutions, legislators, and the many experts and business organizations representing the energy industry. Amy has coordinated a number of small business Grand Openings for her clients and participated in many business and community events that have resulted in excellent visibility for the center. Over the past two years, Amy has worked with a number of clients participating in the Get On the Trail Business Plan Competition focusing on building businesses around the Erie to Pittsburgh bike trail and area tourism attractions. Amy’s clients have been among the top three winners in the competition each year. Her assistance has been and continues to be publicly acknowledged and promoted by her clients. During her time at the Clarion University SBDC, Amy earned her MBA. Her school work included a report on the Marcellus Shale industry, which has been posted to the SBDC’s knowledgebase blog and shared with many clients, partners and stakeholders. In addition, Amy developed the Marcellus Shale Resource Guide to help both new and existing entrepreneurs pursing work in this industry. Not only was this guide extremely valuable to the many clients assisted by the Clarion University SBDC, but it is now a resource that is used in the Pennsylvania SBDC statewide network. Amy received the Pennsylvania SBDC Initiative Award in November 2014 for her work on this guide. Amy became a member of the Marcellus Task Force Committee due to her focused work in this emerging industry. Over the last few years, Amy has sought out events and professional development opportunities to stay abreast of the updates and changes in the industry as well as to connect to key partners and stakeholders. Through her work, she has guided the center in their work to best serve businesses working or pursuing work in this industry and its supply chain. Amy has spearheaded the development of the “Resource Guide for Starting a Business.” This guide was developed to easily provide information needed by new entrepreneurs with detailed information to answer most questions asked by those looking to start a business. Also, she and a Clarion University student worked together to update and enhance the curriculum taught at the center’s five monthly First Step seminars. Amy has always stepped forward when it comes to bringing new training to the region. After receiving training on the Affordable Care Act, Amy was the first consultant to coordinate training in her designated counties. She secured speakers and co-sponsors for a seminar that attracted almost 100 people. This seminar received the highest attendance of any SBDC seminar offered by the center. In response to the Jobs 1st funding, Amy actively participated in the development of a financial management training series. This two day seminar was offered in three locations through the North Central region and together had an attendance of almost 150 people. The response to this series came primarily from existing business owners and their key management personnel assisting the Clarion University SBDC with outreach and promotion to many new potential clients. Every year, one top performer from each state within the national network of SBDCs is recognized for his or her contributions to his or her SBDC program. Each top performer is awarded the “State Star” designation for his or her state at America’s SBDC Annual Conference. Employees are chosen for their exemplary performance, making a significant contribution to their state or regional SBDC program, and for showing a strong commitment to small business. About Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) The Pennsylvania SBDC network is the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses. SBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, individualized sessions to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. The SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth. For more information on the Pennsylvania SBDC services and impact, please visit http://www.pasbdc.org.

ALLISON PARK, PA, February 24, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Eleanor B. Howe has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process. Ms. Howe always knew that she wanted to be a teacher; she viewed education as a core value. For more than two decades, she excelled as a librarian and educator whose students always came first. To improve reading skills at the elementary school level she promoted leisure reading in all grades and created story hours that students enjoyed while she developed their listening comprehension skills. As a high school librarian she continued to promote leisure reading while developing a course in research and online search skills and supporting research projects by providing students with tools, skills, resources, and guidance so that they did not feel alone or lost in their studies. She strongly believes in always doing your best and enabling others to do their best and succeed. Now retired, she concluded her career as the librarian for Pine Richland High School in Gibsonia, PA after previously coming to prominence as a librarian for Washington Park School in Washington, PA and Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA; in each school she actively contributed to student learning. Other noteworthy roles held in Ms. Howe's career include library intern for Franklin & Marshall College, substitute teacher for public schools in Lancaster County, and secretary for Gardner Investments. She was deeply gratified to receive a letter from the assistant superintendent saying that her library department K-12 curriculum Directional Report of 2004 was the best Directional Report ever submitted. In recognition of her professional excellence she was invited to join Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society in 1993, and in 1998 she was nominated and accepted as a participant in the Library Leadership Institute at Snowbird. In addition, she was selected for inclusion into Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who of America, and Who's Who in the World. Before establishing herself professionally, Ms. Howe graduated college as a scholarship student and then focused on her family, placing a high priority on nurturing her two children both before and after becoming a single parent in 1982. She later prepared for her career by investing in her education. Building on her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in 1963, she earned a Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University in 1993 and a Master of Education from Millersville University in 1994. In addition, she became a certified social studies teacher, a certified school librarian, and a certified elementary education teacher. To stay at the top of her field, Ms. Howe became a member of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, the American Library Association, and the International Association of School Librarianship. In addition, she has taken on career opportunities outside of her profession to increase her contributions to her field. She has served as an adjunct instructor for the department of library science at Clarion University, an editor for the annual proceedings of the International Association of School Librarianship, a staff member for the Learning and Media journal of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, and chair of the research special interest group for the International Association of School Librarianship. She has both published works and presented sessions on the local, state, national, and international levels. As she looks to the future, Ms. Howe intends to continue enjoying retirement while taking on new projects and opportunities as they arise.

Simpson A.,Clarion University | Turner I.,Auburn University | Brantley E.,Auburn University | Helms B.,Auburn University
Ecological Indicators | Year: 2014

Streams in the southeastern Piedmont region display varying degrees of bank erosion, which in turn can influence multiple physical and biological processes. In efforts to assess and predict bank erosion, the multi-metric tool Bank Erosion Hazard Index (BEHI) is often calculated. As designed, the BEHI takes into consideration many physical phenomena and scores stream banks categorically from very low to extreme bank erosion hazard; however the power of this index to directly predict in-stream biological conditions is unknown. The predictive ability of BEHI was evaluated on near-bank aquatic biota and organic matter (OM) retention in an AL Piedmont stream with a range of bank conditions. Fifteen banks were characterized using the BEHI and subsequently, macroinvertebrates, crayfishes, fishes and organic matter associated with each bank were quantified. Results suggest increased macroinvertebrate richness and OM retention with low BEHI score. Multivariate analyses suggest functional similarity in macroinvertebrate assemblages associated with low BEHI banks and greater variation in assemblages as BEHI increased. Crayfish were more abundant at banks with high BEHI, a pattern attributed to increases in a generalist species in more-degraded habitats. Fish response showed no discernible pattern in relationship to BEHI score. These results suggest that BEHI may have applications as an informative ecological evaluation tool integrating physical and biological conditions in streams. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Boron E.P.,20 North Main St. | Carter K.K.,20 North Main St. | Knaust J.M.,Clarion University
Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications | Year: 2015

The search for novel lanthanide coordination networks using pyrazine N,N'-dioxide (pzdo, C4H4N2O2) as a structure-directing unit, led to the synthesis and the structure determination of the title compound, [Na2(C4H4N2O2)(H2O)6][B(C6H5)4]2·C4H4N2O2·2H2O. The crystal structure is comprised of discrete [{Na(H2O)2}2(μ-H2O)2(μ-pzdo)]2+ cations and tetraphenylborate anions, as well as pzdo and H2O solvent molecules. The dinuclear cation is located about a twofold rotation axis, and the symmetry-related NaI atoms display a distorted square-pyramidal coordination sphere defined by two O atoms of terminal water ligands, two O atoms of bridging water ligands and one O atom of a bridging pzdo ligand. In the crystal, O - H⋯O hydrogen bonds link the dinuclear cation and solvent pzdo molecules (point-group symmetry -1) into rectangular grid-like layers parallel to the bc plane. Additional C - H⋯O, O - H⋯O, C - H⋯π and O - H⋯π interactions link the anion and solvent water molecules to the layers. The layers are further linked into a three-dimensional network through a combination of C - H⋯π and O - H⋯π hydrogen bonds involving the tetraphenylborate anion.

Li C.,Clarion University | Solomon V.C.,Youngstown State University | Duris P.D.,Clarion University | Wang L.,CAS Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry
Materials Letters | Year: 2011

Rod-shaped ZnO-In2O3 junction structure was obtained by bottom up approach of nanostructure fabrication and characterization. In 2Zn3 alloy was evaporated in a tube furnace of 1150 °C temperature and 5 × 10-1 Torr vacuum. The deposit collected on silicon wafer placed down stream of the tube furnace was examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). SEM and EDS results proved the existence of rod-shaped ZnO-In2O3 junction structure. TEM analysis revealed the orientation relationship between ZnO and In2O 3. It is suggested that this structure is formed via vapor-liquid-solid process and the suitable combination of source temperature, tube vacuum, and substrate temperature is the key for the formation of such novel structure. This report demonstrates the possibility of fabricating junction structure by bottom up approach, expanding its capability of fabricating structure with desired properties. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

PubMed | 20 North Main St and Clarion University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Acta crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic communications | Year: 2016

Three isostructural coordination networks of Ce, Pr, and Nd nitrate with 4,4-bi-pyridine N,N-dioxide (bpydo) are reported, namely poly[[tris-(nitrato-(2) O,O)cerium(III)]-bis-(2-4,4-bi-pyridine N,N-dioxide-(2) N:N)], [Ce(NO3)3(C10H8N2O2)2], poly[[tris-(nitrato-(2) O,O)praeseodymium(III)]-bis-(2-4,4-bi-pyridine N,N-dioxide-(2) N:N)], [Pr(NO3)3(C10H8N2O2)2], and poly[[tris(nitrato-(2) O,O)neodymium(III)]-bis-(2-4,4-bi-pyridine N,N-dioxide-(2) N:N], [Nd(NO3)3(C10H8N2O2)2]. All three compounds are isostructural to the previously reported La analogue. The asymmetric unit of [Ln(NO3)3(2-bpydo)2] contains one lanthanide cation, two bpydo ligands, and three nitrate anions. Both bpydo ligands act as end-to-end 2-bridges and display nearly ideal cis and gauche conformations, respectively. The bpydo ligands link the ten-coordinate Ln (III) cations, forming inter-digitating 4(4) grid-like layers extending parallel to (-101), where inter-digitation of layers is promoted by C-HO inter-actions between nitrate anions and bpydo ligands. The inter-digitated layers are linked to sets of neighboring layers via further C-HO and - inter-actions.

PubMed | Clarion University and 20 North Main St.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Acta crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic communications | Year: 2016

The search for novel lanthanide coordination networks using pyrazine N,N-dioxide (pzdo, C4H4N2O2) as a structure-directing unit, led to the synthesis and the structure determination of the title compound, [Na2(C4H4N2O2)(H2O)6][B(C6H5)4]2C4H4N2O22H2O. The crystal structure is comprised of discrete [{Na(H2O)2}2(-H2O)2(-pzdo)](2+) cations and tetra-phenyl-borate anions, as well as pzdo and H2O solvent mol-ecules. The dinuclear cation is located about a twofold rotation axis, and the symmetry-related Na(I) atoms display a distorted square-pyramidal coordination sphere defined by two O atoms of terminal water ligands, two O atoms of bridging water ligands and one O atom of a bridging pzdo ligand. In the crystal, O-HO hydrogen bonds link the dinuclear cation and solvent pzdo mol-ecules (point-group symmetry -1) into rectangular grid-like layers parallel to the bc plane. Additional C-HO, O-HO, C-H and O-H inter-actions link the anion and solvent water mol-ecules to the layers. The layers are further linked into a three-dimensional network through a combination of C-H and O-H hydrogen bonds involving the tetra-phenyl-borate anion.

Greene A.M.,Clarion University
Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation | Year: 2015

Introduction: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 mandates that all students perform at a level of proficient on state assessments. This includes students with learning and intellectual disabilities who are inherently performing below grade level. Given that schools are held accountable for meeting these goals and some states are not allowing students to graduate if they do not pass the assessments, this is a large concern for students, parents, teachers, and administration. Method: Forty-five students with a disability in writing or an intellectual disability participated in this quasi-experimental, singlegroup, pretest-posttest design that evaluated the effectiveness of the Fading Prompts through Graphic Organizers method for students with learning and intellectual disabilities in written expression as measured according to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. Results: Data analyses were conducted through the use of four dichotomies for percent differences, which compared teacher administered pretests and posttests, pretests and the state administered PSSA, teacher administered posttests and the PSSA, and the participants' PSSA and the average state PSSA score. All forty-five students performed at a below basic level during baseline and a proficient level on the posttest. The learned skills generalized to the PSSA with forty-three students earning a passing score of proficient, while two students advanced to basic. Conclusion: Based on the outcomes of this study, it is highly recommended that this program be utilized at least for students with learning and intellectual disabilities until further research can be done. © 2015 by Amy Marie Greene.

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