UIS Student Affairs Newsletter
Friday, February 10, 2012

A Message from Dr. Tim Barnett:

Welcoming Dr. Van Vieregge - Executive Director of Auxiliary Services

Dr. Tim BarnettWhat were once Dean of Men and Dean of Women roles in U.S. universities have now changed to include Student Activities, Residence Life, Student Unions, Enrollment Management, Support Services and Auxiliary Services. Each of these support areas has become a part of Student Affairs divisions as universities evolved to meet the needs and expectations of a changing student body.
One of the areas that has become part of Student Affairs at UIS and elsewhere is Auxiliary Services. What used to be just “business operations” changed, as students became more consumer-oriented. For example, residential life is now more than just providing beds for students to sleep; today, it includes university suites and apartments with fully equipped kitchens and private sleeping spaces. College cafeterias now offer a variety of menu options and healthy food choices at each meal.
 Auxiliary Services are simply defined as departments that provide services to students, generally for a fee and are self-supporting.  In other words, the income Auxiliary Services departments earn has to support personnel salaries and benefits, operational expenses, and any debt that may be assigned to the department. Auxiliary Services do not receive any state funds, so the revenue they generate usually comes from the sale of a product or service or through a student fee. UIS has several Auxiliary Service operations, five of which are in Student Affairs: Rec. Sports, Food Service, the Cox Child Care Center, Housing and Residential Life, and the Bookstore. The auxiliary departments not in the division include Conference Services, Parking, and Campus Services. There are two common themes between all of these departments: the need to generate sufficient revenue and the need for quality customer service.
Dr. Van Vieregge recently joined UIS Student Affairs as the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services. He comes to UIS from St. Louis University, where he worked for several years as the Director of Business and Auxiliary Services. Assisting with oversight of the Student Affairs auxiliary departments, Van is working closely with the directors on fiscal issues, policy review and customer service.  We are glad Van has joined us and look forward to his contributions to UIS and the Division of Student Affairs.

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Variety of UIS programs and activities for Black History Month

Among the many programs and activities this month:

Wed. Feb. 15:
"The Controversies of Female Genital Mutilation," Dr. Isatou Touray, 7pm, Brookens Auditorium. (ECCE)

“Are We Colored Struck?” - 9:30pm, LRH Great Room. Its an event targeted toward breaking the barrier between light skinned and dark skinned.

Sun. Feb. 19: Showcase of Gospel Music, 5 - 7pm, Brookens Auditorium, Join as we take you through the history of gospel music! Special performance by Voices in Praise Gospel Choir.

Wed. Feb. 22 - National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day. This day was established to focus on the positive benefits of recreational sports. It represents the founding day of NIRSA. 1950, Dr. William Wasson organized twenty African-American men and women intramural directors from eleven historically Black Colleges

Thurs. Feb. 23:
LGBTQ Tea, “Identities in the Harlem Renaissance,” 4 - 6pm SLB 22. Will focus on the life and work of Langston Hughes.

"Hair Raising Women: The Politics of Good Hair in Black America," by Dr. DeAnna J. Reese. 7pm in Brookens Auditorium. (ECCE)

Fri. Feb. 24: “Bridging the Generations: A Foot Soldier for Civil Rights," 7pm in Brookens Auditorium. This event will feature civil rights leader and author Thomas Armstrong. (ECCE)

Tues. Feb. 28 - Zarfia Robertson - 7pm, Brookens Auditorium. Zarfia is a motivational speaker, founder of i.d.e.a.l. Magazine for Urban Young People with Disabilities. (Individuals with Disabilities Express About Life) The magazine talks about issues that other publications do not address such as sexuality, education, lifestyle and culture, music and highlights People with Disabilities.

Wed. Feb. 29 - 5th Annual Women’s Herstory - PAC Restaurant, 11:30 - 1pm. FREE luncheon but you must register at www.uis.edu/diversitycenter. Meet some of UIS very own unsung heroines. Through their stories, learn about how their past, education, culture, environment and social issues has helped them achieve who they are today and the lives of women throughout the world. Special Guest Speakers: Dr. Susan Koch, UIS Chancellor, Dr. Heather Dell, Associate Professor & Chair, Women and Gender Studies and Dr. Tiffani Saunders, Instructor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology.

For a full list of events visit the Diversity Center web site.


Cultural Understanding, Recruiting and Serving Students From Around the World

Multicultural hands supporting a globe

Q and A with Ellie Haag, UIS International Admissions Counselor

A prospective student and her parents (the student is standing in front of her mother) discuss UIS with Wendy Tao, a graduate of UIS who often accompanies university admissions staff on recruiting trips in China.

A prospective student and her parents (the student is standing in front of her mother) discuss UIS with Wendy Tao, a graduate of UIS who often accompanies university admissions staff on recruiting trips in China.

Q: Tell us briefly about the Maple Leaf International Schools in China, where UIS recently visited on an international recruiting trip.
A: The Maple Leaf International Schools are a group of international schools in several cities in China that follow the Canadian British Columbia curriculum. Most of their graduates go to Canadian universities but a significant minority will choose U.S. schools.
The students at these schools are different in many ways from students from Chinese public high schools since they’ve had all their high school instruction in English and should be better prepared for studying abroad. We talked to lots of interested students and their parents and hope to see some applications for Fall 2012 and Fall 2013.

Q: What is a 2 + 2 Agreement?

A: A ‘2+2’ agreement means the students do their first two years at their home institution in China or wherever, then they come to UIS for their last two years. Upon successful completion of the last two years, students get a degree from both institutions. We have a 2+2 agreement with Dalian University of Foreign Languages in China (for the Accountancy program) and also with Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam.
The agreement means we have worked out exactly how the courses will transfer – what courses they need to take at their home institution, and what courses they will take here, to make a 4-year degree according to UIS requirements.
Q: How did the schools you visited in China differ?

A: The four public high schools we visited were each very different in character: Tangshan School was interested in sending a small group of high school juniors and teachers on a three-day college visit to UIS in February. Wa Fang Dian School treated us all like movie stars, even asking for our autographs. Liaoning Normal University Affiliated High School questioned us very closely about our entrance requirements and placed an emphasis on following up with graduates when they study abroad to make sure they are getting along OK.  At Dalian Education Institute Affiliated High School, we gave a presentation on UIS to a roomful of eager prospective students and parents.

Pictured here on a UIS recruiting trip in China are Dyanne Ferk, Associate Dean of the College of Business and Management;, Lori Giordano, Director of Admissions;, Ellie Haag, International Admissions Counselor; and Wendy Tao, of  Dalian University of Foreign Languages in China.

Pictured here on a UIS recruiting trip in China are Dyanne Ferk, Associate Dean of the College of Business and Management;, Lori Giordano, Director of Admissions;, Ellie Haag, International Admissions Counselor; and Wendy Tao, who assists UIS staff with recruiting in China.

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Q and A with Rick Lane, Director of International Student Services

International Students at Cardinals Game

UIS international students attended a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game in 2011.

Q: Approximately how many international students are at UIS this semester?

A: There are currently about 300 international students this semester. Fall 2011 saw the largest new group of international students at UIS—110 students! These students move in early, attend orientation, attend a welcome party by the International Students Services Office, and get accustomed to the campus and Springfield, before their classes begin. Also new this year was the opening of the International House in the Marigold Townhouses on campus.

Q: What is the International Festival?
A: One of the largest and most diverse events on campus every year is the annual International Festival. UIS hosted its 34th annual International Festival on Nov. 11, 2011. This year’s theme was “Explore Folklore”. There were dancers, storytellers, fashion events, flags, music, and wonderful food from different countries.

Q: What is the one thing UIS should know about International Students?

A: The most important thing to keep in mind is that they are as different from one another as they are from any of our domestic students. We have a tendency to lump them all together as "international students" and to think that they have more in common than they actually do. A student from China, for example, may have more in common with a domestic student from a similar urban and family setting from Chicago than another Chinese student from a rural area and a different family setting from her own country. We need to treat each one as individuals and resist all efforts to relate to them based upon group-think.

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A Student's Perspective

"Being an international student at UIS is a wonderful experience for me. Coming from Pakistan, there was a big cultural difference which I had to bridge. However the International Student Office personnel, teaching faculty, and the UIS community around me helped me to become a part of this new world.

Life at UIS is an awesome experience. There are many opportunities for the international students to groom themselves. Being with the students from different parts of the world is a learning about different cultures, which I did. I am blessed to be at UIS and being the part of UIS family and now when I am about to graduate, I do not  feel like going from UIS."

- Seham Ataullah

Learning About Other Cultures Through Recreational Activities

You can get an international, cultural lesson of sorts from working out at TRAC,  participating in a Rec Sports exercise group, or competing as part of an intramurals team.
Whether it’s offering yoga, which was developed in India, Kettlebells, which originated in Russia, or ZUMBA, inspired by Latin dance, Rec Sports programs feature a variety of activities.
Within the intramurals program, for example, participants have opportunities to play futsal, badminton, soccer and cricket; Rec Sports manages facilities that allow for all of these activities to be played.
Rec Sports also offers a variety of Outdoor Adventures trips, which are a great way for students and employees to be able to venture farther away from the UIS campus and Springfield area. 
Outdoor Adventures allows participants to experience activities such as kayaking, canoeing, skiing and camping—and the time-honored tradition of sitting around a campfire sharing stories, traditions, and foods, much of which may have originated in countries other than our own.  
Recreational activities have a level of playfulness to them that staff says opens the door for participants to begin to learn more about other cultures.

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New Entree Offerings from Showtime

Food Service is expanding Showtime. Beginning January 17th, we began offering two daily options in order to accommodate the dietary preferences of the University’s growing international population.

Showtime had been offering one daily entree, but due to the increasing popularity of the Display Cooking Station’s offerings, particularly among international students, we will now be offering a daily Stir fry/Asian dish in addition to our other popular entrees.

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Students Get Opportunity to Connect with More Than 100 Employers at This Year’s Career Fair

Students and Employers Talking at Career Fair

On February 16th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., UIS students will have the opportunity to connect with 105 employers at the 2012 Springfield Collegiate Career Fair. The Career Fair is open to all students, first-year through graduate students.

There are two major changes to this year’s career fair. In past years, the Career Fair has wound its way through the hallways of the PAC. This year, TRAC will host the fair. The facilities at TRAC will provide a single large space focused on the Career Fair, making it easier for students navigate and providing a better environment where students can talk to employers about future opportunities. TRAC will also provide easier parking for off-campus students and employers.

The second big change to this year’s Career Fair is a mandatory dress code. Business casual is the minimum dress code for the day. This means that students may not wear jeans, flip-flops, or athletic shoes. The CDC wants to help students make sure that they look their best as they meet and network potential employers. Because the fair is being held away from classroom spaces, employers will be sure to notice students’ professional attire.

The Career Fair is a huge event and students may wonder how they can find the right companies to talk to. During the fair, CDC members will staff the student hospitality area and provide on-the-spot coaching, a place to leave coats and backpacks, and information on the employers attending. For our international students, they’ll even find a list of employers willing to consider sponsoring students with visas. According to Rachel Lattimore, “The CDC has been educating employers on how easy it is to work with students with a variety of visa statues.”

All students are encouraged to attend, whether first-year students or students nearing the end of their studies here at UIS. It’s a great time for students to get their names and faces out there and to make a great impression that might open doors to their bright futures.

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UIS In Pictures - At Home and Across the Globe

Admissions in Vietnam

Street Scene from Saigon, Vietnam

Street scene from a recent recruiting trip to Saigon Vietnam

Looking out on Saigon's skyline

Looking out on the Saigon skyline


Finding Campus Health Services

Big Blue Greeter Atop Health Services Building

This figure promoting the Campus Health Services caught many an eye at the beginning of spring semester. It was located atop the Building Services Building.



Looking Forward - Upcoming Events

Budget/Retirement Financial Workshop

Retirement Workship Piggybank

Thursday, February 16, 12:05 - 12:55 p.m. in PAC Restaurant

Presented by the Academic Professional Committee. Complimentary lunch will be provided, however, there is limited space so please make sure you register. Register at: uis.edu/APAC or https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/6972065

Be a Hero: Faculty and Staff Campaign Kickoff

Faculty and Staff Campaign KickOff - Be a Hero comic graphic

Thursday, March 1 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Be a superhero and give to UIS.

What You Do Online Can Come Back to Haunt You

What you do online can come back to haunt you. Graphic for event with picture of C.L. Lindsay and his book.

Thursday, March 22, at 12:00pm and 5:00 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium

C.L. Lindsay's entertaining presentation will teach students what they need to know about staying out of trouble online.

Attend the meet and greet sessions after the presentation for refreshments and book giveaways.

For more information, visit the CDC's web site.

Sponsored by the Career Development Center, ECCE, and SGA

Stepping Up: Exploring Options at UIS

Majors Fair: Book Ladder to Success

Thursday, March 29, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby

Students, Alumni, and Community Members are all invited to learn about: Undergrad and grad programs at UIS

Professional development and continuing education options at UIS

Certificate programs at UIS

"What You Can Do" with any of the options at UIS

Admissions and Financial Aid

Learn more at the CDC's web site.

Sponsored by the Career Development Center and Academic Affairs


If you have events you want included on the calendar for the next newsletter, email Debbie Landis, Cathleen Cassavant, Kristen Chenoweth, Gwen Cribbett, Geoff Evans, Wendy Goucanour, Kim Rutherford, or Trent Tangen, or

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News Briefs

Student Affairs Newsletter online

The Student Affairs Newsletter will continue to be e-mailed to Student Affairs employees, but will also be available on the Student Affairs Newsletter web site, starting with today’s issue.

Having the newsletter online provides information about the diverse activities occurring within the Division of Student Affairs, said Dr. Tim Barnett, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and members of the Student Affairs Newsletter Committee.

The Student Affairs web site is available at www.uis.edu/studentaffairs.


Career Immersion Helps Students Connect with Area Employer

On January 28th, the Career Development Center took 10 students on a mini career immersion to Horace Mann in downtown Springfield. While there, students had the opportunity to network with twenty IT professionals and recruiters for the company. Students received on-the-spot coaching from CDC Employer Relations Coordinator, Rachel Lattimore, and from one of the recruiters. The opportunity allowed students to explore opportunities available at a major employer in the Springfield area.

Students should stay tuned. The CDC plans to bring some of the professionals from Horace Mann to campus to provide a day of mock interview practice for students who want to learn more about successful interview techniques.

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"Taste of Motherland" Tonight
The African-American Student Association will host "Taste of the Motherland," including food, dance and stories, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight in the Student Life Building gym.

UIS Black Male Collegiate Society sponsors heritage bowl, conference 
The UIS Black Male Collegiate Society will sponsor "Know Your Heritage Bowl" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in  Brookens Auditorium.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, the UIS Black Male Collegiate Society will be the host for the Black Male Conference, set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center.
Organizers said the conference objectives are to build character, stimulate growth, set an example for black males to follow, and educate guests on the various plights that African American males face.
 Workshops, keynote speakers, and panels are scheduled. Tickets are $20 for students and $30 for adults. Please register online at www.thebmcs.org. Guest Speaker Christopher "Play" Martin will speak in Brookens Auditorium at 4 p.m. Martin is nationally known to many Hip Hop music and movie fans as 1-Half of the rap and acting duo Kid N’ Play – starring in New Line Cinema’s House Party series.

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Staff Spotlight

UIS students win “School of the Year” award at
residence life conference

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois Springfield Office of Housing and Residential Life was recently honored with the “School of the Year” award from the Illinois State Resident Assistant Association (ISRAA). The award was presented during the group’s annual conference held January 27-29, 2012 at Millikin University in Decatur.
“We stood out,” said Chad Eversgerd, resident director for UIS West Campus Townhouses. “We went and presented several programs, demonstrated school spirit, possessed great citizenship, helped other schools, and supported others in our institution.”

The conference brought resident assistants (RAs) from around the state together and gave them the opportunity to connect and expand their knowledge base.  Students spent the weekend learning about leadership, personal development and programs they could take back to their residence halls, townhouses and apartments.

In addition to the “School of the Year” award, UIS was also honored with the “Most Spirited School” award, voted on by the delegations that attended, due to the enthusiasm and school spirit. Students also received the philanthropy award for holding a clothing drive, which supported the Red Cross. About 20 other institutions from around Illinois participated in the ISRAA conference.
Larry Perse and Ryan Chipman, both student RAs in Lincoln Residence Hall, received a top 10 program award for their “True Blood” presentation. “True Blood” was designed by the two as a community builder program to teach leadership while understanding the diversification of character in a group.
“The students worked really hard and have brought back a reason not only for housing, but for the University to be excited,” said Eversgerd.

UIS RAs who attended the conference included Lyssa Barth, Ryan Chipman, Larry Perse, Sarah Snowden, Chelsea Still, Michael Markwell, Marcus McNeal, Jessica Flynn, Reema Kansara, Andrew Nicol, Mindy Ruckman, and Shonda White. Advisers Chad Eversgerd and Zach Berillo also attended.

For more information, contact John Ringle, director of Housing and Residential Life at 217/206-6190 or email jring1@uis.edu.
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Recreational Sports Student Staff Honored
Three students who work for the Department of Recreational Sports, Leigha Light, Shane Stephens and Renee Johnson, were awarded an Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association scholarship as well as additional student conference funding which enabled them to attend the 2012 Region III Lead On Conference. 
This was the first time students from UIS attended this annual conference.  The 2012 conference was hosted on the campus of Ohio State University Jan. 27 and 28.

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Some Tips to Help Counter-Act Winter Fatigue

Have you been feeling noticeably more tired during the short winter days?  If the answer is ‘yes’, rest assured that this is normal.  The key now is  knowing how to correct the problem.
We all have an inherent circadian cycle, which is your internal sleep/wake cycle.  As the sun rises in the morning your body releases a hormone called cortisol, which is an activating hormone.  Cortisol prepares your body to be awake and ready for movement (work, exercise, play).  Your cortisol levels spike mid morning and slowly start to decrease throughout the day.  Around sunset your cortisol levels are at their lowest and stay low throughout the remainder of the night allowing you to sleep.  While your cortisol levels are low, growth and repair hormones are released which help your body recover physically and mentally during the night. It is important to be asleep during the hours of 10 p.m.and 6 a.m., so these repair hormones can do their job.
If you are feeling more tired during the winter, one potential reason is that the sun is not up as long during the day.  Cortisol, the activating hormone, naturally follows the cycle of the sun; it is OK to sleep an extra one to two hours per night during the winter months.  However, any more then one to two hours of extra sleep on a regular basis can be a sign of seasonal depression. 
Given the above theory, we should all be falling asleep around 8:30 p.m. each night and awaking around 6 each morning feeling refreshed and energized. Obviously, this is not the case for the majority of us (myself included).  There are many stimulants including caffeine, exciting TV shows, and even the lights in your home that can confuse your body and tell it to release cortisol, which again activates you.  Furthermore, stress causes cortisol to be released.
I would suggest making a plan to help you “wind-down” each night.  The key is keeping your cortisol levels low in the evening.  After dinner dim the lights if possible, avoid suspenseful TV shows (you could always record them and watch the next day) and try to relax.  Getting your circadian cycle back on track will help you feel more energized each day.

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Spring 2012 Foreign & Independent Film Series Celebrates the Oscars

Foreign Film Series Images from Films

This year's Foreign & Independent Film Series celebrates films that have won or have been nominated for Academy Awards. See a movie you've never seen before, or perhaps enjoy an old favorite. Enjoy the movies on the big screen in Brookens Auditorium. Movie showings begin at 7:00 p.m.

March 2 – Life is Beautiful (1998), (Italy), in Italian with subtitles, (122 minutes), Rated PG-13
An Italian family’s idyllic life comes to a screeching halt when they are shipped to Nazi camps during World War II. The Jewish father (Roberto Benigni) convinces his son that everything around them is a zany game to spare his son from the horrors of concentration camp imprisonment in this poignant tearjerker comedy. (Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film in 1998).

April 6 - The Shop on Main Street (1965), (Czechoslovakia), in Slovak, 128 minutes, B & W, Not Rated
An inept Czech peasant is torn between greed and guilt when the Nazi-backed bosses of his town appoint him “Aryan controller” of an old Jewish widow’s button shop. Humor and tragedy fuse in this scathing exploration of one cowardly man’s complicity in the horrors of a totalitarian regime. (Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film in 1965).

May 4 – The Artist (2011), (USA), in English (a few words), 100 minutes, Rated PG-13
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. (2012 Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture).


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Recipe Rack

White Chicken Chili

This is an easy and delicious version of a great winter dish. You can substitute low-fat milk for the heavy cream if you’re watching your fat consumption. This recipe yields about 8 cups.
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 (4oz) can chopped green chiles, drained
3 tablespoons flour
4 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons chili powder
2 (16oz cans) Great Northern Beans (drained)
1 (14.5oz) can chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, cook onion, garlic and chiles in butter for a couple of minutes. Add flour and spices and cook for two minutes more.
Add beans and broth and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and add heavy cream and chicken.
Serve with Shredded cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips if desired.

Recipe Courtesy of Geoffrey Evans

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Hershey's Chocolate Cheesecake

From Hershey’s Chocolate Classics cookbook
Step 1: Prepare graham cracker crust.
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted    

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter.  Press mixture onto bottom and halfway up side of 9-inch springform pan.  Set aside.
Step 2: Prepare chocolate filling.
2-8 oz cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

Beat cream cheese, ¾ cup sugar, cocoa and 1 teaspoon vanilla in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.  Add eggs; blend well.  Pour into prepared crust.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  Remove cheesecake from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Prepare top sour cream layer.
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; stir until smooth.  Spread evenly over baked filling.  Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool; chill several hours or overnight.

Recipe Courtesy of Cathleen Cassavant (Hershey's Chocolate Classics Cookbook)

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