JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University has been awarded federal funding for construction of a new agriculture building. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant totaling $1,185,117 will be used to build a multipurpose agriculture facility on the University’s main campus. The $1.1 million goes does not require matching funding.
According to a press release by the University, the Cooperative Research and Extension building will house state-of-the-art laboratories, learning space and a hall with the space and technology capabilities to host conferences. Dr. Majed El-Dweik, Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences stated; “This is exciting news for our Lincoln University and it will have a positive impact our Research and Extension activities and the learning opportunities for our students and populations we serve.”
Plans for facility are in the very initial stage, says El-Dweik, and the University will work with the USDA to secure additional funding in the future to create this innovative facility which will benefit not only Lincoln University, but the agricultural community around the nation.
About Lincoln University – Missouri
Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning expeirences to a diverse population within a nurturing, student-centered environment. To learn more about Lincoln University, visit www.lincolnu.edu.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University of Missouri introduces its new discussion series entitled, “A Dream Fulfilled: The Presidential Lecture Series,” an initiative by President Jerald Jones Woolfolk in moving Lincoln as a 21st Century HBCU. This discussion series will begin with the institution’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program.
The event will premiere on Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m. in the Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium in Richardson Fine Arts Center on campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. The featured speaker is Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of NAACP.
According to a press release by the University, Johnson, a graduate of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi and the South Texas College of Law, most previously served as Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors before being named to his current position in October 2017. He also served as state President for the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP. As an activist, he has devoted his time to defending the rights and improving the lives of the residents of Mississippi Access to Justice Commission and as Chair of the Mississippi Governor’s Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal, which was formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Johnson is the founder of One Voice Inc., an organization that provides civic engagement training for African Americans. In academia, he has served as an guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and as an adjunct professor at Tougaloo College.
“A Dream Fulfilled: The Presidential Lecture Series” will feature nationally renowned speakers monthly from January through April. This unique college series, hosted by Lincoln University, showcases well-known scholars, entertainers, politicians, authors, motivational speakers and activists who deliver messages that resonate with the millennial generation. The series is designed to equip and empower students to overcome the economic, social, cultural, and political challenges of today, as they prepare to reshape the fabric of America as leaders of tomorrow.
About Lincoln University of Missouri
Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning experiences to a diverse population within a nurturing, student-centered environment. For information, visit www.lincolnu.edu.
ST. LOUIS, MO – Harris-Stowe State University is set to serve as the host of the 15th Annual Mister HBCU Kings’ Leadership Conference and Competition held January 30 – February 2. After 14 years, the conference has tied its knots with Lincoln University of Missouri. The competition with the theme of “Kings In Paris” is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack Auditorium on Harris-Stowe’s campus. The advance admission is $5, and tickets can be purchase online here.
The mission of the Leadership Conference is to enhance the leadership skills for university males by creating an infrastructure for leadership that enables them to develop as spokespersons, roles models, and leaders in their universities and communities. The participants will gain from experts speakers, forum, and workshops. The conference will culminate in a competition on Saturday, February 2, 2019, that showcases each participants talent, oratorical skills, ease of manner and professional bearing.
This year’s competition will feature 20 plus kings. The creation of Mister HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition is credited to Mrs. Benecia Spencer Williams. Mrs. Williams is former Vice President for Advancement and Director, Alumni Affairs at Lincoln University of Missouri. Now that the event is no longer held at Lincoln University, current Mister Lincoln Dante West will hold the honor of being the first king to represent LU in the competition in 15 years of its creation. The current Mister Harris-Stowe will now step down and will not participate as a contestant. He will serve as a host for the week-long of events.
Each contestant will deliver a three-minute original speech entitled ” How can you, as Mister HBCU, inspire those you represent to define and live their Best Life?” Also, each contestant will perform a three-minute talent presentation. Contestants will be critiqued on punctuality, etiquette, professionalism, and presentation.
Awards are given to the following winners:
Mister HBCU will receive $1,500.00 scholarship, Sash, Crown and Trophy
Mister HBCU will be awarded the Alian L. Locke Fellowship (an 10 week paid internship)
First runner-up will receive $1,000.00, Sash and Trophy
Second runner-up will receive $500, Sash and Trophy
Mr. Talent will receive a Sash and Trophy
Mr. Oratory will receive a Sash and Trophy
Mr. Congeniality will receive a Sash and Trophy
The Mister HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition accepts your support of its campus king participants and endeavors through a donation. Donations are accepted online at www.misterhbcu.org.
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Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.
This week’s Chancellor or President: Dr. Jerald Jones Woolkfolk, Lincoln University – Missouri
Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk has served as the second woman and 20th President of Lincoln University of Missouri since June 1, 2018. Woolfolk is prepared to lead the university to the forefront of 21st Century HBCU. Through her vision of remaining deeply rooted in its historic founding by African American veterans of the Civil War, the university will also educate and graduate well-prepared future leaders in an environment that seeks and promotes diversity and inclusion.
Woolfolk’s higher education career focus has been in the area of student affairs and enrollment management. Prior to her announcement as President of Lincoln University, she served as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at The State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego from 2014-2018. While at Oswego, she also held positions as a Visiting Associate Professor and the Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. She has also served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Diversity at Mississippi Valley State University and Vice President for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island.
In addition, she served as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Students for Residential Life and Dean of Student Life at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Woolfolk holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Jackson State University; a Master of Science in Counselor Education from Iowa State University; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. In addition, she completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)/Council of Independent Colleges/Academic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Academy; the AASCU Millennial Leadership Initiative (MLI) and the Indiana University Certificate in Fundraising Management.
About Lincoln University of Missouri
Lincoln University was founded in 1866 by the men of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantries and their white officers, for the special benefit of freed African Americans. Today, Lincoln University’s role in the education of Missourians and others and its service to stakeholders throughout the state, the nation, and across the globe is well recognized. Lincoln University continues to serve the needs of its diverse student body through a tradition of offering innovative programs that makes the college experience special. For more information, visit www.lincolnu.edu.
About the HBCU Campaign Fund
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A new program under the Lincoln University School of Graduate Studies will provide students a faster track to licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Missouri. The Education Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling which was approved by the Lincoln University Board of Curators during their September 2018 meeting, will move graduates toward professional licensure once they complete one year and 1,500 hours of post-graduate supervised counseling. By comparison, students who complete a master-level degree program must complete three years and 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised counseling as a requirement to become a licensed professional counselor.
Dr. John D. Jones, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincoln University, says the program was developed based on a measured need. “There were surveys as well as listening sessions and group discussions with individuals who were interested and practicing professionals. A demand for the degree was indicated through those surveys,” said Jones.
According to an press release by the university, nationally, according to data collected by Mental Health America, a not for profit organization aimed at promoting mental health issues and addressing the needs of those who suffer from mental illness, 1 in 5 adults (more than 40 million individuals) have some sort of mental health condition and youth depression is on the rise. In addition, data shows a shortage in the mental health workforce, with up to six times the individuals requiring care to the available number of mental health professionals.
The program will launch in January 2019. Students must hold a master’s degree in counseling or other related field for admission into the Education Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. For more information, please visit www.lincolnu.edu.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University of Missouri has named Arkansas native and UAPB alumnus, Dr. Miron P. Billingsley as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Billingsley will begin serving on September 4.
Dr. Billingsley has countless years of experience in higher education as a professor, dean, director and vice president. Prior to his appointment at Lincoln University, he served as Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Jarvis Christian College. Prior to then, he served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University in 2014 and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Prairie View A&M University in 2008.
While at PVAMU, Dr. Billingsley provided vision, direction, and review of student service operations. Under his leadership, he established a Counseling Center on campus, created a Veterans Center to recruit and retain military veterans and cultivated partnerships with all areas of the university to deliver seamless service to students. Additionally, Dr. Billingsley formed a Parent’s Association and led Student Affairs through a successful re-accreditation self-study and campus evaluation visit.
Prior to PVAMU, Dr. Billinsley served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, Director of Training and Development for PeopleSoft at the University of Houston and Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Langston University. In addition to his higher education experience, Dr. Billingsley served four years in the U.S. Navy as a radio man on the USS Bunker Hill.
Dr. Billingsley earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a master’s degree in telecommunications from Texas Southern University, and Doctor of Education degree from Oklahoma State University. He completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Executive Leadership Institute through the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Dr. Billingsley is married to national bestselling author, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and is the father of four children.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – In competing her third week as the second woman and 20th president of Lincoln University of Missouri, Dr. Jerald Jones-Woolfolk has announced new administrative appointments to the cabinet today. The announcement of new appointments includes Dr. John Jones, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for Graduate Education at Keiser University, and Dr. Marcus Chanay, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management at Jarvis Christian College. Dr. Woolfolk’s strategic goal is to move Lincoln forward into the future as a relevant 21st-century HBCU in maintaining its legacy as “This Is Lincoln.”
Dr. John Jones, who will take on the role as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, completed his undergraduate education at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1983. After working with the Department of Social Services in Mecklenburg County, he pursued and completed his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in education research and evaluation and higher education leadership, respectively. Specifically prepared in higher education administration, Dr. Jones has more than 13 years of higher education experience at the senior administrative level, seven of which are direct experiences in academic administration as an associate and assistant to the chief academic officer. His other experience in higher education administration includes, but are not limited to, assessment of student learning and academic administrative operations, academic program assessment and development/implementation, and grantsmanship.
As a higher education administrator at five or more different Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Jones is an expert on institutional accreditation and consults with colleges and universities across the southern region. Dr. Jones is also a member of several professional organizations and associations of institutional research and accreditation.
Dr. Marcus Chanay will take on his new role as Vice President for Student Affairs. He currently serves in the position of Vice President of Student Services at Jarvis Christian College and previously served as Vice President for Student Life at Jackson State University. Dr. Chanay received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a masters degree in education administration and doctoral degree in urban higher education both from Jackson State University.
Lincoln University’s Board of Curators named Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk as the university’s 20th President on March 13, 2018. Prior to her appointment, she previously served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. Dr. Woolfolk served in numerous higher education leadership positions including Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Diversity at Mississippi Valley State University and Vice President for Student Affairs at the College Staten Island-City of New York.
Dr. Woolfolk holds a bachelor’s of science in psychology degree from Jackson State University, a masters of science in counselor education from Iowa State University; and a doctor of philosophy degree in urban higher education from Jackson State University. In addition, she completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)/Council of Independent Colleges/Academic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Academy; The AASCU Millennial Leadership (MLI) and the Indiana University Certificate in Fundraising Management.
Institutions that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) became in existence. Currently, there are 100 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions. Majority of these institutions lie in the hard of the south, but there are two mid-west HBCUs that served in the northern state of Missouri.
Founded by the St. Louis Public Schools as a normal school and became the first public teacher education institution and the 12th such institution in the United States. Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), stands as the only HBCU in the St. Louis region, which has ties in the segregation era before becoming a designated HBCU. HSSU celebrates 161 years of existence and has been firmly committed to providing a high-quality higher education experience that is both affordable and accessible to a diverse population.
Referring back to HCF’s The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2018, HSSU has been under the leadership of Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack since 2014. Under his tenure, HSSU has increase grants totaling approximately $3.5 million, approved to offer graduate degree programs for the first time in university history, which was enabled by Senate Bill 334, increased academic degree programs by 100%, going from 14 majors to 31 majors and minors in one year and increasing applications by over 100% in the past five years.
Since 2014, HSSU has been ranked nationally for its academic programs in publications such as Diverse Issues in Higher Education and as one of the top HBCUs in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college ranking. Furthermore, through it all, HSSU has faced punches from drastic state-funding cuts and being one of the “underfunding” HBCUs of Missouri along with Lincoln University located in Jefferson City.
Though Lincoln University faces diversity issues preferably being an HBCU in a more “white” populated town, LU continues to push through striving to serve academic excellence. Selecting a new president, Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk who begun her tenure as of June 1, she comes to the helm of leading the institution with a student population of 47% White, 41% African-American and 12% International and other. A big concern for the African-American students is that Lincoln University may unspecific its status as an HBCU.
Despite that these institutions were established as HBCUs, they are often overlooked and criticized for failure. None like no other black college or university, these institutions are also encountering with enrollment and retention difficulties. Also named as one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2018, under Dr. Kevin Rome leadership, Lincoln University was reported to only graduated one-quarter of its student, according to a source and federal statistics. Meanwhile, Lincoln also saw a 7 percent drop in enrollment back in 2016, while losing two-degree programs and sports programs. Though, he was responsible for a 50% increase in student enrollment in addition to the creation of institutional programs and initiatives. Dr. Rome left Lincoln University in the summer of 2017 to become the 16th president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Recently, published in an op-ed that appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a “guest editor,” launched a savagely racist rant, attacking HSSU President Dr. Dwaun Warmack, Board of Regents, administration and faculty and staff, stating “Poor leadership is rewarded at Harris-Stowe.” Dr. Warmack was criticized for spending his state-funded travel allowance to walk away with nothing more than a photo and a story about a meeting with President Trump. The article also states, Harris-Stowe failed to meet four out of five basic performance-based funding criteria, and that university official continued to stupidly cheerlead and cover up what has effectively become an academic shipwreck. He was also criticized for asking for more money from the state and allied with the local branch of the NAACP to demonstrate on his behalf and ignoring the consequences of performance-based funding.
In the mist of the NAACP standing to challenge the rights and the state’s treatment towards black colleges. The organization announced the formation of a group called the Coalition of Equity and Excellence in Higher Education, which will “conduct activities to achieve educational and charitable objectives within the State of Missouri, focusing primarily on activities that ensure equity for Missouri’s Historic Black Colleges and Universities.”
Dr. Warmack strikes back with a co-op entitled “Harris-Stowe has the right to exist.” In that article, Warmack expressed that HSSU is far from being an endangered institution and from data the reflects during 2014-2018; three years of enrollment growth landed at 19.3 percent, with no additional state-funding, while donor and external funding has doubled during that same period.
Consequently, as a segregation state being that HBCUs are not wanted in the state of Missouri but were and are allowed, will our HBCUs continue to thrive in the forthcoming years? I have faith they’ll, with the aid of a dominant and compassionate administration, Board of Regents or Curators, faculty, and staff, students, alumni and stakeholders, our HBCUs in Missouri must not continue to be overlooked for their operational and academic serving use as state institutions.
Giving up is not an option when it comes to the state of Missouri and its treatment towards black colleges. A continued fight and given support must occur in so that the black colleges not only in Missouri back across the nation receive the proper state-funding that is needed so that students are adequately equipped with the necessary and demand tools for economic growth. Lincoln University also holds the distinction as an 1890 Land-Grant institution, which was reported that the U.S. House of Representatives voted 213-198 to defeat what is known as The Farm Bill. This bill supports agricultural extensions at 1890 Land-Grant institutions such as Lincoln.
In 1866, Lincoln University (formally Lincoln Institute) was formally established under an organization committee. At the close of the Civil War, soldiers and officers of the 62nd and 65th U.S. Colored Infantry took steps to found such an educational institution in Jefferson City, Missouri. On September 17, 1866, the school opened its doors to the first class.
As President and CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF), our mission is to support the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at HBCU and PB institutions, while also advocating for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. We stand behind the Presidents of the two illustrious Historically Black institutions that deserve the right to exist and continue providing that high-quality education to scholar students who will succeed as dominant leaders. HCF will continue to advocates for HBCUs as long as we are in existence as an organization.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Lincoln University of Missouri Board of Curators has named Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk as the university’s 20th President, according to the university’s spokesperson. Woolfolk was selected after a six-month search lead by the Isaacson, Miller Search Firm. Curator Frank J. Logan, Sr. and Curator Winston J. Rutledge, Ed.D., served as co-chairs of the 20-member Presidential Search Committee, which ultimately recommended Woolfolk as the next president of the 152-year-old institution.
Curator Marvin O. Teer, President of the Board of Curators says Woolfolk is the right leader for the university at this point in its legacy. “We have a lot of work to do, and Dr. Woolfolk is exactly who we need at the helm to move us forward.”
Woolfolk is currently the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. She holds roles as a Visiting Professor and the Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at SUNY. With a strong background in student affairs, she has also served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Diversity at Mississippi Valley State University and Vice President for Student Affairs at the College Staten Island-City University of New York. In addition, she served as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Students for Residential Life and Dean of Student Life at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Woolfolk holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Jackson State University, a Master of Science in Counselor Education from Iowa State University; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. In addition, she completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)/Council of Independent Colleges/Academic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Academy; The AASCU Millennial Leadership (MLI) and the Indiana University Certificate in Fundraising Management.
Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk will begin as the 20th President of Lincoln University on June 1, 2018. Michael A. Middleton, who has served as Interim President of Lincoln University since July 2017 will continue in that role until then. President Woolfolk will be introduced during the 16th Annual President’s Gala weekend. The Gala is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, beginning at 5 p.m. at The LINC. Additional information regarding the introduction event will be released at a later date.
For more information regarding Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk appointment, please contact Misty Young, Director of University Relations at 573.681.6032 or email@example.com.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University has announced that Dr. William E. Hudson Jr. and Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk are the two finalists for the permanent president position on Thursday.
According to the News Tribune, the two finalists will visit Jefferson City for interview sessions with faculty and staff, students, alumni, and the community next week on February 21 and 22, 2018.
Both candidates currently serve as vice presidents for student affairs, and both have held jobs focused on retaining students once they were enrolled.
Dr. William E. Hudson Jr., Ph.D., is scheduled to visit on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. He currently serves as the vice president of student affairs at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he previously served as director of University Retention and associate director for Academic Programs. He also has served as an academic coordinator and counselor at Florida State University’s Multicultural Student Support Center, also in Tallahassee, and he’s taught at both Florida State and Florida A&M.
Hudson earns an educational specialist degree and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling both at Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in counseling education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology both from Florida A&M.
Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk, Ph.D., is scheduled to visit on Thursday, February 22, 2018. She currently serves as the vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at State University of New York’s campus in Oswego. In addition to her position as vice president, she is also a visiting associate professor and the interim chief diversity and inclusion officer. She previously served as SUNY-Oswego’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Diversity and as assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Woolfolk previously worked at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi, as an executive assistant to the president, acting chief operating officer, and interim vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. She also previously served as vice president for student affairs at the College of the Staten Island-City University of New York and dean of student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Woolfolk earned both her bachelor of science in psychology and her doctorate of philosophy in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She earned her master of science in counseling from Iowa State University of Science and Technology.
The schedule for both visits is the same:
7:30-9 a.m. — General public session to hear from the candidates and ask questions, during a breakfast hosted by the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce in the Presidential Suite at The Linc, 1299 Lafayette St.
9:30-10:30 a.m. — Meeting with faculty, staff, professors emeriti and LU retirees, Scruggs University Center Ballroom.
10:30-11:30 a.m. — Meeting with students, in the ballroom.
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Meeting with alumni, in the ballroom.
12:15-1:30 p.m. — Closed session luncheon with Board of Curators, 201 Young Hall.
1:45-2:45 p.m. — Meeting with deans and Cabinet-level administrators, 201 Young Hall.
2:45 p.m. — Brief tour of Jefferson City and the LU campus at the President’s Residence, 601 Jackson St.
For more information about the presidential search at Lincoln University, please contact LU University Relations at 573-681-6032.