ByLion -- May 7

Erdmann named AD
Commencement traffic
Campus welcomes guest speakers
Summer fee payment deadlines
Sign up for summer camps

Freshman Fair May 15
Sims summer hours
Sims closed May 16
Senior exhibit on display
'Little stars' perform May 10
Stewart heads LCC

LRA regional presentation
This week in athletics
Student achievements
Professional activities
ByLion takes a break

Joel Erdmann named athletic director
Joel W. Erdmann, who has directed the athletic program at the University of North Alabama in Florence for the past five years, has been appointed director of athletics at Southeastern.
     Erdmann's appointment is contingent upon final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. He is expected to join the Southeastern staff by the end of May.
     He will be the university's 11th director of athletics and will fill a position previously held on an interim basis by former head football coach Dennis Roland.
     "We are excited to welcome Dr. Erdmann to our staff," said President Randy Moffett. "He has a broad range of experience, not just in athletics but in university administration in general. He shares Southeastern's philosophy that the student comes first in the 'student-athlete' designation. He is an individual who expects that students reach their full potential in the classroom, just as in athletic competition. He has a proven record of effective fund raising and is an excellent manager of a highly diversified athletic staff."
     "I was attracted to Southeastern for several reasons," Erdmann said, "including the opportunity to be part of an administration that places a strong emphasis on academic performance, the chance to compete at the high level of the Southland Conference, and the prospects of working with a large group of professional staff and coaches. The entire north shore region is experiencing considerable growth, and Southeastern is in the middle of that growth. This presents opportunities and challenges that can definitely impact an athletic program."
     At Southeastern, Erdmann will oversee 16 NCAA Division I affiliated programs that compete in the Southland Conference. Since joining the SLC in 1997-98, the Lions have captured 16 conference championships, including four regular-season titles in women's soccer, two in men's basketball and two in women's tennis.
     Erdmann joined the North Alabama Lion Athletic Department in August 2002 and served concurrently as the institution's interim vice president for student affairs for a year in 2005. The university is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference. The UNA football team went to the national playoffs three times in the last four years, twice earning conference championships and reaching the national semi-finals.
     Under his leadership, the university achieved high academic performance among its student athletes, including the highest graduation rate of any four-year public institution with football in Alabama and the highest semester departmental grade point average in the school's history.
     As a director of a program with 12 sports, 270 student-athletes, and a staff of 50, Erdmann was responsible for the creation and control of a $3.5 million operating budget, successfully increasing every sport program's operating budget for the first time since 1988. He supervised $1.8 million in facility enhancements that included basketball arena renovations, an $800,000 softball field and stadium and major renovations to the baseball grandstand and locker rooms.
     In the area of fund raising, Erdmann enhanced the university's booster club, created a new corporate partner program that saw corporate giving increase from $40,000 to more than $300,000, and negotiated and signed new radio broadcast agreements.
     Prior to joining North Alabama, he served in a number of capacities at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, including assistant athletic director and director of the Jaguar Athletic Club, assistant to the athletic director handling compliance issues, game operations and special projects, associate professor in the College of Education where he also served as graduate assistant coordinator, and assistant baseball coach.
     Erdmann earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in education from South Dakota State University, a master's in education in physical education from the University of South Alabama, and a doctorate in sport management/athletic administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
     Erdmann has served as a member of the NCAA Division II National Football Committee since 2006, co-chaired the Division II Football Southeast Region Advisory Committee and served as a member of the Gulf South Conference Strategic Planning Committee.
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Commencement traffic
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern 's spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12 should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue.
     Mike Prescott, Director of University Police, said a section of University Avenue between West Tornado Drive and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
     Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible before the 10 a.m. ceremony at the University Center, but will be slowed and may be diverted through the campus.
      Prior to commencement, eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Tornado Drive for parking at the University Center. Westbound commencement traffic will enter the University Center parking lots via North General Pershing Street Extension or onto the campus at SGA Drive.
      Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.

Arnie FielkowCampus guests
Southeastern welcomed two special guest speakers to campus last week.
     New Orleans Councilman-at-Large Arnie Fielkow (far left) presented the James and Evelyn Livingston Memorial Lecture on Business Ethics on May 2 at Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     The Southeastern Writing Center was also honored to have as its guest internationally known novelist, literary critic, poet, and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong'o (left). Ngugi presented readings from his seventh novel, Wizard of the Crow, at Vonnie Borden Theatre and also signed books following his presentation.
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Summer 2007 fee payment deadlines
The summer 2007 early fee payment deadline for all students who registered early is Friday, June 1, 4:30 p.m. Students who registered early and do not pay by the deadline may have classes canceled.
     Students who pay by the early fee payment deadline may participate in drop/add on the morning of Monday, June 4. The deadline to pay for additional fees incurred on this day will be Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m.
     Students whose classes were canceled, and new students must register during final registration June 4-5 and pay fees by Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m. This will be considered the final registration deadline.
     Payments: Students are encouraged to mail payments when fee bills are sent out. Students who are expecting loan checks will have an anticipated loan amount posted to their account if all necessary paperwork has been processed.
     Fees must be received in the Controller's Office by the fee payment deadline. Students are advised to mail early; postmark is not considered.
     Checks or money orders will be accepted in person or via mail. MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover credit cards are accepted for payment of registration fees and/or fines. Credit card payments may be made via the Student's LEONet Account or in person.
     Refund dates: Students who are expecting loan checks will have an anticipated loan amount posted to their account if all necessary paperwork has been processed. Students receiving loans will have their checks mailed to them unless they are enrolled in the Direct Deposit Program in which case, their funds will be electronically deposited.
     The first loan balance checks for summer 2007 will be mailed on Monday, June 11. Students whose lenders send only paper checks must come to the cashier's section to endorse those checks beginning Tuesday, June 12. All subsequent refunds from PELL, scholarships, dropped courses, etc., will be mailed Friday, June 15. For this reason, it will be very important for students to be sure that their mailing address is correct on the system. The university uses students' mailing address for all correspondence from the Controller's Office. Address corrections instructions can be found at
     It is university policy that refund checks be mailed since this is the most efficient way to serve all students equally. If there is a reason that a refund check will not be mailed, e-mail will be sent to the student web mail account.
     Students are encouraged to acknowledge the Financial Aid authorization. This authorization is necessary if the student expects financial aid to pay any non-institutional charges. Such charges include but are not limited to parking decals, parking fines, library fines or books, or textbook rental fines or textbooks sold. Students who choose not to accept the authorization will have to pay any non-institutional charges out of pocket. This authorization can be completed on-line through students' LEONet account.
     Direct deposit program: To assist students in gaining access to their funds as quickly as possible, Southeastern has partnered with Capital One, to deliver refunds through direct deposit. Students must have a checking account with Capital One to participate in the direct deposit program. Capital One's College Free Checking comes with the new Southeastern Platinum Debit Card that can be used at ATMs and to make purchases worldwide. Faculty, staff and students not receiving refunds can also show their school spirit with the new Southeastern Platinum Debit Card by taking advantage of free checking with Capital One.
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Southeastern sponsoring full slate of summer camps
Parents looking for challenging, creative - and fun - summer activities for children can find a wide variety of programs at Southeastern.
     Registration for summer camps is currently underway and early sign-up is encouraged. Many of the programs offer before and after care options.
     Academic Adventures. The colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Technology are sponsoring the Academic Adventure camps on Southeastern's main campus and at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
     Now in its third year, the Academic Adventures camps have been expanded to include a number of computer and technology-related sessions for high school juniors and seniors, said Coordinator Linda Munchausen.
     Academic Adventures camps on campus include:
     Students grades 1-7 -- "Spanish," June 18- 22; "Go Wild!," June 25-29; "International Languages," July 9-13; "Gizmos, Gadgets, and Goop," July 16-20; and "Mystery of the Pharaoh's Treasure," July 30- Aug. 3.
     Students entering grades 7-9 -- "Exploring Nature with Numbers," July 9-13.
     High school juniors and seniors -- "Practical Robotics," June 11-15; "Digital Electronic Designs," June 25-29; "Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint 2003-Basic," June 25-29; "Microsoft FrontPage 2003-Basic," July 16-20; and "Programming with ALICE," July 23-27.
     Sessions of "Microsoft Publisher 2003-Basic" will be offered for three age groups - ages 9-11, June 11-15; high school juniors, seniors and adults, July 9-13; and ages 12-14, July 16-20.
     At the Livingston Center students grades 1-7 can choose "Mystery of the Pharaoh's Treasure," June 18-22; "Spanish," June 25-29; and "Space and Rockets '07," July 9-13.
     For more information about Academic Adventures campus, visit or contact Munchausen, 985-549-3935.
     The Southeastern Music Festival, sponsored by Southeastern's Community Music School, is scheduled weekdays July 9-20. A challenging musical experience geared towards the needs of young musicians ages 8-17 or grades third through high school, SMF offers instruction on all orchestral and band instruments, piano, voice, and guitar (all styles). Instruction includes private lessons, large ensemble experience, concerts, master classes, chamber music studies, and music rudiment and theory classes all provided in a supportive and encouraging environment.
     Information and registration forms are available at or by calling 985-549-5502.
     At the Young Writers Camp, scheduled July 23-27 at the Hammond Regional Arts Center in downtown Hammond, children can explore the techniques and rewards of writing under the guidance of the faculty of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. A registration form and contact information is available at
     Southeastern's Division of Continuing Education is also sponsoring camps, including the Children's Art Workshop, July 9-19, and sessions throughout the summer of the Children's Summer Day Camp, one of Southeastern's oldest and most popular summer programs. Southeastern will also be the site of a variety of sports, dance team and cheerleader camps, coordinated by Continuing Education.
     For information on Continuing Education camps, visit or call 985-549-2301.
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Freshman Fair for ninth graders, parents May 15
Southeastern is hosting "Freshman Fair," a fun and informative event for high school freshmen and their parents, on Tuesday, May 15.
     Freshman Fair, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. in Southeastern's War Memorial Student Union, is designed to let ninth graders -- members of the high school "Class of 2010" -- know "what you need to do now to prepare for your college years," said Anthony Ranatza, Southeastern's assistant director of admission. "High school freshmen and their parents who want to attend a public, four-year institution in Louisiana don't want to miss this event," he said.
     Participants are asked to pre-register online at or call 1-800-222-SELU or 985-549-5637.
     "All high school freshmen need to be aware of the selective admissions requirements for Louisiana universities when they schedule their classes for the 10th grade," Ranatza said. "Taking the right high school courses will be important not just when they apply for college, but also if they want to qualify for financial aid such as the state's TOPS scholarship."
     Ranatza said Freshman Fair will feature representatives from Southeastern and many Louisiana colleges and universities, who will be on hand with details, answers and updates on admissions requirements, TOPS and other financial aid opportunities.
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Sims summer hours
Sims Memorial Library has posted its summer hours. Please note that weekend hours from June 6 through July 31 have changed to accommodate patrons' use preferences, and that Thursday hours have been extended. Regular schedule will resume on Monday, August 20.
     May 12- June 5 (Intersession)
     Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
     Closed weekends, May 16, May 28
     June 6 - July 31 (Summer hours)
     Monday-Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
     Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
     Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
     Sunday, 2-10 p.m.
     Closed Saturdays and July 4
     August 1-19 (Intersession)
     Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
     Closed weekends
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Sims Library to close on May 16
Sims Library will be closed on Wednesday, May 16, for the annual library faculty and staff retreat. Computers and telephones will be down that day because of scheduled maintenance.
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Exhibit showcases talents of Southeastern seniors
The artwork of graduating seniors will be on display May 3-11 at the university's Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.
     The exhibit features works of 12 art and art education majors who will graduate May 12. The artists will be honored at an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 3. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
     The student artists are Shannon Jurado (St. Bernard), digital; Henry McCoy (Baton Rouge), photography; Stefanie Chuste (Baton Rouge), drawing; Adam Cole (Hammond) drawing; Angelina Labruzzo (New Orleans), digital; Benjamin Neiterville (Denham Spring) printmaking, sculpture; Jennifer LeBlanc (St. Amant), printmaking; Christopher Wallace (Lacombe), digital; Bianca Chumley (New Orleans), printmaking, digital; James Billingsley (Enon), ceramics; Amy DeDeaux (Petal, Miss.), mixed media; and Jessica Bender (Ponchatoula), printmaking, art education.
     Contemporary Art Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For additional information call Dale Newkirk, gallery director, at 985-549-5080.
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Community Music School's 'little stars' to perform May 10
The "Little Stars" of the Community Music School's strings program will be featured in concert May 10 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will feature violin students Ashley Johansen of Madisonville; Chloe Williams and Michael Kepner of Covington; Emily Schaumann and Nathan Schaumann of Slidell, Tessa Flesher of Lacombe, and Elizabeta Piroska of Romania.
     The seven young musicians, chosen from among 40 CMS students, will be accompanied by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Yakov Voldman, director of Southeastern's Music and Dramatic Arts Department string program.
     The concert will also feature the CMS String Ensemble, directed by Jivka Jeleva, who heads CMS's strings program, and accompanied by Southeastern pianist Christiana Iheadindu.
     Jeleva said the Little Stars concert is always a special time for the students selected as soloists. "I don't always choose them by how talented they are," she said. "I try to reward the effort that they put into it. It makes them feel really special."
     Director Kenneth Boulton said CMS, which offers children and adults private and group music lessons taught by Southeastern faculty members, graduate students and community professionals, has marked a new milestone.
     "This spring," he said, "our brand new instructional location at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center has catapulted our enrollment to more than 360 students."
     "The youngest student in the CMS is three years old," said Jeleva. "I usually recommend people to wait until they are at least five, but there are exceptions."
     For additional information and summer registration forms, visit or contact the Southeastern Community Music School office at 985-549-5502.
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Stuart StewartStewart appointed director of Louisiana Campus Compact
Stuart Stewart has been appointed executive director of Louisiana Campus Compact, a coalition of 31 Louisiana public and private colleges and universities focused on fulfilling the civic mission of higher education.
     A former member of the Southeastern faculty, Stewart has served as interim director of the organization since August. She was appointed to her current position following an extensive search.
     "Dr. Stewart brings a broad background in service learning to her role with Louisiana Campus Compact," said Nicholls State University President Stephen Hulbert, chair of the LCC Executive Committee. "That background is matched with an almost infectious enthusiasm for enhancing student and faculty involvement in service to the state. During the past year that she has served Louisiana Campus Compact in an interim capacity, Dr. Stewart has helped the organization to make great strides in building partnerships between the member colleges and universities and the broader community. I am delighted with her appointment."
     "I am very pleased with the confidence that the search committee has shown toward the work I have done so far," Stewart said. "Louisiana Campus Compact is a young organization that is thriving, and I look forward to leading our membership forward. There is impressive work currently being done in service learning and civic engagement all across our state, at both two-year and four-year institutions, with more faculty and students becoming involved every semester. It is my hope that our organization, as part of higher education in Louisiana, can play an integral part in producing engaged citizens who are responsive to the needs of our region and are committed to improving our quality of life."
     At Southeastern, Stewart was an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature where she taught Spanish and linguistics. She developed several service learning programs, involving her students in projects with Spanish-speaking residents in the Hammond and Baton Rouge areas and is author of a recent book chapter on service learning in applied linguistics. She also served on the university advisory committee on service learning and civic engagement.
     A native of Bryan, Texas, Stewart holds a bachelor's degree in modern languages and master's degree in Spanish linguistics from Texas A&M University. She earned her doctorate in linguistics from Louisiana State University.
     LCC currently is domiciled at Southeastern Louisiana University. Member institutions include Baton Rouge Community College, Bossier Parish Community College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Delgado Community College, Dillard University, Grambling State University, Louisiana Delta Community College, Louisiana State University (LSU), LSU- Alexandria, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LSU-Shreveport, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Technical College, Loyola University of New Orleans, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Nunez Community College, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Our Lady of the Lake College, River Parishes Community College, South Louisiana Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern University, Southern University at New Orleans, Southern University at Shreveport, Tulane University, University of Louisiana-Layette, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of New Orleans, and Xavier University.
     For more information about Louisiana Campus Compact, please visit the website at
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Southeastern, Hammond Chamber to host LRA regional presentation
Southeastern, along with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, will host the Louisiana Recovery Authority's first north shore presentation of the Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan.
     The presentation will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the university's Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive in Hammond.
     The Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan has been developed over the last 20 months by the 33-member LRA, the planning and coordinating body created by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to lead rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The LRA has developed the Louisiana Speaks Region Plan using scenario planning, world class computer modeling and technical analysis, and extensive public input generated from tens of thousands of citizens. With the plan finally complete, the LRA is presenting it to citizens throughout the state.
     "Southeastern's Business Center is pleased to host this event in Tangipahoa Parish, and invite area citizens, businesses, elected officials, as well as economic and community development organizations," said William Joubert, director of the Southeast Louisiana Business Center.
     The Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan is designed to provide a broad strategic framework and priorities for moving Louisiana forward.
     "Its innovative design will allow us to integrate planning for economic development, transportation, coastal protection and restoration, and community growth, thus allowing us to leverage future investments and accelerate the pace of Louisiana's long term recovery," Joubert said. "It will also complement and support parish and local plans and serve as a guide for sustainable growth over the next 50 years."
     To RSVP for Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan breakfast event, please contact the Southeast Louisiana Business Center at 985-549-3831 or
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana women's tennis team will make its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 10 California in the first round during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lions (21-2) will put their 18-match win streak on the line against the Golden Bears (19-6) at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley, Calif. Southeastern's first round match is scheduled for 11 a.m. PDT on Saturday. The other first round match is between UNLV and Arizona State at 2 p.m. The first round winners will face off at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will find out its NCAA Championships destination this week. The field will be announced on Monday on, and the Lions currently ranked third in the South Central Region are virtually assured an at-large bid.
     The Southeastern baseball team (31-18, 13-11 SLC) will continue its run towards the Southland Conference Tournament this week, heading to Huntsville, Texas for a crucial three-game SLC series with Sam Houston State. The series opens with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday with a 1 p.m. single game following on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     Saturday, May 12
     Women's Tennis, at No. 10 California (NCAA First Round), Berkeley, Calif., 11 a.m. (PDT)
     Baseball, at Sam Houston State (DH), Huntsville, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Sunday, May 13
     Women's Tennis, NCAA Second Round, Berkeley, Calif., 12 p.m. (PDT)
     Baseball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
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Adriana DantinAlexandra MattheusStudent achievements
Adriana Dantin
and Alexandra Mattheus presented their original research at the annual Louisiana Academy of Sciences Meeting held at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Dantin's research was entitled "Expression and purification of a yeast glutaminyl cyclase" and Mattheus' research was entitled "Characterization of West Nile Virus RNA Dependent RNA Polymerase." Both students work under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Temple (Chemistry and Physics). Mattheus won first place for outstanding undergraduate poster presentation and was presented with a check for $150.
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Alan Marsh, Stephen Suber, Martie FellomProfessional activities
Firefly Club, a short subject art film written and directed by Alan Marsh (English) and produced and co-directed by Martie Fellom (Music and Dramatic Arts), with music by Stephen Suber (Music and Dramatic Arts), has won gold awards in two categories - Short Subject Family/Children and Short Subject Experimental Drama - at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. Marsh's documentary, Presence Patrol, also was awarded a bronze in the Short Subject Documentary category. The films were selected for honor from among 4,500 entries from 37 countries.
     Dr. Katherine Kolb (Foreign Languages and Literatures) will present a paper on Balzac and Beethoven at a conference on Music and the Novel in Bayonne, France, May 24-26. She will also chair a session.
     Two members of the Southeastern family -- Claude Levet (Southeastern Channel) and Gerald J. Keller (Teaching and Learning) have collaborated on a new book, Precious Gems from Faded Memories, A Pictorial History of St. John the Baptist Parish. The book was co-written by Keller, his daughter Lisa Keller-Watson and Darroch Watson, with graphic design and photographic restoration by Levet. Levet and Keller are both St. John Parish natives.
     Two Southeastern professors -- Frederick Dembowski (Teaching and Learning) and Robert Kraemer (Kinesiology and Health Studies) -- have been appointed to editorial positions with national publications. Dembowski, Hibernia professor and head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, has been named managing editor of the NCPEA CONNEXIONS, an on-line database and electronic journal produced by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Kraemer, professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, has been appointed an associate editor of the journal Metabolism.
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ByLion takes a break
ByLion will not be published during the spring-summer break, but will return June 4. ByLion is published every two weeks during the summer. Have a great break!
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