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“Dr. Beatriz Espinoza aligned with the responsibilities and expectations we were looking for in our new president,” said Paul Jaure, Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees Chair. The board made the decision to select Espinoza in closed session during a March 22 board meeting. The finalist was announced less than 30 minutes later. “We look forward to her leadership.” Espinoza comes to CBC from Yuba Community College District in Marysville, Calif. where she served as Vice Chancellor for Educational Planning and Services. She is an experienced educator and college administrator with 25 years in

selection process.” Goodson said “she related very well to the Coastal Bend College community.” He found that she was well-prepared intellectually and experientially for the interview. “She completely understands the mission and role of a community college.” She was selected from five finalists. Daylong visits by each candidate for the position included public forums, receptions and interviews with various college populations. “On behalf of the faculty of Coastal Bend College, I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for providing an opportunity for active faculty participation in the selection process for the next

“Dr. Espinoza’s visit to the college was very important in the selection process. She completely understands the mission and role of a community college.” higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology and Educational Psychology and a Masters in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg. “I think the board made an outstanding choice,” said CBC Interim President Dr. Jimmy Goodson. “Dr. Espinoza’s visit to the college was very important in the

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college president,” Donna Atkins, CBC Faculty Senate President, told the board. Representatives from the faculty senate, staff association, student body and administrative leadership interviewed each candidate during the selection process. The candidates remained in Beeville, but spoke with representatives from Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton through live video feed. Each participant, whether he or she attended the forums,

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interviewed the candidates, or watched the online coverage, was given the opportunity to comment on each visitor. These comments were reviewed by the board. “Every evaluation was looked at,” Jaure said. “We valued the comments and every one of them was considered in determining the best candidate for the job.” Some comments remarked on Espinoza’s “passion for higher education,” “demonstrated knowledge of our college,” and “experience with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).” She was referred to as “energetic” and “experienced.” Someone noted that he or she was impressed with Dr. Espinoza because “this is the first time she went out for a job as president and she was selected as a finalist for both El Paso Community College and Coastal Bend College.” Someone wrote that “she is an excellent fit for a HispanicServing Institution (HSI).” Dr. Espinoza has a background with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and is experienced in working with minority student populations in diverse communities. CBC is a designated HSI with a Hispanic population of approximately 70 percent. Dr. Espinoza started her college path with the assistance of the

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College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) scholarship after 18 years as an agricultural farm-worker. She attributes her college success largely to the support of her family and other people who “cared enough to remove barriers, build bridges and track new paths for a first generation college student.�

Her transition into community college administration culminated 13 years ago as she completed a post-doctorate in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, she has served in various administrative roles, including Vice President for Workforce Learning

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Services at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. She also worked in Dallas, Galveston, Tempe and Chicago as part of her 25 years in higher education. Espinoza is slated to start work the first week of June. She will be accompanied to Beeville by her husband and six-year-old daughter.

CBC Forum 3800 Charco Road, Beeville, TX 78102 361.354.2399 Awards ceremony in Pleasanton The annual Student Awards Ceremony is set for Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the CBC Pleasanton Campus foyer. The purpose of this ceremony is to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students. For more information, contact Terry Villanueva, campus coordinator, at (830) 569-4639 Ext. 1202.

Classes are held at the Coastal Bend College Lott-Canada Facility, located at 900 W. Corpus Christi St (U.S. Hwy 59 West) in Beeville. GED and Adult Basic Education classes are held in Beeville, George West, Ingleside, Sinton and Taft. For more information, contact Roxann Gleason at (361) 3626095 or

Dental care in Beeville Coastal Bend College Dental Hygiene Clinic in Beeville accepts patients at a nominal cost on Mondays [8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.]; Tuesdays [1:30 p.m.]; Wednesdays [8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.] and Thursdays [1:30 p.m.]. Call (361) 354-2555 for an appointment.

Register now for ESL classes Coastal Bend College is sponsoring a free series of English as a Second Language classes on Tuesday through Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. These classes are for adults learning English as a second language. Beginner through advanced students are welcome and can register

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CDL Truck Driving School Coastal Bend College now offers CDL Truck Driving School in partnership with Excel Truck Driving. This was started to meet the demands of the current oil boom of the area. For more info, got to www.

CBC seeks instructors for CE courses Coastal Bend College is expanding the course offerings in continuing education to include a wide variety of classes to meet the needs of the community. There is a need for more qualified instructors. If you can teach courses such a cake decorating, cooking, dancing, music, art, health-related topics, send your resume to Glynis Strause, Continuing Education, 3800 Charco Road, Beeville, TX 78102 or email to

Online courses offered CBC Continuing Education offers local face to face classes or online courses through Ed2Go, Gatlin, 360 Training or (in case you need insurance reduction, proof of training of a driving class for your job, or to “fix” a ticket!”) Please call (361)362-2633 if you have questions. CPR and Basic Life Support The American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary resuscitation course for adults will be offered at Coastal Bend College Lott-Canada Facility, located that 900 W. Corpus Christi St. in Beeville on the following Saturdays: Apr 21, May 19, and Jun 23, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The cost is $45. Please call (361) 362-2633 or go to www. for more information.

Free GED prep courses Coastal Bend College provides FREE GED preparation courses for those interested in earning a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Applications are being accepted now for classes held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

at any time. Classes are held at the Lott Canada Building at 900 West Corpus Christi in Beeville. For more information, contact Roxann Gleason at (361) 3626095 or

Adult Literacy in Beeville The Bee County Adult Literacy Council is seeking volunteer tutors now to commit at least one hour a week to help adults 17 years of age or older who are deficient in reading and English skills. Call Pete Martinez at (361) 354-5335 if you or someone you know would benefit from literacy tutoring or if you would like to give the gift of literacy by serving as a tutor.

Edible garden In this course, you’ll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season. You’ll discover the secrets for growing leafy greens, root vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more. In addition, you’ll learn how to spot pests and diseases before they destroy your bounty. Whether you want to provide your family with nutritious food, save money, get some exercise, or just be more selfsufficient, this course will give you the skills you need to ensure a successful harvest. Please call (361) 362-2633 or go to for more information.

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Team Roster: Brianna Brunner Kelsi Salziger Jaqueline Guthrie Kelsey Runk Joseta Hernandez Olga “Danielle” Doria Christina Vasquez Maria Lopez Sabrina Gonzalez Michelle Flores Samantha Sánchez Lora Garcia Chelsea Guzmán Shelby Winters Naomi Trevino Amy Macias

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Head Coach: Estevan Vasquez Asst. Coach: Timothy Skaife Volunteer Asst. Coach: Frank Moron Student Asst. Coach: Kim Maldonado

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CBC offers intensive Spanish study in Puerto Rico June 10-23, 2012. Coastal Bend College’s summer intensive Spanish course offers students the opportunity to spend two weeks in the beautiful Puerto Rican city of San Juan, study Spanish at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition, live with friendly Puerto Rican families, make excursions to interesting sites across Puerto Rico, experience life in a foreign environment, and enjoy 85 degree weather. Small classes are for high school students, college students, Spanish teachers who need to renew their teacher certificates, and other adults who wish to improve their Spanish-speaking skills. Students can earn beginning- through advanced-level class credit for one or two semesters or first or second year college Spanish or Continuing Professional Education credits. Students may also take “American Minorities” over the summer program to Puerto Rico. Because the ISLA offers classes for both teenagers and adults, CBC makes the class available to high school students who have passed their TAKS exit exams (or the equivalent) and to college students and adults of any age. Classes at the ISLA are available at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Students may earn CBC credit for either semester of first year college Spanish (4 semester hours), either semester of second year college Spanish (3 semester hours), or for an advanced sophomore conversation class (3 semester hours), or Introduction to Spanish Literature (3 semester hours). Public school Spanish teachers may earn 48-60 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit toward renewing their teaching certificates. Dr. Emmanuel Alvarado, Spanish instructor at CBC, accompanies the group, supervises the Puerto Rico program activities, assesses student progress on a daily basis, offers out-of-class assistance in the language, administers the final exam for the course, and assigns the CBC grade. The group will fly from San Antonio to San Juan, where an ISLA representative will meet them in a charter bus and transport students to their host families. Airfare and registration for Coastal Bend College credit are additional. Airfare is approximately $460. If more, students will pay additional cost. $1,100 covers the ISLA tuition, room and board with a Puerto Rican family (with a roommate), excursions and two meals a day (breakfast and dinner).

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Tuition Options (must choose one): (1) CBC tuition is extra, ranging from $40 for Bee County high school dual credit students to $500 for out-of district students in a four-hour course. (2) Teachers who wish CPE credit for the entire program will pay $169 for that credit, in addition to the $1,100 ISLA total. (3) Teachers who wish CPE credit for the cultural portion only will pay $139 for that credit, plus $700 for room and board and excursions. (4) Participants who do not wish to receive any CBC academic or CE credit will pay a $40 continuing education fee, plus $700 for room and board and excursions. In order that air travel may be arranged early enough to get the best prices, $460 needs to be paid by April 30, 2012. (This amount is non-refundable.) The balance of $1,100 is due by June 1, and CBC tuition is due by June 6. Students may still join the group after April 30, but they may not be able to get seats on the same flight with the director and the group. $1,100 includes tuition at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition; Room and board with Puerto Rican family; Excursions within San Juan; Entrance fees for museums and archeological sites; and Excursions to the Yunque National Rainforest, BioBay, and Old San Juan. Airfare, passport and registration for Coastal Bend College credit are additional. Tuition Options (must choose one): (1) CBC tuition is extra, ranging from $40 for Bee County high school dual credit students to $500 for out-of district students in a four-hour course. (2) Teachers who wish CPE credit for the entire program will pay $169 for that credit, in addition to the $1,100 ISLA total. (3) Teachers who wish CPE credit for the cultural portion only will pay $139 for that credit, plus $700 for room and board and excursions. (4) Participants who do not wish to receive any CBC academic or CE credit will pay a $40 continuing education fee, plus $700 for room and board and excursions. The Puerto Rico program application and your $500 payment to Coastal Bend College should be mailed to: Dr. Emmanuel Alvarado, Spanish Instructor, Coastal Bend College, 3800 Charco Rd., Beeville, Texas 78102. For more information or to sign up, contact Dr. Emmanuel Alvarado at or (361) 5921615 Ext. 4071.

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Michael Perez was given top honors during a TRiO Day celebration at Coastal Bend College. Perez, a 2003 graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Perez has practiced physical therapy in multiple settings with an interest in orthopedics, sports medicine, preventive wellness and nutrition. He is currently Rehab Manager at Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi. The TRiO Achiever of the Year is given to former TRiO students who’ve successfully completed college and gone on to become productive members of society. Awards also got to participants who demonstrate strong leadership and participation in their respective programs. TRiO Achievers are: TRiO Talent Search Achievers (Beeville): • Xaubriana Barrientez, a junior at Kenedy High School • Shaylene Monson, a Pettus High School senior TRiO Talent Search Achievers (Alice): • Zulema Rodriguez, Freer High School senior • Enoc Hernandez, a senior at Falfurrias High School

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TRiO UB Achievers: Ralph Martinez is a senior from Mathis High school. He has taken advantage of every opportunity that Upward Bound offered. He will graduate with his associates degree from Coastal Bend College and his high school diploma in May. He plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio. Gilbert Perez is a senior from Beeville High school. He is a dedicated student to the Upward Bound program. Perez would miss Saturday football practice to attend Upward Bound meetings, even though it meant extra laps on the field. He has taken advantage of everything that Upward Bound has offered him. He plans on attending Coastal Bend College. TRiO SSS Achiever: CBC graduate Guadalupe Encinia of Mathis was named TRiO SSS Achiever. Encinia, recently completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Facts about TRiO: • An estimated two million TRiO students have graduated from college nationwide. • Students who receive a full range of TRiO services (counseling, special courses, and tutoring) are twice as likely to be retained and continue their postsecondary education. • Upward Bound students are four times more likely to graduate from college than those students who do not participate in this program.

Zulema Rodriguez, left, was named TRiO ETS Achiever of the Year by ETS Project Director Josie Schuenemann.

TRiO Day is a nationwide annual celebration that recognizes the value of federally-funded TRiO Programs and the successes of their students. TRiO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to help students from low-income families where neither parent has graduated from college and/or first generation Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. The program also provides information on pre-college opportunities. Through TRiO, our nation is committed to providing educational opportunities for all Americans regardless

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Enoc Hernandez, left, was named TRiO ETS Achiever of the Year by ETS Counselor Julie Enriques.

ETS Counselor Belinda Muñoz, left, awards TRiO ETS Achiever Shaylene Monsoon.

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of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. More than 2,900 TRiO projects currently serve more than 840,000 low-income Americans. Thirty-five percent of TRiO students are Whites, 35% are AfricanAmericans, 19% are Hispanics, 4% are Native Americans, 3% are Asian-Americans, and 4% are listed as “Other,” including multiracial students. More than 7,000 students with disabilities and approximately 6,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in TRiO programs as well. TRiO Programs have been in existence at Coastal Bend College since the mid 1970s. There are Educational Talent Search programs in Alice and Beeville. There are two Upward Bound programs in Beeville and a Student Support Service program in Beeville. The SSS program addresses college retention for CBC students. The Educational Talent Search Program in Beeville, with an annual award of $306,752, serves 671 students in grades nine through 12. Participating high schools are A.C. Jones (Beeville), George West, Karnes City, Kenedy, Mathis, Odem, Pettus, Refugio, Runge, Skidmore-Tynan, Taft and Three Rivers. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and financial aid programs. This early intervention program helps students to better understand their educational opportunities and options. There are over 310,000 participants enrolled in 461 Educational Talent Search TRiO Programs. The Educational Talent Search Program in Alice with an annual award of $250, 000 serves 616 students from Alice, Orange Grove, San Diego, Benavides, Freer, Falfurrias, and Premont. Upward Bound, with an annual award of $371,643 helps 75 high school students in grades nine through 12 to prepare for higher education. Participating high schools are A.C. Jones (Beeville), Mathis, Odem, Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan. Upward Bound G.O.S.T., with an annual award of $242,250, serves 50 students in grades nine through 12 at George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft High Schools. Participants receive instruction in composition and literature, mathematics, and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Currently, Upward Bound programs serve over 77,163 students throughout the United States. Student Support Services is 100 percent federallyfunded Department of Education program with an

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annual award of $281,511. Coastal Bend College TRiO staff include Velma Elizalde, Dean of Student Services; Cheryl Baird, Upward Bound Project Director; Keri DuBose, UB Counselor; Janice Fernandez, UB Secretary; April Zapata, UB G.O.S.T Academic Advisor; Dina Villegas, UB G.O.S.T Secretary; Lupe Ganceres, Educational Talent Search Project Director (Beeville); Renee Brown ETS Counselor; Belinda Munoz, ETS Counselor; Mary Alice Rivera, ETS Tutor Coordinator/Secretary; Josie Schuenemann, ETS Project Director (Alice); Julie Enriques, ETS Counselor; Dee Dee Arismendez, ETS Secretary/Tutor Coordinator; Jeri Morton, Student Support Services Project Director; Kayla D. Jones, SSS Counselor; and Sylvia Lopez, SSS Secretary. For more information on TRiO Programs, call: ETS (Beeville) Program CBC: (361) 354-2706 ETS (Alice) Program CBC: (361) 664-9277 Ext. 3081 UB Program CBC: (361) 354-2715 UB G.O.S.T Program CBC: (361) 354-2746 SSS Program CBC: (361) 354-2718

Alice Mayor John Lemon declared it TRiO Day.

Mayor Jimmy Martinez declared it TRiO Day in Beeville.

Gen TX presenter Isaac Torres

Bee County Sheriff Carlos Carrizales, far right, addresses a group of TRiO students about careers in law enforcement with the help of Sgt. Ronnie Jones.

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Coastal Bend College to host powerlifting event An intramural powerlifting competition will be held at Coastal Bend College in Beeville on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Weigh in starts at 8 a.m. The meet starts at 10:30 a.m. The competition will consist of a full powerlifting meet with the addition of a separate bench press competition at $15 for each event and/or $25 for both events. A participant may enter in one or both of the events. We will generally follow USAPL rules. This event will have several categories for both men and women athletes: Collegeiate (for college students [must have college ID]) Open (anyone from the community can enroll) SubMasters I (open division from age 35-40) SubMasters II (open divisiion from 40-45) SubMasters III (open division from 45-50) Masters I (open division from 50 - 55) Masters II (open 55-60) Masters III (open 60 or older) The powerlifting championships consist of two classifications: ● “Equipped” lift (which means to lift with the assistance of full equipment such as bench shirts, squat suits, etc.) ● “Raw” lift (which means to lift without a bench shirt or squat suit).

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lifting Competition Saturday May 5, 2012 Coastal Bend College Peter Marecek Physical Fitness Center Beeville Full Powerlifting Meet ( squat, bench press, deadlift) Bench Press only Meet $15 entry fee for one event; $25 entry fee for both events

A wrestling singlet is required as standard attire with a t-shirt and tennis shoes as the minimum required suit for lifting. All competitors must lift with regulation apparel of a wrestling singlet, t-shirt and tennis shoes.

For additional information please contact Estevan Vasquez at or (361) 3542721 or Jack Young at or or (361) 354-2325.

Iris Arismendez named to 2012 All-Texas Academic Team Coastal Bend College student Iris Arismendez of Alice represented the college at the University of Texas at Austin on March 28 for an awards ceremony and reception. She was named to the 2012 All-Texas Academic Team. Arismendez, the daughter of Alfredo and Omedi Arismendez, is a 2010 Alice High School graduate. She took dual credit classes at CBC Alice Campus and is now a full-time student and office aide. She will graduate with an Associate of Science Degree in May 2012. She plans to transfer to Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi to

study marine biology. Arismendez was inducted to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in 2011 and currently serves as vice president. She was listed on the Scholastic Leadership Roll in 2010 and 2011. She is actively involved in church and civic activities.

Winning Characteristics for Success Do you have the most important skills for the job you desire?

Communication Skills Organizational Skills Leadership Logic Effort Group Skills Entrepreneurship You will perform better at almost anything if you understand what defines success. The key to success in whatever career field you choose will be the Winning Characteristics, the seven specific skills and traits that employers want when recruiting for their organizations. Many students will say they have these characteristics and the few that have concrete examples exhibiting them will get the job. Will you be able to PROVE that you have the most important skills and get hired for the job you desire? Communication Skills: Reading, writing, speaking, listening – the basic ability to clearly present your thoughts is a requirement for virtually all jobs. To be effective, concise, complete delivery of an idea, problem or solution is a fundamental skill you will need to master. Organizational Skills: Strong organizational skills are a must. To effectively participate in a wide variety of tasks will require that you can keep track of yourself, your schedule and any number of things you may need in a given field. You need to be able to prioritize, focusing on important projects, manage details and develop step-by-step plans to accomplish your goals. Leadership: Employers want people who can come in and make a difference. They want employees who can rally a team behind them and make things happen -- people who can and will take the organization in new directions.

Logic: This is not as simple or as fundamental as it sounds. Some jobs require strong analytical abilities. Others require creative thinking skills. Still others require long-term strategic planning or complex problemsolving. Regardless, raw smarts and the ability to think your way to a solution play a key role in the hiring decision. By the way, these are not the easiest qualities to identify in an interview. Effort: When the going gets tough, employers want someone who will rise to the challenge, not run from it. They want someone willing to go the extra mile and make the personal sacrifice to get the job done correctly and on time. And employers know a job is a marathon, not a sprint. They want individuals who can stay focused and perform consistently for the organization over an extended period of time. Group Skills: Can you work with other people? Regardless of the field, just about everything you do will be on some kind of team. The smart but abrasive managers with a dominating style just don’t do as well as they have done in the past. Other team members will not give them the cooperation or 100% effort. Therefore, more than ever, the ability to work effectively with others is critical to success. Entrepreneurship: The rate of change in the world is accelerating dramatically. Doing things “like we’ve always done them” is no longer something to be proud of in today’s workplace. The ability to take risks and to create, accept and adapt to change are valued commodities. Too many employees today resist change because they are comfortable with the old way. The new way involves risk—risk of failure and extra work— which may or may not pay off depending on whether or not the new way is truly a step forward.

FIVE Reasons to Visit Your Campus Career Center by Peter Vogt Monster Senior Contributing Writer You probably know the career center is the place to go when you need resume help or tips on preparing for job interviews as graduation approaches. But the services most campus career centers provide go much deeper than that and can help you starting your freshman year. Here are five less-than-obvious ways you’ll benefit from using this valuable career resource throughout your college career. You’ll Be Proactive in Getting Help Many schools offer career exploration and decision-making courses, but few make them mandatory. So if you’re waiting for your school to take care of you regarding your future career, you could be waiting a long time. A smarter choice: “Actively seek out the career services office,” advises Kim Holladay, director of undergraduate career services for Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas. You’ll Discover What You Know — and Don’t Know If you’re like many college students, you don’t know your own strengths and interests very well, nor do you understand just how many possibilities exist in the world of work. Enter your career center. “Career services professionals can provide a variety of instruments to help students identify their real preferences for work environment, college major and career field,” says Darrin Goss, director of career services at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. You’ll Tap the Vested Interest Campus Career Advisors Have in Your Success Career center counselors want students to

succeed. The better students do in their future careers, the more successful the school will be in recruiting and retaining students — both of which have a direct impact on the institution’s bottom line. You’ll Develop Strategies to Address Your Weaknesses Is your GPA mediocre at best? Got a spotty employment history? Lacking experience? “Career counselors are usually quite adept at handling damage control,” says David Kowalczyk, codirector of career services at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. “Plan to use your career counselor as a public relations specialist. Learn to feature your strengths and not your weaknesses.” You’ll Learn How to Compete and Win Campus career centers are on-campus “strategy firms” that can introduce you to the critical notion of competing, according to David Fetherston, director of the MBA Center for Career Development at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. “Like it or not, the job market is a competition, and students are selling the product they know best: Themselves,” Fetherston says. “If students work closely with their career centers, they will understand what the buyers — companies — are looking for in terms of talent and can then collaborate on a strategy for successfully closing a deal.” Lindsey Hagen is career advisor at Coastal Bend College. She can be reached at (361) 354-2728 or For assistance on exploring your future career, contact any CBC counselor or advisor. This article originally appeared at MonsterCollege.

Introduce Yourself to Professionals: Your Personal Brand Statement by Al “The Inspiration” Duncan “So, tell me a little bit about yourself. What do you do?” Have you ever had to respond to a statement or question like that? I’ve actually been in that situation with thousands of young people and the typical response I get is: “Uhhhh...well...I uhhh...” Not cool. You will constantly be expected to respond to statements and questions about who you are and what you do, especially in interviews and networking situations. If you prepare something known as a personal brand statement and practice it, then you won’t be caught off guard. It’s an easy, professional way to introduce yourself. Here are three simple steps for creating your personal brand statement: 1. Write down something about you that is impressive or cool. Don’t worry. You won’t come across as arrogant or conceited. Duncan Nugget #246: It’s not bragging if they ask you to say it. Here are some examples of great responses I’ve gotten:  I’m an honors student at...  I’m the head drum major in the marching band at...  I’m the manager at...  I’m the president of the ... club at...  I’m the #1 ranked basketball player in the state. If you have trouble coming up with something that you think is cool or impressive, don’t worry. I got you. Check out the next step. 2.Write down your expertise, main career goal, or something you aspire to be.

It’s always impressive to talk to people who know what they want in life. It shows that they’ve taken the time to think about their dreams and goals and how they plan to accomplish them. Here are some great examples of what has been said to me:  I’m a student at Emory and I plan to start my own non-profit.  I’m in the twelfth grade. Next year, I’ll be attending Coastal Bend College and majoring in entrepreneurship.  I’m headed to Johns Hopkins University to study medicine and become a neurosurgeon.  I’m going to Le Cordon Bleu and eventually I’ll own my own restaurant.  I love to write poetry and I’m going to write a book for young women that will inspire them to achieve all they can.  I’m an expert at graphic design. Can I show you my portfolio? After you’ve finished the first two steps, you’ll need a few power words or phrases. 3. Write down three to five power words or short phrases that describe you. You can pick whatever words or phrases you like. Here are ten to get you started. Remember you only need five at the most. Trying to be everything is not cool.  Motivated  Energetic  Resourceful  Versatile  Creative  Detail-Oriented  Organized  Outgoing  Calm Under Pressure  Team-Player  Persistent Now, let’s put it all together: I’m in the twelfth grade. Next year, I’ll be attending Coastal Bend College and majoring in entrepreneurship. I’m known for being resourceful, outgoing, and persistent. That’s a strong brand statement. Create yours and PRACTICE it. The next time somebody asks you about what you do, you can start off with something other than “uhhh...” Al “The Inspiration” Duncan is one of the world’s leading college & youth motivational speakers. He is the author of My Success Journal for Young People. Visit him online at

Career, job fair to be held at Bee County Expo Center in Beeville Whether you are looking for your first job or reentering the workforce, Coastal Bend College is eager to help you. Representatives from area businesses and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend will be at Bee County Expo Center on May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist you in finding a job or looking into a new career. The Sixth Annual Beeville Community Career Fair is sponsored by Coastal Bend College, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend, Bee County Expo Center and Kicker 106.

High School Administrators: Your students are welcome to attend this educational and informative event. Please RSVP by contacting Lindsey Hagen at (361) 354-2728 or Interested Employers and Exhibitors: Contact Pat Lucio, Workforce Solutions, at (361) 358-8941 or for booth information.

Contact Shelby Rosales at (361) 362-3290 or to register. Registration is required to attend.

Top Ten Rules of Etiquette By Lindsey Hagen, CBC Career Advisor 10) Proper placement of your napkin and the way you sit at the dining table are important skills. 9)

Conduct yourself well in a buffet line.


If a spill or unforeseen circumstance occurs, do not panic. Help the wait staff clean up the mess and do not let it damper your evening.


Salt and pepper are always passed together.


If you are unsure about which utensil to use, it is acceptable to work your way in.


It is rude to season your food before tasting it.


It is improper to ask for a “doggy” bag or a to-go box.


Never engage in discussions regarding politics or religion during a business meal.


If you make a “b” with your left hand and a “d” with your right hand, this is a great way to remember that your bread plate will always be on your left and your drink will always be on your right.


When you are taken out for an interview over a meal, the focus should not be on enjoying your food. Instead, the focus should be placed on your skills, experiences, and what you can offer to the business. You can always eat later -- after your meeting is over!

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Congratulations! For Taking Coastal Bend College to the NJCAA Region 14 Play-offs in Men’s Basketball

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Weatherford International gave two Coastal Bend College students the opportunity to learn about artificial lift systems in the field. Pictured are, from left, Blake Snow of Weatherford International; CBC students Walter Richardson and Sean Smith; CBC Oil and Gas Instructor Roy Coley, CBC Drafting and Design Instructor Jack Young and CBC Dean of Instruction Dr. Bruce Exstrom.

Not your every day drill Students get unique opportunity to attend Houston oil and gas workshop Coastal Bend College oil and gas students Sean Smith and Walter Richardson, both of Beeville, recently returned from a four-day workshop in Houston. A $2,500 stipend, paid by Weatherford, made it possible for two CBC students. The company plans to send two to four CBC students to the four-day class each year. “The students were able to attend an artificial lift school sponsored by Weatherford International, LLC.,” said

Roy Coley, a CBC instructor. “The students picked up valuable information on top of what they learn in the oil and gas program here at the college. This opportunity enhances the education they receive at CBC.” Coley said students get a solid education in his program, but nothing compares to getting out of the classroom, into the real world, to interact with working equipment and professionals.

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“I can talk all day, but the minute a student touches or sees something, it all clicks into place,” Coley explained. The oil and gas program includes lab hours that give students a controlled environment in which to work with the equipment they will ultimately gain access to as employees. They also take field trips to oil and gas companies and oil fields. These trips give them a realistic sense of the job and also put students in contact with potential employers.

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future reference,” Richardson said. He felt wellprepared for the workshop, based on the classroom experiences he’s had at CBC. He expects to complete his AAS degree at CBC in two semesters. The stipend from Weatherford is part of a series of partnerships between the oil and gas program and the industry. Many of the local oil and gas company representatives serve as advisory committee members

Smith said during the workshop, he simulators and several types of artificial lift systems in detail and visited a working rig. The New Braunfels native met people from around the world representing different companies within the oil and gas industry. Smith said he was able to get business cards and make contacts in the industry that will help him get a job when he graduates. “I felt like I was on par with people already in the field. That made me feel good,” he said. Smith will finish his Associates Degree in Oil and Gas Technology in December 2012. He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Texas Tech University (Lubbock). He worked in sales prior to joining the oil and gas program at Coastal Bend College. He found that he didn’t like the office work and since most of his friends seemed happy in the oil and gas business, Smith made the decision to return to college. Walter Richardson, also in his second semester at the college, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Operation Management with a minor in electrical engineering from Remington College (Memphis, Tenn.). After speaking to Lindsey Hagen, CBC career advisor, Richardson felt that the oil and gas program was an appropriate match for his interests and skills. He said his goal is to work in the artificial lift system and get hired by Weatherford, so the opportunity to make contacts in his career field was immeasurable. “They think I might be a good fit for their engineering program. I’ve met the head training manager and exchanged business cards and made contacts for

that annually review CBC’s program to ensure that students gain access to industry-relevant knowledge and skills. For more info on the oil and gas program at Coastal Bend College, visit the web at:

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Anagen to rock Coastal Bend College stage

Concert part of free Spring Festival Ranked in the top 25 unsigned bands in the United States and Canada, Anagen has come out of hibernation to once again rock the foundation of the Texas music scene. They will perform at Coastal Bend College in Beeville on April 12 at 6 p.m. in the James Dougherty Student Center (SUB). The concert is part of Spring Festival 2012, a community event. Anagen spent much of 2008 and 2009 playing sold out shows in Texas, being courted by major record labels, and sharing the stage with some of rock’s biggest names. Then they moved the act to Nashville where the music gradually became different altogether. Since shifting their focus towards their new project, Love at War, founding members Lance Kotara and Tyler McCollum have been on a steady upward musical journey that’s taken them across the world from

London and Berlin to Los Angeles and Beeville. That’s right. Beeville. The Austin-based band features two Beeville natives – Lance Kotara and Justin Perez. Kotara, lead guitar/vocalist, and Perez, bass guitarist, are 2001 A.C. Jones High School graduates. They performed together in the local band, The Others, before relocating to the Austin area and ultimately becoming 50 percent of Anagen. They’ve periodically returned to Beeville and the college to perform. Kotara, a 2005 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, is a songwriter. One of his songs was picked up by country recording artist Laura Bell Bundy and will debut on her album available this April. In addition to Anagen, Kotara is a member of the band Love at War. Anagen’s Perez and Steve Hudson have kept busy with their latest projects, as well. Hudson is currently drumming for more than one band including Austin sensation, Black Bone Child. Perez, a student minister in Beeville, continues to hone his bass skills. McCollum summed up the band’s history, saying, “Back in the day, it was all about what we looked like on stage, how many records we sold, and if we put on a good show. Now, we’re just having so much fun that we sound better, the fans like the show even more, and we’re just genuinely grateful for being up there in front of an audience. I think it really shows.” 2012 finds these four friends having the time of their lives on stage, in the rehearsal room and beyond. They’re back and they’re not going anywhere any time soon. Spring Festival 2012, a family-friendly event will include free food and refreshments, and activities for children. Returning and potential CBC students will have opportunities to gain in-depth information on applying for admissions and financial aid; get familiar with what the college offers; and meet CBC faculty, advisors and counselors. Campus tours will be available.

Austin-based Anagen features from standing from left, Justin Perez and Tyler McCollum, and, seated from left, Steve Hudson and Lance Kotara.

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Spring FESTIVAL Thursday, April 12, 6-8 p.m. Coastal Bend College Dougherty Student Center (SUB)

Free family festival to be held on college grounds Coastal Bend College will host its first annual Spring Festival on April 12, 6-8 p.m. in the James Dougherty Jr. Student Center (SUB).

opportunities to gain in-depth information on applying for admissions and financial aid; get familiar with what the college offers; and meet CBC faculty, advisors and counselors. Campus tours will be available.

This is a family-friendly community event. There will be free food and refreshments. Austin-based rock band, Anagen, will perform. Anagen features Beeville natives Lance Kotara and Justin Perez. Returning and potential CBC students will have

Celebrate spring at Coastal Bend College and get ready for the summer and fall 2012 semesters. Contact Vanessa Adkins at (361) 354-2538 or at for additional information.

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Around the world in a show

Art gallery exhibits couples diverse influences, interests The work of artists Charles and Fulden Sara-Wissinger opened at Coastal Bend College Simon Michael Art Gallery in Beeville this month.

The collection, which includes drawing, paintings, sculptures, and earthenware, showcases the diverse work of this husband and wife team. Charles Wissinger, an art professor at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, pointed out the Mesoamerican symbolism found in his drawings. “I am intrigued by North American cultures interaction with nature and our simplistic understanding of what it is to be human,” he said. Wissinger is a graduate of Ohio State University, Columbus, with a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Ceramics with a minor in sculpture and photography-cinematography. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa.

“In terms of media, I find myself increasingly drawn to clay mixed with other materials -- welded steel, wood, stone, bone, found objects, etc. The use of juxtaposed materials is often more responsive to creative impulse than clay used alone. This is particularly the case when trying to create a sense of dialectic or opposition as is central to my work. Clay continues, with its pleasures and pain, to be my preferred medium. Frustration with its cumbersome nature is outweighed by clay’s inherent ability to capture raw tactile energy. I enjoy walking into new situations cold without preconceived ideas, sketches, tools etc. to see what happens.“ -- Chuck Wissinger

His work has been exhibited across the country and in Canada, Mexico and Turkey. He has been a part of international shows in Scandinavia, including the 1994 International Olympics Ceramics Exhibition in Lillehammer, Norway. “If I never made another image it would matter very little. Stature gained, as an artist, however, has allowed me to affect my world in quite meaningful ways. As an artist I can serve as healer, community builder, and an ambassador. With my art ego checked and no axes to grind, I, as an artist, can move

through our segmented society more easily than most, to function as a bridge builder. This requires every bit as much creativity as the self-indulgent act of art making,” Wissinger said. Fulden Sara-Wissinger is an adjunct professor at TAMUK. She also teaches at Coastal Bend College – Kingsville Campus. She earned an MFA in 3D Studio Art from the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg and a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design from Marmara University in Istanbul. “Some of my most vivid memories

“I attempt to reflect this in my work by fusing together visual elements that have opposing qualities thus creating harmony out of dissonance. Circumstance dictated that I live in a very controlled closed environment for much of the time. With two working parents, no close relatives, and few friends I spent much of my time alone overlooking the magic below, the chaotic jostle of customs, cultures and religions rubbing against each other.” -- Fulden Sara-Wissinger

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Artists Charles and Fulden Sara-Wissinger share the Simon Michael Art Gallery in Beeville with a diverse exhibition of work. Chuck is an art professor at Texas A&M University -- Kingsville. Fulden is a lecturer at TAMUK and an art instructor at Coastal Bend College in Kingsville. The show includes drawing, paintings, sculptures, and clay. are of emerging from my sheltered home to walk hand-in-hand with my parents through Istanbul’s world famous bazaars. I became swept up in the sensual soup of sights, smells and sounds -- a magical world far removed from my seven-story perch. It has taken quite some time and living half a world away for me to realize just how profoundly this dichotomy has shaped me,” SaraWissinger said. Sara-Wissinger worked as a graphic designer in Turkey before becoming a studio artist. “Quite by accident and very much to my surprise, I found myself gravitating to clay,” she

explained. “For me, clay most directly captures fluid energy while requiring patient methodical manipulation. Strong texture against clean edges creates a sense of tension. I view this juxtaposition of rigid geometry and animated organic as a metaphor for the interplay of opposing forces that enlivens Turkish Culture.” She said her heritage is “European mixed with Byzantine and SeljukOttoman Culture.” Her experiences have heavily influenced her work. “As a person of mixed culture, I am fascinated by other cultures. Living in one of the world’s most exotic cultural crossroads created in me

a delight for such diversity, and a hunger to venture into the world to experience ever more,” she said. “Wissinger & Wissinger” will close on April 12. The Simon Michael Art Gallery is located in the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building at Coastal Bend College in Beeville. For more information on upcoming shows and CBC’s visual arts programs, go to For more on Charles Wissinger, go to For more on Fulden Sara-Wissinger, visit:

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TEAS testing schedule for potential Fall 2012 nursing students

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Potential Coastal Bend College vocational and professional nursing students interested in starting in Fall 2012 must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) now. All future nursing students who have not taken the test must contact a test coordinator in Alice, Beeville, Kingsville or Pleasanton for test dates and times.

CBC Kingsville Campus TEAS Test Dates in Kingsville: April 4 1-4:30 p.m. April 11 1-4:30 p.m. April 13 8-11:30 a.m.

Contact the TEAS test coordinator at the campus where you wish to take the test on one of the following dates:

CBC Pleasanton Campus TEAS Test Dates in Alice: April 5 9 a.m.- noon

CBC Alice Campus TEAS Test Dates in Alice: April 4 8-11:30 a.m. April 11 8-11:30 a.m. April 13 8-11:30 a.m. Contact Janie Resendez, CBC Alice, 704 Coyote Trail at (361) 664-2981 Ext. 3031 or CBC Beeville Campus TEAS Test Dates in Beeville: April 13 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 14 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 20 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 21 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 23 4:30-8 p.m. April 27 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 28 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Contact Pauletta Gomez, CBC Beeville, 3800 Charco Road at (361) 354-2768 or

Contact Jamie Bowers, CBC Kingsville, 1814 S. Brahma Blvd at (361) 592-3746 Ext. 4040 or jbowers@coastalbend. edu.

Contact Kim Faver, 1411 Bensdale at (830) 569-4222 Ext. 1232 or faver@ The following directions apply to all potential nursing students: 1. Select your campus and time. You may take the TEAS at any campus, but you can only test one time. 2. Call or email the campus contact to schedule an appointment. Provide your name, birth date, the date you want to test, and a viable telephone number. 3. Arrive on the date you select approximately 15 minutes early. 4. Bring a picture ID and a debit or credit card for the $35 test fee. Information on Coastal Bend College nursing programs are available at

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Kids College: Egypt has long been the source of mystery and wonder The pyramids, the mummies, the Sphinx are but a few of the intriguing icons of Egypt. Coastal Bend College Kids College participants will explore the language, geography, art, hieroglyphics, and archeology of Egypt this summer. Kids, six to 12 years old, will discover ancient and current contributions, encryption, mummification, famous Egyptians and other fascinating aspects of the country. They will experience art, music, dance, and literature with an Egyptian theme. All segments of Kids College are led by qualified and creative instructors and supervised by the CBC Customized and Continuing Education Department. Kids College information follow: CBC Beeville Campus ~ June 4-28 (Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.) • AM Classes – $261

• PM Classes – $205 • Individual PM classes are $70 each • Kids College All Day – $451 CBC Kingsville Campus ~ June 4-28 (Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.) • AM Classes – $261 • PM Classes – $205 • Kids College All Day – $451 CBC Alice Campus ~ June 18 – July 3 (Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.) • AM Classes – $177 • PM Classes – $138 • Kids College All Day – $300 CBC Pleasanton Campus ~ July 9-26 (Monday – Thursday, 1-5 p.m.) • Kids College PM Classes – $160 For more info, go to

Free seminars for small businesses Learn how to access capital to start or grow your small business through the many U.S. Small Business Administration loan guaranty programs tailored to your business needs. Workshops will be held on the following dates: April 5, 12:30 -2 p.m.: Tax Tips for Small Businesses & Benefits/ Incentives for Home Based Businesses June 28, 12:30-2 p.m.: Starting Your Own Business September 28, 12:30-2 p.m.: Access to Capital December 6, 12:30-2 p.m.: Funding Sources—Alternative Financing Meet resource experts that can help you start, finance and manage a successful small business. SBA’s alliance partners will be addressing key best business practices for sustainability and business growth. The workshops will be held at Coastal Bend College Lott-Canada Facility, 900 W. Corpus Christi St. (Highway 59 West) in Beeville. Those interested must RSVP to reserve a seat and confirm dates. Contact Nora Cartwright at (361) 362-2633 or noracart@coastalbend. edu to register.

Visual Arts

Coastal Bend College’s Simon Michael Art Gallery, located in the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building on the main campus in Beeville, will exhibit the work of a variety of artists and media. The 2011-2012 gallery schedule follows. April 25 -- Gallery Opening: “Student & Faculty Art Exhibition,” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes May 6 April 25 -- Student Art Sale-: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes May 6

Barnhart Workshops

April 4, 2012 “Caricatures,” Artist-in-Residence: Lorin Bernsen April 19-20, 2012 “Wildlife Photography,” Artist-in-Residence: TBA All workshops will be held in the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. (unless otherwise noted).

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Dr. Robert and Karen Benson will teach beginning birding as a continued education course at Coastal Bend College this April. The eight-hour course will run on the following dates at CBC Lott-Canada Facility, located at 900 W. Corpus Christi St. in Beeville: Friday, April 13, 2012, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7 a.m. – noon, 1:30-2:30 p.m. The course is $46. Participants must make their own lunch arrangements. Participants will meet at Lott-Canada facility to summarize the experience of birding and then travel. Binoculars are recommended to successfully complete the course. Soft, comfortable shoes, a hat or cap and bottled water are also recommended. Ornithologist Karen Benson is known for her column, Coastal Bend Naturalist, in the Beeville Bee-Picayune.

To register for this or other continuing education courses, call (361) 362-2633 or go to the website at

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Free tax tips for small businesses, seminar available in Beeville The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Coastal Bend College will present a seminar, SBA Programs and Services and Tax Tips for Small Businesses & Benefits/ Incentives for Home-Based Small Businesses Seminar, at CBC Lott-Canada Facility, located at 900 W. Corpus Christi St. (Highway 59 West) in Beeville, on April 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The free seminar targets start-ups and existing small businesses. SBA representative Annie Hudspeth will discuss the many SBA loan guaranty programs available and tailored to small business needs. SBA’s alliance partners will address key best business practices for sustainability and business growth. Those interested must RSVP to reserve a seat and confirm dates. Contact Nora Cartwright at or (361) 3622633 to register.

Career Fair 6th Annual

Bee County Expo Center May 2, 2012 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Performing Arts April 26 -- Evening of One Act Plays presented by the CBC Drama Department, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m. April 27 -- Evening of One Act Plays presented by the CBC Drama Department, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m. April 28 -- Evening of One Act Plays presented by the CBC Drama Department, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m. April 29 -- CBC Music Department Recital, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 3 p.m. April 30 -- CBC Continuing Education and Music Department presents Guitar Extravaganza, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m. May 1 -- Beeville Community Chorus Spring Concert, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. May 3 -- Beeville Community Band/CBC Concert Band, Spring Concert, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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