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									Petroleum and
Geology News
Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology                                           Winter 2008

High Oil Prices Pump Up
Department Enrollment
Enrollment in the Petroleum Engineering program reached levels not seen since the late 1970’s this
fall with 51 freshmen entering the program. Approximately 140 students now populate the program
representing nearly 10% of the students on the Marietta College campus (1450 total students).
Marietta College now ranks 9th in undergraduate enrollment among the eighteen schools in the U.S.
                                                           that offer the degree. Enrollment in Geology
                                                           has also shown an upturn with nearly 20
                                                           majors now enrolled.
                                                           PE enrollments traditionally lag the rise in the
                                                           price of oil, so consequently the Department
                                                           is preparing for another surge in interest. In
                                                           order to insure the quality of our graduates
                                                           and to maintain enrollment at manageable
                                                           levels, freshmen entering the program next
                                                           year will have to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
                                                           through 30 credit hours of freshmen classes
                                                           before being permitted to declare petroleum
                                                           engineering as their major. Our goal is to
                                                           maintain a stable enrollment and faculty so as
                                                           to avoid the stress and strain that both faculty
                                                           and students experienced in the mid to late
                                                                Our enrollment management policy
                                                           stands in contrast to open admission policies
 U.S. Petroleum Engineering Enrollments
                                                          in effect at many other PE schools across the
country. Enrollments are growing rapidly with numbers exceeding 200 incoming freshmen at several
schools. Individual petroleum engineering course sizes reportedly exceed 100 students at these
institutions. We are, of course, committed to smaller class sizes that ensure students get the personal
attention they expect at a small private liberal arts college.

Dr. David Cress Eases into Retirement
                            Dr. W. David Cress eased his way into retirement at the end of the 2006-
                         07 academic year. Dave joined the Department in August 1982, and
                         taught a wide variety of courses at the college in addition to all of our
                         general engineering courses.
                            Dave was honored at the Petroleum Engineering and Geology Hall of
                         Fame Banquet in April 2007. Members of the Industry Advisory Committee
                         (IAC) presented Dave with shirts and jackets representing all of the
                         companies on the IAC.
                            Dave continues to maintain an office in Brown Building and hopes to
                         remain active in some departmental activities in the future.
Students Enjoy Excellent Job Placement in 2007
Challenges Lie Ahead in 2008
It will come as no surprise                                                     Timothy Neil          Baker Hughes Inteq
                               PETROLEUM ENGINEERING
to anyone working in our Thomas Archer               Equitable Production       Jason Ritchie         Chevron Corp.
industry that we placed all Joseph Baker             Chesapeake                 Matthew Peloquin      Chesapeake Energy Corp.
twenty-two        Petroleum Mark Dean                Chevron Corp.              Housseynou Sanghott Baker Hughes Inteq
Engineering graduates and Daniel Doebereiner         Equitable Resources        John Schilling        Marathon Oil Co.
three Geology majors in        Andrew Fish           Marathon                   Jeconda Smith         Chevron Corp.
                               Opeyemi Gesinde       CDX Gas LLC                Gary Snyder           Aera Energy
permanent        jobs      or                                                   Allen Ward            Columbia Transmission
                               Shannon Glancy        Merit Energy Co.
graduate school last year. Abigail Higbie            BP                         Amie Weis             Encana Oil & Gas
Last year’s class is pictured Jeremy Jones           Chevron Corp               Sarah Yang            Chevron Corp.
below along with a table Hunter Jonsson              Weatherford
indicating      where     our Gary King              Halliburton Services       GEOLOGY
graduates began their          Zachary Lemon         Energy Corp of America     Isaac Beardmore       Triad Resources
careers in 2007.               Kristen Martin        Exxon Mobil Production Co. Jeremy Riedel         Graduate School
                               Jeffrey Mast          Equitable Production       Justin Schubert       Universal Well
   Placement of underclass Alex Miller               Equitable Production
students in summer jobs
was also excellent with over 90% of all of our juniors, sophomores, and freshmen obtaining summer work in the industry.
Therein lies the major strength of our program…….most of our seniors graduate with three summers of industry experience!
   This year, twenty-two PE majors and six Geology majors will cross the stage. Placement for 2008 is equally robust. All
but one of the PE majors graduating this year has accepted a permanent job as this newsletter goes to publication. Starting
salaries are running as high as $85,000 per year with up to $20,000 signing bonuses.
   With enrollment numbers up this year, it is more important than ever for alumni to get involved in the placement process.
If you can provide a summer job for a student or know of companies that might hire one, especially a freshman or sophomore,
please contact Bob Chase at

Class of 2007

Alumni Honor Elmer Templeton                                          Annual Alumni Golf Outing in
Elmer E. Templeton, former Department Chair and Associate
Professor of Petroleum Engineering, was honored by his former         Houston is Huge Success
students at a dinner last spring with the presentation of a           The 4th Marietta College Petroleum Engineering and
$160,000 scholarship endowed in his name at the College.              Geology Alumni Golf Outing was held at Cypresswood Golf
  Elmer served the PE Program as a faculty member starting            Course in Houston, TX on October 26, 2007. Twenty-five
in 1967, and chaired the Department from 1972 to 1978.                teams participated in the event this year. Marty Hupp and
Opinionated, cantankerous, visionary and, most of all, loyal to       Larry Stoltzfus continued their masterful organization of the
the program and his students, the “Chief” took the program            event that has turned into a truly great alumni get-together.
to new heights in the early 70’s before stepping down from              The 5th annual outing is scheduled for October 24, 2008
the chair’s position in 1978 to start his own consulting firm.        at the same location. For more information on how your
                                                                      company can sponsor a team, a hole, or prizes for the event,
                                                                      please email either Marty Hupp (,
                                                                      Larry Stoltzfus (, or Bob Chase
                                                                      ( for more details.

                                                                      David Schaible, Co-Founder of Newfield
                                                                      Exploration Succumbs to Cancer
                                                                      David Schaible (class of ’83), President and CEO of Newfield
                                                                                          Exploration and co-founder of the
                                                                                          company, passed away after a battle
                                                                                          with cancer on October 13, 2007.
                                                                                          Dave’s long and distinguished career in
Elmer Templeton and some of his former students                                           the petroleum industry began as
                                                                                          President of the SPE Student Chapter at
  The scholarship drive was led by former students Cindy                                  Marietta College during his senior year.
Reece, Clyde Crouch, Dave Pierce, and Jeff Sherrick. Elmer                                Dave began his career with Tenneco,
was recognized at a dinner attended by nearly a hundred                                   and when the company was bought out
former students, friends, former faculty, and Marietta College        by Chevron, Dave and several friends took a bold step to
administrators at the Marietta Shrine Club. Additional                form the new company called Newfield Exploration. Dave
pictures from the event taken by Rob Sutton and Clyde                 will be inducted posthumously into the Department’s Hall of
Crouch can be found online at:                                        Fame on April 23, 2008.                                 Newfield Exploration has set up a $250,000 endowment
  In the event that you would still like to contribute to the         in Dave’s memory at Marietta College. Former classmates
scholarship fund, you may send a check to the Office of               wishing to contribute to the fund may send their donations to
Advancement at Marietta College in care of the Elmer E.               the Office of Advancement at the College with checks made
Templeton Scholarship Fund. We will gladly notify Elmer of            payable to Marietta College.
any additional contributions received.

SPE Annual Conference in Anaheim, California
Boasts Record Marietta College Attendance
  A record number seventy-one                     filled up an American Airlines flight to     An alumni reception was hosted
students accompanied Drs. Bob Chase               John Wayne Airport in Orange County,       during the convention and was attended
and Ben Thomas to the SPE Annual                  CA. The nearly $55,000 in expenses         by nearly 100 alumni, students and
Technical Conference and Exhibition               for the trip were offset by $15,000        faculty. Next year SPE’s ATCE and our
(ATCE) in Anaheim, CA, November 10-               raised at the spring 2007 golf outing,     alumni reception will be held in Denver,
14, 2007. Students were bussed from               $6,000 raised at the alumni golf outing,   Colorado.
Marietta College to the Columbus                  and generous grants from several
International Airport where they nearly           companies.

Utah Trip Yields More Exciting Dinosaur Finds
                                                                            The annual Geology field trip to our central Utah
                                                                            dinosaur excavation was once again led by Dr. Dave
                                                                            Jeffery, Prof. Rocky Freeman, and Dr. Fred Voner
                                                                            from the Department. Dr. Steve Spilatro from the
                                                                            Biology Department, research associate John
                                                                            Bishop, Brant Gay, and nine Marietta College
                                                                            students continued with the excavation of the rich
                                                                            dinosaur deposit discovered several years ago by
                                                                            former student Aaron Scott.
                                                                               The team once again uncovered more bones than
                                                                            could be removed during the short season and will
                                                                            return again in May 2008. This year, the excavation
                                                                            team borrowed the crew team’s dually truck and
                                                                            hauled several very large casts of bones back to the
                                                                            Cincinnati Museum, some of which may belong to
                                                                            yet undiscovered species of long-necked dinosaurs.

Wild Well Control, Inc. Puts on Well                                        Dr. Robert Lipset Joins Staff
                                                                                                 Dr. Bob Lipset has joined the
Control Schools for Juniors and                                                                  Department replacing Dr. Dave
                                                                                                 Cress. Bob has a B.S. degree in
Industry                                                                                         Mechanical Engineering from
This past year our junior petroleum engineering majors participated in                           General Motors Institute (now
Wild Well Control, Inc.’s basic well control short course thanks to                              Kettering University), an M.S.
arrangements made by Dr. Ben Thomas. The cost of the course is                                   degree      in       Computer
normally $800 per industry participant, but Wild Well Control, Inc. has                          Engineering from Oakland
provided training to our students at a cost of $125 per participant. This                        University and a Ph.D. in
opportunity was made possible by donations from the Appalachian             Systems Engineering also from Oakland University.
Petroleum Section, the Ohio Petroleum Section, the Pittsburgh Section,      He has 16 years of engineering and management
and the Washington Capital Section of SPE last year, and by Equitable       experience with General Motors and 7 years with
Resources and the Eastern Kentucky SPE section this year.                   Chrysler. He taught engineering at Ohio University
  The well control course requires our students to commit to an             for eight years where he earned both outstanding
additional 28 hours of classroom time crammed into a three day              teaching and research awards. Dr. Lipset will teach
weekend during the semester. We are proud to report that every              general engineering courses, our general education
student who participated passed the course and received their               course entitled Energy Resources and Utilization for
certification.                                                              non-majors, and will work to develop a course on
  Wild Well Control also offered a similar 3-day well control course for    alternative energy systems design for the petroleum
industry on campus. Twenty-four engineers and field hands                   engineering curriculum.
participated in the course held just prior to the students’ course. Wild
Well Control generously donated $5,000 to our SPE student chapter
in support of their activities
                                                                            Fekete Associates Offer Well
.                                                                           Testing Short Course for
North East Mud Services Donates                                             Industry
Equipment to Mud Lab                                                          Mr. Louis Mattar with Fekete Associates, Inc. of
In October, the Department of Petroleum Engineering received a              Calgary, Canada put on a short course in well test
generous contribution to the Drilling Engineering and Mud Lab.              interpretation January 16-18, 2008, for 16 industry
Mitchell Ring, of North East Mud Services Company (NEMSco),                 participants and several seniors and faculty. Fekete
donated six waterproof Ph test kits, two stainless steel mixing cups,       Associates, Inc. very generously donated half of the
four commercial grade mud blenders, two bottles of buffer solution, 2       course fees to the Department. The Department is
bags of Bentonite, and one bag of Barite. Mitchell’s gift is an example     making a concerted effort to offer short courses of
of the continued support and generosity of our associates in the            this nature at the College on a more regular basis
industry that promote the success and growth of our program                 for the regional petroleum industry.

Hall of Fame Induction Recognizes Distinguished Alumni and Stoney!
The 2nd annual Petroleum Engineering          From the North Sea, Australia, the          the Department of Geology for one,
and Geology Hall of Fame (HOF)              Netherlands and South America and             perhaps two years before seeking a
ceremony was held in conjunction with       back again to Norman, Oklahoma, Keith         teaching position at a school in the
our Industry Advisory Committee             Millheim (class of 63) has remained on        western United States. Somehow,
Meeting and Senior Recognition Dinner       the cutting edge of research and              Stoney never made it to Colorado or
at the Marietta Country Club in April       development of operational techniques         Utah, at least not on a permanent basis.
2007. Dr. Ben Eaton, Dr. Dwayne Stone,      within the oil and gas industry. A 1963       Instead, he served Marietta first as an
and Dr. Keith Millheim were recognized      graduate of Marietta College with a           instructor in geology and then later rose
for their contributions in the fields of    degree in Petroleum Engineering and           through the ranks to achieve the rank of
petroleum engineering and geology.          holder of advanced degrees from the           full professor before retiring twenty-nine
  Upon graduation with a degree in          University of Oklahoma and University of      years later in 1993. While pursuing an
Petroleum Engineering from Marietta         Leoben in Austria, Keith has worked           advanced degree at the University of
College and, later, with a Ph.D. in the     primarily in the private sector over his      Utah in the late Sixties, he uncovered his
same field from the University of Texas,    thirty-six-year career. As an engineer        first dinosaur bones and the results of
Ben Eaton (class of 62) advanced his        and consultant for some of the largest        that dig continue to captivate
professional career at Conoco, Gulf Oil     exploration and production companies          generations of Marietta College
                                                                                          students and graduates. For many years,
                                                                                          Stoney led Marietta College students to
                               “... In the late Sixties, [Stoney]                         the site for extended study and he has
                                                                                          also taught a course for the College’s
                               uncovered his first dinosaur bones and                     Institute for Learning in Retirement in
                                                                                          the geology of the Marietta/Parkersburg
                                                                                          area. In 2001, shortly after his
                               the results of that dig continue to                        retirement, Dr. Stone established the
                                                                                          Stone Family Fund in honor of his father,
                               captivate generations of Marietta                          mother and brother. Providing resources
                                                                                          for Marietta College, the fund divides its
                               College students and graduates.”                           support between the Library and the
                                                                                          Board of Trustees with each able to
                                                                                          expend the funds as deemed
Dwayne Stone
and Union Oil. Recognized industry-wide     around the world, he has earned not only
                                                                                          2008 Hall of Fame Nominees
for his expertise in production and         industry-wide recognition leading to his
drilling engineering, Ben then founded      role     with   Anadarko        Petroleum        The HOF nominees for induction in
Universal Drilling and Engineering          Corporation as manager of operations,         2008 are the late Robert Smith (Drilling
Consultants, a subsidiary of Texas          technology and planning, and most             Supervisor of Chevron and class of ’69),
United. From there, he went on to create    recently to managing director of Global       the late David Schaible (President and
Eaton Industries of Houston in 1975,        Drilling, LTD., but also achieved             COO of Newfield Exploration and class
retiring as president thirty years later.   leadership within the academic sector as      of ’83), and James Wilkes (friend and
The Eaton Method for pore pressure          director of the Mewbourne School of           supporter of the program).
prediction and fracture pressure            Petroleum and Geological Engineering             If you would like to nominate someone
prediction, accepted around the world, is   at his second alma mater. When not            for future induction into the Hall of
also his creation and serves as an          serving as a special columnist for the        Fame, please simply email your letter of
integral element of his current             Journal of Petroleum Technology, he is        nomination to We
enterprise, Eaton Pore Pressure             contributing his time and expertise to a      will research all candidates nominated.
Consultants. An accomplished author on      number of professional organizations          All nominees will be evaluated by a sub-
topics within the field, he extended his    including the Society of Petroleum            committee of the Industry Advisory
business expertise to the publishing        Engineers. An SPE distinguished               Committee (IAC) that is responsible for
industry purchasing a struggling firm and   lecturer emeritus, he is also holder of the   recommending nominees for induction
turning it into an impressive               SPE Drilling Engineering Award and            to the entire IAC for final consideration.
moneymaker just a few years later. An       Distinguished Service Award.                  Once nominated, a candidate will remain
active committee member within AIME,           When Dwayne Stone arrived at               in consideration for a period of five years.
Ben was honored with the Rossiter W.        Marietta College in 1964, it was with the     We anticipate inducting two to three
Raymond Award in 1971.                      expectation that he would remain with         individuals into the HOF each year.

SOOGA Awards Paul Fulton                                            AADE Awards Scholarships to Six
Research Prizes                                                     Five Marietta College petroleum engineering majors were
  Continuing in the long tradition of supporting                    awarded scholarships from the American Association of
undergraduate research in petroleum engineering and                 Drilling Engineers(AADE) this spring. Pictured left to right,
geology that benefits the local oil and gas industry, the           this year’s recipients included Adam Esparza, Carter Shaver,
Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association (SOOGA)                   Ashleigh Pottmeyer, Tanya Carr and Ardie Renze.The AADE
announced its 2006-07 research awards at its April meeting          has been a strong supporter of our students for the past ten
in Marietta. John Schilling was awarded top prize of $1,500         years. Students have also expressed an interest in
for his research project. Lyle Sulfridge, Zachary Lemon, and        organizing a chapter of the AADE on campus.
Karl Biermann also received awards for their efforts.
  Six students have received $500 research stipends from the
fund for the 2007-08 academic year. Corey Tunnell, Jordan
Slavin, Chike Akah, Carter Shaver, Buddy Walker, and Clinton
Perkins are participating in undergraduate student research
projects this year.
  The Department is always in need of fresh, practical ideas
for research projects that will benefit both our students and
the local industry. Please contact the Department if you have
any suggestions or if you would like to work with a student
on a project.
  Senior Charles Reynolds and junior Wes Casto were also
awarded undergraduate student research grants from the
Ohio Space Gant Consortium of NASA in the amounts of
$3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
                                                                AADE Award Winners (L-R) Adam Esparza, Carter Shaver,
                                                                Ashleigh Pottmeyer, Tanya Carr and Ardie Renze

SPE Student Chapter News
Hannah Erb is serving as President of the SPE student chapter. Joining Hannah on the leadership team this year are Zach
Voithofer (VP), Dan Lopata ( Secretary), and Matt Dutko (Treasurer). Dr. Chase serves as chapter advisor. In addition to
organizing the trip to the SPE annual conference, the officers also organized a trip to Lexington, KY to attend the SPE
Eastern Regional Meeting. A ski trip to Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania took place in early February.
  The group is looking for speakers for monthly meetings and also for the April 2008 annual spring technical meeting and
golf outing. If you would like to present a talk, please contact Dr. Chase at
  The SPE Student Chapter is promoting “pride in your program” by selling some very special watches shown in the attached
                            photo. The watches have Seiko movements, stainless steel bands with adjustable clasps, water
                            resistant casings and a lifetime warranty. The watches are being sold for $75 and can be
                            purchased with either “Petroleum Engineering” or “Geology” on the watch face along with the
                            traditional Marietta College logo. For an additional $15 you can also receive a laser engraved key
                            ring, money clip and pen bearing the same logo as the watch. Please include $10 for shipping
                            and handling.
                                    Bill Blass monogrammed dress shirts ($35), tee shirts ($20), and golf shirts ($35) are also
                            available for purchase. Senior Ardie Renze can be seen sporting the dress shirt in the AADE
                            scholarship photo above. Note that shipping and handling are included in the price. If you are
                            interested in ordering shirts or watches, please send a check for the proper amount (or a generous
                            improper amount) payable to “Marietta College SPE” to:
                                                     Department of Petroleum Engineering & Geology
                                                     Marietta College
                                                     215 Fifth Street
                                                     Marietta, OH 45750

Colloquium on Petroleum Engineering Education Held in Houston:
Marietta Alums participate
  Dr. Robert W. Chase, chair of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology, attended
the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Colloquium on Petroleum Engineering Education (CPEE)
held at the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in the Woodlands, Texas, Jan. 7-10, 2008.
  Chase served on the program committee that organized the event for SPE. He also chaired a
session of the CPEE entitled “Exploration and Production Competencies: Today vs. Tomorrow.”
  Several other Marietta College graduates working in the petroleum industry made presentations
as part of Chase’s session. Cindy Reece '78, Manager of Global Upstream Technical Support for
Upstream Information Technology for ExxonMobil, presented a talk entitled “Enhancing
Engineers’ Value through Effective Use of IT Skills.” Rodney K. Bane '79, Division Subsurface
Supervisor for the Artificial Lift Group, discussed “Leadership Skills for the Oil and Gas Business:
What I Wish They would have Told Me 30 Years Ago.” Keith Millheim '63, managing director of
Global Drilling LTD, talked about “Teaching Innovation to Engineers.”
  Scott Heck '80, Vice President for Amerada Hess, also served on the program committee and Dr. Robert W. Chase
co-chaired a session entitled, “Responding to Key Challenges for Today’s Petroleum Engineering
Departments” at the conference.
  More than 100 representatives from the petroleum industry and petroleum engineering departments from around the U.S.
attended the conference. Dr. Ben Thomas also attended the conference from Marietta.

Freeman and Chase Co-Chair ERM Technical Program
Professors, Dave Freeman and Bob Chase co-chaired the technical program committee for the Eastern Regional Meeting
(ERM) held in Lexington, KY. The Eastern Kentucky section of SPE led by Robert Laughuer and Derek Hina entertained over
30 Marietta College students and faculty at the event. Students served a supporting role at the event as well and earned a
gift of $2,000 from the SPE section for their efforts.

Assessment/Accreditation Survey Help Needed from 1998-2003 Graduates
Periodically, the Department seeks information from
our alumni that is critical to our assessment efforts
and our continuing ABET accreditation. If you
graduated between the years of 1998 and
2003, we need your help! We need you to
complete a survey called a “5-10 Years Out Survey.”
  If you graduated during the period 1998-2003,
please take the time to visit the following website
and complete the brief on-line survey that will help
us assess whether or not we are achieving our
program objectives. We are asking you to reflect on
your education after being out of school for five to
ten years. The survey should take no more than 5 to
10 minutes of your time and it will provide us with
data that we need for our next accreditation visit.
Every person completing the survey will receive one
entry in a drawing to win your choice of a
Department dress shirt or golf shirt!

My Back Pages...                             now in prominent positions within their
                                             companies volunteering to serve on our
                                                                                            to the Department in support of our
                                                                                            wide range of needs and activities.
As I sit here typing the last page of this   Industry Advisory Committee; all are           Personally, I give ten times more to
newletter I am reflecting back on my         united in one cause……making the                Marietta College than I do my own alma
30th year at the helm of the                 Petroleum Engineering and Geology              mater (Penn State in case any of my
Department. It is great to see our           programs at Marietta College the best          formers have forgotten!) because I
established alumni stepping up and           that they can be.          My 30 year          believe in what we are doing here. And
supporting the program and the               anniversary wish is that all of our alumni     I split my gift between the Annual Fund
College in so many different ways.           would commit to being part of this             and the Department. I have to believe
Whether it is Cindy Reece, Clyde             cause.                                         that the education you received at
Crouch, Dave Pierce and Jeff Sherrick          The transformation I have seen at this       Marietta College is worth an investment
leading a campaign to honor Elmer            institution over the last six or seven         in the future of the students we have
Templeton        with    an     endowed      years has been nothing short of                here now. I would love to be able to
scholarship; Kean Weaver, Don Ritter,        spectacular. You all really need to come       look at the list of donors to the College
Cindy Reece, and Jason Rebrook               back to campus to see what has                 at the end of 2008, and be able to
accepting positions on the Board of          transpired under the leadership of             boast that alumni from the Petroleum
Trustees or Alumni Board; Marty Hupp         President Jean Scott. But big changes          Engineering and Geology programs
and Larry Stoltzfus running our annual       carry big price tags and, to that end, we,     were tops in terms of the percentage of
alumni golf outing in Texas; Ron Rinard      the whole College, really do need your         graduates among all programs
and David Worthington setting up             support.                                       supporting their alma mater. Help me
scholarships to support our students;          There are obviously many ways you            celebrate 30 years at Marietta College
Jim Metcalf throwing some support            can support Marietta College…             and give a little something back to
behind our men’s crew program; Tim           can give to the Annual Fund, contribute        Marietta College in ’08.
Maddox or John Stansfield sponsoring         to our endowments like the Elmer               Thanks!
a big field trip; Jerry James employing      Templeton Scholarship Fund or the                                         - Bob Chase
our students all year long; or others        David Schaible Fund, or earmark gifts

                                                                                                      Marietta, OH 45750-4017
                                                                                                            215 Fifth Street
                                                                                          Department of Petroleum of Engineering and Geology

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