The following list includes style conventions used when writing about Kent State University and not covered in The Associated Press Stylebook.
academic degrees — for a complete listing, see Programs A-Z in the University Catalog. See AP Stylebook for proper punctuation and capitalization questions.
academic term — see semester.
acronym — University style follows the Associated Press Stylebook and avoids the use of acronyms. However, after a complete reference on a webpage, acronyms may be used where space is a factor – headlines and links. Check the stylebook for familiar and acceptable acronyms such as FBI or SAT.
address — in accordance with U.S. postal guidelines and our nonprofit mailing status, the bottom five lines are critical in the official address of the university; see also mail. Open and refer to the brand style guide for the proper way to incorporate the logo and format return address copy.
Sample of mailing address for mail to be received via United States Postal Service
NAME OF INDIVIDUAL, PROGRAM or DEPARTMENT
NAME OF SCHOOL, COLLEGE, DEPARTMENT or DIVISION
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
P.O. BOX 5190
KENT OH 44242-0001
Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute — use this form, which is the institute's name effective fall 2018. Formerly called the Liquid Crystal Institute®, it was founded in 1965 by Glenn H. Brown, a chemistry professor at Kent State University. The birthplace of liquid crystal displays, the institute is the world’s first research center focused on the basic and applied science of liquid crystals.
advisor — use the -or ending, not -er.
affirmative action statement — see equal opportunity statement.
a la carte dining room — use Second Floor Dining Room or Second Floor Lounge (if used for cocktails and receptions, with dining in the Ballroom).
alumni — feminine and masculine forms are listed in the AP Stylebook. Kent State does not use the forms alum or alums. Identify Kent State alumni by their class year(s) with an apostrophe before the year. The apostrophe should face left. If individuals have more than one degree from Kent State, place a comma between the class years. Call the Kent State University Alumni Association at 330-672-5368 to verify information concerning alumni. The form for listing alumni follows.
University alumna Jane Doe, ’87, ’90, Ph.D. ’96, chaired the committee.
John Doe, ’13, is a recent alumnus of Kent State University.
Alumni Association — see Kent State University Alumni Association.
ampersand — see and.
and — University style follows the Associated Press Stylebook and uses and, not an ampersand, in print communications unless an ampersand is part of the proper name of a nonuniversity entity. When writing for web communications, use and in the text comprising the body of a website page. However, ampersands are permitted as part of the Kent State University website’s navigation or a design element used as part of a website’s navigation if using and interferes with spacing or the overall design of the website.
A Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State – use this form on first reference; lowercase strategic roadmap, without Italics on shortened and subsequent references.
AT&T Classroom — before SBC and AT&T merged, this was formerly known as Ameritech Classroom; use AT&T Classroom.
athletics — see intercollegiate athletics.
baseball facility — see Schoonover Stadium.
bibliographical citations — publications containing faculty and staff achievements from various academic disciplines should be styled according to A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, available at the Kent State University Bookstore. Departmental newsletters should follow the style manual of their respective disciplines.
bioFLEX — use this form.
Blastoff — use this form.
Blue and Gold Club — see Golden Flashes Club.
Board of Trustees — use Kent State University Board of Trustees on first reference; Board or Trustees for subsequent references. Include the year of graduation for Board members who are alumni (e.g., Jane Doe, ’83).
bookstore — see under Kent State University Bookstore.
buildings — see under names of.
Business College — use Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship; second reference: Ambassador Crawford College.