The following list includes style conventions used when writing about Kent State University and not covered in The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law.
offices — see under names of.
OhioLINK — use this form.
One Stop for Student Services – use this form.
One University Commission — use this form.
Outstanding Teaching Award — use this form for the yearly teaching awards conferred by the University Teaching Council.
P-card — use this form for purchasing card.
page numbers — follow AP.
The information is on Page 21.
The index appears on Pages 395-399.
Check the index (Page 395) for all listings.
Pan-African — hyphenate.
Parents Day — obsolete; use Family Day.
percentages — use number and write out the word in body copy; use number and percent symbol in tabulated copy.
Enrollment increased 5 percent.
Performing Arts Center — use this form for the facility at Kent State Tuscarawas.
plaza — Risman Plaza on first reference; plaza for subsequent reference. Use William B. and Marion C. Risman Plaza only when the context requires a historical explanation of the name.
president — use this form.
Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren, Ed.D, Ph.D., greeted the students. Dr. Warren is Kent State’s 12th president. Dr. Warren greeted the Kent State freshman students.
President’s List — always capitalize and use the apostrophe.
Presidents Cabinet — always capitalize; do not use an apostrophe.
Preview KSU! — use this form; retain the exclamation mark in running text.
program — see under names of.
PSEOP — use this form; stands for Post-secondary Enrollment Options Program.
Purchasing card — see P-card.
RCET — see Research Center for Educational Technology.
Regional Campuses —see under names of, campuses.
Rec Center — see Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
requirements — write out in full and capitalize the names of university requirements and subcategories.
Humanities and Fine Arts
Mathematics, Logic and Foreign Languages
the Transfer Module
the Writing-Intensive Course Requirement
Research Center for Educational Technology — use this form for first reference; center for subsequent references.
Residence Hall Move-in — use this form.
Responsibility Center Management — use this form for first reference; RCM for subsequent references.
résumé — use the diacritical marks.
Roadmap — use this form for references to the university’s Graduation Planning System.
Rock — capitalize when referring to the landmark on Front Campus.
Rockin’ in the Plaza — use this form.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – use this form on first reference; Rock Hall is acceptable for subsequent references. The formal name Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer used in marketing communications.
Roe Green Center — see Green Center.
RSVP — follow AP style in all instances.
Rural Scholars Program – use this form.
SBC Classroom — obsolete; see AT&T Classroom.
School of Fashion Design and Merchandising — use this form on first reference; Fashion School is acceptable for subsequent references. The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising is the formal name.
Schoonover Stadium — use this form for the name of the varsity baseball facility.
Science Mall — use this form when referring to the area of campus that includes the Aeronautics and Technology Building, Cunningham Hall, Henderson Hall, Liquid Crystal and Materials Sciences Building, Mathematics and Computer Science Building, Science and Research Building, Smith Hall and Williams Hall.
Sculpture Walk — see Kent State University Sculpture Walk.
See You @ College — use this form.
semester — capitalize only when referring to an official term; 2012 Fall Semester; Spring Semester 2018. However, lowercase fall semester or fall 2012. Also, use the forms Summer Session I, II and III; and Winter Intersession and Spring Intersession. However, lowercase summer session and intersession.
spring break — see Spring Recess.
Spring Recess — use this form, which is the official name.
Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State — see A Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State
student-athlete — hyphenate.
Student Center — see Kent Student Center
Student Green — use this form.
Student Recreation and Wellness Center — write out in full for the first reference; center for subsequent references. Do not use Rec.
study abroad — education abroad is the preferred term; hyphenate before a noun (e.g., education-abroad program).
superscript — do not use superscript with ordinal numbers.
- The university celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010.
- She taught ninth and 10th grades.
teams — use these forms: men’s Golden Flashes football team; women’s Golden Flashes baseball team; the team
Technology Transfer and Economic Development, Office of — formerly Technology Transfer.
TechStyle LAB — use this form.
theatre — university style uses the -re ending unless the -er ending is part of an official name.
The Davey Tree Expert Company — use this form.
Theodore Roosevelt High School — use this form.
titles — titles of major works such as books, epic poems, movies, museum exhibitions, plays, operas, music or dance concerts, TV shows, journals, newspapers, magazines, names of ships, works of art, computer games, albums are capitalized and set in italics. Titles of shorter works such as short stories, poems, songs, lectures, articles, presentations, speeches, individual episodes of TV shows are capitalized and set in quotations. Titles of conferences, courses, workshops and special events are capitalized.
trademark — include the following statement at the end of your university communications, such as publications, web pages and PowerPoint presentations:
Kent State, Kent State University and KSU are registered trademarks and may not be used without permission.
treatment of titles – University Style is as follows:
Italicize major works such as long poems and titles of poetry collections; titles of books, plays, theatrical shows, movies; long musical compositions such as operas or oratorios, tone poems; names of ships, aircraft, spacecraft; works of art; names of TV series; names of newspapers and periodicals.
Set in roman type and enclose in quotation marks shorter works such as poems, short stories, lectures, theses, dissertations, articles, speeches, song titles, individual episodes of a TV show, chapters of books. See capitalizations of titles.
trustees — see Board of Trustees.
20-Year Club — use this form.
UCommute — use this form.
university — use Kent State University on first reference; use Kent State, or the university for subsequent references.
University Library — use this form for the name of the building, library on subsequent references; not Main Library.
University Libraries — use this form for the name of the department.
upperclass, upperclassmen — see upper-division, upper-division students.
upper-division, upper-division students — use this form.
uselect — use this form when referring to the link to the Transferology™ website.
username — one word.
userID — see Kent State ID.
Uumbaji Gallery — no diacritical marks.
Varsity “K” — use quotation marks around K.
Welcome Weekend — Name changed. See KSU Kickoff
Williamson House — use Williamson House on all references; previously known as Williamson Alumni Center. The building was formerly Curtiss House, home to Kent State presidents until 1988.
WKSU — use this form.
written forms of address – university style is no longer to follow AP Style in forms of written address. Follow the appropriate models below.
President: first reference, Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren, Ed.D., Ph.D.; subsequent references, Dr. Warren.
Executive officers: first reference, Sr. Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Affairs Karen B. Clarke; subsequent references, Sr. Vice President Clarke; first reference, Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs Paul E. DiCorleto, Ph.D., subsequent references, Vice President DiCorleto; Dr. DiCorleto.
Trustees: first reference, Kent State University Trustee Virginia C. Addicott; subsequent references, Ms. Addicott.
Deans, Directors and Chairs: first reference, Dean of Kent State University at Geauga and Regional Academic Center Angela Spalsbury, Ph.D., subsequent references Dean Spalsbury, Dr. Spalsbury; Director of the School of Art Marie Bukowski, subsequent references, Director Bukowski; Chair of the Department of Anthroplogy Mary Ann Raghanti, Ph.D., subsequent references, Chair Raghanti, Dr. Raghanti.
Professors and other faculty: first reference, Lecturer George F. Bingham, subsequent references, Mr. Bingham; first reference, Assistant Professor Jason T. Boergerhoff, subsequent references, Mr. Boergerhoff; first reference, Assistant Professor Darwin L. Boyd, Ph.D., subsequent references, Dr. Boyd; first reference, Professor Aminur R. Chowdury, Ed.D., subsequent references, Dr. Chowdury; first reference, Associate Professor Marie Blazer, D.P.M., subsequent references Dr. Blazer; first reference, Assistant Professor Mary A. Mooney, M.D., subsequent references, Dr. Mooney; first reference, Associate Lecturer Myrna A. Forbes, Au.D., subsequent references, Dr. Forbes.
Employees, Students, Alumni, Guests: If they hold a doctorate, employ the model above; otherwise use the courtesy titles Ms., Mrs. or Mr. as they prefer.
Zoeller Field — formerly the soccer field.