A Gordon Dictionary

IN THIS SECTION:

In official College communications, spell, punctuate, capitalize and space words and abbreviations as shown below.  Examples and substitute terms are set off • with bullets •

NUMBERS

3–2 engineering program (Link the numerals with an en dash. Don't write 5–year engineering program)

A

Academic Support Center (on second reference, • ACS •)

Advanced Placement test (on second reference, • AP test •)

Advocates for a Sustainable Future (on second reference, • ASF •)

advisor, advisory

African American (noun and adj.)

afterschool (adj.)

A. J. Gordon Fellow (never just • AJ, A.J. • )

A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel or A. J. Gordon Chapel (Omit the. Lowercase in second / general references. Never just • A.J., or A.J. Chapel •)

A. J. Gordon Scholar (never just • AJ, A.J. •)

all right

alumnae, alumnus, alumni (use alum, alums • only in very informal pieces)

A.M. / P.M. (Small capital letters. On website, a.m. / p.m. is acceptable, too.)

annual fund (in general references only, lowercased. Refer to Gordon's as • the Gordon Fund •)

artist-in-residence

artwork

Athletics, Gordon (name of department)

autoformat

Auxiliary Services
 

B

B.A., B.S.

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

bachelor's degree (as a general reference)

Baccalaureate (the service / event)

Barrington Center for the Arts (on second reference, • Barrington •)

the bell

the Bennett Athletic and Recreation Center, the Bennett Athletic Center

bimonthly / biweekly

Blackboard

black box theater (as general reference only; refer to the theater in the Barrington Center for the

Arts as • the Margaret Jensen Theatre •)

Brigham Athletic Complex (omit the)

Business Leaders Breakfast (no apostrophe; do not italicize)
 

C

cafe (or café)

Campus Events Council (for communications on campus, CEC is acceptable)

campus police  use • Public Safety •

campuswide

the Career Services Office  use • Career Services

Catacombs

caseworker

cellphone

Center for Instructional Technology use • Center for Technology Services •

CET  on second reference to department above, use • CTS •

chair (not chairman or chairwoman)

Chapel (the regularly scheduled service at the A. J. Gordon Chapel)

the Chapel (the building, on second reference; first reference should be to • A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel •)

the Chapel Office (the administrative department)

Chapel credit Christian Life and Worship credit

Chester's Place

Christians in the Visual Arts

circa (spell out; do not italicize)

Clarendon Scholar

coauthor

co-chair

co-coach

codirector

collegewide

Commencement (not Graduation •)

Common Core (always capitalize both words)

Conversations with the President (do not italicize)

Convocation (always capitalize)

Core curriculum, Core courses (capitalize first word only)

Coy Pond Piranhas

the Critical Loyalty Project

CSD (acceptable for on-campus audience; for communications beyond campus, use • Center for Student Development •)

the Counseling Office

courseload

coursework

cyberspace
 

D

Dance team (omit the)

daylight-saving time

decision making (noun), decision-making (adj.)

DEEP FAITH

dialogue

Discovery (or La Vida Discovery)

dorm, dormitory use • residence hall •

download

double major (as noun, verb and adj.)
 

E

e-business

e-commerce

Ed.D.

editor-in-chief

the Elijah Project

email

extra-biblical
 

F

faculty/faculty member (Faculty refers to the overall group; use faculty member when referring to an individual.)

FAITH + IDEAS =

Family Weekend   use Reunion and Family Weekend •

fax In contact information blocks put a capital F and space before the number • F 978 555 4444 •)

field trip

the Fighting Scot (mascot), the Fighting Scots (athletic team nickname)

fieldwork

filmmaker

firsthand

first-year student

five-year engineering program use • 3-2 engineering program •

forward (not forwards)

Fowler Campus  On rare occasion this is called for, use • Dale E. and Sarah Fowler Campus •

freshman use • first-year student •

full-time

fundraiser, fundraising
 

G

GBay

Gillies Lounge, Gillies

the Global Education Office (on second reference,  GEO)

the Gordon College Student Association (not Government) (GCSA is acceptable in communications to campus community)

global programs

global internships or global internships

Gordon IN Aix (and IN Lynn, IN Orvieto)

Gordon-sponsored, Gordon-owned (adj.)

the Gordon Commission

the Gordon Fund (annual fund is acceptable in internal communication)

Gordon Police (omit "the" and "department")

grade point average

graduation (do not capitalize; official name of event is Commencement)

the Grapevine

The Great Conversation (capitalize all 3 words)

Great Scots (an alumni event and awards program)

Greater Boston

gray
 

H

hands-on (adj.)

health care as noun / healthcare as adjective 

the Hill (to refer informally to Nyland, Fulton and Tavilla halls)

Hispanic

historic: use the article a, not an  (example: • a historic occasion •)

History Alive!

holistic   use wholistic

Homecoming and Family Weekend

homepage

homestay

Hypernikon
 

I

Idiom

If I Told You . . .

Institute for Public History  use • The Gordon College Institute for Public History •

intercollegiate

internet

lowercase (as verb, noun)
 

J

Jenks Learning Resource Center

Jenks Library

Jerusalem and Athens Forum
 

Jensen Theatre use • the Margaret Jensen Theatre •

K

the Ken Olsen Science Center (always include Ken) (KOSC on second reference)

L

Late Nite (student-run evening venue at Gillies)

La Vida (formally, use • La Vida Outdoor Program Ministries • and • La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership •)

the Loggia, the DEC Loggia, the DEC Loggia of Technology (in KOSC)

like (acceptable as a substitute for such as, except in very formal communications)

Listen: A Journal of Global Education

log in (verb) / login (adj. or noun)

login name

longterm

longtime
 

M

M.A.

MacDonald Auditorium

master's degree in music education

Master of Divinity degree

matchup

M.Ed.

midsemester, midterm

mini-quad

multicultural

multidisciplinary

multiethnic
 

N

noncredit

nongovernmental

nonlab

nonmajor(s)

non-native

nonprofit

nonverbal

non-Western

not-for-profit (adj.)

Notes Along the Way (a Gordon College blog)
 

O

off campus (noun) / off-campus (adj)

okay, OK  (acceptable in informal communications; do not use in formal documents)

on campus (noun) / on-campus (adj)

online

Orientation

overarching
 

P

the Partners Program

part-time

percent (spell out in sentences, and use numeral for the number; use symbol % only in charts)

Ph.D.

Phillips Music Center

Phillips Recital Hall

Philosophy of Education (always capitalize in reference to Gordon's)

Pike Scholars

the PIT

Planned and Special Gifts

poet-in-residence

postgraduate

pre-allied health concentration

pre-engineering concentration

preK

prelaw concentration

premedical concentration (pre-med is acceptable in informal pieces and on second reference)

premier (best or most important)

premiere (first performance)

prenursing concentration

pre-occupational therapy concentration

pre-physical therapy concentration

prepracticum

preregistration

Presidential Fellows

Princemere Journal (omit "the")

problem solving (noun) / problem-solving (adj.)

Public Safety  (Name of department is now Gordon Police)
 

Q

the quad

quad break

R

Residence Life, Residence Life office

Reunion Weekend  use • Homecoming and Family Weekend •

the rock gym use the La Vida Rock Gym at the Bennett Athletic Center
 

S

The Salzburg Institute of Gordon College

shortcut

scholar-in-residence

Scot Radio

Scots News

Senior Breakfast (omit the)

set up (verb), setup (noun)

sitemap

slideshow

sociocultural

sports routinely use athletics, Gordon Athletics

Statement of Life and Conduct (always capitalize in reference to Gordon's)

Student Employment, or the Student Employment Office

Student Financial Services, or the Student Financial Services Office

the Student Health Center

Student Health Services

the Studio for Art, Faith & History

subcellular

Sweaty-Toothed Madmen

syllabi

Statement of Faith (always capitalize in reference to Gordon's)

T

The Tartan

theater (unless spelled differently in official name of a bulding, department, or organization)

Theatre Department

Thematic Core (always capitalize both words)

timeline

toward

troubleshoot

the Turf (informally, for the Brigham soccer field and track)

twice-weekly

U

underway

URL (Uniform Resource Locator)

U.S. (and U.K., U.A.R., G.D.R., U.S.S.R., et al)

U.S. Exposure program
 

V

versus (spell out in sentences; abbreviate as v. in Gordon Athletics charts and listings)

vice president (lowercase unless title precedes the individual's name)

voicemail

Vox Populi (omit the)
 

W

Washington, D.C.

the Web

web address

web design

weblink

webmaster

web page

website

weekday

weeklong

well-being

well known (noun) / well-known (adj.)

the West

West Coast

Western (in reference to culture); western (in reference to geography)

wholistic

wi-fi

W.I.L.D. Semester

work-study

the World Wide Web

writer-in-residence