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Print Publication and Electronic Media Guide

Purpose: To successfully implement Associated Press writing guidelines into all University printed publications so that all printed materials will be fully consistent for our external audiences. The following guidelines will provide a strong framework for all printed publications and will act as an essential tool when writing on behalf of Ohio Northern University.

Please contact the Office of University Communications and Marketing for additional information.

Advisor

  • This differs from the AP Stylebook however, please use this spelling in Ohio Northern University publications.

Academic Courses/Majors

  • Lowercase unless it includes a proper noun (i.e. English, Spanish, etc.).
  • Correct: She is a music major.
  • Capitalize the names of all official courses offered by Ohio Northern University, especially when they accompany a course number. Lowercase when referring to a course in general terms.
  • Correct: I would like to take Tap Dance 2 at Ohio Northern University.
  • Correct: I would like to take Public Relations Case Studies in the fall.
  • Correct: I am excited to take an art history class at Ohio Northern University.

Alumni

  • Alumna- female
  • Alumnus- male
  • Alumni- men/mixed group
  • Alumnae- women
  • Avoid the use of the words "alum" or "alums."
  • Ohio Northern University defines an "alumni" as one who has received a degree from the institution.
  • ALL alumni NAMES will be identified in BOLD...including ONU faculty and staff who have graduated from Ohio Northern University. It is not necessary to bold the degree and class year. This may be omitted on electronic formats.
  • DO NOT bold alumni names in photo captions.
  • Class Notes 1985
  • Ex: Rita Tully, BSBA, is the owner of Johnny's Pizza in Boston, MA, where she also resides.
  • Ex: Cara Miabella, BA, is a graphic designer for Ohio Northern University.
  • In a paragraph:
  • Ex: Brit Rowe, BFA ‘93, assistant professor of art, gave his students the assignment.
  • If an alumni graduated in a previous century, please list their full year of graduation.
  • Ex: Joy England, AA 1902, and her husband, John, owned Jessi's Jackets in San Jose, NM.

Alumni Events

  • Capitalize and use the specific title in all print publications.
  • Ex: The Columbus Area Alumni Event

Ampersand (&)

  • ONLY use an ampersand when it is part of a company's FORMAL name.
  • Ex: Gianna Russo, BSBA, is employed by Johnson & Johnson.
  • The ampersand should never be used in place of and.
  • The use of an ampersand is accepted when used in reference to The Getty College of Arts & Sciences.

Athletics

  • Please refer to the AP Stylebook for further rules and information.
  • Correct: Third-year head coach Mike Bertie led the team to victory.
  • Correct: First Team All-America, First Team All-OAC, Academic All-OAC
  • Correct: 23-year history of the league
  • Correct: He is ranked No. 12
  • Correct: She led the team with 15 points.
  • Correct: The team is lead by coach Judy Bean.
  • Do not capitalize a sport or the word varsity unless it begins a sentence or is an included a heading.
  • Correct: He is a member of the varsity men's basketball team.
  • Capitalize the word Polar Bear when in reference to Ohio Northern University.
  • Correct: The Polar Bears swept the series.

Boards

  • Capitalize ONLY when it is part of the formal name.
  • Ex: The Ohio Northern University Alumni Board met last weekend.
  • Ex: The alumni board was on campus during Homecoming 2006.

Bolding

  • All names of alumni (including faculty/ staff alumni) should be listed in bold throughout the Ohio Northern Magazine and Alumni Journal. Other publications may adhere to this rule for consistency, but is not necessary.
  • DO NOT bold alumni names in photo captions.
  • Names of students should not be bolded.
  • Bold guide lines do not pertain to text found on the Ohio Northern University Web page.

Campus

  • DO NOT capitalize unless used in reference to Campus Security.

Capitalization

  • Titles of alumni (or any individual titles) that are used in the Alumni Journal should not be capitalized.
  • For example, the following sentence is correct.
  • Ex: Paula Jewel, BA, is the vice president of Cedar Point.
  • Capitalize the word president when it comes BEFORE the individual's name.

Captions

  • All photographs must have a caption if one is needed to identify people or objects within the photograph. Identification of alumni should follow the format below:
  • Name (comma) degree year (comma) and what's happening in the photograph.
  • Ex: Michael Bandini, BA ‘01, poses at the Cleveland Area Alumni Event.
  • If captions include students:
  • Alumni Journal- always provide name, class year and hometown.
  • Ex: Rose Poland, a fourth-year pharmacy major from Columbus, OH, stands in front of the Lehr Building.
  • All other University publications- include appropriate information applicable to the student.
  • Identify individuals in a photograph from left, clockwise or front to back.
  • Ex: From left are: Leonard Fino, JD '03, Carl Farms, BS '01, and Leona May, BA '04.
  • Please refer to the press release section for additional information.

City

  • Capitalize when used in conjunction with a formal name, popular nickname or official title.
  • Ex: The New York City weather was brutal.
  • Ex: We visited the Windy City last April.
  • Ex: City Manager Alan Debby is planning to retire in June.
  • Lowercase when used in "city of" references.
  • Ex: He went to the city of Tiffin to buy a car.

Class Notes

  • This is the official format for Class Notes in the Alumni Journal.
  • If applicable, provide a residence and business location.
  • DO NOT provide a location if Banner lists their information as CONFIDENTIAL.
  • Ex: Pat Myrtle, BA, is an admissions counselor for Syracuse University. He resides in Fayetteville, NY.
  • Ex: Jessica Charles, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist for Sally Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She resides in Sailor, PA.
  • Always include the maiden name of an alumna.
  • Ex: Angela (Collins) Taylor, BSBA, is a financial analyst for Christopher Industries in Parkview, CO. She and her family reside in Rocky River, CO.
  • Alumni marriage format:
  • If reporting the marriage of two alumni, include the announcement in BOTH class years. If two alumni of the same class year marry each other, list the announcement once.
  • Ex: Todd Bayberry, BSEE, and Nikki (Starr), BS ‘03, were married on June 9, 2007. The couple resides in Bryan, OH.
  • If an alumnus marries a non-ONU graduate, DO NOT put parentheses around the maiden name.
  • Ex: Brad Gadget, JD, and Valerie Diamond were married on August 4, 2006. The couple resides in Boulder, CO.
  • Only bold the name of a spouse if they are an alumnus/a.
  • Ex. Michael Carbondale, BA, and Kay (Umbria), BSPh '97, were married June 11, 2004. The couple resides in Tolerico, FL.
  • If an individual received more than one degree from ONU, please include their announcement in all appropriate class years.
  • Ex: 1986
  • Mary (Fee) Curran, BA, JD ‘86, is employed by Carrier Corporation in Binghamton, NY. Mary resides in Utica, NY.
  • Ex: 1989
  • Mary (Fee) Curran, JD, BA ‘86, is employed by Carrier Corporation in Binghamton, NY. Mary resides in Utica, NY.
  • List an e-mail address upon request of the alumni. E-mail addresses should NOT be bold or underlined. If an e-mail is listed at the end of a sentence DO NOT put a period after the sentence. ALWAYS double check that the alumni gave us permission to include their e-mail address.
  • Ex: Ann Ireland, JD, is an attorney for Samm, Ruger and Co., in Hamilton, CA, and she can be reached at: soccer2@yahoo.com
  • It is not necessary to include the names and ages of multiple children in the household, however, if alumni list this information, we should honor their request.

Class Rank

  • Capitalize the words freshman, sophomore, junior or senior ONLY if it starts the sentence. Lowercase elsewhere.
  • Correct: Jeanne Correy is a senior biology major from Attica, OH.
  • Exception: Senior Class gift

College

  • Capitalize the word college when part of a formal name....lowercase elsewhere.
  • The Getty College of Arts and Sciences
  • The James F. Dicke College of Business
  • The T.J. Smull College of Engineering
  • The Claude W. Pettit College of Law
  • The Raabe College of Pharmacy
  • Upon first reference, use the full name of the college.
  • Refer to it as "the college" after it has been introduced in the paragraph.
  • Ex: The Raabe College of Pharmacy is nationally ranked.
  • The college has several state-of-the-art laboratories.

Composition Titles

  • Italicize and capitalize all books, newspapers and magazines.
  • Capitalize the first word and all words in a title that contain four letters or more.
  • These rules may also be used for the titles of movies, television shows and plays.

Dates

  • Always use Arabic figures without st, nd, rd, or th.
  • Correct: March 1,
  • Wrong: March 1st,
  • Always place a comma after the year unless the year ends the sentence.
  • Ex: Their wedding was held on July 14, 1997, in the botanical gardens.
  • See Months entry for additional rules.
  • Alumni Journal: ALL months included in a date will be spelled out.

Degrees

  • The following abbreviations have been or are currently in association with Ohio Northern University.
  • AA- associate of arts
  • ACIT- alumni citation (University award)
  • BA- bachelor of arts
  • BFA- bachelor of fine arts
  • BM- bachelor of music
  • BS- bachelor of science
  • BSBA- bachelor of science in business administration
  • BSCE- bachelor of science in civil engineering
  • BSCHE- bachelor of science in chemical engineering
  • BSCPE- bachelor of science in computer engineering
  • BSECE- bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering
  • BSEd- bachelor of science in education
  • BSEE- bachelor of science in electrical engineering
  • BSME- bachelor of science in mechanical engineering
  • BSMT- bachelor of science in medical technology
  • BSN- bachelor of science in nursing
  • BSPh- bachelor of science in pharmacy
  • H of F- Hall of Fame
  • Hon. D.- honorary degree
  • JD- juris doctorate
  • LL.B- bachelor of laws
  • LL.M- master of laws
  • PharmD- doctor of pharmacy
  • Ph.D.- doctor of philosophy
  • Given the audience, please use the appropriate degree description.
  • If an individual received a master's degree or doctorate, utilize the following format:
  • bachelor's - not capitalized
  • master's - not capitalized
  • doctorate - not capitalized
  • M.A. - including periods
  • M.S. - including periods
  • Ph.D. - including periods and no space between letters
  • Ex: Carol Solvay, BA, received a master's degree in psychology from Harvard University. Carol and her family reside in San Diego, CA.
  • Ex: Carol Solvay, BA, received an M.A. in psychology from Harvard University. Carol and her family reside in San Diego, CA.
  • Ex: Carol Solvay, BA, received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. Carol and her family reside in San Diego, CA.
  • Do NOT precede a name with a courtesy degree and then follow the name with the degree earned.
  • Correct: Dr. Baxter O'Donnell or Baxter O'Donnell, Ph.D.
  • Wrong: Dr. Baxter O'Donnell, Ph.D.

Departments

  • Use lowercase unless the title includes a proper noun or is part of a formal name.
  • Correct: Nancy Bradenton, Ph.D., would like to work for the department of history.
  • Correct: Nancy Bradenton, Ph.D., would like to work for the history department.
  • Correct: Garrett Cicero, associate professor of journalism, works for the department of English.
  • Correct: Garrett Cicero, associate professor of journalism, works for the English department.
  • Correct: The Ohio Northern University Department of Communication Arts is hosting a banquet in May.

Dial-Roberson Stadium


  • Always refer to the stadium on ONU's campus as Dial-Roberson Stadium.

Directions

  • Lowercase north, south, east and west when referring to a compass direction...capitalize to indicate a region.
  • Correct: The storm is moving in from the east.
  • Correct: The East Coast culture differs from that of the West Coast.
  • Correct: He grew up in the Midwest.
  • Correct: He developed a Southern accent.

E-mail

  • Hyphenate the word e-mail. Only capitalize if this word starts the sentence.
  • Alumni Journal: DO NOT put a period at the end of a sentence if the sentence ends with an e-mail address and always include colons before the e-mail address is listed.
  • Correct: Barney Grumbach, BA, is a rocket scientist in Greenville, NC, and he can be reached at: barney1234@hotmail.com
  • Do not use a period at the end of any URL

Emeritus/Emerita

  • Place this word immediately after the word "professor" or capitalize it if it PRECEDES a name.
  • Correct: Donald Milks, professor emeritus of civil engineering, attended the event.
  • Correct: Professor Emeritus Donald Milks attended the event.

Faculty

  • All faculty members who graduated from Ohio Northern University will be identified in the Alumni Journal. Their name should be bold and followed by their Ohio Northern degree(s).
  • Correct: suffix (space) name (comma) title (comma)
  • (1st reference) Dr. Stephen Iseman, professor of communication arts and public relations, is the advisor of PRSSA.
  • (2nd reference) Iseman has enjoyed a successful career in the public relations field.
  • -or-
  • Dr. Iseman has enjoyed a successful career in the public relations field.
  • Correct: name (comma) degree (comma) title (comma)
  • (1st reference) Stephen Iseman, Ph.D., professor of communication arts and public relations, is the advisor of PRSSA.
  • (2nd reference) Iseman has enjoyed a successful career in the public relations field.
  • -or-
  • Dr. Iseman has enjoyed a successful career in the public relations field.
  • DO NOT follow a name with a degree if the suffix already indicates a degree.
  • The suffix will imply the degree received by the individual.
  • Wrong: Dr. Stephen Iseman, Ph.D., is the advisor of PRSSA.

First Lady

  • Mrs. Toby Baker, BFA '06,

Freed Center for the Performing Arts

Hakes-Pierstorf Family Pharmacy Education Center

Headings

  • Use the following format in reference to all alumni in a heading/title.
  • Single degree: Name (comma) degree year
  • Ex: Kelly Freund, BFA '76
  • Multiple degrees: Name (comma) degree year (comma) degree year
  • Ex: Melvin Jai Roberts, BA '76, JD ‘79

Homecoming

  • Always capitalize the word Homecoming in reference to Ohio Northern University.

Honorary Degrees

  • Honorary degrees should be noted as such if someone has received one.
  • Ex: Maxwell Marks, Hon.D, is a priest at Our Lady of Pompeii.

Internet

  • Always capitalize the word Internet.
  • DO NOT write http:// in front of a Web site address in print publications.
  • You may write http:// in front of a Web site address in an electronic format.

It's, Its

  • It's is a contraction for it is.
  • Its is the possessive for it.

Months

  • Always spell out names of months in the Alumni Journal.
  • Other publications may use Associated Press abbreviations for months when used in
  • conjunction with a specific date.
  • (Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.)
  • Correct: Terry Dubiel, BA '99, received the Outstanding Teacher Award on Jan. 4, 2007.
  • DO NOT abbreviate a month when it stands alone.
  • Wrong: Jaclyn Capezio, BS '02, received a master of business administration from Ohio State University in Feb. and now works in Florida.
  • DO NOT include the word "of" between the month and year.
  • Correct: January 31, 2004,
  • November 2003
  • Wrong: July of 1979
  • When a phrase lists only a month and a year, do not separate the month and year with commas.
  • Ex: November 1981 was a bad month.

Names

  • Use the suffixes Jr., Sr., III, IV, etc., if another alumnus is of the same name.
  • IF an alumnus requests the suffix to be used, it DEFINITELY needs to be included!!!
  • Nicknames should only be used if the person was known by that name while at ONU. In other cases, utilize the person's proper name.
  • Correct: John "Jack" Gianelli
  • Exception: Arden "Stretch" Roberson
  • Common nicknames are acceptable.
  • Correct: Christine "Chrissy" Trinity
  • Correct: Michelle "Shelli" Tazman

No.

  • Use as the abbreviation for number in conjunction with a figure to indicate position or rank: No. 1 man, or No. 3 choice.
  • Don't use in street addresses or in the names of schools.
  • Also, don't use the # sign to indicate number.

Noon, Midnight

  • Do not put a 12 in front of either of them.
  • Capitalize the first "n" in Noon.

Numbers

  • DO NOT begin a sentence with a number. Write out the number.
  • Figures or Words- spell out first through ninth when they indicate sequence in time or location. Ex: first base, the First Amendment
  • Spell out whole numbers below 10. For 10 and above, use figures.
  • Exceptions: age, money, dimensions, percentages, measurements
  • Correct: He has been with the office for two years.
  • Correct: He was a pharmacist for 15 years.
  • Correct: This medicine is 100 percent effective.
  • Correct: The project is going to cost $4 million.
  • Use a comma for most figures higher than 999. Exceptions: street addresses, ACT/SAT scores, room numbers, serial numbers, telephone numbers and years
  • Correct: She bought 2,345 cans of corn.
  • Correct: He received a 2200 on the new SAT.
  • Correct: They graduated in 1985.

Off, of

  • The of is unnecessary.
  • Correct: He fell off the bed.
  • Wrong: He fell off of the bed.
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Upon first reference, write Ohio Northern University.
  • Use Ohio Northern, Northern or ONU in additional references.

Online

  • Spell out as one word. Lowercase unless it begins a sentence.

Organizations and Institutions

  • Capitalize the full names of organizations and institutions.
  • Upon first reference, state the name of the organization/institution and use its abbreviation in parentheses immediately following.
  • Ex: She graduated from Liverpool High School (LHS) in 1997. She was a member of the LHS swim team.

People, Persons

  • Always use people to say the plural of person.

Pharmacy students

  • DO NOT write P-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Write out the class year accompanied by the word pharmacy after the name of the student.
  • Ex: Karla Fayce, first year pharmacy major, from Salt Lake City, enjoyed the event.

Phone numbers

  • Examples:
  • (555) 867-5309
  • (800) 867-5309 x1234

Photography


  • The resolution must be high and clear in order to be used in print publications. Please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing for further assistance.

Plurals

  • See AP Stylebook, Copyright 2004 (pages 190-192) for this information

Polar Bear

  • Capitalize the word Polar Bear when in reference to Ohio Northern University.
  • Ex: The Ohio Northern University women's soccer team is ranked high in the division. The Polar Bears continue to dominate their opponents.
  • Wrong: The biology department researched Polar Bears during the summer.

p.m., a.m.

  • Always use lowercase with periods. Avoid the redundant 10 p.m. tonight.
  • See Noon, Midnight entry for additional information.

Possessives

  • See AP Stylebook, Copyright 2004 (pages 196-198) for this information

President

  • Capitalize president ONLY as a formal title before one or more names.
  • Correct: President Baker
  • Correct: Presidents Baker and Freed
  • Wrong: He was the President of Murray Motors.
  • 1st reference: Ohio Northern University President Kendall L. Baker, Ph.D.
  • 2nd reference: Dr. Baker or Baker
  • Correct: Dr. Kendall L. and Mrs. Toby Baker

Press Releases

  • Please contact the Office of University Communications and Marketing for
  • additional information.
  • ALL press releases will be distributed by the Office of
  • Communications and Marketing.

Principal, principle

  • Principal is the noun and adjective meaning someone or something first in rank, authority, importance or degree
  • Ex: Andrea Brothers is the school principal.
  • Aaron Findlay was the principal player in the trade.
  • Principle is a noun that means a fundamental truth, law, doctrine or motivating force.
  • Ex: They fought for the principle of self-determination.

Professor

  • Capitalize before a name if it begins a sentence...lowercase elsewhere.
  • Ex: Professor Roberto Razopatti gave us the study guide.
  • Ex: We were greeted by professor Roberto Razopatti in the hallway.

Program

  • Capitalize when part of a formal title...lowercase elsewhere.
  • Correct: The graphic design program is remarkable.
  • Correct: The Overnight Program is hosted by the Office of Admissions.
  • Correct: The Honors Program is working on several research projects.

Punctuation

  • See the AP Stylebook, Copyright 2004 (Punctuation Chapter: pages 326-336)
  • *copies are available upon request from the Office of Communications and Marketing

Room

  • Capitalize to indicate a specific location.
  • Ex: The exam will be held in Room 226.

Seasons of the year

  • Lowercase spring, summer, fall, winter and other words including seasons
  • unless part of a formal name.
  • Ex: She graduated in the spring.
  • Ex: The will visit the campus during the summertime.
  • Ex: They attended the Ohio Northern Summer Carnival in July 2005.

Semester

  • Always lowercase.

Semiannual

  • Twice a year, synonym of biannual.
  • Often confused with biennial, which means every other year.

Staff

  • All staff members who graduated from Ohio Northern University will be identified in the Alumni Journal. Their name should be bold and followed by their Ohio Northern degree(s).

State

  • DO NOT capitalize unless it is part of a formal name.
  • Correct: The New York State Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • Wrong: I went to the State of Texas for a vacation.

State Names

  • Spell out the names of the 50 U.S. states when they stand alone in textual material.
  • Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah should never be abbreviated in text.
  • Ex: Patti Fort mentioned that Hawaii was her favorite state.
  • Ex: Bill Bubble went to Iowa for the summer.
  • The following are state and zip code abbreviations accepted by The Associated Press:
    • Alabama Ala. (AL)
    • Alaska (AK)
    • Arizona Ariz. (AZ)
    • Arkansas Ark. (AR)
    • California Calif. (CA)
    • Colorado Colo. (CO)
    • Connecticut Conn. (CT)
    • Delaware Del. (DE)
    • Florida Fla. (FL)
    • Georgia Ga. (GA)
    • Hawaii (HI)
    • Idaho (ID)
    • Illinois Ill. (IL)
    • Indiana Ind. (IN)
    • Iowa (IA)
    • Kansas Kan. (KS)
    • Kentucky Ky. (KY)
    • Louisiana La. (LA)
    • Maine (ME)
    • Maryland Md. (MD)
    • Massachusetts Mass. (MA)
    • Michigan Mich. (MI)
    • Minnesota Minn. (MN)
    • Mississippi Miss. (MI)
    • Missouri Mo. (MO)
    • Montana Mont. (MT)
    • Nebraska Neb. (NE)
    • Nevada Nev. (NV)
    • New Hampshire N.H. (NH)
    • New Jersey N.J. (NJ)
    • New Mexico N.M. (NM)
    • New York N.Y. (NY)
    • North Carolina N.C. (NC)
    • North Dakota N.D. (ND)
    • Ohio (OH)
    • Oklahoma Okla. (OK)
    • Oregon Ore. (OR)
    • Pennsylvania Penn. (PA)
    • Rhode Island R.I. (RI)
    • South Carolina S.C. (SC)
    • South Dakota S.D. (SD)
    • Tennessee Tenn. (TN)
    • Texas (TX)
    • Utah (UT)
    • Vermont Vt. (VT)
    • Virginia Va. (VA)
    • Washington Wash (WA)
    • West Virginia W.Va. (WV)
    • Wisconsin Wis. (WI)
    • Wyoming Wyo. (WY)
  • This is the correct way to write Washington, D.C.
  • Place a comma between the city and state name, and another comma after the
  • state name... unless the state name is at the end of a sentence.
  • Ex: Johnny Kimm, JD ‘00, said Las Vegas, Nev., had the largest alumni population.
  • Ex: Carmen Anthony, BS ‘06, is an English teacher in Tempe, Ariz.
  • Alumni Journal: ALWAYS use state abbreviations recommended by the U.S. Postal Service to fit typographical requirements. Obituaries will follow AP guide lines.
  • Ex: Kevin Billups, JD, resides in Baltimore, MD.
  • Ex: Joanne Stone, BA, resides in Old Fort, OH, and she can be reached at: joannestone13090@yahoo.com
  • Ex: Bobby Oakridge, BSEE, resides in Indianapolis, IN, with his family.

Students

  • Include appropriate information applicable to the student after the name of the student is listed.
  • (freshman-senior, major, hometown)
  • List pharmacy students as "first year pharmacy major," rather than P-1, 2,3,4,5,6.
  • Students may be given a pre-graduation year ONLY in Admissions publications.

Technology Department

  • Officially called Department of Technological Studies

Teddy Bears

  • This is the official format for Class Notes in the Alumni Journal.
  • If two alumni of different graduating years announce the birth of their child, please post the announcement in BOTH class years. If two alumni of the same class year announce the birth of their child, list the announcement once.
  • Search for additional siblings in Banner and include their ages.
  • Middle names of siblings are not necessary.
  • If applicable, provide a location of the family.
  • DO NOT provide a location if Banner lists their information as CONFIDENTIAL.
  • It is not necessary to include the professions of the mother or father.
  • Ex: Julie (Coral) Zenith, BA, and her husband, Jim, a son, Brian, May 17,
  • 2007. The Zenith family resides in Ada, OH.
  • Ex: Julie (Coral) Zenith, BA, and her husband, Jim, a son, Brian, May 17,
  • 2007. Brian joins sister, Chloe, 3. The Zenith family resides in Ada, OH.
  • Include an e-mail address when requested by any alumni.
  • Ex: Julie (Coral) Zenith, BA, and her husband, Jim, a son, Brian, May 17,
  • 2007. Brian joins sister, Chloe, 3. The Zenith family resides in Ada, OH, and they can be reached at: zenithfamily4@yahoo.com

Theatre

  • Use this version of the word when in reference to Ohio Northern University.

The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration

Time

  • Always use lowercase when referring to a.m. or p.m.
  • Only use a colon to separate hours from minutes.
  • ***Exceptions may be made for invitations, schedules, etc.
  • Correct: 5 a.m.
  • Wrong: 5:00 a.m., 5:00 am, 5:00 AM, 5:00 A.M.
  • Correct: 4:30 p.m.

Titles

  • Capitalize the title of an individual if it PRECEDES the name.
  • Use lowercase elsewhere.
  • Correct: Senior Accountant Joseph D. Bello, spoke at the ceremony.
  • Correct: Joseph D. Bello, senior accountant, spoke at the ceremony.
  • Wrong: Joseph D. Bello, Senior Accountant, spoke at the ceremony.
  • If an individual has a proper noun in their title such as English, Greek or Spanish, etc...you may only capitalize that specific word if it comes after their name.
  • Correct: Chad Shepherd, director of Greek life and student activities, organized a
  • meeting for all advisors.
  • Alumni Journal (Class Notes, Teddy Bears, Obituaries)
  • DO NOT use the title of an individual when first naming them. However, if they have a military title, it may be utilized after the first naming of them if needed.
  • Correct: Anne Wegman, BSME, is an engineer for Thunderbird Corporation.
  • Wrong: Mrs. Anne Wegman, BSME, is an engineer for Thunderbird Corporation.
  • Ex: Nino Congleton, BA, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West
  • Point. Major Congleton and his family reside in Cicero, NY.

United States

  • Spell out when used as a noun, and abbreviate U.S. (including periods) when used as an adjective.
  • Ex: U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force
  • Ex: She wants to travel to the United States next year.

University

  • Capitalize the word "University" when referring to Ohio Northern University.
  • Exception: press releases
  • Correct: Ohio Northern University is located in Ada, Ohio.
  • The University is entering a year-long campaign.
  • First reference: Ohio Northern University
  • Second reference: University

Vice President

  • See president entry above

Web page

  • Two words- first word capitalized, second word lowercase.

Web site

  • Two words- first word capitalized, second word lowercase.

Years

  • Correct: '07
  • Inorrect: ‘07
  • When using decades or centuries, do not use an apostrophe.
  • Correct: 1980s, 1800s
  • Wrong: 1980's, 1800's
  • To refer to duration of time or span of years please use the following format:
  • Correct: 1997-98
  • Wrong: 1997-1998
  • Exception: 1999-2000
  • Always place a comma after a year unless it ends the sentence.
  • Ex: He was born on April 15, 1990, at General Community Hospital.
  • Ex: They were married in Atlanta, Ga., on July 10, 1997.