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magna cum laudeWith great distinction. Lowercase.
majorsGeorge Fox University offers more than 40 traditional undergraduate majors as of 2016.
Lowercase in running text, capitalizing only proper names within major name.
accounting, applied science, art and design, athletic training
biblical studies, biochemistry, biology, business administration
chemistry, Christian ministries, cinema and media communication, cognitive science, communication arts, computer science, economics, elementary education, engineering, English, entrepreneurship, exercise science
health and human performance, history,
information systems, interdisciplinary studies, international studies,
management, marketing, mathematics, music, music education,
philosophy, politics, psychology,
social work, sociology, Spanish,
master's degreeSee "academic degrees."
MAX (Metropolitan Area Express)Light-rail system in Portland.
May ServeA one-month overseas service trip offered each May during which students minister in different countries.
May TermA two-, three-, or four-week academic session used for a variety of tours, courses, and seminars.
measurementsUse numerals (even under 10). Hyphenate modifiers before the noun. Examples: 3-mile limit, 150-yard skid, 3-foot-high wall, two 12-yard passes, a 4-by 6-foot rug, a 4-by-6 rug. But the rug is 4 feet by 6 feet.
mediumPlural is mediums or media, but always media for the press and news groups.
milesUse numerals, even if under 10.
millionUse numerals: $1 million; a million dollars; 2.5 million people; a $25 million deficit. Repeat the word million or billion when used in a range: Donations increased from $2 million to $4 million.
minorsGeorge Fox University offers more than 50 undergraduate minors as of 2016.
Lowercase in running text:
accounting, art, art history
biblical studies, biology,
camping: administrative, camping: programming, chemistry, Christian ministries: church recreation, Christian ministries: educational ministry, Christian ministries: missions, Christian ministries: youth ministry, cinema and media communication, coaching, communication arts, computer and information science,
design project management,
health, health teaching, history
interior design, international studies,
management, marketing, mathematics, music, music theatre, music (worship arts)
peace studies, philosophy, politics, psychology,
recreation, religion, Romance languages,
social welfare, sociology, Spanish,
teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), theatre,
women's studies, writing
Minthorne GalleryDedicated in 2006, this gallery is located on the first floor of the Hoover Academic Building and hosts exhibits by professional and student artists. Avoid use of the term "Hoover Gallery." Note: Use the gallery's full name, "Roger and Mildred Minthorne Gallery," in formal documents.
moneySee also "numerals."
cents: Under $1 style: 95 cents (number/word).Over $1 style: $1.95 ($ with numbers/decimal only)
dollars: Use the dollar sign and decimal system: $2.25, $2 (Don't use zeros after even amounts).
monthsAbbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. when used with date; spell out when alone or with year alone. No comma needed when just a month and year (February 2001). Commas are needed when a month is used with a specific day and year: January 1, 2002, is the first day of the new year (note the comma after the year, too).
Mount HoodAlways spell out. Peak in Cascade Range. Highest mountain in Oregon at 11,345 feet.
Mount St. HelensAlways spell out. Volcanic peak in Washington that erupted in 1980.
Multicultural ClubClub to learn about various cultures, host cultural activities, and support students.
Chamber Singers, Chapel Choir, Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Festival Chorus, Handbell Ringers, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble (formerly the Concert Band), Worship Band.
MyGFUUniversity's administrative software system.
names: Jr./Sr./IIA comma is not needed before these designations when used after a name.
No Limits LeadershipSee "ADVANCE"
Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM)Denominational headquarters for the evangelical Friends churches in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. George Fox University is owned by NWYM but operated independently.
numeralsIn general, spell out numerals (including ordinals, e.g., first) below 10 and all numerals except years when the first word of a sentence. Other exceptions: Use numerals for age, percent, semester credits/hours, weight, temperature, and time (except formal invitations), dimension, and speed even if below 10. Numbers can be spelled out but are hyphenated if connecting a word ending in y: ninety-nine; five hundred thirty-three; five thousand nine hundred twenty-five; two million four hundred thousand six hundred seventy-seven. See also "years," "decades," "time," and "million."
OLAPC (Oregon Liberal Arts Placement Consortium) Jobs FairAnnual George Fox student recruiting event held at the University of Portland. Around 150 employers offer career information, summer jobs or internships, or entry-level positions. Opportunities to interview on-site.
Oregon coastThis subregion does not qualify for the capitalization a larger, national region does.
The OregonianCapitalize The and italicize name.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)A popular family-oriented museum in Portland.
Oregon ZooPopular attraction located near downtown Portland (formerly called the Washington Park Zoo).
orientation/Orientation WeekendLowercase the general term, but capitalize the annual event, which is held each semester to provide an overview of campus life to incoming students.
OTAA degreeOregon transfer associate of arts.
Pacific Friends AcademyCorrect name is Friends Pacific Academy.
Pacific Northwest, Pacific OceanCapitalize.
Parent CouncilNo apostrophe.
Parents Day of PrayerNo apostrophe.
part-time (adj.)Hyphenate when used as an adjective. She has a part-time job.
part time (adv.)No hyphen when used as an adverb. She works part time.
phone numbersSee "telephone numbers."
Portland Trail BlazersNBA basketball team based in Portland.
Portland Winter HawksWHL ice hockey squad based in Portland.
practica or practicums (pl.) practicum (s.)
predental, prelaw, premedicine, prepharmacy, prephysical therapy, preveterinary (no hyphens).