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These examples are all lowercase: cha-cha, waltz, polka, tango, fox-trot, salsa, two-step, lancers, cotillion, bergomask.
Always use numerals. Separate ranges of dates with an en dash: Monday-Friday, Sept. 9-Oct. 2.
Do not capitalize unless used as a title preceding a person's name.
degrees conferred by George Fox
Example: Jane Doe received a bachelor of arts in economics from George Fox University.
BA/bachelor of arts/bachelor's [degree]
BS/bachelor of science/bachelor's [degree]
George Fox University Undergraduate Degrees (do not capitalize unless name includes a proper noun)
applied science (engineering 3/2 dual degree program; BS)
art and design, with concentrations in graphic design, interior design, studio arts (BA)
athletic training (BSAT)
biblical studies (BA)
biology (BS), with concentrations in cell and molecular biology, ecology and field biology, general biology and systems and structural biology
business administration (BA)
Christian ministries, with concentrations in church recreation, educational ministry, missions, youth ministry (BA)
cinema and media communication, with concentrations in production, audio production, multimedia/animation, journalism, film studies (BA)
cognitive science (BS)
communication arts (BA)
computer science (BS)
elementary education (BS)
engineering, with concentrations in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering (BS)
exercise science (BS)
global business (BA)
health and human performance, with concentrations in fitness management, health preteaching, physical education preteaching (BS)
information systems (BS)
interdisciplinary studies (BA or BS)
international studies (BA)
music, with concentrations in performance, preteaching, composition, general (BA)
music education (BA)
organizational communication (BA)
psychology (BS or BA)
social work (BS)
sociology, with concentrations in community and families, global and cultural studies, social justice and inequality (BA)
Degree Completion Undergraduate Degrees
elementary education degree completion (BS)
health administration (BA)
management and organizational leadership (BA)
technology management (BS)
project management (BS)
social and behavioral studies (BA)
Master of Business Administration (full time)
Master of Business Administration (part time)
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in School Counseling
Education Specialist in School Psychology
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling: Certificate In Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
Doctor of Psychology
Master of Arts in Teaching (Full-time/Night/In Your Community Program)
Master of Education
Doctor of Education
Doctor of Business Administration
George Fox Evangelical Seminary Degrees
Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation
Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation
Doctor of Ministry in Leadership in Emerging Culture
DBA/doctor of business administration/doctorate
DMin/doctor of ministry/doctorate
EdD/doctor of education/doctorate
MA/master of arts, master's [degree]
MAT/master of arts in teaching [degree]
MATS/master of arts (theological studies)
MBA/master of business administration/master's [degree]
MDiv/master of divinity/master's [degree]
MEd/master of education/master's [degree]
MSW/master of social work [degree]
PsyD/doctor of psychology [degree]/doctorate/doctoral degree
graduate licenses and endorsements:
Professional Administrative License (formerly Continuing Administrative License)
Continuing Teaching License
Preliminary Administrative License (formerly Initial Administrative License)
Special Education Endorsement
Lowercase (he, him, his, thee, thou).The Bible itself supports lowercase usage in most translations.
Capitalize. Examples: Christ, Father, God, Son, Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, King of Kings, Lamb of God, the Logos/Word, the Lord, Prince of Peace, the Savior, Son of God, the Third Person (of the Trinity).
Lowercase north, south, etc., except when referring to a large geographic region (the North, the East Coast, the Midwest, Southern California). Retain periods in directional abbreviations: S.E., E.
(adj.) Use with the word degree: She earned her doctoral degree at George Fox University. See also "academic degrees" and "degrees conferred by George Fox." Doctorate
(noun) Do not add the word degree after doctorate: She earned her doctorate at George Fox University. Not doctorate of psychology degree. See also "academic degrees" and "degrees conferred by George Fox."
Duke Athletic Center
This 14,000-square-foot, three-story facility – located on the back side of Stoffer Family Stadium – includes coaches’ offices, a locker room, an athletic training room, a classroom and a terrace.
The atrium in the Stevens Center is to be referred to as the Duke Atrium.
The employee e-newsletter. In italics.
Educational Foundations and Leadership (EDFL)
Umbrella division for graduate-level educational licenses and endorsements, as well as the doctor of education and master of education degrees.
See "computer terms."
George Fox email addresses in university publications should follow the following format for staff and faculty: First letter of first name followed by the first seven letters of last name. Exception: business cards include full last name.
A retired female professor may earn emerita status: Professor Emerita Jane Doe (capitalized preceding).
A retired male professor may earn emeritus status: John Doe, professor emeritus of math (lowercase after name). Plural is professors emeriti. George Fox recently added the status of staff emeritus/emerita.
Empowering Leaders of Integrity Through Experience (ELITE)
A national leadership conference a committee of students puts on each year for regional and George Fox students. Students come from colleges throughout the West to attend lectures, tackle rope courses, etc., in order to develop their leadership skills.
English Language Institute (ELI)
Program through which students can take ESL courses and develop cultural skills.
English as a Second Language Program
Courses for international students to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the English language in order to prepare them to enter into academic life at George Fox. Capitalize formal name of program, but lowercase when used as a subject or course name. Abbreviate as ESL.
English to Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL)
Graduate program. Capitalize formal name of program, but lowercase when used as a subject or course name.
et al./et alii (and others)
The period is needed when using the abbreviation.
This abbreviation is usually used in parenthetical phrases, where it is punctuated with periods and set off with commas (e.g., ).
Plural of faculty.
Use when referring to an individual/group of individuals numbering less than the entire faculty.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
fall, fall semester
Lowercase all seasons.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
Legislation which regulates the use of personal information and student records.
Family Weekend (annual event)
A program held on the Newberg campus for parents and their George Fox students.
Annual spring celebration program and dinner for traditional undergraduate seniors and their families.
The Document Management System that provides the George Fox community with convenient Web access to computer files.
Student lounge located in the basement of the Student Union Building
The university's Teaching and Learning Environment is the learning management system used by teachers and students to provide options for online classroom interaction.
FoxTrax (George Fox library catalog)
Use freshman as an adjective.
Example: All freshman (Not freshmen) students receive computers.
Freshman Seminar (annual event)
Series of seminars provided to incoming freshmen in order to assist new students as they integrate into the academic and social life of the university community.
See "Religious Society of Friends."
Friends Pacific Academy
Name of George Fox University predecessor. Founded in 1885, the academy operated for 44 years, closing in 1929. During that time, college-level classes were added in 1891 with the establishment of Pacific College.
Hyphenate when used as an adjective. Example: Only full-time employees receive benefits.
full time (adv.)
No hyphen when used as an adverb. Example: I attend school full time.
Refers to an event. One word
General equivalency diploma/General Educational Development.
Genesis programs are one-day summer orientation programs that allow students and families to begin the orientation process at George Fox University
George Fox Evangelical Seminary (GFES)
George Fox University
Abbreviation is George Fox, acceptable in running text on second reference only, but not in headlines. George Fox is acceptable in informal usage on second reference, but Fox used alone is not acceptable. History: Friends Pacific Academy 1885 Pacific College 1891 George Fox College 1949 George Fox University 1996
Refer to females in college as women; in high school, as girls.
Use roman face, capital letters, with no quotation marks: She received an A in the course.
Use the active voice: She graduated from George Fox University. The passive voice, "was graduated," is archaic.
Student-led weekly worship held in the Greenroom in Bauman Auditorium.
Hyphenate when used as an adjective. Example: She is a half-time employee.
half time (adv.)
No hyphen when used as an adverb. Example: I work half time.
Hess Creek Canyon
Name given to the area where Hess Creek runs through the George Fox campus.
state Highway 99, Interstate Highway 5, Interstate 5, I-5 (spell out on first reference).
Annual event sponsored by George Fox Auxiliary to raise funds for George Fox by selling homemade crafts, etc.
Ash Wednesday, Christmas (Eve), Columbus Day, D-Day, Easter Day or Easter Sunday, Father's Day, Good Friday, Groundhog Day, Halloween or All Hallow's Eve, Holy Saturday, Holy Week, Independence Day or Fourth of July or July Fourth, Labor Day, Lent, Lincoln's Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Maundy Thursday, Memorial Day, Mother's Day, New Year's Eve, Pentecost, Presidents Day*, Veterans* Day (*note no apostrophe).
Lowercase in running text. Capitalize in headline or as specific event: Homecoming 2000.
A person with an honorary doctorate is not called Dr.
Lowercase. Example: He graduated with honors.
A formal academic event held at the beginning of the fall semester that officially launches each school year.
Event held by graduate departments at which students who earn doctoral degrees are awarded hoods, and master's degree students receive diplomas.
Located in the Hoover Academic Building, the library features Hoover memorabilia from the university's archives, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, and Senator Mark Hatfield's personal collection of memorabilia.
As a general rule, all compound modifiers and numbers should be hyphenated. Examples: fast-sailing ship, pre-1900. Exception: No hyphen needed with adverbs ending in -ly, e.g. highly trained.
The identification card issued to George Fox students, faculty, and staff.
id est, i.e. (that is)
Set off with comma in sentence or parenthetical phrase.
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Intensified Studies Program
For select students to pursue material beyond the normal University curriculum.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
A program offering college-level work and accepted at George Fox as transfer credits.
See "composition titles."
Student employment postings on Foxmail.
George Fox's alumni magazine.
There is no e after the g.
Three-week overseas course option during May Term for George Fox students in their junior year.
Kershner Lecture Hall
A room (Hoover 105) in the Hoover Academic Building named after Dr. Howard Kershner.
George Fox student radio station.
Lowercase kingdom of God, etc.
Name of George Fox University yearbook until 2013. Title is in italics.
letters as letters
George Fox University alumni newspaper (no longer published). References to title are in italics.