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Marietta College M
A (Academic Calendar to Athletic Director)

academic calendar (top)
The College year consists of two semesters (fall and spring), and a summer term.

academic degrees (top)
When speaking generally, use doctorate, bachelor's degree, master's degree (note use of apostrophes). Specific academic degrees should be capitalized (ex: Bachelor of Arts degree); when abbreviated, they should include periods: B.A. degree, B.S. degree, M.A. degree, M.S. degree, M.D. degree, or Ph.D. degree.

For lesser-known degrees, such as Master of Fine Arts, Master of Public Administration, Juris Doctor, etc., spell out the entire title, using capitalization on all words except degree. Subsequent references to these degrees should use periods (ex.: M.B.A. degree, M.F.A. degree). Honorary degrees are only referenced if they are from Marietta College.

(Note: The possessive pronoun—her doctorate—is not used.)
She has a bachelor (or master) of arts degree in English literature.
He is getting a master's in dance. (Note: Not "his" master's)
She has nearly completed an M.S. in mechanical engineering.

Academic Resource Center (ARC) (top)
Use on first reference, and then ARC. Office provides resources and services to assist all Marietta College students in the acquisition of information and development of skills to achieve their academic potential. Located in Andrews Hall.

addresses (top)
see states.

adjunct faculty member (top)
Person who is not on tenure track but they have taught at least one course at Marietta College for three or more consecutive semesters. (Other schools may use different guidelines.)

administration/administrators (top)
Can also use staff. Senior staff refers to the president and cabinet.

admission (top)
It is not admissions. Capitalize the formal name (Office of Admission) and the casual (Admission Office). The senior staff member for student admission is the Vice President for Enrollment Management, followed by the Director of Admission. The recruitment officers are admission counselors, however, their titles can either be assistant or associate director.

Admission House (top)
Originally a private residence located on Putnam Street, the Alexander Home was built early in the 20th century. Received major refurbishing and became home of the Office of Admission.

Advanced Placement (AP) Program (top)

adviser (top)
Not "advisor" in general use in journalistic writing.

affect, effect (top)
Affect is almost always a verb that means to "influence" or "put on." (Ex: "How this will affect her performance is uncertain at this point." or "She affected an English accent because she thought it made her seem more sophisticated.")

Effect is nearly always a noun that means "result." (Ex: "The effect upon her performance is uncertain at this point.") Occasionally "effect" is used as a verb in formal writing to mean "to bring about." (Ex: "They wanted to effect some immediate changes in their policy.")

"Affect" can be used as a noun in very narrow usage, to denote certain behavior in psychology.

African-American (top)
Hyphenate the adjective but not the noun. Other terms to consider: minorities, ethnic minorities. (Note: The national month of observation in February is called Black History Month.)

ages (top)
Use numerals: "Mr. Jones' son is 3 years old." (Whole numbers—no fractions or decimals.)

a.k.a. (top)
Instead of "also known as." Use periods.

alma mater/Alma Mater (top)
No caps and no italics; considered an English word now.
Alma Mater (uppercase, in italics) is the song.

Alpha Lambda Delta (top)
National honorary for first-year students who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or better and are in the top 20 percent of their class after two semesters. Chapter added at Marietta on March 28, 1989.

Alpha Psi Omega (top)
National honorary dramatic fraternity installed its Eta Alpha chapter at Marietta in 1937. Students who have shown special aptitude, participation, and interest in all forms of dramatic work are eligible.

Alpha Sigma Lambda (top)
National honor society for nontraditional students. To be eligible, a non-traditional student must complete at least 30 hours at Marietta College, 15 of which must be outside the major, be ranked in the highest 10 percent of his or her class in scholarship and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. The Zeta Gamma chapter of Marietta College was established in 1988.

Alpha Sigma Phi (top)
On recommendation of a former Marietta College student Frank H. Bosworth, Alpha 1859, several of his friends remaining at Marietta College applied for a charter in Alpha Sigma Phi. The charter was granted to operate as Delta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi on June 30, 1860. From 1864 until its suspension by Alpha Sigma Phi in 1993, the Delta Chapter at Marietta College was the oldest continuously active chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi. From 1864 until Summer 1907, Delta Chapter was the “Mother Chapter,” and governed the fraternity. From 1920 until 1993, Delta Chapter was the oldest active fraternity on the Marietta College Campus. The "Sig Bust" or alumni reunion, usually held during commencement week, has been a tradition at Delta Chapter since the early 1860s. The fraternity returned to campus in the spring of 2012 and earned their charter back in April 2013.

Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) (top)
National social fraternity founded at Marietta in 1890. It seeks to cultivate the elements of success and utilize those elements to create a positive and rewarding future for today's men. The organization seeks out the values and responsibilities of the modern world and greets them accordingly.

Alpha Xi Delta (top)
National social sorority founded at Marietta in 1945. A true spirit of friendship among all its members is the most significant purpose of Alpha Xi Delta. The organization also promotes scholarship, community service, campus involvement, and character.

Alumni Association (top)
Refers to the Marietta College Alumni Association.

alumni class years (top)

  • In most cases, use the apostrophe and the last two digits of the graduating year.
    (Example: John Smith ‘98 wrote.)
  • For classes in another century use all four digits of the class year to avoid
    confusion. This would include early 1900s. (Example: John Smith 1898,
  • Couples.
    If both are alumni, generally, list the year with each of their names, and be sure
    the woman — if she has a maiden name and married name — is listed last, to
    avoid repeating the last name. (Example: Joseph ‘56 and Taylor Jones Smith ‘57).
    Be aware of exceptions, such as when the woman is the subject, and her spouse,
    whether an alumnus or not, is also mentioned.

    If just the man is an alumnus: Do not list the woman's maiden name (Examples:
    Joseph ‘56 and Taylor Smith or Taylor and Joseph Smith ‘56), unless that is also
    her married name (Example: Joseph Smith ‘56 and Taylor Jones).

    If just the woman is an alumna: List the couple as follows — Joseph and Taylor
    Smith ‘57 (woman has new married name), or Taylor Jones ‘57 and John Smith
    (woman kept her maiden name).
  • To indicate an honorary degree list as follows — William Jones H'99. (No space
    between H and the apostrophe.)

Alumni Office (top)
Official name is Office of Alumni Relations. It is acceptable to use Alumni Office.

alumnus (male, singular), alumna (female, singular), alumnae (female, plural), alumni (male or male and female, plural) (top)

Alun O. Jones Memorial Field (top)
Intercollegiate soccer practice facility located next to Don Schaly Stadium.

Alzheimer's disease (top)
Do not capitalize "disease." "Alzheimer's" (alone) is acceptable on second reference.

a.m., p.m. (top)
3 a.m. or 3 p.m.

among, between (top)
Between is used to show the relationship between two entities. Among is used when more than two are involved. (Ex: "It was a choice between oranges and apples. It was a choice among red, blue and yellow.") However, "between" is correct when expressing the relationships of three or more items considered one pair at a time. (Ex: "Negotiations on a format are under way between the network and the Ford, Carter and Kennedy committees.")

ampersand (&) (top)
Use symbol if it is part of an official title; otherwise, spell out the word "and."

and/or (top)
Do not use this construction.

Andrews Hall (top)
Offices of Student Life, student government, counseling services and the Academic Resource Center are located in this building. It was erected in 1891 and completely renovated in 1993. The four-level student activities center has a Great Room, snack bar (Izzy's), private dining area, conference rooms, commuter lounge and other facilities.

Anderson Hancock Planetarium (top)
The 4,400-square-foot planetarium adjoins the Rickey Science Center and is located at the corner of Fourth and Butler streets. The facility is handicapped accessible and includes theater-style seating for 102 people. Named after Emeritus Professors Dr. Les Anderson '55 and Dr. Whit Hancock, the planetarium is equipped with a hybrid projection system that combines an optical-mechanical star projector with a powerful full-dome digital video projector.

anniversaries (top)
Use lower case for centennial, sesquicentennial, bicentennial when referring to general anniversaries. (Marietta College will celebrate its bicentennial in 2035.)

annual (top)
Use lower case for annual. (The Department of Athletics is hosting the 17th annual
Winter Weekend festivities.)

apostrophe (top)
Do not use an apostrophe when forming plurals of dates or abbreviations: 1890s, 1920s, M.D.s, Ph.D.s

ARC (top)
Academic Resource Center. Spell out on first reference.

Asian-American (top)
Hyphenate the adjective but not the noun. Other terms to consider: minorities, ethnic minorities.

athletic director (top)
Formal title is Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. Use lower case except before a name: Debbie Lazorik, director of athletics, physical education and recreation at the College.


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