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C (Cabinet to CV)

Cabinet (top)
Capitalize when referring to Marietta College Cabinet. On second reference use the lower-case cabinet. The cabinet is made up of the following positions: President, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Vice President for Advancement, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Admission and Director of Athletics.

campaign (top)
Capitalize this when referring to the full and proper title of a major fundraising drive, such as the Comprehensive Campaign; use "the campaign" (lower case) in subsequent references.

Campus Calendar (top)
Capitalize when referring to Marietta College's master listing of events. Can also be called a master calendar, but do not capitalize.

Campus Police (top)
Capitalize when referring to Marietta College's police force. Do not refer to them as
Campus Public Safety or CPS.

Campus Services (top)
Capitalize when referring to Marietta College's program. Formerly called Conference Services or Summer Conferences.

Campus Writing Center (top)
Capitalize when referring to Marietta College's program, which is located in Thomas Hall. Also known as Writing Center. Offers one-on-one writing assistance to any member of the Marietta College community.

campuswide (top)
One word.

capitalization (top)
Marietta College style is to capitalize any reference to the College, names of
professorships, buildings, particular offices, and rooms with names, certain special-interest programs (such as Honors Program or Study Abroad) and most Marietta College-specific events and programming (such as Marietta Fund, Homecoming, Esbenshade Series, Commencement).

Career Center, The (top)
Capitalize when referring to Marietta College’s office, which is located in the Gilman Center. The office is designed to service the career needs of all students and alumni.

CASE (top)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

catalog (top)
The preferred spelling ends with -log, not -logue.

CD (top)
No periods when used for compact disk or certificate of deposit.

CD-ROM (top)
Note use of hyphen and all caps (acronym for read-only memory).

Center for Families and Children (top)
Developed by psychology faculty member Dr. Mary Barnas in the fall of 2003 and opened in the spring of 2004. The Center is designed to enrich the lives of both Marietta College students and the people in the surrounding communities. It offers special programs to families and allows students to observe and interact with the families as part of their course work.

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The Center for Families and Children, located in the old "Porter House" across from Mills Hall and adjacent to the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, opened in the spring of 2004. Dr. Mary V. Barnas, a McCoy Professor of Psychology, helped develop and establish the program in fall of 2003. In addition to offering enrichment opportunities for local parents and children, this unique educational gathering place provides an opportunity for psychology and education students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to their interactions with children at the center.

century (top)
Generally, do not capitalize it (the 19th century or 19th-century architecture), except when part of a proper name or title (Century 21 Realty; Life of the 21st Century, by John Smith). Only hyphenate when the century forms a compound modifier.

chair (top)
Marietta's board of trustees and academic departments have a chair, not a chairman. Use "chair" to avoid gender bias. (Note that some exceptions may exist whereby a person's official title is chairman or chairwoman.)

chair, endowed (top)
Chair and professorship are generally interchangeable; chair and professor are not. A professor who holds the chair IN a discipline should be referred to as the professor OF the discipline, keeping the name of the chair capitalized, even in shortened, casual references: Dr. Sid Potash, Milton Friedman Chair of Economics, led the discussion, or Dr. Sid Potash is the Milton Friedman Chair of Economics or Dr. Sid Potash holds the Milton Friedman Chair in Economics.

Current Chairs and Professorships

  • The Ebenezer Baldwin Andrews Chair of Natural Science, established in 1925 and endowed in 1934 under the will of Katherine Andrews Mather, memorializes her father, an 1842 graduate and a professor of geology, mineralogy, and chemistry at the College from 1851 to 1870.
  • The Israel Ward Andrews Professorship in Religion was established in 1905 from a bequest of Dr. Andrews, president of the College from 1855 to 1885. The designation of the chair underwent several changes.
  • The Benedum Professorship, established in 1965 through a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an endowed fund in support of the chair of the Edwy R. Brown Department of Petroleum Engineering. Among other members of the family, the fund is in memory of Michael L. Benedum, an internationally prominent figure in petroleum and an honorary trustee and alumnus of the College.
  • The Erwin Professorship in Chemistry was reestablished in 1935 after being unassigned for many years. It is a memorial to Cornelius B. Erwin of New Britain, Connecticut, a benefactor of the College during his later lifetime and through his will following his death in 1885.
  • The William R. and Marie Adamson Flesher Chair in the Humanities was
    established in 1983 from funds left for the purpose by the Drs. Flesher, both deceased. Graduates of the College, he in 1930, she in 1927, they were each awarded an honorary degree in 1968 in a joint conferral, the first in the College's history and the only one to date.
  • The Milton Friedman Chair in Economics has been funded through a trust established by Lester E. and the late Alice McCoy Merydith, alumnus and alumna of the College in the Classes of 1927 and 1928, respectively, of Sun City, Ariz. The chair is named in honor of the internationally known economist, scholar, writer, and Nobel Prize winner.
  • The Henderson Professorship in Philosophy was established in 1892 from funds bequeathed for the purpose by Dr. Henry Smith, president of Marietta College from 1846 to 1855, who desired that the chair be named in memory of his mother, Phoebe Henderson Linsley. The professorship is presently inactive.
  • The Hillyer Professorship in English Literature, Rhetoric, and Oratory was established in 1879 through funds provided by Truman Hillyer. The professorship is presently inactive.
  • McCoy Professors are Marietta College faculty who have been recognized as outstanding teachers by a selection committee composed of nationally recognized teachers and scholars who are not members of the Marietta College community. The four-year designation, with possibility of renewal, also includes an annual salary supplement. Usually no more than 16 Marietta faculty will be McCoy Professors at any given time. The program was established in 1993 as part of the McCoy Endowment for Teaching Excellence, which was donated to Marietta College by John G. McCoy, Class of 1935, and his wife Jeanne.
  • The Petroleum Industry Partnership Chair was established with gifts from several interested corporations (among them Mobil Oil, Consolidated Natural Gas, Standard Oil of Ohio, Gulf/Chevron, and Conoco) and assets from two bequests from persons who were active in the petroleum industry.
  • The Molly C. Putnam Professorship in Religion was established in 1973. Mrs. Putnam was a devoted churchwoman who resided in Pasadena, Calif., until her death in 1972. Both she and her husband, Douglas, a member of the Class of 1881, remembered the College in their wills.
  • The Rickey Professorships were established in 2000 through a gift from David M. Rickey, Class of 1978; the J&D Family Foundation of San Diego, Calif.; and Jan E. Nielsen. The grant endowed two new tenured positions in the Physics Department and assures that the department will maintain a minimum of three full-time faculty members.
  • The Andrew U. Thomas Professorship in History was established in 1966 as a memorial to Mr. Thomas, of Dayton, Ohio, a graduate in the Class of 1921, who served as a trustee of the College. The endowed chair was created from gifts made by Mr. Thomas and his late wife, Mrs. Lenore B. Thomas.
  • The Edward G. Harness Endowment, established in 1985, honors and rewards Marietta College faculty whose teaching is considered distinctive and who are worthy of the honor of being designated "Harness Fellows." This endowment was established by friends and the Procter & Gamble Fund as a means to perpetuate Mr. Harness's vision and to address directly the issues he cared about most: building the endowment of his alma mater and rewarding superior teaching performance. Since 1985, up to four Harness Fellows are selected annually for three-year terms.

Chamber Singers (top)
Capitalize when referencing Marietta’s singers. The Chamber Singers are a select group of eight to 12 singers that perform a wide variety of musical styles. These singers perform frequently within the Marietta community. Auditions are held the first week of fall term.

Chanukah (top)
Use Hanukkah instead.

Charles Sumner Harrison Organization (CSHO) (top)
Named after the first African American to graduate from Marietta College, the group strives to establish a sense of unity among minority students at the College and to bridge the gap between the minority students and other students and faculty. The organization hosts many events, such as cookouts, talent shows, monthly outings, etc. It represents the minority voice and advocates in a positive manner for any necessary changes. Formerly known as Cultural Initiatives.

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The Charles Sumner Harrison Organization became a College organization at the end of the 2005 spring semester when a group students met, elected officers, and started planning events. Much its predecessor, Cultural Initiatives, the organization focuses on bringing together the minority students at Marietta College, as well bridging the gap between the minority students and other students and faculty. The organization is named for the College's first black alumnus, Charles Sumner Harrison, who graduated in 1876.

Chi Omega (top)
Founded in 1923 at Marietta, its purposes are friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and credible scholarship, career development, participation in campus activities, and community service. The local chapter is affiliated with the National Chi Omega Sorority. Criteria for membership include academic achievement and participation in rush.

China Program (top)
Capitalize it as long as it refers specifically to Marietta College's program.

Chuck McCoy Athletic Facility (top)
Home to football offices, locker room, weight room, and other facilities since it opened in 1993. Locker room addition completed in 2006.

Christy Mall (top)
Capitalize. Constructed in 1986 by replacing Fifth Street between Butler and College streets with concrete brick pavers, trees and other landscaping. The mall was expanded in 1989, extending to Putnam Street and closing College Street.

Circle K (top)
Collegiate service club that is sponsored by Kiwanis International. The club seeks to strengthen citizenship and leadership skills through service to the campus and community. Any enrolled student may become a member.

city (top)
Do not capitalize in “city of ” constructions. (Ex: city of Marietta.)

class (top)
Generally lowercase: class dinner, class officers, the class, class reunion Exceptions: the Class of ’87, Class Notes (when referring to the section in the alumni magazine).

Do not capitalize class years: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior.

coach (top)
Generally, this is an occupational description and not a formal title. However, when it is used as a courtesy title on subsequent reference, it should be capitalized.

Coalition for Social Change (top)
Non-partisan, activist organization dedicated to peace, democracy and human rights worldwide. The Coalition's programs are geared for anti-war, pro-human rights, anticorporate globalization, pro-workers rights, and pro-environmental protection.

co-curricular (top)
Use this instead of extracurricular when talking about campus living and learning

coed (top)
Coed residence halls house students of both sexes, and coed colleges admit students of both sexes. Never use coed to refer to a female student.

collective nouns (top)
The collective nouns "faculty" and "staff" can take singular or plural verbs, depending on whether group members are acting individually or as a group. (Ex: "The English department faculty meets regularly with the History department faculty." or "The staff sometimes disagree among themselves."

When "data" is used as a collective noun that represents a unit it takes a singular verb. (Ex: "The data is valid.") When it refers to individual items, use a plural verb. (Ex: "The data were collected by a team of scientists.")

College (top)
Capitalize in isolation only when referring specifically to Marietta College. (Ex: "The College has 42 majors.")

College Board (top)
Capitalize. Formerly called College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB).

College colors (top)
Navy Blue and White
For printed publications that utilize the College's official College colors: Navy Blue: PMS 281 for coated paper and PMS 295 for uncoated, also known as "Marietta Blue."

College Democrats (top)
Capitalize. An affiliate of the Ohio Young Democrats of America, the Young Democrats of America, the Ohio Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee. Members encourage an interest in governmental affairs at all levels through campaign work, discussion and debate, voter registration programs and leadership within the college and community.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) (top)

College Republicans (top)
Capitalize. A group to promote Republican ideals/principles on the Marietta College campus, to assist the local and state branches of the party, and to provide a forum where students of like political ideals can work together at strengthening the party. Any person affiliated with the Marietta College community can be a member.

College Union Board (CUB) (top)
CCUB used to be the name of the student organization that planned a number of activities during the academic year. The name was changed to Pioneer Activities Council in the fall of 2013.

Commencement (top)
Capitalize when referring specifically to Marietta College's graduation ceremony.

Commuter Council (top)
Uppercase when referring to Marietta's council. Provides an opportunity for commuter students to become more involved and voice their opinions. The council works toward meeting the needs of commuter students, coordinates commuter-related events, and maintains open communication with commuter students.

company (top)
Generally, capitalize and abbreviate (Co.) when part of a company's name, but exceptions may be made.

complement, compliment (top)
Complement is something that completes or enhances. Compliment is an expression of respect or admiration. (Ex: "The gray complements the blue in Marietta's logo." or "A few alums complimented the College on its new logo.")

Concert Choir (top)
Capitalize when referencing Marietta’s choir. The Concert Choir is a select chorus open to all students by informal audition. As the primary touring ensemble of Marietta College the choir has performed throughout the United States and abroad. Concert tours are scheduled annually during the week following commencement activities in May. Auditions may be scheduled during Freshman Orientation or the first week of classes in the fall term.

Confluence (top)
Italicize. Confluence is a literary magazine that carries poems, fiction, art, and photography. It is published jointly by Marietta College and the Ohio Valley Literary Group and contains works by students, faculty, and area residents.

Convergence (top)
Italicize. Convergence is an academic magazine produced by the Provost's Office that highlights the scholarly accomplishments of the College’s faculty and students. It is published every 18 to 24 months. The first issue was published in the fall of 2005. Convergence was made possible through a donation by Nicholas W. Coburn ’51.

corporation (top)
Generally, capitalize and abbreviate (Corp.) when part of a company's official title, but exceptions may be made.

Counseling Services (top)
Capitalize when referring to Marietta College's program.

course listings (top)
List by complete title of the course (Introduction to Communications), not by the format in the schedule of classes (COMM 101).

course load (top)
Two words. Generally refers to the number of course hours recommended or allowable each semester.

coursework (top)
One word.

courtesy titles (top)
Generally omitted; see titles.

credit hours (top)
Use numerals; 3-credit-hour course; 3 credits are needed for graduation.

cum laude (top)
Cumulative grade point average between 3.50 and 3.749.

CV (top)
Acronym for curriculum vitae. Always use the official name on first reference. On second reference in informal usage, CV is acceptable if the meaning will be clear to readers. If you intend to use the acronym on second reference, let readers know this by setting it off in parentheses directly after the first reference.


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