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F (Faculty to FY)

faculty (top)
When used alone, treat it as a singular noun ("our faculty is the best"). When referring to the people who make up the faculty, say "faculty members."

fall semester (top)

Fall Break (top)
Capitalize when referring to the annual four-day break (Saturday to Tuesday) that students and faculty receive in the fall semester.

Family Weekend (top)
Capitalize. This event is held in the fall.

fax (top)
Use lower-case letters (or capitalize the first letter if starting a sentence or line of formatted text with it). Do not use all caps.

Fayerweather Hall (top)
Co-ed residence hall for 58 upper-class students. The building was originally completed in 1906. It was renovated and re-opened as a residence hall in the fall of 2005. Prior to that, it was last used as a residence hall in the early 1990s.

fewer, less (top)
Use fewer when referring to items that can be counted. (Ex: "He said fewer than 15 responses would not provide an adequate sample for his survey.") Less refers to an uncountable bulk or quantity. (Ex: "Less than half of the food supply was usable.")

Fifth Street Gateway (top)
Built at the Putnam and Fifth streets entrance to the College in 1989 as part of the extension of the Christy Mall to Putnam Street.

financial aid office (top)
The formal name is Office of Student Financial Services.

Fine Arts Talent Scholarship (top)
Capitalize when referring to Marietta College program. These are awarded to first-time freshmen on the basis of a student's performance in a College-sponsored competition.

fireplace lounge (top)
When using the formal name, Andrews Hall Fireplace Lounge, capitalize. On second reference use fireplace lounge (no capitalization).

first annual (top)
Use "inaugural" instead.

first-year student (top)
Can be used instead of freshman to make a distinction between a sophomore who only has enough credits to be considered a freshman.

fiscal year (top)
Marietta's fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30 and is named by closing date: Fiscal year 2007 begins July 1, 2006, and ends June 30, 2007. Do not use the jargon abbreviation "FY" for external audiences.

foreign words (top)
Italicize those that are not common English expressions. Many previously foreign words are now accepted as part of the English language and should not be italicized, such as "alma mater" and "rendezvous."

forgo, forego (top)
Forgo is the preferred spelling when meaning "to overlook or neglect" or "to do without or give up."

Founders Day (top)
Marietta College received its charter on Feb. 14, 1835. The College celebrates its birthday on Feb. 14—or the Thursday before it—every year with a tribute called Founders Day. Each year the College selects a guest speaker and presents faculty awards.

four day break (top)
Do no use (use Fall Break).

Frisbee, Frisbee golf and Ultimate Frisbee(top)
Capitalize the trademark name of a flying disk.

fractions (top)
Spell out when used in text; use numerals in charts. For fractions and percentages, the verb should agree with the noun following the "of." (Ex: "Three-fourths of the students were Education majors. Three-fourths of the job is completed.")

Friedman Lecture Series (top)
Annual lecture hosted the by the Department of Economics, Management and Accounting. It was made possible 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 first lecture in 1983 featured the honoree, Dr. Milton Friedman.

Friederich Theatre (top)
Located in The Grover M. Hermann Fine Arts Center, it seats 200 and can be arranged to accommodate any type of staging now used in the modern theater: proscenium, arena, caliper, open or thrust stages. There are two side stages and an orchestra pit.

Frisbee, Frisbee golf and Ultimate Frisbee (top)
Capitalize the trademark name of a flying disk.

Fulbright Program (top)
The two main categories for U.S. applicants/recipients of these awards for international educational exchange are the Fulbright Student Program (for graduating seniors, young professionals, artists, and graduate students) and the Fulbright Scholar Program (for faculty and professionals).

Faculty and professional recipients are called Fulbright Scholars, a term that is often erroneously used for students.

Recipients of the Student Program awards do not have a formal reference. Instead, simply say the person is a Fulbright student, a Fulbright award-winner, was awarded a Fulbright grant, or received a Fulbright award.

The programs are administered by the Institute of International Education.

fund raiser (top)

fund raising/fund-raising (top)
Two words as noun ("I work in fund raising."); hyphenated as adjective ("a fund-raising event").

FY (top)
Avoid this jargon abbreviation for fiscal year.


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