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Apply the guidelines listed here to all university publications. Consistency is important, even in the way words are used in university communications.

Please pay particular attention when referencing donor named spaces, centers, or programs and follow the standards in the entries below. Note that exceptions may be made to the standards based on space considerations when communicating through social media.

Contact Danielle DeWitt in University Development at dewitdan@gvsu.edu with any questions or for standards for named spaces not listed in this guide.

Please review the Logo Dos and Dont's and the Marketing Messages when creating a university publication.

Copy style guide for Grand Valley State University
The following is a guide for usage in Grand Valley State University communications. If you can't find what you are looking for below, please consult the Associated Press Stylebook and/or email szczembd@gvsu.edu with additions.

Numbers

50th anniversary - Not 50th Anniversary.

A

academic degrees - B.A., M.A., Ph.D., bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate. Generally, the preferred form is to say somebody has a bachelor's degree or a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. Not has a B.A. in journalism, although it is correct.

academic titles - Spell out professor and capitalize it only when immediately preceding a name. Outside the academy, finer distinctions like "Associate Professor" and "Assistant Professor" are meaningless, and most media outlets will refer to anyone who teaches a class as a professor. The same applies for the title "Dr." - most media will reserve that title solely for medical doctors.

Capitalize and spell out formal titles (president, professor, chairman, etc.) when they precede a name. Lowercase elsewhere.

Capitalize official department names. Lowercase modifiers such as department in a phrase (department Chairman Paul Lane). Use chairman, chairwoman, or chair. Majors are lowercase except for English and foreign languages.

acronyms - No periods between capital letters except when referencing degrees (M.B.A.). See academic degrees.

addresses - When using SE, SW, NE, NW in an address do not use periods. See acronyms.

Addresses:
Person's name
Department name
Grand Valley State University
Office # and building name
Street address
City, state zip code
Phone
Fax
Email address
Web address

Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

L.V. Eberhard Center
301 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Allendale Campus
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

advisor - Not adviser.

Allendale Campus - Or Grand Valley's main campus in Allendale.

alma mater - lowercase except when referencing it as a composition title. “He is proud of to call Grand Valley his alma mater.” “They will sing the Alma Mater at commencement.” 

alumni graduation year - When including the graduation years of alumni in sentences, commas are placed after the person’s name and after the year; for example, "Jane Doe, ’99, now owns her own company."

For multiple graduation years: "Jane Doe, ’99 & ’02, said she is glad..." or "Jane Doe, ’99, ’00 & ’02, said she is glad..."

When in lists, use, "Name ’XX" for example:

Jane Doe ’99
John Doe ’00 & ’02

A closing apostrophe (’), not an opening apostrophe (‘), appears in front of the date. You may need to copy and paste a closing apostrophe from another place in your document to ensure the proper usage.

Alumni House and Visitor Center - Use on all references. Not Visitor's or Visitors.

and vs. & - Using "and" is preferred over using "&" unless space is an issue in a headline. An "&" is also acceptable if it is part of a proper name (Johnson & Johnson).

Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, AWRI and Annis Water Resources Institute are acceptable.

Annual Schedule - Grand Valley State University Annual Schedule on first reference. Following first reference, Annual Schedule is acceptable.

AuSable Hall - Use on all references.

B

Beckering Family Carillon Tower - On the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Use full name on all references. Use Beckering Family carillon when referring to the actual instrument within the tower.

Board of Trustees - Not Board of Control.

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Brooks College is acceptable.

C

Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Calder Fine Arts Center and Calder Arts Center are acceptable.

Calder Residence - Use on all references.

catalog - Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog on first reference. Following first reference, Grand Valley catalog or catalog are acceptable.

capitalization - In general, avoid unnecessary capitals. Words that are always capitalized include:

» Proper nouns (Grand Rapids, Thomas J. Haas, Poland).

» Proper names (Grand Valley State University, Grand River, Fulton Street). Lowercase general terms (the university, the river, the foundation, or the street).

» Composition titles (titles of books, movies, songs, televisions programs, lectures, speeches, etc.). See composition titles below.

» Titles when used immediately before a name. Lowercase titles when separated from the name or when they come after the name (President Thomas Haas; John Engler, governor of Michigan). See academic titles.

» Names of schools and formal department names (the Department of Music). Lowercase when used as a common noun or adjective. (a psychology major, economics department).

Capstone

Central Utilities Building - Use on all references.

Central Utilities Building-South - Use on all references.

Center for Adult and Continuing Studies - Use on all references. Replaces "Continuing Education".

Children's Enrichment Center - Use on all references.

College of Community and Public Service - Use on all references.

College of Education - Use on all references.

College of Health Professions - Use on all references.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Use on all references.

The Commons - Use on all references.

composition titles - Capitalize and italicize all composition titles. (titles of books, movies, songs, televisions programs, lectures, speeches, etc.)

Continuing Education - See "Center for Adult and Continuing Studies"

Cook Carillon Tower - On the Allendale Campus. Use full name on all references. Use Cook carillon when referring to the actual instrument within the tower.

Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, CHS and Center for Health Sciences are acceptable.

Cook-DeWitt Center - Use on all references.

James M. Copeland Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Copeland Living Center is acceptable.

courseware - Not course ware.

coursework - Not course work.

D

dates - Always use Arabic figures without st, rd, nd, or th. (The event will take place on May 13, 2011.) See numbers and punctuation.

Deans Council

decision making - Not decision-making. See hyphens.

degree-seeking student; nondegree-seeking student

D.J. Angus - One of the research vessels at the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute. Should be italicized with no quotation marks.

The Depot - Use on all references.

Richard M. DeVos Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, DeVos Center is acceptable. No space in DeVos.

Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is acceptable.

Richard M. DeVos Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, DeVos Living Center is acceptable. No space in DeVos.

Director's Cup

dollars - Use figures and the $ sign in all cases. $4, $25, $500, $1,000, $650,000.

E

Eastern Time/ET - Grand Valley campuses are all on Eastern Time. Do not specify Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Time. (When visiting Grand Valley, remember that the university is on Eastern Time.) May be abbreviated as ET. (The event will take place in California at 1 p.m. (10 a.m. ET).)

L.V. Eberhard Center - Part of the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Eberhard Center is acceptable.

e-mail or email - Use either, but make sure that usage is consistent throughout your publication(s). Capitalize the "E" when used as the first word in a sentence.

 

F

faculty - is a collective noun, naming a group of people, so therefore singular in form. Use a singular verb when indicating that the group acts as a unit. (The Grand Valley faculty is nationally recognized.) Use a plural verb and the term "faculty members" when indicating that the individual members of the group act separately. (Grand Valley faculty members are nationally recognized.)

Faculty Academic Senate

Fieldhouse - Use on all references.

fieldwork - Not field work.

fiscal year - Uppercase when followed by a year, no comma (Fiscal Year 2000). Lowercase when used as an adjective (during the fiscal year). Also, FY2000 is acceptable. Not FY00.

Football Center - Use on all references.

Founders Day - Not Founders' Day.

freshman/freshmen - Freshman is the singular noun; freshmen is the plural noun. As an adjective, it is always the singular freshman.

Edward J. Frey Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Frey Living Center is acceptable.

fund - Use "Fund" when it is part of a formal title. (Please give to the Grand Valley Fund.) Use lowercase "fund" otherwise. (Please give to the Annis Water Resources Endowment fund.)

fundraising - Not fund raising or fund-raising.

G

General education - Defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as the part of a liberal education curriculum shared by all students. It provides broad exposure to multiple disciplines and forms the basis for developing important intellectual and civic capacities.

General Education Program - Provides a broad-based liberal education experience that fosters lifelong learning and informed citizenship. GVSU's General Education Program is divided into three sections: Foundations, Cultures, and Issues and Themes

G-number - Not Gnumber, G number, G Number, or G-Number.

GPA - grade point average.

Graduate Bulletin - Grand Valley State University Graduate Bulletin on first reference. Following first reference, Graduate Bulletin is acceptable.

Grand Valley Apartments - Buildings in Grand Valley Apartments: Benzie, Kent, Keweenaw, Lake, Mackinac, Muskegon, Oakland, Oceana, Office, Ottawa, Tuscola, Wayne, Wexford.

Grand Valley Lanthorn - Grand Valley's student newspaper.

Grand Valley State University Arboretum - Use on all references.

Grand Valley State University - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Grand Valley is acceptable. GVSU is only acceptable if there are so many references to Grand Valley that the writing becomes tedious, and it is obvious in the text that GVSU refers to Grand Valley State University. Use lowercase "university" when not using proper name.

Grand Valley University Foundation - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference,  the foundation is acceptable. Not Grand Valley State University Foundation.

H

Haas, Thomas J. - Grand Valley's fourth president, named in 2006. Refer to as President Thomas J. Haas or Thomas J. Haas, President as appropriate. Do not use Ph.D. or Dr.

health care - Not healthcare.

Health Hill - Used to refer to the area of medical development in Grand Rapids in the Hillside District on Michigan Street. Includes the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. See Medical Mile.

Henry Hall - Use on all references.

Arthur C. Hills Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Hills Living Center is acceptable.

Holland - Home to Grand Valley's Meijer Campus.

homepage - Not home page.

Honors College - See Frederik Meijer Honors College

Icie Macy Hoobler Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Hoobler Living Center is acceptable.

hyphens (-) - Leave no space on either side of the hyphen.

Use to join words and break syllables.

When two or more nouns that express a single concept are used as an adjective or adverb link them together with a hyphen. Do not use a hyphen to link the word "very" or adverbs that end in "ly."

Some words which are hyphenated when used as adjectives should not be hyphenated when used as nouns. (decision-making process, decision making. on-campus students, students who live on campus.)

The only exception is to retain the hyphen when modifier follows verb "to be." (The students are involved in service-learning.)

Use in non-continuing numbers. (phone, 331-2221. academic year, 2010-2011.)

Use in numerals such as odds, ratios, scores, and fractions.

See punctuation.

I

Internet - Not internet.

J

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Johnson Center is acceptable.

Paul A. Johnson Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Johnson Living Center is acceptable.

K

Fred M. Keller Engineering Laboratories - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Keller Engineering Laboratories is acceptable.

Kelly Family Sports Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Kelly Center is acceptable.

John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Kennedy Hall of Engineering is acceptable.

Russel H. Kirkhof Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Kirkhof Center is acceptable.

Kirkhof College of Nursing - Use on all references.

William A. Kirkpatrick Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Kirkpatrick Living Center is acceptable.

Grace Olsen Kistler Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Kistler Living Center is acceptable.

A. Robert Kleiner Commons - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Kleiner Commons is acceptable.

L

Lacks International Plaza - Outdoor plaza at the DeVos Center.

Lake Huron Hall - Use on all references.

Lake Michigan Center - Location of the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon.

Lake Michigan Hall - Use on all references.

Lake Ontario Hall - Use on all references.

Lakers - The use of the word “Lakers” alone is unacceptable. The following verbiage is permitted: “Grand Valley State Lakers™,” “Grand Valley Lakers,” “GVSU Lakers,” or “Grand Valley State University Lakers.”

Lake Superior Hall - Use on all references.

Laker Village Apartments - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference Laker Village is acceptable.

liberal arts - Specific disciplines (the humanities, social sciences, and sciences).

liberal education - Grand Valley State University offers this. Defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a philosophy of education that empowers individuals, liberates the mind from ignorance, and cultivates social responsibility. Characterized by challenging encounters with important issues, and more a way of studying than a specific course or field of study, liberal education can be achieved at all types of colleges and universities. General education (see entry above) and an expectation of in-depth study in at least one field normally comprise liberal education.

lists - See punctuation

living centers - Not dorms or residence halls.

Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Loosemore Auditorium is acceptable.

Charles W. Loosemore Forum - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Loosemore Forum is acceptable.

Loutit Lecture Halls - Use on all references.

Louis Armstrong Theatre - Use on all references.

Lubbers, Arend D. - Grand Valley's second president, serving from 1968 to 2001. Current title is president emeritus, capitalized if used before his name (President Emeritus Lubbers) and not capitalized if used after his name (Arend D. Lubbers, president emeritus). May also be referred to as Arend (Don) D. Lubbers.

Arend D. Lubbers Stadium - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Lubbers Stadium is acceptable.

Lubbers Stadium Press Box - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Press Box is acceptable.

M

Mackinac Hall - Use on all references.

majors - Majors are lowercase except for English and foreign languages.

Manitou Hall - Use on all references.

The Meadows - Includes golf course, club house, and academy.

Meadows Club House - Use on all references.

Meadows Learning Center - Use on all references.

Medical Mile - Used to refer to the area of medical development in Grand Rapids in the Hillside District on Michigan Street. Includes the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. See Health Hill.

Meijer - Not Meijer Inc. or Meijer, Inc.

Meijer Campus in Holland - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Holland Campus is acceptable.

Frederik Meijer Honors College - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Meijer Honors College is acceptable.

» Meijer Honors College curriculum. Not Honors curriculum.

» Meijer Honors College classes. Not Honors classes.

Meijer Public Broadcast Center - Located in Grand Rapids, home to WGVU's public television and radio operations.

Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center - SmartZone project in Muskegon. Use full name on first reference. Following first reference MAREC is acceptable.

Michigan's West Coast - Another term for West Michigan. Includes Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, and the Lake Michigan coastline. Not Lake Michigan's West Coast. See West Michigan.

Michigan Small Business Development Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, MI Small Business Development Center or MI-SBDC is acceptable.

Murray, Mark A. - Grand Valley's third president, serving from 2001 to 2006.

Muskegon - City north of Grand Rapids, on the lakeshore. Location of Grand Valley's Annis Water Resources Institute in the Lake Michigan Center, the Stevenson Center for Higher Education of Muskegon Community College, and Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

Muskegon Regional Center - Use on all references. The Muskegon Regional Center is located in the Stevenson Center for Higher Education on the campus of Muskegon Community College.

N

Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center - Home of the Frederik Meijer Honors College and housing for Meijer Honors College students. Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Niemeyer Learning and Living Center is acceptable.

nonbusiness majors

nondegree-seeking student, degree-seeking student

nonprofit - Preferred over not-for-profit.

nonresident

non-scientists

nonstatistical

nonteaching

nontraditional

Non-Western

North Living Center A - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, North A is acceptable.

North Living Center B - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, North B is acceptable.

numbers - Spell out whole numbers below 10 and use numerals for 10 and above, except with percentages (every 30 minutes; the last 2,000 years; three credits; nine hours at the 300 level; 4 percent). No superscript on ordinal numbers (13, not 13th). Spell out a numeral at the beginning of a sentence, unless the numeral identifies a calendar year (1976 was a very good year.). See phone numbers and dates.

O

Official list of Campus Organizations (along with formal names) can be found at http://www.gvsu.edu/studentlife/stuey/

Office of the President - Also, president's office is acceptable. Not President's Office.

Office of the Provost - Also, provost's office is acceptable. Not Provost's Office.

on-campus students

online - Not on line or on-line.

onsite - Not on site or on-site.

Arnold C. Ott Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Ott Living Center is acceptable.

P

Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing - Use full name on all references.

Seymour and Esther Padnos Hall of Science - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Padnos Hall of Science or Padnos Hall are acceptable.

Barbara H. Padnos International Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference Padnos International Center is acceptable.

Papa John's Pizza

Performing Arts Center - Use on all references.

percent - Always spell out in sentences unless space absolutely does not allow. Use % in charts and graphs.

Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons - Use full name on first reference. Following the first reference, Mary Idema Pew Library is acceptable.

Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center is acceptable.

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Pew Grand Rapids Campus is acceptable.

The Pew Grand Rapids Campus encompasses the DeVos Center, the Eberhard Center, Secchia Hall, the Michigan Small Business Development Center Headquarters, the Keller Engineering Lab, the Meijer Public Broadcast Center, and the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

Robert C. Pew Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Pew Living Center is acceptable.

phone numbers - Put area code in parentheses (616) 331-2221, including toll free numbers (800) 748-0246. See punctuation.

William F. Pickard Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Pickard Living Center is acceptable.

postconsumer - Not post-consumer or post consumer.

postsecondary

preprofessional studies

predental

prelaw

premed or premedical

prepharmacy

prephysical therapy

preveterinary

punctuation

» colon (:) - Don't introduce a list with a colon unless what precedes the colon is a complete sentence. If it's not a complete sentence, don't use any punctuation before the list.

» comma (,) - Use serial comma (a, b, and c) if the piece has a marketing or academic purpose. Do not use serial comma (a, b and c) if the piece is news writing.

» emdash ( — ) - Place space on both sides of the emdash. Use to show an interrupted thought or a sudden break.

Use before the name of a speaker or writer at the end of a quotation. May use an endash instead. See below.

» endash (–) - Leave no space on either side of the endash. Use to indicate ranges. (pages, p.20–p.30. times, 10 p.m.–10:30 p.m.. dates, May 11–May 12. years, 1900–2000.)

They can usually be read as "to" or "through."

Use in lists. In this case only, put a space after the endash. Bullets are equally acceptable for lists, but the hyphen and the emdash are not.

Use before the name of a speaker or writer at the end of a quotation. In this instance only, place space on both sides of the endash. May use an emdash instead. See above.

» hyphen (-) - Leave no space on either side of the hyphen.

Use to join words and break syllables.

When two or more nouns that express a single concept are used as an adjective or adverb link them together with a hyphen. Do not use a hyphen to link the word "very" or adverbs that end in "ly."

Some words which are hyphenated when used as adjectives should not be hyphenated when used as nouns. (decision-making process, decision making. on-campus students, students who live on campus.)

The only exception is to retain the hyphen when modifier follows verb "to be." (The students are involved in service-learning.)

Use in non-continuing numbers. (phone, 331-2221. academic year, 2010-2011.)

Use in numerals such as odds, ratios, scores, and fractions.

» lists - Do not use a colon between a verb and its preposition or object. (Incorrect - The ground rules are:...) (Correct - The ground rules are... and The ground rules are as follows...)

If a vertical list is introduced by a sentence that gets completed by the list, use semicolons within the list and end the list with a period or other appropriate punctuation. Begin bulleted, numbered, or dashed points (see "endash" above) with lower case letters.

(The mission of the departments is to

– support the development of its programs;

– empower students; and

– provide valuable research.)

If the vertical list does not complete the introductory sentence, do not use punctuation to separate the points. Capitalize the first word of each point.

(The biology experiment included the following components:

– A sealed reservoir

– An aquarium pump

– A plant container) 

» period after Web address - When a Web address is the end of a sentence, it should be completed with a / and a period. (For more information about applying to Grand Valley, go to www.gvsu.edu/admission/.)

» quotation marks (" ") - Place end-of-quote punctuation before the close-quote mark.

» spaces - Use one space after all punctuation, except when using punctuation immediately before a close-quote mark or in the case of the hyphen and the endash (as discussed above).

QR

Ravine Apartments - Use on all references.

Ravine Center - Use on all references.

recordkeeping

Recreation Center - Use on all references.

résumé or resume - Not resumé.

Kenneth W. Robinson Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Robinson Living Center is acceptable.

room-and-board rates

S

seasons/semesters - Uppercase season when it refers to a semester followed by a year, no comma. (Fall 2003). Lowercase when used as an adjective (offered fall and winter semesters or spring/summer semester) or not relating to a semester (we voted in the fall of 2008).

Peter F. Secchia Hall - Pew Grand Rapids Campus living center. Use full name on first reference. Following first reference Secchia Hall is acceptable.

Seidman House - Use on all references.

Bill and Sally Seidman Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Seidman Living Center is acceptable.

Seidman College of Business - Use on all references.

L. William Seidman Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Seidman Center is acceptable.

Senior Management Team

Service Building - Location of Facilities and Public Safety.

Small Business Development Center - Not Small Business and Technology Development Center. Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, SBDC is acceptable.

South Living Center A - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, South A is acceptable.

South Living Center B - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, South B is acceptable.

Dale Stafford Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Stafford Living Center is acceptable.

James L. Stevenson Center for Higher Education - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference Stevenson Center for Higher Education or Stevenson Center are acceptable. The Stevenson Center for Higher Education is the location of Grand Valley State University's Muskegon Regional Center on the campus of Muskegon Community College.

Student Senate - Not student senate.

Student Services Building - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Student Services is acceptable.

Steelcase Library - On the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Use on all references.

Maxine M. Swanson Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Swanson Living Center is acceptable.

T

theater/theatre - Use theater when talking about the general term, use theatre when referring to the Grand Valley's theatre major or Theatre when referring to Louis Armstrong Theatre or Theatre at Grand Valley.

time - 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Not 7:00 or 7pm or 7 PM. See punctuation.
 
time zone - Grand Valley campuses are all on Eastern Time. Do not specify Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Time. (When visiting Grand Valley, remember that the university is on Eastern Time.) May be abbreviated as ET. (The event will take place in California at 1 p.m. (10 a.m. ET).)
 
titles - See academic titles or composition titles.

trademark - ™ and ® are only required on the first reference to a trademarked/servicemarked name.

 

Traverse City Regional Center - The Traverse City Regional Center is located in the Northwestern Michigan College University Center. Use on all references.

U

United States/U.S.

University Regulations - Now called University Policies.

Northwestern Michigan College University Center - The University Center is home to the Grand Valley State University Traverse City Regional Center. Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, University Center is acceptable.

University Guest House - Use on all references.

University Health Services - Use on all references.

username - Not user name.

V

Van Andel Global Trade Center - Not Trade Institute or Center for Global Trade. There is a space between Van Andel.

videocassette - Not video-cassette or video cassette.

W

Web address at the end of a sentence - When a Web address is the end of a sentence, it should be completed with a / and a period. For example: "For more information about applying to Grand Valley, go to www.gvsu.edu/admission/."

webpage - Not web page or Web page.

website - Not web site or Web site.

Ella Koeze - Weed Living Center - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Koeze-Weed Living Center is acceptable.

West Living Center A - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, West A is acceptable.

West Living Center B - Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, West B is acceptable.

West Michigan - Capitalized. Not Western Michigan (to avoid confusion with the university in Kalamazoo). Use when referring specifically to the region comprised of Kent-Ottawa-Muskegon-Allegan counties. See Michigan's West Coast.

windpower

Winter Hall - Pew Grand Rapids Campus living center. Use on all references.

W.G. Jackson - One of the research vessels at the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute. Should be italicized with no quotation marks.

worksite - Not work site or work-site.

XYZ

years - 2012–2013 or 1900–1950. Not 2012–13 or 1900–50. See punctuation.

Zumberge, James H. - First president of Grand Valley, served from 1963 to 1968.

James H. Zumberge Library - Named for Grand Valley's first president, James H. Zumberge. On the Allendale Campus. Use full name on first reference. Following first reference, Zumberge Library is acceptable.



 

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