SMC Style Guide for Publications

Do not abbreviate “Saint” when referring to Saint Mary’s College.

  • Exception: Address is 1928 St. Mary’s Road

In publications to an outside audience, use Saint Mary’s College of California on first reference; in Saint Mary’s Magazine using “of California” is unnecessary.

  • SMC is acceptable on second reference.

Do not abbreviate “Brother” when referring to a specific Christian Brother.

  • Right: Brother Ronald Gallagher

President’s title: Brother President Ronald Gallagher

FSC is not necessary in every reference. For example, it does not need to be used in the body of stories. It may be used in names that stand alone in photo captions or pull quotes

  • Example: Brother Camillus Chavez worked with Fargo on meditation techniques.
  • Photo caption: Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC
  • Do not use periods with FSC

Do not capitalize “s” in Lasallian.

Use following capitalization/lower-case scheme:

  • Saint John Baptist de La Salle was the founder of Christian Brothers
  • De La Salle when it stands alone.
  • De La Salle Institute

Capitalize names of campus buildings. Following are some notable names:

  • LeFevre Theatre
  • McKeon Pavilion
  • St. Albert Library
  • St. Catherine of Siena Hall
  • St. Joseph Hall
  • Becket Hall
  • Saint Mary's College Museum of Art (the museum on subsequent references)
  • Filippi Academic Hall (houses Kalmanovitz School of Education)
  • Brousseau Hall
  • Soda Center is acceptable on all references

Capitalize College when referring to SMC, even when it stands alone.
Capitalize Chapel even when it stands alone.

Editorial Writing Style Rules

Below are style rules on frequently used or misused terms common in this academic institution that should be followed in campus publications. For issues not addressed here, refer to the AP Stylebook for publications, including the web.

Academic Degrees

  • Periods should be used when abbreviating degree, i.e. B.A., Ph.D. – no spaces; when spelled out proper form is Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, use apostrophes in constructions such as bachelor’s degree, master’s degree (always lower case in that usage).
  • Honors: lower case and italicize cum laude, magna cum laude, summa

Alma mater

  • Lower case alma mater

Alumna; alumnae; alumnus; alumni

  • Female and male, respectively

Board of Trustees; Alumni Association and Regents

  • Capitalize Board of Trustees or Board of Regents in all references, capitalize Trustee and Regent when they appear as a title before a name, lower case when they stand alone or follow names.
  • Capitalize Alumni Association, Alumni Board of Directors and Alumni Relations Office.

Book and other titles

  • Refer to Chicago Manual of Style

Buildings

  • Use official name of campus facilities, capitalizing the name, in formal communications. On second reference, “hall” may be dropped, i.e. Dante or Galileo.

Classes and Courses

  • Use lower case referring to class, unless you use the specific name.
    Examples: He is taking Art 1 and Greek Thought. They met during a psychology class.

Capitalize

  • Collegiate Seminar, Seminar, the Program (for Integral Program second reference. Do not capitalize the)

Compound adjectives

  • When a compound modifier – two or more words expressing a single concept – precedes a noun, use hyphens to link the words in the compound except any adverbs ending in –ly.
    Examples: A first-quarter touchdown; a know-it-all attitude. A very good year; easily remembered rule.
  • In most cases, compound adjectives are not hyphenated when they appear after a noun. However, if they follow a to be verb, they do retain a hyphen.
    Examples: She works full time; the team scored in the first quarter.
    He was soft-spoken; she is well-known.  

Degrees

  • Except for languages (English, Latin), names of academic disciplines are not proper nouns and should not be capitalized.
    Examples: He is a music major. She has a B.A. in biology.
  • Alumni with SMC bachelor’s degrees are listed with the last two years of their graduation, with a backward apostrophe.
    Example: Mary Martin ’06
  • If alum also has a master’s from SMC, add it after undergrad degree.
    Example: Mary Martin ’98, MBA ’06.
  • Brothers' degrees followed the same rules.
    Example: Brother Ronald Gallagher '69 or, more formally, Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC '69.

Key for graduate degrees in Gael Glimpses:

  • ME — Graduate Education
  • MBA — Graduate Business
  • MLS — Graduate Liberal Studies
  • MFA — Fine Arts
  • MN — Nursing
  • MC — Counseling
  • MS — Science
  • P — Paralegal Certificate
  • EE — Extended Education
  • ECR — Education Credential
  • EdD — Doctor of Education
  • For graduate degrees put space between M and year
    Example: John Jones M ’98

Ethnicity

  • African-American, Latino, Hispanic, Caucasian are capitalized; white and black are not.

Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior

  • Not capitalized.

Numbers

  • Spell out numbers one through nine, use numerals 10 and above. (Except for ages, which are always numerals: their sons John, 6, and Joe, 2.
  • Use commas in numbers above 999: 1,000, 100,000, etc.
  • Abbreviate longer numbers, i.e. $1.2 million

Offices, departments and programs

  • Capitalize only when the full, official name is used: Alumni Relations Office, Women’s Resource Center.
  • Do not capitalize shortened form, president’s office, alumni office
  • Capitalize names of specific programs or schools: Collegiate Seminar, Great Books program, Graduate Liberal Studies Program, etc.

Religious Terms

  • The word Mass is capitalized.

Sesquicentennial

  • The word sesquicentennial is not capitalized unless it is part of an event, such as the Sesquicentennial Mass. For instance, in "as we celebrate our sesquicentennial," it is not capitalized.

Seasons

  • Do not capitalize spring, summer, fall and winter

States

  • Spell out names of U.S. states when they stand alone. Eight states are never abbreviated: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah. For Gael Glimpse purposes, state names are not necessary with well-known cities such as Chicago, Seattle, etc., or with names of non-obscure cities in California. Obscure cities in California should be followed by a county name.
    Example: Mary Jones is an accountant, and lives in Harris, Humboldt County.
  • Use AP style, not postal abbreviations, in abbreviating the other 42 states when they are used with a city name.
    Example: John Smith ’92 lives in Billings, Mont., with his wife, Julie, and their three children.

Telephone numbers

  • Use parentheses around area codes. Abbreviate extensions when providing one.
    Example: (925) 631- 4800
    ext. 4896

Times

  • Use periods in a.m. and p.m. Do not use 00, but do use :30, :15, etc, in listings.
    Examples: 8 a.m., 9:30 p.m.

Titles

  • Capitalize titles when they precede a name; do not capitalize them when they follow a name or are used generally.
    Examples: President Brother Ronald Gallagher.
    Brother Ronald Gallagher has been the SMC president since 2005.
  • Capitalize Professor only when it directly  precedes a name and when it is part of the full title for an endowed professorship.
  • Example:
    The science course was taught by Professor Carla Bossard.
    Carla Bossard is a professor at Saint Mary's.
  • The title Dr. is used only for those who hold an M.D.; use professor for teachers, including those who hold a Ph.D.

Web issues

Wine

  • Capitalize varietals, i.e. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, French Colombard.


Punctuation Style Guide

  • Use commas to separate elements in a series, but do not put a comma before the conjunction in a simple series.
    Example: The flag is red, white and blue. He would nominate Tom, Dick or Harry.
  • A comma should be used in a complex series, for instance when a series of phrases and not words are used
    Example: The points to consider are whether the athletes are skillful enough to compete, whether they have the stamina to endure the training, and whether they have the proper mental attitude.
  • A comma should precede a spouse’s name
    Example: Mary Smith and her husband, John, live in Seattle.
  • Commas should be dropped from names with suffixes.
    Example: James Madison Jr.

Dashes

  • Use em-dashes (a long dash) to denote abrupt change in sentence, or for emphasis. Do not put a space on either side of the em-dash.
    Example: He recalls taking groups on trips—car camping during spring break, rock climbing in the Sierra and backpacking in the Trinity Alps.
  • Use en-dash between number series, for instance 1982-1984

Ellipsis

  • Use an ellipsis … for deleted text. Do not put a space on either side.

Apostrophes

  • Use a backward apostrophe before a shortened year or era: ’99, ’60s. (On MS Word, that’s achieved by hitting control-apostrophe twice.) Do not use an apostrophe in decades or eras.
    Example: He went to college in the 1990s.
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