The International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
area coordinator in Residence Life
American College Test
Activities Programming Board
Business and Engineering Center
Bachelor of General Studies
Center for Academic Creativity
College Achievement Program
The Center for Applied Research in the Division of Outreach and Engagement works with businesses and organizations throughout the region to help leverage the intellectual capabilities of the University. The center matches faculty, staff and students with regional businesses and organizations to conduct research, consulting, and other applied projects, ranging from economic impact studies to new product development.
Certified Management Accountant
Certified Public Accountant
Career Services and Placement
English as a Second Language International
General Education Development
Great Lakes Valley Conference
grade point average
Graduate Record Examination
Historic New Harmony
Center for Human Resource Development
Historic Southern Indiana
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Instructional Technology Services
National Collegiate Athletic Association
New Harmony Theatre
Physical Activities Center
Recreation and Fitness Center
Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
Student Alumni Association
Scholastic Aptitude Test
Student Government Association
Teaching Enhancement Awards program
The Link connects the west end of the Science Center to the Health Professions Center. The glass-enclosed area is a favorite study area for students and a convenient passageway between the two buildings.
University Center East
University Center West
University Core Curriculum
University of Southern Indiana
In general, abbreviations should be avoided unless working with something where frequent references to states, titles, or degrees suggest abbreviations are appropriate. Avoid abbreviations that are not common, or in the intended usage, would not be clear. Except for titles, spell out the full name first followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, then abbreviate throughout the rest of the text: Her grade point average (GPA) was consistent the first two years. However, her GPA dropped considerably her junior year.
In general usage, spell out degrees in lowercase letters, using an apostrophe: bachelor's degree, master's degree. For a doctorate, use "doctorate in name of field." (Example: doctorate in higher education). Use degree abbreviations when the need to identify individual degrees after first reference would make the preferred form cumbersome. When using degree abbreviations, use periods (M.B.A.). However, when referring to the program, use the letters with no periods (MBA program).
Use lower case for general subjects: mathematics, psychology; except foreign languages which are always capitalized. Capitalize formal department names: The Office of the Provost, Department of History, but history department.
Capitalize and spell out titles only when they precede a name.
Applied Engineering Center
affirmative action statement
This statement of principle is used on USI printed publications: It is the policy of the University of Southern Indiana to be in full compliance with all federal and state non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity laws, orders, and regulations relating to race, sex, religion, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer, USI Human Resources Department, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, Indiana 47712. Acceptable abbreviated version when space is limited: University of Southern Indiana is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity institution.
Spell numbers from one to nine. Use numerals for 10 and higher. Examples: children ages four to 12; the law is eight years old; the woman is in her 30s (no apostrophe).
all time or all-time
Use a hyphen only when it modifies the subject: an all-time high, but the best writer of all time. Avoid the redundant phrase all-time record.
There is no such word.
Already means having occurred. All ready means prepared.
The correct use is all right.
Singular female. When referring to women only, use alumnae.
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
Capitalize only the first word and use an apostrophe.
Use it sparingly, for corporations that use it (AT&T, Proctor & Gamble) and for organizations that use it, never for "Joe & Mary Jackson."
If you are writing a law brief, you will probably need this legalese. In most other cases "or" will cover most uses.
Anna Lee Hamilton Music Studio
Located in the Liberal Arts Center, the studio is named for musician Anna Lee Hamilton as a tribute from her brother, William Schmidt, who gave the gift to furnish the facility.
army, navy, marines, and air force
Capitalize the services only when there is specificity: Bill joined the army after graduation and later transferred to the U.S. Air Force 802nd Bomber Squadron. Jack was a marine. Rick was also in the Marine Corps.
Located adjacent to the Technology Center, this facility opened in fall 1999.
assistant and associate
In titles, never abbreviate.
New Harmony's visitors center
The generic term to describe all degree programs which culminate in a bachelor's degree.
Baker and Will Classroom
This tiered classroom is on the lower level in the Business and Engineering Center. Bruce and Carol Baker and Jim and Eileen Will provided the funding to complete the classroom. Both Mr. Baker and Mr. Will served on the USI Board of Trustees and each served terms as chair.
Not barbeque or Bar-B-Q
Bertram Mathematics Education Laboratory
Named in memory of Charles Bertram for his 30 years as a math education teacher, the laboratory is located on the third floor of the Torrington Science Wing.
Beside means at the side of. Besides means in addition to.
Blair Chair of Business Science
An endowed academic chair named for the donor Margaret (Meg) Henderson Blair.
Board of Trustees
Refers to the University's governing body; individual members are trustees.
USI Bookstore on first reference; the bookstore is acceptable on second reference.
Broadway Recreational Complex
This complex has four softball diamonds and two multipurpose fields and is used by students. It is located on Broadway Avenue south of campus.
building names at USI
The use of correct names and consistent references helps maintain a strong institutional identity. Listed are the official names of USI buildings. Many of the buildings at USI carry the name center rather than building:
- Art Studio
- Applied Engineering Center
- Bokelman School
- Broadway Recreational Complex
- Business and Engineering Center
- Ceramic Center
- Education Center
- Eicher Barn
- Robert J. Fair Residence Life Center
- Governors Hall
- Grimes Haus
- Health Professions Center
- Liberal Arts Center
- Frank F. McDonald Apartment Complex
- Newman Hall (official name is Fred C. Newman Hall; referred to as Newman Hall)
- O'Bannon Hall (official name is Frank O'Bannon Hall; referred to as O'Bannon Hall)
- Joseph E. O'Daniel Apartment Complex
- Robert D. Orr Center
- Physical Activities Center (PAC acceptable on second reference, but never PAC building)
- Physical Plant
- Publishing Services Center
- Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center
- Ruston Hall (official name is Henry W. and Betty Jane Ruston Hall; referred to as Ruston Hall)
- David L. Rice Library
- Science Center
- Scripps Howard Center for Media Studies
- Security Building
- Technology Center
- W. Paul Torrington Wing of the Science Center
- University Center (This building serves the social needs of campus with meeting space, food services, student organization offices, and lounges. UC West is the original building with The Loft, Carter Hall, and the USI Bookstore. UC East, opened in 2011 with the multi-story link and tower, Offices of Student Affairs, Outreach and Engagement, and student organization offices
- USI Children's Learning Center
- USI Costume Shop, 3001 Igleheart Avenue
- USI Foundation Office
- USI Scene Shop, 96 N. Barker Avenue
- USI Theatre, 3001 Igleheart Avenues
- Westwood Lodge
- Byron C. Wright Administration Building
Business and Engineering Center
The Business and Engineering Center opened in fall 2010 and is located on the University’s quad. It houses classrooms, laboratories, and offices for the College of Business and the Department of Engineering of the Pott College of Science and Engineering. The building's 122,210 square feet include 11,470 square feet of common space intended to encourage collaboration by allowing students to continue conversations begun in class or talk with students from other disciplines. Funding of the $31.9 million building was approved by the General Assembly with supplemental support of $2 million raised by business and private contributions for programmatic needs. Signature features of the building include the Rosemary and D. Patrick O’Daniel Atrium, a central area connecting all floors in the building with a monumental stair; the 52-seat Romain Board Room on the third floor; and the Vectren Lakeside Study Lounge and Balcony, offering views of Reflection Lake from an enclosed outdoor space at the lower level as well as a balcony on the second floor.
Write as one word. The usual way of writing can not.
Avoid unnecessary capitals. Proper nouns - capitalize nouns that constitute the unique identification for a specific person, place, or thing: John, Mary, American, Boston, England. These examples are always proper nouns. Some common nouns receive proper noun status when they are used as the name of a particular entity: General Electric, Gulf Oil. Proper names - capitalize common nouns such as party, river, street, and west when they are part of the full name for a person, place, or thing: Democratic Party, Mississippi River, Fleet Street, East Virginia. Use lower case for common nouns when they stand alone in subsequent references: the party, the river, the street. Use lower case for the common noun elements of names in all plural uses: the Democratic and Republican parties, Main and State streets, lakes Erie and Ontario. Compositions - capitalize the principal words in the names of books, movies, plays, poems, operas, songs, radio and television programs, works of art, etc. Titles - capitalize formal titles when used immediately before a name. Use lower case for formal titles when used alone or in constructions that set them off from a name by commas. Use lower case at all times for terms that are job descriptions rather than formal titles. Academic degrees - the names of academic degrees and honors are capitalized when following a personal name if written in full or abbreviated: Joan Stewart, Doctor of Medicine; and Joan Stewart, Ph.D. Academic semesters - lower case: fall semester, spring 2003, second summer session.
Named in memory of benefactress Josephine K. Carter, Carter Hall is a multipurpose room located on the second floor of the University Center.
Center for Academic Creativity
This faculty development initiative supports faculty and staff in their work of scholarly productivity, collegial service, compassionate leadership, and enhancements to student learning.
No apostrophe unless your usage is possessive: 19th century, 1800s. Except at the beginning of a sentence, use figures in ordinals: (20th century. Hyphenate when used as a compound adjective (19th-century novels).
Use lower case to spell out numbers less than 10: the first century, the 20th century.
Colleges at USI
Romain College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Pott College of Science Engineering and Education
In a series, University style follows the Elements of Style preference of the serial comma: Chuck reports he has seen Bill Smith, Jack Jones, and Tom Zabriskie. No comma is needed in September 1993, but two are needed in: He was born on February 11, 1945, in Charleston. Similarly, it is: He was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1935. Except for years, use a comma in all numbers exceeding three digits: 1,200 and 5,280, although it is often preferable in text to say, "about a hundred," and "one thousand reasons." No comma is necessary to set off someone's graduating class: Sue Smith '81.
The Computer Center and Instructional Technology merged in 2011 and became Information Technology.
Cynderella McDowell Miller Modern and Classical Language Laboratory
A laboratory located in the Liberal Arts Center, funded by a bequest from Cynderella McDowell Miller who lived near the University and on whose family land part of the University stands.
Along with the normal hyphen (for compound words and end-of-line word breaks), University style is to use the em dash to separate parts of the same sentence: He always rued the day--and wished he had said yes. Dashes should not be overused. Punctuation should guide the reader, not call attention to itself.
It is December 8, not December 8th or December eighth. Avoid abbreviating, as in Feb. 3. To specify a period of time (see dash): October 15 - 17, 1945 - 56. If "from" is used "to" must follow: He was a class agent from 1978 to 1986. Ditto with "between" and "and." The year can be dropped unless needed for clarity.
For selected scholars, the University provides awards which pay full in-state tuition. These awards are called Deans Scholarships. There is no apostrophe in the word "deans."
Use twenties, sixties, eighties; use 1990s without an apostrophe; capitalize the Gay Nineties and the Roaring Twenties.
Denner Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Named for Melvin "Mike" Denner, professor emeritus of biology, and his wife Anne, biology instructor and advisor, the laboratory is located on the first floor of the Torrington Science Wing.
Lowercase except as part of full formal name. Capitalize (when usage is proper noun) the official titles of departments, colleges, offices, centers, and programs (Department of History). Lowercase unofficial titles (history department). Lowercase names of disciplines standing alone (history) unless the names of the discipline is a word that is always capitalized in English (like German, Spanish, and English).
Department of Kinesiology and Sport
Formerly known as the Physical Education Department. Name changed in 2011.
Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Formerly called Department of Foreign Languages. Includes programs in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Latin. Name change effective fall 2007.
Department of Performing Arts
Includes programs in theatre and music. Name change effective fall 2007.
Use figures and spell out inches, feet, yards, etc., to indicate depth, height, length, and width. Hyphenate adjectival forms before nouns. Examples: She is 5 feet 6 inches tall, the 5-foot-6-inch man, the 5-foot man. The 97-foot tall tower. The rig is 9 feet by 12 feet, the 9-by-12- rug. The storm left five inches of snow. Use an apostrophe to indicate feet and quote marks to indicate inches (5' 6") only in very technical contexts.
directions and regions
Use lower case for north, south, west, northeast, etc. when they indicate compass direction. Capitalize when referring to a region. Examples: He drove west. The cold front is moving southwest. A storm system that developed in the Midwest is spreading eastward. Welcome to Evansville located in Southwestern Indiana. Historic Southern Indiana is an organization dedicated to preserving the history of Southern Indiana.
The term "students with disabilities" is preferred. Avoid the word "handicapped."
Use this spelling, not disc, for the thin, flat plate on which computer data can be stored.
driving directions to campus
When directing visitors to campus use this standard direction: University of Southern Indiana is located on Indiana Highway 62 (Lloyd Expressway). If arriving from: East of Evansville on Interstate 64: exit south on Interstate 164 or U.S. Highway 41 toward Evansville and take the exit for Lloyd Expressway west; follow the Lloyd Expressway (Hwy. 62) west through Evansville to the University Parkway Exit. West of Evansville on Interstate 64: from U.S. Highway 41 or from the Interstate 164 spur, take the exit for Lloyd Expressway west; follow the Lloyd Expressway (Hwy. 62) west through Evansville to the University Parkway Exit. West of Evansville on Indiana 62: take the University Parkway Exit. North of Evansville on U.S. Highway 41: continue south on U.S. 41 and take the exit for Lloyd Expressway west; follow the Lloyd Expressway (Hwy. 62) west through Evansville to the University Parkway Exit. North of Evansville on Indiana Highway 57: follow Interstate 164 south toward Evansville and take the exit for Lloyd Expressway west; follow the Lloyd Expressway (Hwy. 62) west through Evansville to the University Parkway Exit. South of Evansville on Pennyrile Parkway or U.S. Highway 41: continue north on U.S. 41 into Evansville and take the exit for Lloyd Expressway west; follow the Lloyd Expressway (Hwy. 62) west through Evansville to the University Parkway Exit.
Eagle Access Card
The USI magnetic debit card for campus transactions like meal plans, snack/drink vending, building access in residence halls, Rice Library check-out, laundry services, and identification.
Eagle Access Card Office
Located in UC West, the office issues the Eagle Access Card.
The convenience store located in the Residence Life Community Center.
The dining area located on the main floor of the University Center (UC West). No apostrophe on Eagles since this is plural, not possessive.
The Education Center opened in 2003. It is located west of the Science Center.
Often confused with the word "affect." Effect is most often a noun (the effect). Affect is almost always a verb. The recession had a positive effect on enrollment.
Electronically transmitted mail on your computer. Not capitalized and no hyphen.
The female form of emeritus; the plural form of emerita is professors emeritae.
The plural form of a group of male and female professors who are retired.
Used to describe an individual retired from professional life but permitted to retain as an honorary title, the rank of the last office held. professor emeritus; dean emeritus; the plural form of professor emeritus is professors emeriti.
Use ensure to mean guarantee: steps were taken to ensure accuracy. Use insure for reference to insurance: the policy insures her life.
If you use it, use one for emphasis. Repeated use of the exclamation point is unnecessary: Join now! Not: Join now!!
This lounge is located on the first floor of UC East and opened in 2011. It features the Orr Arch, a 28-foot tall Indiana limestone arch salvaged from Evansville's former landmark Orr Iron Building. This lounge is constructed of A-block from Can Clay Company in Cannelton, Indiana.
Unless circumstances rule otherwise, you can usually drop the word fraternity, sorority, or honorary after one is specified: Dan was a member of Sigma Tau.
freshmen, et al.
Classes do not take a capital. It's the grand old seniors, sophomore Bill Dunn, etc.
noun: A fund raiser was hired.
noun: Fund raising is important.
adjective: They planned a fund-raising campaign.
A residence hall located southeast of the Technology Center, a companion building to Newman Hall, O'Bannon Hall, and Ruston Hall. Use Governors plural (no apostrophe).
Great Lakes Valley Conference
The NCAA Division II conference in which USI participates. The conference is composed of 17 schools in five states.
One of the study-abroad experiences for USI is in England at Harlaxton College. An agreement with the University of Evansville stipulates that the following phrase be used at the beginning of USI materials that refer to Harlaxton College: Harlaxton College is owned and operated by the University of Evansville.
This is a word in flux. Options are health care, health-care, and healthcare. The USI preferred style is to use healthcare as one word.
This lounge features the Orr Iron Arch, a 28-foot tall Indiana limestone arch salvaged from Evansville's former landmark Orr Iron Building. The building was built by the family of late-Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr, who signed the legislation creating the University of Southern Indiana.
The semester list of USI students who achieve a 3.5 or better grade point average (on 4.0 system) in 12 or more semester hours of academic work. (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and Pass/Fail graded courses do not apply).
Use a hyphen to form a modifier with two or more words: four-color photos, six-figure salary, New York-based lawyer. Some compound words take a hyphen (co-chair is preferred), but the trend seems to be toward simplification: vice president, multimillionaire, geopolitical.
Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville
Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville is located on the third floor of the Health Professions Center at University of Southern Indiana.
The Information Technology office manages email, computer and networking issues, and instructional technology.
Innovation Pointe is a business incubator for technology and knowledge-based businesses. It is located in downtown Evansville. University of Southern Indiana and Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville (GAGE), which manages Innovation Pointe, have a united goal of improving the entrepreneurial culture of the region. Faculty consulting services, faculty applied research, and classes on business growth, entrepreneurship, and marketing are some of the services provided by USI.
Internet is capitalized; email is not.
University style recommends the least possible use of italics for emphasis. Italicize books, movies, plays, other major works, and specific ships. Use quotation marks for articles and other short works such as songs. For television, a series title can be italicized, with episodes in quotation marks. The Chicago Manual recommends italics for names of magazines and newspapers. Examples:
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Death of a Salesman, The New York Times, U.S.S. Constitution, The New Yorker, Michelangelo's Pieta, The Evansville Courier and Press, Vivaldi's "Spring", "Hey Jude" by the Beatles
John D. Lippert Lecture Hall
A gift of John and Judith Lippert, the 85-seat lecture hall is equipped with three projectors and distance-education capability. Located in the Business and Engineering Center, the lecture hall was a gift of the Lipperts before John’s death in 2006. He was past chairman and CEO of National City Bank and a founding member of the College of Business Board of Advisors.
Capitalize it but do not set it off with a comma: William R. Jones Jr., John Smith III.
Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Center/Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries
The McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries, located on the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center, house exhibits by guest artists, alumni, faculty, and students. Completed in 2008, the center is named for local art patron and Evansville resident Kenneth P. McCutchan, who died in 2002. His collected works of art, the largest individual collection of Hoosier art, were donated to the USI Foundation and are an important element of the University's art collection. His charitable gift provided monies for the center. The Pace Galleries are named for artist Stephen Pace and his wife Palmina, who have given paintings, sketch books, water colors, and monetary gifts to the USI Foundation. Pace, who grew up in New Harmony, Indiana, and his wife, who spent much of their life in New York City, moved to Evansville in 2007, prior to Mr. Pace's death in 2010.
Kleymeyer Lecture Hall
An auditorium in Liberal Arts Center named for benefactors Clifford and Ruth Kleymeyer.
Liberal Arts Center
This academic building opened in fall 1999, houses the College of Liberal Arts. It is located south of the University Center overlooking Reflection Lake. Special facilities in the center are the Helen Mallette Studio Theatre, Clifford and Ruth Kleymeyer Lecture Hall, Anna Lee Hamilton Music Studio, Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Center/Palmina and Stephen S. Pace Galleries, Scripps Howard Center for Media Studies, and Cynderella McDowell Miller Modern and Classical Language Laboratory.
Mallette Studio Theatre
The Mallette Studio Theatre is located in the Liberal Arts Center. It is named for benefactor Helen M. Mallette.
McCutchan Exhibition Space
Named for the late Kenneth P. McCutchan, this display case is located in the hallway between the Wright Administration Building and Forum I.
Named for benefactors William H. and Trudy Mitchell, Mitchell Auditorium is a lecture hall located in the Health Professions Center. William H. Mitchell died in 2010.
Spell out the word cents in lowercase, using numerals for amounts less than a dollar: 5 cents, 12 cents. Use the $ sign and decimal system for larger amounts: $1.01, $2.50, $5. For amounts of more than $1 million, use the $ sign and numerals up to two decimal places.
A residence hall located southeast of the Technology Center, a companion building to Governors Hall, O'Bannon Hall, and Ruston Hall. It is named for the late Fred C. Newman, a generous benefactor. The official name is Fred C. Newman Hall, but it is referred to as Newman Hall.
A common error is laxity with noun/verb agreement. Verbs and nouns should agree in numbers: The Board of Trustees requests your presence.
nouns, adjectives used as verbs
University style suggests avoiding creation of verbs from nouns: Dr. Smith was chair of the meeting, rather than Dr. Smith chaired the meeting.
Spell out numbers less than 10; use numerals for 10 and higher except at the beginning of a sentence: Only three directors responded. Forty-two geese landed on the lake. My daughter is 14 years of age.
Suite-style residence hall located south of the Technology Center; a companion building to Newman Hall, Governors Hall, and Ruston Hall. Named for Frank O'Bannon, 47th governor of Indiana, following the USI tradition of naming housing facilities for Indiana governors. The official name is Frank O'Bannon Hall, but it is referred to as O'Bannon Hall.
Office of Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness
Housed in Recreation and Fitness Center.
Office of Religious Life
Formerly called Campus Ministry, the office of Religious Life is located in student housing at 8113A O'Daniel Lane.
ok or okay
The dictionary okays either. Not O.K.
Orr Iron Arch
This centerpiece portal of the Heritage and Fireside lounges was salvaged from Evansville's former landmark Orr Iron Building, built by the family of the late-Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr. He signed the legislation creating the University of Southern Indiana. Salvaged by USI and the Indiana Department of Transportation, the reconstituted historic gateway links the University with the surrounding region in heritage and destiny.
Stephen S. and Palmina F. Pace provided funding and Stephen Pace paintings for the Pace Galleries in the McCutchan Art Center. These galleries display student work and the work of professional artists. Opened in 2008.
University style is to spell out percent rather than use the symbol % in text. The percent symbol (%) can be used in tables.
Acronyms do not take periods: AWOL, COBOL, NATO, SEATO, UNESCO. Degrees do take periods: Bachelor of Arts, B.A.; Master of Science, M.S.; Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.; etc. As with degrees, use periods in abbreviations except in such common usages as USI, MIT, NYU, JFK, GE, IBM, CBS, YMCA, CIA, the UN, etc. We do, however, use periods in U.S., N.Y.C., and L.A.
With rare exceptions, we do NOT form a plural with an apostrophe. Use s or es. Some examples: M.B.A.s, the 1980s (or eighties). There are occasional exceptions necessary for clarity: Mind your p's and q's and make the Oakland A's.
Avoid the plus mark (+) and write 30-plus, or a million-plus. In general (excluding tabular material), avoid shortcuts by use of signs and figures; spell it out so no one will have to guess what you mean.
Use 's in all singular possessives and an apostrophe alone in plurals. For singular proper names ending in "s", use only an apostrophe: Dickens' novel, Williams' plays.
Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education
The college was named for Robert H. and Elaine H. Pott in recognition of the Pott Foundation's $2 million gift.
These full tuition scholarships also cover housing and an allowance for food and books. They are awarded to select students who ranked first or second in their senior class at the end of the fall semester of high school for high schools commissioned by the Indiana State Department of Public Instruction. Other requirements must be met. Ten students are selected for these competitive scholarships each year.
Presidents of University of Southern Indiana
David L. Rice 1967 - 1994 H. Ray Hoops 1994 - 2009
Linda L. M. Bennett – 2009 -
Publications at USI
Amalgam, a publication of student research for College of Liberal Arts;
College of Business Reports, a newsletter from College of Business;
Connect Online, an electronic newsletter for alumni;
engage, a newsletter from the Division of Outreach and Engagement;
In Harmony, a newsletter of Historic New Harmony;
LA Story, a newsletter of the College of Liberal Arts;
Multicultural Connection, a newsletter of the Multicultural Center;
Periodic Review, a newsletter published by the Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education
Reflections, the newsletter of The Planned Giving Society of USI Foundation;
Southern Indiana Review, a literary magazine;
Synapse, a newsletter of the College of Nursing and Health Professions
USI Magazine, a publication for alumni, donors, and friends;
USI Today, an online employee newsletter
Use quotation marks to surround the exact words of a speaker or writer: Franklin said, "A penny saved is a penny earned."
Punctuation--commas, exclamation/question marks, periods--generally go inside quotation marks; punctuation usually will go outside of single quotation marks--"What do you suppose he had in mind," inquired Newman, "when he said, 'You are all greater fools than I thought'?"
Punctuation goes inside quotation marks if it is part of the sub-quote--"He looked at me for a long time," said Grant, "and then he asked, 'Why have you bothered to tell me this, Peter?'"
Punctuation goes outside of quotation marks if it is not part
Capitalize identifications with geographic words: Asian, Native American, Indians, African American.
A street off University Boulevard that leads to Governors Hall and Newman Hall. Named for Indiana State University President Emeritus Alan Rankin, whose tenure as president paralleled the first 10 years of USI's existence as a regional campus.
Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center
The Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center opened in March 2001. The Office of Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness is located in the center. The building houses an arena for weight lifting and exercise, showers, lockers, two basketball courts, and a suspended track above the courts. An addition to the building opened in fall 2009.
Repetition sneaks in in many ways; try to avoid it. Aside from doublets (end result, basic principle, past history, top capacity, red in color) there is redundancy in "2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon" or "he currently is reviewing the plan." Drop the p.m. or the afternoon, preferably the afternoon; cut currently.
Residence Life Community Center
A wireless facility with student living room/dining area, fireplace, and a conference room. Also houses the Eagle Xpress convenience store. Located on O'Daniel Lane in housing.
Opened in 2006, David L. Rice Library offers four floors of library space including circulation, reference desk, government documents, periodicals, University Archives and Special Collections, and more. The lower level of the building has classrooms and a 125-seat auditorium. Rice Library is named for Dr. David L. Rice, the University's founding president.
Robert J. Fair Residence Life Center
Located in the McDonald housing complex, the center contains Residence Life staff offices and a computer laboratory. It is named for a former chair of the USI Board of Trustees.
Robert M. Kent Family Fountain
The Robert M. Kent Family Fountain is located in a landscaped area at the center of the entrance roundabout at the University of Southern Indiana. It features the major signage for USI and has 15 columns of water that vary in height from four to six feet.
Access road to O'Bannon Hall and Ruston Hall named in honor of Dr. Charles Rochelle, an Evansville educator and leader in the African American community.
Ron D. and Connie S. Romain Boardroom
The gift of two alumni, husband and wife Ron Romain '73 and Connie Romain '74, the 52-seat Romain Board Room is on the third floor of the Business and Engineering Center. It provides space for student presentations and meetings of the Advisory Board for the College of Business, the Accounting Circle, and the IT Advisory Board.
Roundabout is the circular intersection at the campus entrance. The Robert M. Kent Family Fountain is part of the landscape inside the roundabout.
A residence hall located southeast of the Technology Center. It is a companion hall to O'Bannon, Governors, and Newman halls. It is named for generous donors Henry and Betty Jane Ruston. The official name is Henry and Betty Jane Ruston Hall, but it is referred to as Ruston Hall.
Ruth M. Kleymeyer Hall of Presidents
Portraits of the USI presidents hang in this room on the fourth floor of Rice Library. Mrs. Kleymeyer is a generous donor to the University and former librarian who called the library “the heart of the campus.”
The Schlechte Façade is a limestone relief, located 30 feet above ground on the rotunda of the library entrance. This artistic façade was made possible by a major gift from Dorothea Johnson Schlechte, an Evansville resident and longtime supporter of the arts in the community. The relief reflects the Liberal Arts Center located directly west of Rice Library and includes a laptop, books, and other artifacts used by students. Plaster castings of three reliefs of campus scenes, designed by USI art faculty members Kathryn Waters and John McNaughton, hang in the corridor that leads to the library entrance. The middle casting was used to create the Schlechte Façade.
Scripps Howard Center for Media Studies
A media laboratory located in the Liberal Arts Center funded by a gift from the Scripps Howard Foundation. Includes the William R. Burleigh Resource Center, Scripps Howard Digital Arts Laboratory, Scripps Howard Video Production Complex.
Use fall semester, spring semester, summer - no caps when used to refer to the time of the academic year.
Located south of the University Center, the office of Safety and Security is housed in this building.
Service learning is an approach to university education that incorporates community projects into courses. There are two equally important goals of service learning: enhancing student learning and providing a valuable service to the community.
Sill Geology Seminar Room
This room is named for Walter F. Sill, an Evansville geologist. It is located on the third floor of the Torrington Wing.
Writers need to check and be responsible for proper spelling of names in an effort to publish items free of misspellings.
When there are two spellings allowed in your dictionary, such as traveled/travelled, use the first one given. While there is no substitute for a good dictionary, here is a short list of words that turn up frequently and are occasionally misspelled, or mistakenly capitalized, or otherwise misconstrued.
alma mater (generic),
Alma Mater (the song),
alumnus, alumni, alumna,
Colombia (the country),
Forum I, II, III,
freelance (noun, adj.),
full-time (adj., noun),
fund raiser, fund-raising, grandchildren,
great-granddaughter, Guinness (book/beer),
midwest (the Midwest),
premed, premedical, roommate,
New Harmony Theatre,
till, until ('til is poetry), transatlantic,
under way (adv.),
Stanonis Paleontology/Sedimentary Geology Laboratory
Named in honor of Frank L. Stanonis, professor emeritus of geology, this laboratory is located on the third floor of the Torrington Science Wing.
This full-service coffee shop is located in Rice Library along the south side of the first-floor corridor that runs the length of the building.
telephone and other access numbers
Set off the area code with a slash. Thus the University telephone number would be 812/464-8600. Examples for Internet, fax, and email (email addresses may be case sensitive) follow. Internet: www.usi.edu; fax: 812/465-1096; email: email@example.com.
Use figures for all except zero. Use a word, not a minus sign to indicate temperatures below zero: The day's low was minus 10. The day's high was expected to be 34.
Temperatures get higher and lower, not warmer or cooler. Temperatures are expected to rise in the area Friday. Don't write: Temperatures are expected to warm up on Friday.
Do not switch tenses in mid sentence. Present and past tenses are straightforward: He is working in the garden. The summer of 1949 was exceedingly hot. Such nuances as future perfect and present perfect can send a precise writer to the rule books; don't hesitate to look it up (also see noun/verb agreement).
An extremely overworked word. Read what you have written and see how many you can remove without losing your meaning.
The Bussing-Koch Foundation Stock Market Laboratory
Located in the Business and Engineering Center on the first-floor level, the Bussing-Koch Foundation Stock Market Laboratory has a stock ticker display and interactive teaching walls in and outside the lab that allow students to check stock exchanges in real time and historic time.
The Center for Applied Research
The Center for Applied Research works with businesses and organizations throughout the region to help leverage the intellectual capabilities of the University. The center matches faculty, staff, and students with regional businesses and organizations to conduct research, consulting, and other applied projects, ranging from economic impact studies to new product development.
The Center for Human Resource Development
The Center for Human Resource Development in the Division of Outreach and Engagement provides the region’s manufacturing, service, and health care organizations with performance improvement services.
The Link connects the west end of the Science Center to the Health Professions Center. The glass-enclosed area is a favorite study area for students and a convenient passageway between the two buildings.
The Lloyd C. Hahn Engineering Design Center
This classroom in the Business and Engineering Center provides students with dedicated lab space to conceptualize and prototype engineering designs. The private support of Dan and Janet Fuquay made the center possible and honors the memory of her father Lloyd C. Hahn, a self-trained engineer.
The name for the dining room located on the upper level of UC West.
The O’Daniel Atrium
The O'Daniel Atrium is the spacious open lounge in the Business and Engineering Center made possible by a gift from D. Patrick and Rosemary L. O'Daniel. The gift celebrates the O'Daniel Family patriarch Joseph E. O'Daniel and his belief in public higher education in southern Indiana, which began with the inception of the University of Southern Indiana in 1965. The space, which offers a variety of campus views and natural light, induces sharing of ideas and energy by faculty and students from the two academic areas of business and engineering.
The Old National Bank Sales Suite and Joseph P. Coslett Sales Management Development Laboratory
The suite and laboratory utilizes one-way glass and video recording capability to provide students with a heightened awareness of their sales strengths and weaknesses allowing students instant feedback. Focus group research, product comparisons, etc. are possible in this suite and lab, which is located in the Business and Engineering Center
The Russell L. McKinney Entrepreneurship Laboratory
The walls in this modern classroom and laboratory in the Business and Engineering Center are covered in IdeaPaint to provide students and teachers a dry-erase writing surface to record ideas directly on the walls. In this collaborative space, the walls evoke creativity and impromptu teamwork. Desks are on wheels so they can be moved into configurations suited to students' needs. Laptops are charged and ready for students to use during class. Video recording equipment and interview space is available in the room. The gift of Valerie and Jim McKinney supported this lab. The gift is in memory of Jim's father Russell L. McKinney, who was an Evansville businessman.
the University of Southern Indiana
No uppercase "t" unless at the beginning of a sentence.
Generally, it is recommended to use the first listing in any standard dictionary--it will be the most common usage. But with theatre, there was a conscious decision to use the English spelling to convey the idea of a distinctive theatre program at USI (otherwise, the rule is to use "theatre" only in cases where a company or building uses it).
Drop the colon and zeros: 5 p.m. Space is a consideration in printing for time elements: "The group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, August 30, in UC350" is efficient and readable. For continuity, we order time, day, date, and place the same way every time. Use 2 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. University style is to keep the periods. Use noon and midnight, because some may not be clear about 12 p.m. and 12 a.m.; noon and midnight leave no question. Spell out months except in tabular form. Where a year is required, make it Monday, May 6, 2001, or May 2001. When a phrase lists only a month and a year, do not separate the year with commas. Generally, in text use the year only when needed for clarity; use day and date as a service to the reader.
Capitalize titles when they precede a specific name (and don't abbreviate): President Linda L. M. Bennett, Vice President Mark Rozewski, or Dean Michael Aakhus (always try to use the full name, with middle initial, on first reference). Lower case formal titles when used alone or in constructions that set them off from a name by commas: Mohammed Khayum, dean of the College of Business and professor of management; M. Edward Jones, senior advisor to the President for Outreach and Engagement. Do not capitalize "our esteemed class president" or "chairman of the local PTA." Exception: always capitalize the President of the United States, with or without a name. Use USI Board of Trustees when referring specifically to the USI governing body; use lower case on all generics. Refer to the campus directory for correct titles of faculty, staff, and campus buildings.
The policy calling for a tobacco-free campus is in effect July 1, 2011.
Torrington Science Center Wing
This addition to the Science Center opened in 2003. It is named for Dr. W. Paul Torrington, a generous benefactor.
The 97-foot tall campus tower links UC East and UC West. The tower's exterior is formed from salvaged limestone from quarries in Bedford, IN. The interior has seating space for dining, lounging, and informal meetings. It is the tallest point on campus.
Named in honor of USI's alumni, Traditions Lounge is located in the 97-foot tall tower connecting UC East and UC West.
The $18.6 million expansion to the University Center opened in spring 2011. This structure includes a multi-story link and the 97-foot tall tower plus reconstructed building space that housed the original library. Fireside and Heritage lounges are in the building and Traditions lounge is in the tower. Designed by Holzmann Moss Botlino Architecture with building materials distinct to southern Indiana.
This structure is the original University Center with The Loft and Eagles Nest, dining areas; Carter Hall, a multi-purpose room for conferences and special events; and the USI Bookstore. General meeting rooms are on the second floor
University of Southern Indiana
In text, the words University of Southern Indiana are separate and should be capitalized. USI may be referred to as the University on subsequent mention; University should be capitalized when used this way. It is acceptable to use USI; do not use periods to set off the letters. University of Southern Indiana is a comprehensive public university with more than 10,000 students. The 1,400-acre suburban campus in Evansville, the state's third largest city, includes 12 major buildings and provides both apartment and suite-style housing for students. USI offers a full range of student organizations and campus life activities.
USI Epi-Hab Center for Disability Studies
USI Epi-Hab Center for Disability Studies is a resource that contributes to the knowledge base on epilepsy and other contemporary disability issues through research, teaching and community programs, and scholarships. It was funded with a gift from the Vanderburgh Community Foundation and Epi-Hab Evansville, a non-profit factory that employed people with disabilities.
USI Student Health Center
The health center is a full-service clinic offering medical services and health-related information to students, staff, and faculty. The health center is located in the lower level of the Health Professions Center.
Vectren Lakeside Study Lounge and Balcony
A student space on the second level of the Business and Engineering Center, the Vectren Lakeside Study Lounge and Balcony is a spacious area for collaborative work by students and faculty in the academic areas of business and engineering. A gift of Vectren Corporation, an energy-holding company headquartered in Evansville, the space overlooks the southwest campus.
vice president, vice provost
No hyphen for titles.
Victor V. Schriefer Jr. Communications Laboratory
This 22-seat communications lab, made possible by a gift from Victor V. Schriefer Jr., is used by the Department of Engineering in the Business and Engineering Center. Schriefer is a member of the USI Foundation Board of Directors.
Two words. The most technically correct usage means a single HTML file, which when viewed by a browser on the World Wide Web could be several screen-dimensions long, meaning you would "scroll" to view contents that are off-screen.
One word. A home and/or location on the World Wide Web. A place made up of web pages. The USI web site is www.usi.edu. USI style is to drop the http:// if the web address contains www. If the address needs to run onto another line, break the address before a slash or a dot and do not insert a hyphen. Where possible do not punctuate at the end of the URL because the reader could think it is part of the address.
Far too often we hear or read: "He was a person that..." A personal pronoun is needed, however. Make it: "a person who...", "an alumna who...", and "a Hoosier who...".
World Wide Web
Three words, all capitalized. A global (worldwide) hypertext system that uses the Internet as its transport mechanism.