Parker Exhibition Fund—Full name is the George S. Parker II Exhibition Fund. Received from the estate of the former college trustee, this gift funds traveling art exhibitions in the Wright Museum every other year. In the interim years, it supports a Beloit faculty member as he or she develops a themed course making use of the art in the Wright's permanent collection.
Pearsons Hall—no apostrophe! Built in 1893 and named after D.K. Pearsons. Use "Jeffris-Wood Campus Center, Pearsons Hall," in official presentations and fund-raising materials. Includes the annex (between Mathers and the lounge), D.K.'s Snack Bar, Hales Gallery, Java Joint, mail center, computer lab, Mathers Room A and B, Mead Room, Moore Lounge, TV lounge (not called the smoking lounge and no longer the Breeze Cafe), spirituality room, Weeks Lounge, and these offices: Accounting, Student Financial Services, Registrar, Security and Safety, Student Affairs (Student Activities, Residential Life), and various student clubs, including the Round Table and WBCR facilities. See appendix.
people—in general, use this instead of persons. If, however, someone uses persons in a quote or a signed letter, let the author's preference reign.
percent—spell out the word in text. The % sign may be used in numerical charts and headlines. Percentages should always be represented by a numeral. (Examples: an increase of 4 percent, but a 4-percent increase; HEADLINE: Board Grants 4% raise)
Performing Arts Series—in 1998, the name changed to International Performing Arts & Lecture Series (IPALS). The series was discontinued in 2010.
period—always place a period inside quotation marks.
periodicals—see titles, composition.
permanent collection—(lower case) refers to accessioned items in both the Wright and the Logan museums.
Pettibone World Affairs Center—see World Affairs Center.
Pew Midstates Science and Mathematics Consortium—composed of 12 liberal arts and sciences colleges and two research universities; provides access to research equipment at other member schools and sponsors two undergraduate research symposia each year.
Ph.D.s—technically, it should read "Ph.D. degrees." Other proper alternatives: doctoral degrees or doctorates.
Phi Beta Kappa—national honorary scholastic society for top students.
Phi Psi—common reference to Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. See appendix.
Phi Sigma Iota—international honorary foreign language society for juniors and seniors.
phone numbers—use a hyphen (not parentheses, slashes, or periods) between the area code and the number; do not include "1" with toll-free number. For campus extensions, use "ext." followed by space and four-digit number.
PKAL—Beloit is a core member of Project Kaleidoscope, a national alliance for the reform of undergraduate science and mathematics education.
p.m./a.m.—use periods and lower-case letters. (Examples: 8 a.m.; 7:30 p.m.)
Pocket Lint—a literary journal composed of submissions from students both on campus and off.
Poetry Garden—see Beloit Poetry Garden and appendix.
Porter Scholars—top high school students who have been selected to take courses at the college while still in high school.
possessives—use apostrophe-s after singular and some plural nouns to indicate possession. (Examples: Jim's desk; women's room) When either a singular or plural noun ends in s, use only the apostrophe. (Examples: James' desk; ladies' room)
Pre-Collegiate Program—see Help Yourself program.
president—for Beloit College Magazine articles and other mostly alumni/student publications, the president's full name need not be spelled out in the first reference. First and subsequent references may be made to President Bierman. First references to anyone else must include full names and titles. When full reference is required, use President Scott Bierman. References to living past presidents (and their spouses) should be as follows: Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. (Linda Smith); Roger H. Hull; John E. Burris (Sally Burris).
Presidential Scholars / Presidential Scholarships—use the former when referring to recipients of these scholarships (the highest merit-based awards offered by the college) and the latter for the scholarships themselves.
President's House—use this instead of Chapin House. See appendix.
Presidents Lounge—room in Chapin Hall with portraits of all the former Beloit College presidents. See appendix.
problem solving / problem-solving—two words as a noun; hyphenated as a compound adjective (problem-solving skills).
professor—title generally reserved for tenure-track faculty positions. Do not abbreviate "prof." when used without a name. When introducing a faculty member, use the full academic title, including assistant, associate, adjunct, visiting, etc., as needed, along with the person's name. • Long titles are more easily read after the name and surrounded by commas. (Associate Professor of Psychology John Smith OR John Smith, associate professor of psychology, OR psychology professor Jim Smith—the latter example is lower case because it is simply an adjective, not a formal title; it is also confusing because it does not indicate academic rank, only that he teaches psychology.) • Subsequent references to faculty are by last name, except in captions, where the title Prof. and the name may be used. Capitalization follows titles rules. See titles.
professorship—see chairs, endowed.
program names—capitalize programs that address special interests and have the word "program" in the formal title. (e.g., Continuing Education Program, but Initiatives program.)
programs, academic—as with academic departments, generally use lower case when referring to Beloit's academic programs: African studies, American studies, ancient Mediterranean studies, Asian studies, biochemistry, cognitive science, comparative literature, computational visualization and modeling, environmental studies, European studies, health and society, international relations, journalism, Latin American and Caribbean studies, legal studies, Medieval studies, museum studies, performing arts, Russian studies, teacher certification programs, women's and gender studies, writing program. (Example: She directs the cognitive science program. He works with the health and society program.)
Psi Chi—national honor society for psychology students.