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B logo: This logo may be used as a stand alone graphic on the college's internal publications or communications. It may be used on all external promotional materials as long as the Beloit College wordmark also appears on the piece.

Baccalaureate—a program/event that occurs on the eve of Commencement; capitalize it when referring to Beloit College's event.

basement—generally, use lower level instead.

BATsee Beloit Access Television.

Beinecke Scholarship—Beinecke Scholars are national winners of awards for graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Belmark Associates—student-run market-research organization sponsored by the economics and management department. Its office is in Campbell Hall.

Beloit 2000 RiverFront Project—as of 2005, this economic development project is called the Beloit 2020 RiverFront Project.

Beloit 2020 RiverFront Project—an economic development project that is a cooperative effort between college, community, and regional constituents.

Beloit, city of—the word "city" is not capitalized.

Beloit Academy—an academic program providing after-school and summer learning opportunities for Beloit-area children in grades 4-7; falls under the Help Yourself program. Originally, Beloit Academy was a college-prep department from the college's earliest days through 1910.

Beloit Access Television—Beloit College's cable-access channel, located in the CELEB facility on Grand Avenue.

Beloit Blocks—three-week intensive courses offered in a block format during summer and earning one unit of academic credit.

Beloit College—a liberal arts and sciences college. This wording is preferred by the Admissions Office as a way to reinforce the idea that our liberal arts college also has strong science programs.

Beloit College Ambassadors—a program of the Admissions Office that employs current students as lunch hosts, overnight hosts, and tour guides for prospective students and their families. Formerly known as Gold Key.

Beloit College Magazine—"Magazine" is part of the official title. Do not precede name by "the" when referring to the full title. (Example: When you read Beloit College Magazine, tell us what you think.) Call it the magazine (lower case) in subsequent references.

Beloit College mottoScientia Vera Cum Fide Pura translates to "true knowledge with pure faith." This motto appears on the college seal, which was adopted by the board of trustees in 1850. The motto is believed to have been drawn from President Chapin's inaugural address.

Beloit College Museums—promotional construction only; otherwise, it should be "Beloit College museums" when referring to the Logan Museum of Anthropology and the Wright Museum of Art.

Beloit College Museums Gift Shop—the name of the gift shop located in the Godfrey Anthropology Building, which sells gifts related to and inspired by the Logan Museum of Anthropology and the Wright Museum of Art.

Beloit College Press
—once operating out of the college's Office of Public Affairs, it occasionally produced books of interest to alumni and the Beloit College community.

Beloit College Theatre—this is the name of an organization, not a department, and should be capitalized.

Beloit Fiction Journal—national fiction magazine that is edited by Beloit College students through a course.

Beloiter Fund—capitalize when referring to the Beloiter Fund (formerly Beloit Fund; before that the Annual Fund), the pool of charitable gifts from sources other than tuition and the endowment that is used to balance the annual operating budget.

Beloit Janesville Symphony (BJS)—no hyphen or slash.

Beloit Plan—Beloit College gained national attention through its innovative year-round educational program that emphasized study abroad and a term of "field work" or community service. It was introduced in 1964, and the last class to participate all four years was the class of 1978. Today's curriculum continues to emphasize international studies, experiential approaches, and interdisciplinary learning.

Beloit Poetry Garden—subsequent reference to the Poetry Garden is acceptable. A 14,500-square-foot public art space designed by world-renowned artist Siah Armajani. Located at the corner of Bushnell and College streets, the park-like setting was installed in 1999. It serves as a gateway to the campus and its path draws visitors to the steps of Memorial Hall, home of the Logan Museum of Anthropology. see appendix.

Beloit Poetry Journal—founded in 1950 by three Beloit College professors, it is currently edited in Maine by former English Professor John Rosenwald and Lee Sharkey.

Beloit Student Congress—Beloit's student government organization, sometimes shortened to BSC.

Beloit Summer Blocks—Started in 2012, this offering of three-week-long intensive summer courses focus in depth on a single topic and earn 1 unit of Beloit College credit. These courses, taught by Beloit College faculty, are open to both Beloit College students and students from other college.

Beloiter Fund--capitalize when referring to the Beloiter Fund (formerly known as the Beloit Fund and, before that, the Annual Fund), the pool of charitable gifts from sources other than tuition and the endowment that is used to balance the operating budget. 

Belwah—use this construction when referring to the tongue-in-cheek French pronunciation of Beloit.

biannually—use semiannually instead to mean twice a year, biennially to mean every other year. Confusion can occur by using the term biannually because the prefix "bi" can mean two and twice. Semiannually is a synonym that offers clarity.

biennially—every two years.

bicentennialsee anniversaries.

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium—a national learning laboratory, once based at Beloit College, for curriculum development in the biological sciences to help students learn long-term research strategies. The acronym stands for Quality Undergraduate Educational Simulations and Tools in Biology.

black—acceptable for a person of the black race but also consider using African-American or Jamaican-American, for example.

Black Information Center—this construction may seem to refer to a minority group; instead, use Richard Black Information Center; see library and appendix.

Paula Black Seminar Room—a 15-seat seminar room in the lower level of the Morse Library which is connected to the College Archives and serves as teaching space for using items from the archives.

Black Students United—special-interest group known as BSU.

Blaisdell conference room (not a formal name)—in Blaisdell Hall. see appendix.

Blaisdell Guest House (a.k.a. the Guest House)—college-owned apartments and guest rooms, located at the corner of Chapin and College streets. See appendix.

Blue Skies Award—formal name is the Warren Miller Blue Skies award, given to a graduate at Commencement who has helped "foster good cheer, a good-natured perspective, and saving grace in the conduct of our daily lives together on campus." The recipient receives a framed drawing by the award's namesake, Warren Miller'60, longtime cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine.

board of trustees—in prose, use lower case. For more formal and promotional text, capitalization may be considered. Individual trustees may be referred to using the rules under "titles": Trustee John Smith or John Smith, a trustee of the college. New trustees are elected by the current board of trustees to serve three-year terms, which may be repeated. In May 2010, the retirement age for trustees was set at 80, at which time members are eligible for trustee emeriti designation, thus eliminating life trustee distinction in the future, with current members retaining their status. Life trustees hold nonvoting positions. Alumni trustees were recommended by the alumni association in the past to the nominating committee of the board of trustees to serve a single three-year term. This category of trustee is no longer used.

books—italicize titles; see titles, composition.

bookstore—see Turtle Creek.

Breeze Cafe—no longer exists; space now holds a lounge in Pearsons Hall. Java Joint serves the purpose that the Breeze Cafe once did. See appendix.

BSFFA (pronounced Bissfa)—Beloit Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, a special interest group with its own tower in Wood Hall. See appendix.

BSU—Black Students United, a special-interest group.

Buccaneers—Bucs, for short, on subsequent references. Use of Lady Bucs is outdated; instead, refer to the Buccaneers women's basketball team, for example, or the Buccaneer (no "s") women. Plural construction is optional when used as an adjective.

Buckley Amendment—a.k.a. the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. It means that the college cannot release information about a student to anyone, even parents, without the student's permission.

Buffaloes—retired faculty and staff who meet frequently for conversation in Weeks Lounge, Pearsons Hall.

buildings and roomssee individual entries or appendix.