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Sanger Scholars Program—a summer program that engages select students in research projects with Beloit College faculty/mentors. The program is named for James Sanger, chair of the Beloit College board of trustees.

Sculpture garden
see Student Sculpture Garden.

seasons—spring, summer, fall, winter are never capitalized in prose, except when starting a sentence.

semicolon—used in conjunction with quotation marks, it is usually placed outside of quotation marks.

(Overseas) seminars—now called study abroad programs. Do not use the term "seminar."

senior staff—appointed by the college president and including the following positions: the provost and dean of the college, the dean of students, the vice president for development, the vice president for enrollment services, the vice president for administration and treasurer, the chief information officer, the director of institutional research, assessment, and planning, the director of communications and marketing, the director of human resources, the secretary of the college, and the chair of the academic strategic planning committee (ASP).

Sr.—capitalize and abbreviate when part of someone's name; precede by a comma except when writing for the press. See commas.

sesquicentennialsee anniversaries. 

Sigma Chi fraternity

Sigs—common reference to members of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

'64 dorms/residence halls—Blaisdell, Bushnell, Peet, Porter, and Whitney Halls; so called because they were constructed in 1964. Refer to the '64 halls.

SLU—Society for Learning Unlimited. Based at Beloit College, it offers short-term courses (meeting once a week) to members 55 and older in the Beloit area.


Smith Building—houses the print shop, the Physical Plant Office, some art department facilities and offices, and offices for the Center for Language Studies; was once the student union and earlier the gymnasium.

Smith Limnology Lab—1.5 miles north of campus on the Rock River; used for boat storage and aquatic studies. Not the same as the boathouse.

Society for Learning Unlimited (SLU)—based at Beloit College, it offers short-term courses (meeting once a week) to members 55 and older in the Beloit area.

Sophomore-Year Initiatives program—integrated with Sophomore-Year Initiatives and renamed Initiatives in 2010.

sophomore retreat—once part of the Sophomore-Year Initiatives program, but no longer offered after 2010.

South College—houses the college's TRIO and Help Yourself programs; was once the student union. See appendix.

south lounge in WAC—its formal name, the Bunge Room, is rarely used; south lounge is a descriptor and, therefore, should not be capitalized in prose. See appendix.

special-interest houses—(note hyphen); see appendix.

Spiritual Life Program—a student-centered program founded at Beloit in 2004, it offers a speakers series, field trips, workshops, and individual counseling. The program also assists students in connecting with communities of faith in the Beloit area, and serves students of diverse faiths and perspectives.

Sports Center—features Flood Arena (basketball/volleyball arena), Marvin Field House (Field House), McCleary Dance Studio (dance studio), Porter Training Room (training room, weight room), Kresge Natatorium (pool). see appendix.

spring break—no caps.

Spring Day—a day in which all classes are canceled, and music and entertainment acts and food vendors come to campus; capitalize. See capitalization.

stadiumsee Strong Stadium and outdoor athletic complex.

staff—when used alone, it's a singular noun (Our staff is well-educated). Say "staff members" when talking about the people who make up the staff. (Our staff members are well-educated.)

state of—not capitalized in prose.

states—always list cities with states, regardless of Associated Press rules, for the benefit of international readers (Beloit, Wis., however, may be referred to as just Beloit as long as no other Beloit—in Alabama, for instance—may be confused with it). Use AP abbreviations, not postal abbreviations, in prose when states accompany a city. (When a state is mentioned alone, spell it out.) Postal abbreviations: When publishing an entire address for readers' mailing purposes, use the two-letter postal abbreviation for states. When inserting a state into a proper noun, such as the South Bend Tribune, put the state in parentheses: South Bend (Ind.) Tribune.

In prose, use commas on both sides of the state when it is listed with a city: We stopped in Boise, Idaho, before heading home.

AP State abbreviations:

Ala. Mass. N.D.
Ariz. Md. Okla.
Ark. Mich. Ore.
Calif. Minn. Pa.
Colo. Miss. R.I.
Del. Mo. S.C.
Fla. Mont. S.D.
Ga. Neb. Tenn.
Ill. Nev. Vt.
Ind. N.H. Va.
Kan. N.J. Wash.
Ky. N.Y. Wis.
La. N.C. Wyo.

state universities—use a hyphen when referring to a specific campus of a university system. (Ex: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Ivan M. and Janice S. Stone Memorial Lecture—presented under the sponsorship of the Ivan and Janice Stone World Outlook Endowment Fund. Second reference: Stone Lecture.

Strong Stadium and outdoor athletic complex—at the east end of Chapin Street; includes Karris Track & Field and varsity playing and practice facilities for football, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball, track, and tennis. Includes Hancock Field. See appendix.

student art graveyardsee Student Sculpture Garden.

Student-athlete—note hyphen in this compound noun. No hyphen would indicate that the student is studying to be an athlete.

Student teacher—two words; student is an adjective here, not part of the noun.


  1. years: In general, students should be listed by the year they will graduate, 'YY, rather than by description of first-year student, sophomore, etc.
  2. hometowns: Students should always be listed with their hometowns in parentheses: Jill Brown'01 (Austin, Texas) co-directed the project.
  3. subsequent references: Do not use courtesy titles. Generally, use only last names upon subsequent reference.

Student Sculpture Garden—an outdoor gallery on the north side of the Wright Museum of Art for oversized student art. In years past, it has often been referred to as the Sculpture Graveyard. See appendix.

Student Support Services (SSS)—designed for first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities. Services include first-year preparation for academics with the TRIO Institute, as well as academic support, cultural enrichment opportunities, personal counseling services, and career-planning. Student Support Services is federally funded. See also TRIO Department.

Student Symposium—capitalize when referring to Beloit's traditional springtime event.

study abroad / study-abroad programssee International Education.

Summer FIELDS—a three week intensive residential summer program for high school students (rising juniors and seniors), taught by Beloit College faculty. Students earn Beloit College credit in this program that debuted in 2011. Note the intentional capitalization of the word FIELDS, which is not an acronym. Program was placed on hold in 2013.

Sustainability Fellows program—an eight-week credit-bearing summer program in which students work full-time at on a campus or community based sustainability project under the mentorship of a faculty member.

symposium day—Student Symposium is the proper reference to the daylong event. See also: International Student Symposium.