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TA—no periods for acronym; see teaching assistant.

TKE (pronounced "teek")—Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Members are often referred to as TKEs (pronounced "teeks"). see appendix.

task force—two words.

teaching assistant
(TA)—no periods for acronym; plural is TAs, or teaching assistants. It might be useful to the readers to say "undergraduate teaching assistant" to avoid confusion with the practice of larger universities of using graduate-student teaching assistants who more or less replace professors.

the Terrarium--an online, internal resource for Beloit College faculty, staff, and students that took the place of the Weekly newsletter and campus-wide emails. It offers multiple resources for the campus community in one place: news, calendar of campus events, announcements, bulletin board, links to Moodle and the Portal, photos of campus-wide events, campus menus, and a place to sell, give away, or exchange personal items or services. It is accessible from the college's home page.

the—may be capitalized when part of a proper title. (Examples: The New Yorker; the Beloit Daily News)

theatre—this is Beloit's style for all references to proper and general nouns. Beloit College Theatre (not the academic department) is an organization and should be capitalized. The Beloit College theatres, however, are the Neese Theatre and the Kresge Theatre in the Neese Performing Arts Complex.

Theta—common reference to Theta Pi Gamma sorority. See appendix.

3-2 cooperative programs—(use hyphen, not slash) these programs in engineering, for example, allow students to attend Beloit for three years of liberal education and then finish a professional degree program at another university.

time—do not use :00 (Example: 8 p.m.) Official invitations might opt for more formal use of times, including "o'clock"; use noon and midnight rather than 12 p.m. and 12 a.m. to avoid confusion.

titles—titles before people's names are generally capitalized. (President Obama, Gov. Walker, Rabbi Levin, Queen Elizabeth, etc.) Other less formal titles that are strictly occupational descriptions (class agent, reporter, etc.) are not capitalized even when they precede a name.  

  • BEFORE A NAME: Capitalize a title when it precedes a person's name and is not set off by commas. (Dean Ann Davies, Assistant Professor Jim Jones, Assistant Professor of History John Jones, President Scott Bierman.) AN EXCEPTION: It was a speech by history professor John Jones—here, "history professor" is simply an occupational descriptor, not a formal title; it's also vague as to his academic status. WHEN SEPARATED BY A COMMA, do not capitalize the job title: The group presented it to the dean, Ann Davies.)
    AFTER A NAME: Do not capitalize titles that are used as descriptive phrases and set off by commas (Scott Bierman, president of Beloit College, spoke). Exception: named professorships. (Jim Smith, Hales Family Professor of Ethics, spoke.)
    USED IN ISOLATION: Without names attached, these words become generic nouns and should not be capitalized. (The president gave a speech.)
    SUBSEQUENT REFERENCE/ COURTESY TITLES: In general, Beloit College no longer makes use of courtesy titles, or honorifics. Use full name first and last name on second reference. "Dr." is reserved solely for medical doctors and dentists. Students: Use last names on subsequent reference. Coaches: Though considered an occupational title, "coach" may be used as a courtesy title on subsequent reference. He met head football coach Jim Jones. Later, he and Coach Jones ate dinner.
    INVITATIONS/ SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS: short, formal blocks of copy may call for total disregard of the above stated rules.


  • Capitalize the principal words, including prepositions and conjunctions of four or more letters, and capitalize articles and words of fewer than four letters if they are the first or last word in the title. Italicize titles of newspapers, magazines, and books (excluding reference works and the Bible), movies, TV programs, plays, epic poems, operas, albums, exhibit titles, and individual works of art. However, it might also be appropriate to use no special punctuation at all or quotation marks instead. Whichever route is taken should remain consistent in every story throughout the publication.Use quotation marks around the titles of articles, chapters, lectures, movements and dance pieces.
  • OFFICIAL COURSE TITLES: When talking about a specific class, capitalize it, but do not italicize it. (Biology 101: Anatomy of a Rat; Psychology 210: The Mind of a Serial Killer)

TRIO Department—established in the fall of 2008, the TRIO Department resulted from the merger of the Academic Achievement Program with Beloit's pre-college programs. The department administers the following four programs:

  Help Yourself Program (HYSP) Provides after-school tutoring, classes, and summer learning opportunities for more than 100 low-income Beloit-area youth in grades 4-8 and 9-12. (The HYSP is funded by the college and state resources.)
  Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Prepares first-generation, low-income students and students from underrepresented groups for graduate programs that lead to the acquisition of doctoral degrees. Participants engage in collaborative research projects with Beloit College faculty and also in graduate school preparation seminars. (Federally funded.)
Student Excellence and Leadership Program (SEL)
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. (Federally funded)
  Upward Bound A college preparatory program for area high school students who come from low-income households and/or will be the first generation from their families to attend college. (Federally funded.)

The Upward Bound, Student Excellence and Leadership (SEL), and McNair programs are funded by more than $3 million in federal grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Help Yourself is funded by the college and state resources.

TRIO programs
—created by the federal government in the mid-1960s to help disadvantaged students complete secondary and post-secondary education. Originally composed of three programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services), the TRIO programs are now administered under the college's TRIO Department and include the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, also known as McNair Scholars. Beloit College has McNair Scholars, Student Enrichment and Leadership (SEL), and Upward Bound. See also TRIO Department.

Truman Scholarship—Truman Scholars, selected from a national pool of students, receive awards for graduate school studies that will prepare them for careers in government or other public service.

trusteessee board of trustees.

Turtle Creek: The Beloit College Bookstore—located at 444 E. Grand Ave. in downtown Beloit (owned by Beloit College but managed by Barnes and Noble College Bookstores, Inc.)

TV lounge—always say it is in Pearsons Hall. The space is no longer the Breeze Cafe. See appendix.