University Style Guide
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abbreviations and acronyms
Before using an abbreviation or acronym for a company, title, etc., double check the AP Stylebook. Try looking up either the acronym or the company name or check under the abbreviations and acronyms entry. Do not follow an organization’s full name with an abbreviation or acronym in parentheses or set off by dashes. If an abbreviation would not be clear on second reference, do not use it.
Parking for the disabled should be referred to as accessible parking. Handicapped parking is no longer considered appropriate terminology.
Degrees are lowercase. Use an apostrophe in bachelor’s degree, a master’s, etc., but there is no possessive in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts or Master of Science. Avoid using abbreviations such as B.A. or M.A. Capitalize only when referring to the official name of the degree.
- bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications; master’s degree in education
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications; Master of Science in Special Education
- an associate degree
- She earned her doctorate.
- five master’s degree programs
Academic titles should be capitalized when they precede a name, but lowercased elsewhere. Spell out formal titles such as chancellor. In general, use professor as a title. Avoid using Ph.D. unless necessary to establish credentials and do not use professor and Ph.D. together. For a detailed explanation of each academic title, see Other references section.
- Kansas State University President Richard Myers will attend the event.
- Richard Myers, president of Kansas State University, will attend the event.
- The university president will attend the event.
- The university recognized Tom Jones, professor of biology, for his accomplishments.
- The university recognized Professor Tom Jones for his accomplishments.
- Tom Jones, Ph.D., led the study.
Second reference: the hall or Ackert. It includes biology classes and laboratories. It was built in 1970 and is named for James E. Ackert, dean of the Graduate School from 1925 to 1931.
When writing addresses, spell out street, avenue and boulevard only when part of a formal street name without a number: Pennsylvania Avenue. Use the abbreviations St., Ave. and Blvd. only with a numbered address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. All similar words like alley, drive, road, terrace, place, etc., are always spelled out. It's easier to remember what words get abbreviations because they spell STAB. Use figures when writing numbers in an address but spell out and capitalize First through Ninth when used as street names. See addresses in the AP Stylebook.
Use the singular form when referring to the admission process. Use the plural form when referring to the university office.
Example: The Office of Admissions helps students with the admission process.
Advanced Manufacturing Institute
Second reference: the institute. While it is often abbreviated AMI, the institute is the preferred second reference. The institute works with businesses of all sizes and provides a team of experts as well as student interns to advise in engineering, product design, manufacturing and business. The institute also assists in cooperative research between companies and Kansas State University faculty members and operates a regional office for the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center. The institute is at 510 McCall Road, Manhattan, Kan., and also operates a lab at Kansas State University Olathe.
Both adviser and advisor are acceptable. AP style uses adviser.
Aeronautical East Hangar (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: East Hangar. East Hangar houses aircraft and is where most aircraft repair work is done. The East Hangar also houses the mechanic’s office area.
Aeronautical West Hangar (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: West Hangar. West Hangar houses aircraft as well as a storage area for the aviation department.
Use Aggieville in all references. The ‘Ville is acceptable in headlines and direct quotes. It is the oldest shopping center of its kind in Kansas. The first business opened in 1889 on the edge of the Kansas State Agricultural College. Now it has about 100 businesses in a four-city-block area.
Ahearn Field House
Second reference: Ahearn or the field house. Field house is written as two words when used with Ahearn and when used as a common noun, but some field houses at other universities are spelled as one word. Ahearn seats 5,000, with no seating on the track. The building is named for Mike Ahearn, basketball coach from 1906 to 1911 and director of athletics from 1930 to 1947. The last intercollegiate basketball game took place there in 1988.
All Faiths Chapel
Same in all references. All Faiths Chapel is in the same building as Danforth Chapel and is dedicated to students who died in World War II and the Korean War. All Faiths Chapel was dedicated in 1956 and seats just fewer than 500 people. In 1961, a 40-rank pipe organ was installed.
All-University Open House
Second reference: open house, although Open House is acceptable for publications. When using the general term open house, lowercase it. The event takes place each spring and provides prospective students, families and the community with information on K-State’s majors, campus clubs and colleges.
Always lowercase. K-State’s alma mater was written by H.W. Jones, class of 1888. The lyrics are:
I know a spot that I love full well
’Tis not in forest nor yet in dell,
Ever it holds me with magic spell,
I think of thee, alma mater.
K-S-U, we’ll carry thy banner high,
K-S-U, long, long may thy colors fly.
Loyal to thee, thy children shall swell the cry.
Hail, hail, hail, alma mater.
Alpha of Clovia
Second reference: Clovia. This women’s 4-H scholarship house is at 1200 Pioneer Lane, near the northeast corner of the Manhattan campus. The cooperative living house is open to 4-H alumnae and the Kansas 4-H Foundation serves as the landlord.
Identify K-State graduates by the last two digits of their class years with an apostrophe before the year.
Example: Amy Button Renz ’76, ’86 is president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association.
alumna – feminine
alumnae – feminine plural
alumnus – masculine
alumni – male plural or male and female plural
alum – Do not use
Use lowercase with periods and no spaces. Avoid redundancies such as 6 p.m. tonight. If a.m. or p.m. occurs at the end of a sentence, use only one period at the end.
It is preferred that and be spelled out. However, the ampersand (&) also is acceptable in all uses. For consistency, and is used on university stationery, business cards, news releases, body copy and unit-specific wordmarks unless otherwise requested.
Second reference: the hall or Anderson. It is the primary administrative building on campus. It was completed in 1884 and named for John A. Anderson, university president from 1873 to 1879. The building's tower houses an electronic carillon, which was installed in 1965 and sounds on the hour.
Second reference: the lawn. This large, grassy area in front of Anderson Hall is used for events and activities.
An event is not considered annual unless it has occurred at least two consecutive years. Do not use first annual. Use inaugural or simply indicate that the sponsors intend to conduct the event annually.
Applied Aviation Research Center (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: the center. The center conducts applications-based research in aviation, both manned and unmanned. The center consists of staff members and student workers who focus on flight operations and training, as well as unmanned aircraft maintenance. The unmanned aircraft maintenance component includes aircraft fabrication, modification and repair as well as autopilot and sensor integration. The center also features a lab for processing aerial data for various research and commercial support requirements.
A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Second reference: the school. Use journalism school if it could be confused with another entity. The school is in Kedzie Hall. The school was formerly the journalism department, but became a school named for A.Q. Miller after his son, Carl, donated $1 million in 1988.
Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit
Second reference: the unit. It is often abbreviated as ABADRU, but avoid using the abbreviation in writing. The unit relocated from Wyoming to Manhattan, Kan., in July 2010 and is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. It is at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research at 1515 College Ave. in Manhattan. The unit partners with the Biosecurity Research Institute and many university researchers. The unit involves studies of animal diseases transmitted by arthropods and develops diagnostic tools, vaccines and other technologies to protect animal health.
Arthropod Genomics Center
Second reference: the center. The center is associated with the Division of Biology and is in Ackert Hall. It brings together resources and expertise in bioinformatics and functional genomics to support university scientists in the application of genomic approaches to solving problems in arthropod biology related to human, animal and plant health.
Aviation Center (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: the center. It houses classrooms, aviation faculty offices, flight operations, aviation maintenance program labs and flight simulators.
Beach Museum of Art
Beef Cattle Institute
Second reference: the institute. The institute is associated with the College of Veterinary Medicine. It was founded in 2007 at Kansas State University to tackle issues facing the beef industry through education, research and outreach.
Berney Family Welcome Center
Second reference: the welcome center. The welcome center was completed in fall 2016 as a 34,000-square-foot renovation to East Stadium, the eastern half of Memorial Stadium. The welcome center is the front door to the university and includes New Student Services and the Career Center.
Big 12 Conference
Not Big Twelve or Big XII.
Bill Snyder Family Stadium
Second reference: the stadium. Wagner Field is in the stadium. The stadium was originally named KSU Stadium, but was renamed in honor of legendary head football coach Bill Snyder by a proclamation of the Kansas Board of Regents on Nov. 16, 2005. A $65 million renovation more than doubled the size of the Vanier Family Football Complex, enclosed the stadium, added 1,000 sets behind the north end zone and added video boards to the northeast and northwest corners in 2016.
Biodiversity Information System
Second reference: the system. It is often abbreviated as BiodIS, but avoid using the abbreviation in writing. It is associated with the Division of Biology and is a collaborative project to expose information associated with the university’s natural history collections to a diverse group of users. It is a portal for users of all ages and fields who have an interest in or need for biodiversity data, including taxonomic, geographic and ecological information, accompanied by a variety of digital resources.
Biomolecular NMR Facility
Second reference: the facility. The facility is associated with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. It uses more than $1 million in research equipment to solve structural and dynamics problems in molecular pharmacology, rational drug designing, protein folding and solution phase biostructure.
Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program
Second reference: the program. The program is associated with the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. The program's 33,000-square-foot facility was dedicated in 2005 and is part of the Grain Science and Industry Complex at 1980 Kimball Ave. The program includes labs for research in extrusion, fermentation and biomaterials processing for food, feed and industrial uses. It also leases space to industry for researching techniques and products.
A biosafety level is used to designate and regulate laboratory work with microorganisms. There are four biosafety levels. Hyphenate the name of each level: biosafety level-1, biosafety level-2,biosafety level-3 and biosafety level-4. These can be abbreviated to BSL-1, BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-4. Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute is a biosafety level-3 facility. The National Bio and Agro-defense Facility will be a biosafety level-4 facility.
Biosecurity Research Institute
Second reference: the institute or BRI. The design and construction of the institute meets criteria for biosafety level-3, or BSL-3, and biosafety level-3 Agriculture, or BSL-3Ag. Research at the institute helps to ensure a safe food supply and to prevent major economic losses to the agriculture and food industries. It is in Pat Roberts Hall.
Biotechnology Core/Proteomics Facility
Second reference: the facility. The facility is associated with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. It was established in 1993 to provide services to plant and animal researchers at the university and elsewhere. The facility gives researchers the tools they need to identify new proteins, protein modifications, protein-protein interactions and enzyme substrates.
Second reference: the hall or Bluemont. The building houses classrooms and offices for the College of Education and the psychological sciences department. It was completed in 1981 and is named for Blue Mont Central College, the precursor to Kansas State Agricultural College.
Bosco Student Plaza
Second reference: Bosco Plaza. Bosco Plaza is north of the K-State Student Union and offers 90,000 square feet of space to meet. It was completed in November 2000 and is named for Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students.
Second reference: the hall or Boyd. This all-female residence hall was built in 1951 and is named for Mamie Boyd, a prominent Kansas journalist. Boyd is part of the Strong Complex.
Second reference: Bramlage. It seats 13,500 people for basketball games and slightly more for concerts, depending on stage setup. It opened in 1988 and was funded by a major gift from alumnus Fred Bramlage of Junction City, student fees and other gifts from alumni and friends.
Brandeberry Indoor Complex
Second reference: Brandeberry. It was built in 1981 and is used as a practice facility for training student athletes as well as a facility for band practice, research and social gatherings.
Building 820 (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: Building 820. It houses aviation classrooms and faculty offices.
Second reference: the hall or Burt. It houses the Biotechnology Core/Proteomics Laboratory and the Electronics Design Laboratory. It is named for James H. Burt, who joined the university faculty in 1909, worked in the College of Veterinary Medicine and led the Department of Anatomy for many years. The building was designed in 1923 and once served as the veterinary clinic.
Same on all references. Bushnell Annex provides storage and offices for graduate students working in the Division of Biology.
Second reference: the hall or Bushnell. It houses offices and laboratories for the Division of Biology. The building was completed in 1949 and named for Leland D. Bushnell, who became head of the bacteriology department in 1912.
Second reference: the hall. It houses offices, classrooms, labs and research facilities for the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. It also houses the Call Hall Dairy Bar and the Food Science Institute. The building was completed in 1963 and named for Leland Call, dean emeritus of agriculture.
Second reference: the hall or Calvin. It houses several departments and offices in the College of Arts and Sciences, including the history department, the humanities program, the life science program, the physical science program, the social science program, the security studies program, the dean's office, the accounting offices and the Student Academic Success Center. It was built in 1908 and named for Henrietta W. Calvin, who was head of the domestic science department.
When using campus, specify if it is the Manhattan campus, the Olathe campus or the polytechnic campus in Salina. When referring to all of Kansas State University, use university not campus. See university.
- The speaker is visiting the Manhattan campus on Thursday.
- The university will celebrate Earth Day with a week of activities.
Campus Creek Amphitheater
Second reference: the amphitheater. It is near the Leadership Studies Building and primarily used for informal campus activities. The amphitheater holds approximately 100 people.
Campus Creek Complex
Second reference: the complex. It houses the K-State Speech and Hearing Center, the K-State Family Center and the Kansas All-Hazards Behavioral Health Program.
Second reference: the center. The center is in the Berney Family Welcome Center and serves students by providing education, training and resources for obtaining part-time, intern, co-op and full-time employment.
Second reference: the hall or Cardwell. It houses the mathematics and physics departments. It also houses a fully equipped planetarium and the James R. Macdonald Laboratory. The building was completed in 1963 and named for Alvin B. Cardwell, who became head of the physics department in 1936.
Use Wildcats on first reference. ’Cats should be written with the apostrophe tail going to the left. The possessive is ’Cats’ as in: The ’Cats’ uniforms are purple and white.
This lounge area is on the second floor of the K-State Student Union.
Cat’s Pause East (Olathe campus)
This lounge area is in the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute on the Kansas State University Olathe campus.
When using the proper name of a center capitalize it. When using only the general term center or using center as a second reference, lowercase it.
Examples: Johnson Cancer Research Center, Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship
Center for Advocacy, Response and Education
Second reference: the center or CARE. The center is in Holton Hall and provides confidential services and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment.
Center for Animal Identification
Second reference: the center. The center is associated with the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. The center's mission is to research and evaluate animal identification technologies and their uses in modern livestock practices.
Center for Biobased Polymers by Design
Second reference: the center. The center was created in 2007 as an interdisciplinary research effort and includes faculty contributions from across disciplines. Research focuses on developing polymers from renewable resources for applications such as adhesives, resins and composites. The center is associated with the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.
Center for Child Development
Second reference: the center. It serves the children of families from the K-State, Manhattan and Fort Riley communities. The center's $3.5 million facility opened in November 2010 and contains 32,000 square feet, which is more than double the size of its former location in Jardine Apartments. The center was formerly known as the KSU Child Care Cooperative.
Center for Engagement and Community Development
Second reference: the center. The center is associated with the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. The center promotes engagement across campus and connects K-State's resources to the significant issues of public need facing Kansas and communities worldwide.
Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
Second reference: the center. The center is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and is based in Manhattan at 1515 College Ave. The center includes five research units: the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit; the Engineering and Wind Erosion Research Unit; the Grain Quality and Structure Research Unit; the Hard Winter Wheat Genetics Research Unit; and the Stored Product Insect Research Unit. Scientists at the center hold adjunct positions in several departments at Kansas State University.
Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy
Second reference: the center. It is often abbreviated as CIMA, but avoid using the abbreviation in writing. The center is associated with the College of Education. The center offers in-service and pre-service programs focused on teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students, including undergraduate and graduate programs in English as a second language.
Center for Risk Management Education and Research
Second reference: the center. The center enhances the understanding of economic risks inherent in global society through world-class experiential education and research. It is a university-wide endeavor with participating departments in the College of Agriculture, the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering.
Center for Rural Education and Small Schools
Second reference: the center. It focuses on improving education of children and youth in rural and small schools of Kansas and regional areas served by Kansas State University. The center was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and established as part of the College of Education in 1978.
Center for Science Education
Second reference: the center. It is associated with the College of Education. The center's mission is to improve the quality of science, mathematics and technology teaching and learning throughout Kansas and the nation through collaboration among individuals and units on and off campus.
Center for Social Studies Education
Second reference: the center. It is often abbreviated as CSSE, but avoid using the abbreviation in writing. The center is associated with the College of Education. It was created in 2008 and serves K-12 social studies education communities worldwide. It provides high quality professional development, conducts rigorous research and evaluation, and disseminates curricular and scholarly resources.
Center for Sustainable Energy
Second reference: the center. This interdisciplinary center provides sustainable, renewable energy while maintaining the environment and providing an adequate food supply. It is in Durland Hall and faculty researchers represent departments from the College of Agriculture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship
Second reference: the center. It was established in 2008 to promote entrepreneurship within the university's colleges. In fall 2011, the center became part of the College of Business Administration, which offers a major and a minor in entrepreneurship. Programs in the center include a Venture Accelerator, lectures and The Next Big Thing, which is an annual universitywide competition that gives monetary awards to students with a viable business idea. The center’s programs are open to students in all majors.
Center of Biomedical Research Excellence
Second reference: the center. It is often abbreviated as COBRE, but avoid using the abbreviation in writing. The center is associated with the College of Veterinary Medicine and is funded through a National Institutes of Health institutional development award. The center supports researchers at Kansas institutions so they can compete for independent funding. Collaborating institutions include the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Wichita State University.
Center of Excellence for Emerging Zoonotic Animal Diseases
Second reference: the center. It is often abbreviated as CEEZAD, but avoid using the abbreviation in writing. The center formed in June 2010 as a collaboration among Kansas State University, the College of Veterinary Medicine and several federal, state, industry and research partners. The center helps the U.S. Department of Homeland Security develop countermeasures for emerging and zoonotic animal diseases.
Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs
Second reference: the center. The center provides science-based solutions to problems affecting food safety in child nutrition programs across the U.S. The center is in the College of Human Ecology under the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics.
Central Mail Services
Same in all references. Central Mail Services provides year-round mail service for the university. It manages a U.S. Postal Service contract post office in Dykstra Hall for public mailing services for the campus and community. Central Mail Services is part of the Division of Facilities.
Second reference: the hall or Chalmers. Chalmers houses biochemistry and biology research facilities as well as administrative offices for the Johnson Cancer Research Center. Chalmers opened in 2003 as an addition to Ackert Hall and is named for John Chalmers, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chapman Center for Rural Studies
Second reference: the center. The center is an undergraduate research-based center designed to provide hands-on experience with the work of historians. The center is associated with the history department and moved into its renovated, five-room facility in Leasure Hall in January 2011. One of the center's objectives is the Lost Town Digital Archive, which is an ongoing project to identify all of Kansas’ lost towns.
Second reference: the building. It houses offices, classrooms and research laboratories for the departments of chemistry as well as biochemistry and molecular biophysics. It was built in 1988 and is linked to King Hall. The building's lobby showcases glass sculptures by Mitsugi Ohno, who served the chemistry department from 1961 to 1996 as senior master glassblower. The glass sculptures in the lobby include ship models of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, the Mayflower, the HMS Victory and the USS Constitution.
Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex
Second reference: Rec Complex. Rec is acceptable only in headlines and should be capitalized. The original Rec Complex was 96,000 square feet and was dedicated in April of 1985 in honor of Chester E. Peters, former vice president for student affairs. The Rec Complex received the Facility of Distinction award from the National Intramural/Recreational Sports Association in April 1996 after renovations added 77,000 square feet to the facility. The Rec Complex is undergoing expansion and renovation.
Second reference: the park. The park is on the northwest side of town and is jointly administered by Riley County, the city of Manhattan and Unified School District 383. The park includes Pottorf Hall, the Riley County Fairgrounds, a public fitness course, playgrounds and athletic facilities.
Do not capitalize class unless it begins a sentence.
A name of a class or course is not capitalized unless it is English, Spanish, French, etc.
Second reference: the commons. The commons is an outdoor plaza with seating and garden areas south of Hale Library and was dedicated in November 2010 in honor of James Coffman, K-State provost emeritus. Coffman, who earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in veterinary medicine from K-State, served the university in many capacities, including as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine from 1984 to 1987 and as provost from 1987 to 2004.
Colbert Hills Golf Course
Second reference: the golf course. It is named for 1964 K-State graduate Jim Colbert, PGA Senior Tour golfer. The course is home to K-State golf teams and the base of the Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources’ turf-management curriculum. It is owned and administered by the Kansas State University Golf Course Management and Research foundation. The course opened May 1, 2000.
Second reference: Coles. It is part of the Veterinary Medicine Complex and houses the anatomy and physiology department. Coles was completed in 1972 and was formerly called the Veterinary Medical Science building. It was renamed in June 2000 to honor Embert H. Coles, Jr., former head of the Department of Infectious Diseases who served at the College of Veterinary Medicine for more than 30 years.
When using the proper name of a college, capitalize it. When using only the general term college or using college as a second reference, lowercase it.
1. The College of Agriculture consists of nine departments.
2. The college consists of nine departments.
3. The university's colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine are housed in multiple buildings on campus.
College Center (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: College Center. College Center houses the dean’s offices as well as other administration offices, including the Office of Admissions. It also houses a cafeteria, bookstore and meeting spaces.
College Court Building
Second reference: College Court. It contains the K-State Division of Continuing Education, which includes offices for K-State Conference Services, Distance Education, Fort Riley/military education program, Evening College and Intersession. College Court is a former apartment complex.
College of Agriculture
Second reference: the college. The college's administrative offices are in Waters Hall and it has classroom and lab space in Throckmorton, Umberger, Waters, Weber, Call and Shellenberger halls and Waters Annex. The college also has teaching, research and demonstration facilities north of Kimball Avenue. The college includes the departments of agricultural economics; agronomy; animal sciences and industry; communications and agricultural education; entomology; grain science and industry; horticulture, forestry and recreation resources; and plant pathology.
College of Architecture, Planning and Design
Second reference: the college. The college is in the Seaton Complex and is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, environmental design school with accredited professional programs in architecture, interior architecture & product design, landscape architecture, regional & community planning and community development. The college includes the departments of architecture; interior architecture & product design; landscape architecture and regional & community planning; and community development. The college also includes the Paul Weigel Library and Chang Gallery.
College of Arts and Sciences
Second reference: the college. The college is in Eisenhower Hall and contains more than 20 departments. It has the largest enrollment of any Kansas State University college and offers approximately 85 percent of all freshmen courses and 65 percent of all credits taught. The college encompasses studies in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts. It offers more than 115 degree programs, study-abroad experiences and pre-professional options.
The college includes the departments of aerospace studies; American ethnic studies; art; biochemistry and molecular biophysics; biology; chemistry; communication studies; economics; English; gender, women, and sexuality studies; geography; geology; history; mathematics; military science; modern languages; philosophy; physics; political science; psychological sciences; sociology, anthropology and social work; and statistics.
The college includes the School of Journalism and Mass Communications as well as the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The college also includes the Johnson Cancer Research Center as well as academic programs in the following areas: interdisciplinary majors; international and area studies; open option; pre-health professions; pre-law; and primary texts.
College of Business Administration
Second reference: the college. The college is in the College of Business Administration building and includes the departments of accounting, finance, management and marketing. It also includes the Business Ethics Education Initiative, the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship, the Ethics and Responsible Citizenship Initiative, the Diversity Initiative, the Globalization Initiative, the K-State Center for Economic Education, the Integrated Investment Management Initiative and the National Strategic Selling Institute.
College of Business Administration building
Second reference: the building. The 160,000-square-foot, $50 million building was completed in August 2016. The building is home to the College of Business Administration and features a 250-person lecture hall; three computer labs; a financial research lab; an investment management lab; dedicated space for student organizations and graduate assistants; a large atrium with a coffee shop; space for the Student Success Center, the Entrepreneurship Center and the National Strategic Selling Institute; department suites with conference rooms; space for executives-in-residence and corporate partners; several large classrooms; and many small study areas for groups and individuals.
College of Education
Second reference: the college. The college is in Bluemont Hall and includes the departments of curriculum and instruction; educational leadership; and special education, counseling and student affairs. It also includes the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy, the Center for Rural and Small Schools, the Center for Science Education, the Center for Social Studies Education and the Midwest Equity Assistance Center.
College of Engineering
Second reference: the college. The college is in the Engineering Complex, which includes four buildings: Engineering Hall, Durland Hall, Fiedler Hall and Rathbone Hall. It includes Fiedler Engineering Library and many research facilities. The college includes the departments of architectural engineering and construction science, biological and agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and mechanical and nuclear engineering.
College of Human Ecology
Second reference: the college. The college is in Justin Hall and focuses on subject areas related to family systems, child development, aging, dietetics, fashion and interior design, hospitality management, and outreach through K-State Research and Extension. The college includes the departments of apparel, textiles, and interior design; hospitality management and dietetics; human nutrition; and kinesiology. It also includes the School of Family Studies and Human Services and programs in gerontology, family and consumer sciences education, and general human ecology studies.
College of Technology and Aviation
Second reference: the college. The college is on the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus and includes the departments of arts, sciences and business; aviation; and engineering technology.
College of Veterinary Medicine
Second reference: the college. Do not refer to it as the School of Veterinary Medicine or vet school. It is in the Veterinary Medicine Complex, which includes three buildings: Coles Hall, Mosier Hall and Trotter Hall. The college includes the departments of anatomy and physiology, clinical sciences, and diagnostic medicine and pathobiology. It also includes the Veterinary Health Center and the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Collegian Media Group
Second reference: Collegian Media. Collegian Media's offices are in Kedzie Hall and it was formerly Student Publications Inc. Collegian Media publishes the Kansas State Collegian daily newspaper, the Royal Purple yearbook and the Campus Directory. It is an unaffiliated local agency and one of the largest employers of students on campus.
See Kansas State Collegian.
Col. Pearl Michael Shaffer Memorial
Second reference: the memorial. The Col. Pearl Michael Shaffer Memorial is on the first floor of Gen. Richard B. Myers Hall. The memorial was unveiled in 1960 and is dedicated to Shaffer, a member of the U.S. Army who served as a professor of military science and cadet commandant from 1903 to 1907.
Comparative Medicine Group
Second reference: the group. The group facilitates animal use in research and teaching at the College of Veterinary Medicine. It provides high-quality animal care in accordance with both federal and state regulations and guidelines from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.
For guidelines on titles for books, computer games, plays, music, poems, radio and television programs, and the titles of lectures, speeches and works of art, see composition titles in the AP Stylebook.
Construction Lab (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: Construction Lab. The Construction Lab houses labs for the construction engineering technology program.
WinterDance and SpringDance are always one word.
Same in all references. Danforth Chapel is in the same building as All Faiths Chapel and is dedicated to students who died in World War II and the Korean War. Danforth Chapel is the smaller chapel at the west end of the building and seats 65 people. It was built in 1949, with the All Faiths Chapel auditorium added in 1956. Danforth Chapel is nondenominational and was named for Mr. and Mrs. William Danforth, who contributed to the building.
When including dates in a news release, it should be time day, date, place. Follow this style when dealing with all events, including those happening within seven days.
Example: The event is at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the K-State Student Union.
Second reference: Davenport. It is named in honor of Lloyd Davenport, who retired after many years as superintendent of housing maintenance. Davenport, the only building named for a classified employee, houses equipment and supplies for K-State custodial services.
days of the week
Never abbreviate days of the week unless they’re in a table or chart.
Dennis and Sally von Waaden Student Investment Portfolio
Second reference: the portfolio. Students enrolled in security and portfolio analysis courses have the responsibility to manage the portfolio, which is a real-money fund for students to do real-life trading.
Second reference: Denison. Built in 1950 and dedicated in 1960, the hall was named for Joseph Denison, the first university president. A physical science building — which stood where Eisenhower Hall stands now — was built in 1902 and also bore his name; that building was destroyed by fire in 1934. Denison housed the departments of English and Humanities and also classrooms. It was demolished in late May 2004, and the name Denison is reserved for a later building.
Second reference: the department. Consider the audience when referring to Kansas State University departments. Capitalize the proper name of the department but not shortened versions. Capitalize words that are proper nouns or adjectives. When preparing news for media outlets, follow AP style and lowercase department names. See academic departments in the AP Stylebook.
- the Department of History; the department of history (AP style); the history department (shortened version)
- the Department of English; the department of English (AP style); the English department (shortened version)
For U.S. government departments, see department in the AP Stylebook.
Department of Housing and Dining Services
Second reference: Housing and Dining Services. Housing and Dining Services is a self-operated auxiliary department with five functional areas: business operations, facilities management, dining services, apartment living and residence life. It is the largest administrative unit in the Division of Student Affairs.
Second reference: the complex. Use Derby Complex on second reference if it could be confused with Kramer Complex or Strong Complex. The complex consists of Ford, Haymaker, Moore and West residence halls and the Derby Dining Center. The complex was built in 1965 and was named for Grace E. Derby, reference librarian for 40 years.
Derby Dining Center
Second reference: Derby. The facility serves as a dining center for the Derby Complex of Ford, Haymaker, Moore and West residence halls. It was built in 1965 and named for Grace E. Derby, reference librarian for 40 years. The facility is commonly referred to as The Derb, but avoid using the term in writing.
Dev Nelson Press Box
Second reference: press box. The former $3.3 million, five-story facility at Bill Snyder Family Stadium was finished in fall 1993 and it was demolished Dec. 15, 2012, to make way for the new West Stadium Center. The press box was named for Dev Nelson, longtime Wildcat Sports Information director and broadcaster. It had 22 suites, 128 VIP seats and room for 100 members of the media.
Second reference: Dickens. The hall was built in 1907 and is named for professor Albert Dickens, head of the horticulture department from 1901 to 1930. It now houses the statistics and philosophy departments.
For questions about using units of measure, see dimensions in the AP Stylebook.
When using the proper name of a division capitalize it. When using only the general term division or using division as a second reference, lowercase it.
Examples: Division of Biology, Division of Communications and Marketing
Division of Communications and Marketing
Second reference: the division. The division provides strategic communications and marketing leadership for the university. The division is in Dole Hall and includes the following service units: Design Services, Marketing Services, News and Communications Services, Photo Services, Social Media Services, Video and Engineering Services, and Web Services.
Division of Continuing Education
Division of Facilities
Second reference: the division.
Division of Human Capital Services
Second reference: the division. The Division of Human Capital Services was established to consolidate and integrate the universitywide human resource functions and services offered in the Office of Academic Personnel, Office of Institutional Equity and Division of Human Resources. The division offices are in 103 Edwards Hall.
In general, do not use Dr. before a name of someone who has a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree. To establish someone’s credentials, the preferred form is to use a phrase. Avoid using Ph.D. unless necessary to establish credentials.
It is acceptable to use Dr. on first reference as a formal title before the name of a physician or an individual who is a doctor of dental surgery, doctor of medicine, doctor of optometry or doctor of osteopathic medicine.
- Susie Smith, professor of chemistry
- John Doe, who has a doctorate in biology
Use Dole Hall, not Bob Dole Hall. Second reference: Dole. Dole was completed in 1990 and named for former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole. It houses the Division of Communications and Marketing, several student classrooms associated with the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and video staff with the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education. It also houses a student multimedia newsroom and serves as the Media Convergence Center, where students work alongside professionals.
Use residence hall. In general, avoid using dormitory or dorm, but they are acceptable in direct quotes. See residence hall.
Second reference: Durland. Phase I of the K-State Engineering Complex, Durland was completed in 1976 and houses the Department of Chemical Engineering. It is named for Dean Emeritus Merrill A. Durland, a 1918 K-State honors graduate who taught at K-State for 30 years before becoming dean of the School of Engineering and Architecture and director of the Engineering Experiment Station.
Short for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. For faculty members who have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, the preferred identification is to use a phrase. This helps to maintain consistency, especially when listing a group of professors where some may have a Ph.D. and others may have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Avoid using DVM or Dr. unless necessary to establish credentials.
- John Doe earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University.
- The research was conducted by Susie Smith, professor of chemistry, and John Doe, professor of clinical sciences who also has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
Second reference: Dykstra. Built in 1955, the hall was named for Ralph R. Dykstra, dean of the veterinary hospital 1919-1948. The hospital moved to the Veterinary Medicine Complex after it was completed in 1978. Dykstra now houses the offices of University Physical Facilities.
Same in all references. East Stadium is the eastern half of Memorial Stadium, which is a memorial to the students and alumni who sacrificed their lives during World War I. East Stadium was built in 1924 and has housed the Berney Family Welcome Center since 2016.
Ecological Genomics Institute
Second reference: the institute. Ecological genomics is the way in which organisms react to their environments, involving both short-term ecological and long-term evolutionary responses. The institute aims to provide an intellectual environment as well as resources to enable integrated research related to this field.
Second reference: Edwards. Built in 1968, the three-story building originally housed K-State athletes with amenities that included dining space, a swimming pool and exercise facilities. About a decade after construction, the building converted to general dormitory space, then in 1995 to administrative offices. Edwards was renamed in 1978 after A. Thornton Edwards, director of housing for 37 years.
Second reference: Eisenhower. Built in 1951, it was named for Milton S. Eisenhower, ninth president of the university, and brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The departments of History and Modern Languages; College of Arts and Sciences offices; and both foreign and English classes are in Eisenhower.
Place emeritus after a formal title.
1. Dolores Takemoto, professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biophysics
2. Retired and emeritus K-State employees retain access to their email accounts.
Engineering and Wind Erosion Research Unit
Second reference: the unit. The unit develops technology to measure and preserve grain quality and to reduce wind erosion. It replaces the Wind Erosion Lab near Weber Hall that was damaged in the 2008 tornado. The unit is at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research at 1515 College Ave. in Manhattan.
Second reference: the complex. It includes four buildings: Engineering Hall, Durland Hall, Fiedler Hall and Rathbone Hall.
The complex is a four-phase building program for the College of Engineering and extends over the old football practice field. It features solar glass walls that reflect 85 percent of solar heat during the middle of the year. Completed in 1976 at a cost of more than $3 million, Durland Hall was the first phase in the complex. It is named for Dean Emeritus Merrill A. Durland, a 1918 K-State honors graduate who taught at K-State for 30 years before becoming dean of the School of Engineering and Architecture and director of the Engineering Experiment Station.
It was followed by the completion of phase two in 1982, which was renamed in 1997 to honor of Donald Rathbone, dean of engineering from 1973 to 1997. Fiedler Hall, the third phase of the complex, was completed in 2000 and was named in honor of George Fiedler, a 1925 and 1934 K-State graduate who earned a place in the K-State Engineering Hall of Fame. A phase four expansion opened in fall 2015 and added 107,000 square feet of instructional, research and office space.
Engineering Experiment Station
Second reference: the station. The Kansas Board of Regents established the station in 1910 to conduct tests and research related to engineering and manufacturing concerns and to disseminate such information to various industries in Kansas. It continues that mission by supporting and promoting research initiatives with potential for continued extramural funding. It is in the Engineering Complex.
Second reference: the hall. The 108,000-square-foot hall is part of the Engineering Complex, along with Durland Hall, Fiedler Hall and Rathbone Hall. It houses the computer science department and the electrical and computer engineering department. It opened in the spring 2016 semester.
English/Counseling Services Building
Second reference: the building. The Department of English and Counseling Services moved into this building in 2004, when Lafene Student Health Center moved off-campus to Mercy Regional Health Center. The English department occupies the basement and first floor of this building, while Counseling Services occupies the second floor.
Equine Performance Testing Center
Second reference: the center. The $2.8 million facility is part of the Veterinary Health Center and was completed in March 2017. It houses a full range of services to horse owners and enhances equine education for veterinary students. The center has a soft-footing riding arena; an asphalt footing area; a 140-foot-long runway for lameness examinations; four holding stalls; a farrier services area; a radiographic imaging area; and a conference room for client services, student education and outreach activities.
Grounds maintenance employees work together from this facility to maintain all lawns, flower beds, shrubs and trees on the K-State campus. They also handle litter pickup, snow removal, parking lot cleaning, underground irrigation systems maintenance and the Division of Facilities tree nursery and greenhouse.
Facilities Maintenance – Office (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: the office. The office, along with Facilities Maintenance – Shops, houses Kansas State Polytechnic facilities staff and services.
Facilities Maintenance – Shops (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: the shops. The shops, along with the Facilities Maintenance – Office, houses Kansas State Polytechnic facilities staff and services.
Second reference: the shops. Workers in the shops provide a variety of services and repairs for campus.
Facilities Storage Building
Second reference: the building. This area is used for storage of equipment for the Division of Facilities.
Second reference: Fairchild. It contains the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Office of International Programs and the Office of Student Financial Assistance. It was built in 1894 and originally was used as the Library and Agricultural Science Hall until that moved to the north wing of Farrell Library in 1927. Then, for a time, Fairchild housed the entomology, geology, zoology, history and government departments. The building is named for George T. Fairchild, third president of what was then Kansas State Agricultural College. A bronze bust sits in front of Fairchild to commemorate William Alexander Harris, former U.S. representative and senator from Kansas.
Same in all references. Family Day, which usually takes place in September, provides students and their families with the opportunity to spend time together on campus.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics
Second reference: the lab. The U.S. Agency for International Development provided $5 million for 5 years to develop wheat varieties that are resilient to the warming effects of climate change in India and Pakistan. Jesse Poland, assistant professor of plant pathology, is the project director. The team includes Kansas State University, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or CIMMYT, and Cornell University.
Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet
Second reference: the lab. It is also known as the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab. The U.S. Agency for International Development provided $13.7 million for 5 years to advance the science of sorghum and pearl millet in Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger. Kansas State University is the managing entity for the grant. Timothy Dalton, associate professor of agricultural economics, is the project director. The project office is in 148 Waters Hall.
Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss
Second reference: the lab. The U.S. Agency for International Development provided $8.5 million for 5 years to reduce postharvest losses and food waste for grain and oil seeds; tuberous root crops; and peanut and legumes in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatemala. Dirk Maier, head of the grain science and industry department and director of the International Grains Program, and Polamreddy Venkataramana Reddy are project directors. It’s headquartered at the International Grains Program Conference Center on Kimball Avenue.
Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
Second reference: Fiedler. Phase III of the K-State Engineering Complex, Fiedler was built in 2000 and increased the size of the K-State Engineering Complex by 75,700 square feet. It was named for George Fiedler, a 1925 and 1934 K-State graduate who earned a place in the K-State Engineering Hall of Fame. Fiedler houses the engineering library and auditoriums, meeting rooms and computer labs for the College of Engineering.
financial aid/financial assistance
It is the Office of Student Financial Assistance, not the Office of Financial Aid.
In general, financial aid is a federal program, while financial assistance is a term that involves federal financial aid, scholarships, work study and other programs.
Food Science Institute
Second reference: the institute. The institute facilitates training of traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate students; supports basic and applied research initiatives; and provides technical and scientific information to consumers, the food industry, and governmental agencies. The institute includes faculty from departments in the colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Human Ecology, and Arts and Sciences.
Football Indoor Practice Facility
Second reference: the facility. The facility was built in 1995. The field’s size was designed to accommodate multiple full-squad practices simultaneously, and the roof height allows full special teams practice with kicking and punting.
Second reference: Ford. This all-female residence hall was built in 1967 and named for Kenny Ford, longtime executive secretary of the K-State Alumni Association. Ford is part of the Derby Complex.
Fort is spelled out. It is never abbreviated. Example: Fort Riley
Same in all references. Fort Riley is a U.S. Army post near Junction City, Kan., about 12 miles from Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus. It is home of the 1st Infantry Division, often called the Big Red 1, which is the oldest division of the U.S. Army. Many partnerships and programs pair K-State with Fort Riley.
Frank Myers Field
Second reference: the field. The field is part of Tointon Family Stadium. The field was named for Frank Myers, former coach of K-State's baseball team.
Friends organizations, such as the Friends of the Beach Museum of Art and Friends of McCain are treated as singular entities.
Example: The Friends of the Beach Museum of Art raises funds.
Functional Genomics Consortium
Second reference: the consortium. The consortium helps K-State researchers study gene function at the protein and metabolite levels.
All one word with no hyphen.
Gen. Richard B. Myers Hall
Second reference: Myers. Formerly Military Sciences Building, Myers houses the departments of Military Science and Aerospace Studies, with classrooms, a shooting gallery, and Army and Air Force administrative offices. Constructed in 1943 as a classroom building for military science and tactics, it became living quarters for men stationed at K-State in the Army’s specialized training unit and offices for commanding officers during World War II. Myers was the only project completed on campus during that war. The building was named for Gen. Richard B. Myers on Nov. 9, 2006, with a speech by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld after his Landon Lecture. Myers is a 1965 K-State graduate who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005. He was interim president of the university for several months before becoming president in November 2016.
Glenn H. Beck Dairy Barn
Second reference: the barn. It houses the Quinlan Visitor Center and serves as a backdrop for the Kansas State University Gardens. Built in 1933, the building originally housed labs and offices, in addition to livestock. The labs and offices have since been moved to other buildings. Formerly known as the Dairy Barn, it was renamed in 2001 to honor Glenn Beck, the university’s dean and vice president of agriculture from 1962 to 1973. The building has been incorporated into Throckmorton Hall and now serves as the headhouse for the greenhouses, botanical gardens and insect zoo.
Global Food Systems initiative
Second reference: the initiative. Capitalize Global Food Systems when referring to the university's initiative to address the world challenge of feeding a growing population. Lowercase when referring to global food systems in general.
- Through the Global Food Systems initiative, Kansas State University is maintaining the U.S. food system as the most competitive in the world.
- She talked about global food systems during her presentation.
Second reference: Goodnow. This coeducational residence hall was built in 1960 and named for Isaac Goodnow, co-founder of Bluemont Central College. Goodnow is part of the Kramer Complex.
Second reference: the school. The school is in Eisenhower Hall and offers more than 100 master's and doctoral degree programs. The school enrolls more than 4,500 graduate students.
Grain Science and Industry Complex
Second reference: the complex. Five buildings will make up the K-State Grain Science and Industry Complex. Facilities in the complex include the Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program building, the International Grains Program Conference Center, the Hal Ross Flour Mill and the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center, which is scheduled for completion in fall 2013. Still to be built on the site is a grain science teaching and research building, which will house the Bakery Science and Management Program. The K-State Grain Science and Industry Complex sits on 16 acres on Kimball Avenue in Manhattan, Kan.
Grain Quality and Structure Research Unit
Second reference: the unit. The unit investigates relationships between physical and chemical attributes and end-use quality for various products, and develops rapid and precise predictive tests. The unit is at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research at 1515 College Ave. in Manhattan.
Great Plains Sorghum Improvement and Utilization Center
Second reference: the center. Housed in the Department of Agronomy, the center focuses on improved crop characteristics, developing new uses for grain sorghum, and environmentally sustainable production practices for this crop.
Do not capitalize unless referring to persons from the nation of Greece. Capitalize in reference to Greek Week or the Office of Greek Affairs.
Gymnasium on all references. This building was built to improve facilities for events previously held in Nichols Hall. It hosted K-State basketball games until 1988, when that sport moved to Bramlage Coliseum. This facility and the adjoining Ahearn Field House were then refurbished for use in other sports and activities. Together with the adjoining Ahearn Field House, this gymnasium hosts K-State sports such as volleyball and indoor track and has a crowd capacity of 11,700.
Second reference: Hale. Hale is the main library in the K-State system and was dedicated in 1997 after a multiyear renovation and expansion project of the original campus library building, Farrell Library. One of the major goals of the new library was to assimilate the old and the new structures, architecturally and aesthetically. With that in mind, the construction encased and expanded the west, south and east sides of the previous library, while leaving the original 1927 building exposed to preserve its historic significance. The library was named for Joe and Joyce Hale, donors to the renovation project.
Hal Ross Flour Mill
Second reference: flour mill. Part of the Grain Science and Industry Complex at 1980 Kimball Ave., the 22,000-square-foot, five-story flour mill was dedicated in 2006. It is named for Hal Ross, a 1949 graduate of the milling science and management program. He started Ross Industries, which became the ninth largest flour milling company in the United States. The business was sold to Cargill in 1974.
Harbin Hall (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: Harbin Hall. Harbin Hall is one of two residence halls on the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. It features one-hundred beds in suite-style rooms.
Hard Winter Wheat Genetics Research Unit
Second reference: the unit. The unit finds and provides new genetic material to address hard winter wheat problems including insect pests, diseases and abiotic stresses. The unit is at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research at 1515 College Ave. in Manhattan.
Harold G. Gallaher Forestry Building
Second reference: forestry building. The administration building for the Kansas Forest Service lies west of the main campus, on Claflin Road. It is named for Harold G. Gallaher, who was the Kansas state forester from 1961 to 1981. About 1 million seedlings are housed here each year and distributed across Kansas for use as windbreaks, wildlife shelters or reforestation.
Second reference: Haymaker. This coeducational residence hall, built in 1967, was named for H. Henley Haymaker, professor of plant pathology for 46 years. Haymaker is part of the Derby Complex.
Meetings and other events are not held. Say the group met or the group had a meeting.
Second reference: the gate. It frames the campus entrance at the corner of Anderson and Manhattan avenues. It was completed in 1990 as a memorial to Scott N. and Anna V. Hanson Higinbotham. A bequest in the will of Anna Higinbotham provided construction funds with the stipulation that the design originate from a student competition. Students from the College of Architecture and Design submitted drawings to the competition and the winner was Marcia K. Bascom.
Historic Farrell Library
Second reference: Farrell Library. Farrell Library was the first dedicated university library building and is now incorporated as part of Hale Library. Named on Oct. 5, 1955, for Francis David Farrell, the university’s eighth president from 1925 to 1943, it was completed in 1927, making it the first building on campus devoted solely to housing the library. A second addition to the southwest was completed in 1970. Farrell was renamed Hale Library on Oct. 5, 1997; however, the extreme northern part of the library, including the north tower, still retains the name Historic Farrell Library.
Hoeflin Stone House Early Childhood Education Center
Second reference: Stone House. Stone House is near North Manhattan Avenue and is one of two full-day child care centers on campus. It is accredited and provides child care services for infants, toddlers and preschool children. Stone House is a 100-year-old stone building that was remodeled in May 1977 and named in May 1983 to honor Ruth Hoeflin, who served as dean of the College of Home Economics from 1975 to 1983. The center serves as the clinical training site for students enrolled in the state-approved and nationally accredited preservice teacher education program in early childhood education.
Second reference: Hollis. Dedicated in 1970, the building was named for alumnus James Hollis. Hollis House was torn down in 1992 to make room for the Throckmorton Hall expansion. Kansas State University Foundation and K-State Alumni Association offices were in Hollis House until 1991.
Second reference: Holton. Holton was built in 1900 with $25,000 appropriated by the state legislature for an agricultural building on the K-State campus. It was named for Edwin Holton, dean of the summer school, in 1918, and now houses the Office of Student Life, the Academic Achievement Center and other student services. Student services and administrative offices took over the building in 1989 after a $1 million interior renovation raised through student fees.
Second reference: Holtz. Built in 1876, the building was named in 1940 for A.A. “Doc” Holtz, who worked at K-State 35 years as a faculty member and a freshman football coach, and who was known for informally advising students on career, financial and personal matters. Originally used for instruction in chemistry, Holtz now houses tutoring services. The interior was destroyed by fire in 1900, and the building was remodeled as a women’s gym. It was later remodeled and used for chemistry until 1939.
Capitalize when referring to Kansas State University's Homecoming Week. When using the general term homecoming, lowercase it.
Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development
Second reference: the institute. The institute’s mission is to enhance rural development by helping rural people help themselves. The institute focuses on leadership development, rural outreach, and highlighting the efforts of other rural leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the state by means of a weekly newspaper column and radio program. The institute is named for McDill “Huck” Boyd, longtime publisher of the Phillips County Review in Phillipsburg and an energetic promoter of rural economic development, who died in 1987. The institute is in Umberger Hall.
Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media
Second reference: the center. Since 1999, the center has sponsored the Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media. The lecture celebrates the role community journalists play in keeping their communities strong.
Second reference: the hall. The hall is at 1310 Research Park Drive in the K-State Research Park and is an addition to the College of Human Ecology facilities. The 20,000-square-foot site, formerly home to NanoScale Corporation, was dedicated Oct. 24, 2013, and is used for research, development and outreach. The hall is named for Mary and Carl Ice. Carl Ice is a 1979 graduate of K-State and Mary How Ice earned degrees from K-State in 1980 and 1988. The Ices provided the lead gift for the building.
Ice Family Basketball Center
Use for all references. The approximately 50,000-square-foot facility is on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum.
I-Center: Center for the Integration of Undergraduate, Graduate and Postdoctoral Research
Second reference: I-Center. The I-Center was established in the fall of 2006 to promote and advance an integrated approach to undergraduate and graduate research in K-State’s mathematics department.
Second reference: the institute. Part of the Grain Science and Industry Complex at 1980 Kimball Ave., it houses the Kansas State University International Grains Program, which is designed to educate foreign business leaders and government officials about U.S. grains and oilseeds through technical-training and assistance programs in grain storage and handling, milling, marketing and processing. The program is a partner with the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Information Technology Services
Same in all references. The service unit provides information technology services to the university. It is in several campus buildings, with the main office in the Unger Complex. Information Technology Services includes Computing and Telecommunications Services, the Information Systems Office, the Information Technology Assistance Center and the Office of Mediated Education.
Institute for Academic Alliances
Second reference: the institute. The institute is in Justin Hall and provides tested strategies and tools for establishing and managing collaborative distance education programs.
Institute for Health and Security of Military Families
Second reference: the institute. The institute addresses the health and resiliency of national and international military personnel, veterans, and their families after deployment. The institute’s focus includes research, counseling services, and other programs designed to train those working with military families as well as military families themselves.
Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies
Second reference: the institute. The institute is a national center devoted to the historical study of public policies concerning national security, international affairs and government institutions. A major objective of the institute is to foster scholarly and educational alliances among K-State, the Eisenhower Foundation in Abilene, Kan., and the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Institute of Personal Financial Planning
Second reference: the institute. The institute offers undergraduate, graduate and graduate certificate programs that are registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.
Integrated Investment Management Lab
Second reference: the lab. The lab, on the third floor of Calvin Hall, is a specialized computer lab for the study and practice of finance, investment management and capital markets trading. The lab consists of 13 computers with access to financial software and a 32-foot stock market ticker. Funds for the lab where donated by Dennis and Sally von Waaden, Timothy and Sue Regan, and Kent and Rhonda Gassaway. The lab is part of the Integrated Investment Management Initiative, an academic focus of the College of Business Administration.
Second reference: the council. The Interfraternity Council is the student governing council for fraternities at Kansas State University.
International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute (Olathe campus)
Second reference: the institute. It is the flagship building on the K-State Olathe campus was built in 2011 as part of the Kansas Bioscience Park. The 108,000-square-foot facility houses research, education and technology commercialization programs and contains the Sensory and Consumer Research Laboratory, a studio kitchen, Great Plains Banquet Room, Cat’s Pause East student lounge, administrative suite, executive board room, Forum Hall, conference rooms, classrooms and laboratories.
International Grains Program Conference Center
Second reference: IGP. Part of the Grain Science and Industry Complex at 1980 Kimball Ave., it houses the Kansas State University International Grains Program, which is designed to educate foreign business leaders and government officials about U.S. grains and oilseeds through technical-training and assistance programs in grain storage and handling, milling, marketing and processing. IGP is a partner with the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 20,000-square-foot building, dedicated in 2004, includes an auditorium-style classroom, conference room, dining and lounge area, staff offices and other meeting rooms.
International Meat and Livestock Program
Second reference: the program. The program provides training, education, technology transfer and promotion of animal agriculture to the international community. The ultimate goal is to expose international clientele to Kansas expertise and to promote Kansas livestock and livestock products. It is in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.
International Student Center
Second reference: the center. The center houses International Student and Scholar Services. It was built in 1977 with funds from Edward King, a 1943 graduate.
International Technology Commons
Second reference: the commons. The K-State Office of International Programs’ English language program opened the commons at 1800 Claflin Road, Suite 204, in October 2013. The commons, which replaces the lab on the second floor in Fairchild Hall, helps international students improve their proficiency in English.
Second reference: Jardine. Jardine is home to nearly 1,500 residents from more than 50 countries. Jardine has more than 700 apartments with 60 floor plans. The original apartments date to 1957. In 1966 the apartments were named Jardine Terrace in honor of William M. Jardine, the university’s seventh president. A major redevelopment project began in summer 2005. The project involves building new housing options — including townhouses and apartments — for students. Other additions in the project include a bakery, restaurant and sports lounge.
Johnson Cancer Research Center
Second reference: the center. The center, formerly the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, funds basic cancer research and supports higher education, training and public outreach. The center, in Chalmers Hall, was established in 1980 and renamed for its founding director, Terry C. Johnson, before he died of cancer in 2002.
Journalism Education Association
Second reference: the association. The association, established in 1924, is the largest scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers. The association organizes national conventions and institutes, offers national certification for teaching high school journalism and publishes print and online resources on the latest trends in journalism education.
Second reference: Justin. The building was constructed in 1960 and is named for Margaret Justin, dean of the Division of Home Economics from 1923 to 1954. The first on-campus structure to be air-conditioned, it houses classes and offices for the College of Human Ecology. Ground was broken in October 2010 for a 15,000-square-foot addition that will house space for student conferences and mentoring, the Personal Financial Planning Institute, student collaborative workspace and three classrooms that will accommodate more than 100 students each.
In datelines and stories, use Kansas after towns in Kansas. For other state abbreviations, see state names in the AP Stylebook.
Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program
Second reference: the program or KARL. The program is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to developing leaders for agriculture, business and rural communities. All funds for the program come from private and corporate support, donations and private grants. Program offices are housed in Umberger Hall under an agreement with the K-State Research and Extension.
Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services
Second reference: the service. The service, in Edwards Hall, is the U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified state agricultural mediation provider for Kansas. The service helps Kansas residents resolve all types of agriculture-related issues, such as agricultural credit issues, farm foreclosures, farm program and farm loan program decisions, rural housing loan issues, risk management issues, and natural resources and conservation service decisions.
Kansas Board of Regents
Second reference: Board of Regents. The Board of Regents is a nine-member body that governs Kansas’ six public universities and supervises educational programs at 19 community colleges, five technical colleges, six technical schools and a municipal university.
Kansas Center for Agricultural Resource and the Environment
Second reference: the center or KCARE. The center was established to coordinate and enhance research, extension and teaching activities pertaining to environmental issues related to agriculture. A number of research areas and programs fall under the umbrella of the center, including the Kansas Water Resources Institute, Conservation Effects Assessment Project, Flint Hills Burning/Kansas Smoke Management, Ogallala Aquifer Project, Survey of Kansas Tillage and Conservation Practices, and Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies. The center is in Waters Hall.
Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops
Second reference: the center. The center is part of the biological and agricultural engineering department and was established in 2000 to help small farms in Kansas survive. The center works with state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, environmental groups and producer organizations to assist family farmers and ranchers to boost farm profitability, protect natural resources and enhance rural communities. The center is part of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment.
Kansas City Animal Health Corridor
Second reference: the corridor. The corridor is the region that stretches from Manhattan, Kan., to Columbia, Mo. The corridor is a hub for animal health and contains one-third of the world’s marketplace for animal health companies and more than 13,000 employees.
Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Second reference: the unit. Research performed at the unit, established in 1991, contributes to understanding ecological systems within the Great Plains. Unit staff, collaborators, and graduate students conduct research with both natural and altered systems, particularly those affected by agriculture. Unit professionals work with state and federal agencies, private industry, nongovernmental organizations and interest groups to develop and conduct projects.
Kansas Environmental Leadership Program
Second reference: the program. The program, in Umberger Hall, was designed to assist participants in enhancing their knowledge of water resources and water quality concerns, regulations and treatment while becoming more effective leaders. K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture were partners in the program. It was discontinued in January 2013 when funding from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment ceased.
Kansas Farm Management Association
Second reference: the association. The association, housed in Waters Hall, provides information and services related to production and financial information. The economists with the association are faculty members of the Department of Agricultural Economics.
Kansas Forest Service
Second reference: the service. The service, on Claflin Road west of the main campus, has been part of Kansas State University since 1909 and provides for the development, promotion, protection and conservation of forest resources in Kansas.
Kansas Lipidomics Research Center
Second reference: the center. Kansas lipid researchers have established the center with funding from the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or NSF EPSCoR, in Kansas and the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation. The center’s analytical laboratory opened in 2003. Lipidomics is the branch of metabolomics in which nonwater-soluble metabolites are studied.
Kansas PRIDE Program
Second reference: the program. The program is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and Kansas PRIDE, Inc. The program is dedicated to serving communities across the state to encourage and assist local government and volunteers in making their community a better place to live and work. It is in Umberger Hall.
Kansas State Collegian
Second reference: the Collegian. The Collegian is the student-produced newspaper at Kansas State University. It is the only morning newspaper in Manhattan, Kan., and is published Monday through Friday when classes are in session and weekly over the summer. The Collegian also publishes online at kstatecollegian.com.
See Collegian Media Group.
Kansas State University
Second reference: the university. Do not use K-State University. Avoid using KSU unless space limitations require it. K-State is acceptable on second reference for an on-campus or in-state audience or for publications directed at alumni. In general, Kansas State is only used for athletics-related news and publications. Lowercase university when used alone.
The main university campus is in Manhattan and two other campuses are in Olathe and Salina. The university also has the Kansas State University Global Campus. The university was established as Bluemont Central College in 1860. It was designated as the first land-grant university under the Morrill Act in 1863 and renamed Kansas State Agricultural College.
Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service
Appropriate for first and second reference: K-State Research and Extension. The short name is acceptable for general use in publications and other materials. The full name must appear at minimum as part of the disclaimer used on printed materials from all units of K-State Research and Extension. Avoid using extension alone because it does not encompass the scope of the organization in Kansas. Administrative offices are in Umberger and Waters halls.
View the K-State Research and Extension Style Guide.
Kansas State University Bioinformatics Center
Second reference: the center. The center was established in 2001. Its primary goal is to provide state-of-the-art bioinformatics support to K-State biological researchers. It also serves as an active site for bioinformatics research and development in Kansas. The Center is funded by the National Institutes of Health through the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.
Kansas State University Foundation
Second reference: KSU Foundation or the foundation. It is in the Kansas State University Foundation Building in the Kansas State University Office Park. The foundation was established in 1944 as the official fundraising arm of Kansas State University and formerly was known as the endowment association. The mission of the foundation is "to secure and prudently manage private gifts in support of Kansas State University."
Kansas State University Foundation Building
Second reference: the building. The building is near the intersection of Kimball and Denison avenues and is the first building in the Kansas State University Office Park. It provides office space for the Kansas State University Foundation and organizations such as the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, Human Capital Services and the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. GE Johnson Construction Co., Garmin International Inc. and U.S. Engineering also rent space in the building.
Kansas State University Gardens
Second reference: the gardens. The gardens are a plural noun. They are a privately funded project developed and maintained by the Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources. When completed, the gardens will be 19-acres.
Example: The Kansas State University Gardens are a popular choice for wedding day events.
Kansas State University Gardens Conservatory
Second reference: the conservatory. The conservatory is in the Kansas State University Gardens. It was built in 1907 with Victorian-style architecture as a plant museum and many exotic plants still exist today.
Kansas State University Gardens Maintenance Building
Second reference: the building. This building holds offices and storage for the gardens maintenance crews.
Kansas State University Global Campus
Second reference: Global Campus or K-State Global Campus. K-State Global Campus is one of Kansas State University’s four campuses. Formerly the Division of Continuing Education, K-State Global Campus provides opportunities for individuals to learn online, develop professionally and connect globally. Global Campus has distance students in all 50 states and international connections and partnerships with 20 countries. Offices are in College Court Building at 1615 Anderson Ave.
Kansas State University Herbarium
Second reference: the herbarium. The herbarium is a research natural history museum of dried plant specimens numbering approximately 200,000. The collection has a regional focus on the Great Plains of central North America and is particularly significant for its historical holdings from the late 1800s.
Kansas State University Marching Band
The Kansas State University Marching Band is also known as the Pride of Wildcat Land. Second reference: marching band or band. Include a phrase to describe the marching band.
Example: The Kansas State University Marching Band, also known as the Pride of Wildcat Land, performed at the event.
Kansas State University Microscopy Facility
Second reference: the facility. The facility offers complete individual or small group training and familiarization with equipment and techniques for transmission electron, fluorescence and confocal microscopies.
Kansas State University Olathe
Second reference: K-State Olathe. K-State Olathe is one of the university's four campuses and includes the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health, the Urban Water Institute, SmartVet and other industry and academic partners. The campus’s flagship building is the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute, part of the Kansas Bioscience Park. The street address for K-State Olathe is 22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, Kan., 66061. The campus is on 38 acres in Johnson County, just east of Kansas Highway 7 on College Boulevard.
Kansas State University Office Park
Second reference: the K-State Office Park. The K-State Office Park will include four buildings that total 240,00 square feet and sit on a 14-acre tract of land at the corner of Kimball and Denison avenues, adjacent to the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility and the Grain Science and Industry Complex. The first building was completed in October 2015 and houses the Kansas State University Foundation and leased office space for corporate partners. Construction began on the second building in June 2017 and will be complete in August 2018.
Kansas State University Parking Garage
Second reference: the parking garage. It was completed in spring 2010 and contains Parking Services. The parking garage offers 500 parking spaces allocated to students, 400 prioritized for faculty and staff, 130 reserved spaces and an additional 350 spaces available for group and public parking.
Kansas State University Police Department
Second reference: K-State Police. The department is in Edwards Hall on Denison Avenue.
Kansas State University Research Foundation
Second reference: the research foundation. Although it is often abbreviated as KSURF, use the research foundation on second reference. The research foundation is one of the organizations in the K-State Research Park and was formed in 1942 to promote, encourage and aid scientific research on campus.
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus
Second reference: Kansas State Polytechnic or K-State Polytechnic. Kansas State Polytechnic is one of Kansas State University’s four campuses and focuses on teaching theory through hands-on, interdisciplinary and applied learning. It offers 16 undergraduate degrees and a professional Master of Technology. Kansas State Polytechnic has two suite-style residence halls, various laboratories for student training and projects, three runways adjacent to campus, a fleet of nearly 35 modern aircraft and an outdoor flight facility for unmanned aircraft systems education, training and research.
Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Second reference: the diagnostic laboratory or the laboratory. The diagnostic laboratory offers a complete range of diagnostic services for all species, but primarily focuses on food-producing animals. It is a regional source for animal testing and diagnoses and a national center for rabies testing. It is at the north entrance of Trotter Hall as part of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Second reference: Kedzie. Dedicated in 1899, it was the first building in the nation erected for the teaching of home economics. In 1902, it was named for Nellie Kedzie, professor of domestic science and head of the department. She also was the first woman at Kansas State Agricultural College to hold the title of professor. An addition was completed in 1960. The building now houses the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media.
Second reference: Kirmser. Kirmser is a renovated venue in 204 McCain Auditorium. The space is used for teaching, rehearsals and recitals by students, faculty and guests.
Second reference: King. Built in 1966, it was named for H.H. King, head of the chemistry department and faculty member for 39 years. King developed the first doctoral program in chemistry at K-State. The building now houses chemical laboratories and classrooms.
Konza Prairie Biological Station
Second Reference: Konza Prairie. The Konza Prairie Biological Station is a tallgrass prairie ecological research site jointly owned by the university and The Nature Conservancy. It is managed by the Division of Biology. The Konza Prairie, founded in 1971, spans about 8,600 acres and is 10 miles south of campus, just off Interstate 70. The Konza Prairie hosts about 130 registered research projects from nearly 150 scientists, and it has been one of the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research, or LTER, sites since 1980.
Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research
Second reference: the program. The program is a comprehensive ecological research, education and outreach program centered on one of the most productive grasslands in North America – the tallgrass prairie. The program was one of the first six site-based LTER programs funded by the National Science Foundation in 1980 to support research on long-term ecological phenomena. The program focuses on fire, grazing and climatic variability as three critical and interactive drivers that affect ecological pattern and process in grasslands worldwide.
Second reference: the complex. Use Kramer Complex on second reference if it could be confused with Derby Complex or Strong Complex. Kramer Complex includes Marlatt, Goodnow and Wefald residence halls and the Kramer Dining Center. The complex was built in 1960 and is named for Martha Kramer, professor of foods and nutrition. Kramer served at the university for 30 years. Wefald Hall is the newest addition and was built in 2016.
Kramer Dining Center
Second reference: Kramer. The facility serves as a dining center for the Kramer Complex of Goodnow, Marlatt and Wefald residence halls. Kramer contains nearly 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art kitchen, serving, dining and retail space designed to serve a student population of 1,850.
Same in all references. KSIS is the K-State Student Information System. It provides students, faculty and staff with access to student data including admissions, academics, financial information and more. KSIS also serves parents or others who have been granted access by their student. KSIS replaces the SIS acronym.
The university's visionary goal is called K-State 2025. It is a strategic plan for Kansas State University to become a Top 50 public research university by the year 2025. One of the plan’s goals is to further boost research activity at the university.
K-State Alumni Association
Capitalize the first letter of each word and spell out on first reference. Second reference: Alumni Association or the association. When referring to organizations in general, do not capitalize any words.
Ex.: … graduates who are members of their alumni associations.
The Association offices moved from Hollis House to 2323 Anderson Ave. in 1991. The Association relocated to 1720 Alumni Center in fall 2002.
K-State Alumni Center
Second reference: the center. The center opened in October 2002, along Anderson Avenue just south of historic Memorial Stadium. Construction funding came entirely from more than 1,500 private donations and 75 percent of the building is public space. It is constructed of native Kansas limestone and K-State artifacts are on display in the Memorabilia Room and throughout the building. The original 1859 arch from Bluemont College, K-State’s forerunner, is incorporated into the Frasier Fireplace in the Tointon Great Room. The Hagans Library houses a collection of “Royal Purple” yearbooks and “K-Stater” magazines, along with videos used for student recruitment and athletics highlights.
Rooms in the K-State Alumni Center
Can be divided into four rooms
Barrett Wildcat Den
Includes the Schuler saltwater reef aquarium
Johnson North Terrace
Includes 7-foot bronze Wildcat statue, designed by Salina artist and 1963 K-State graduate Dick Bergen
Tointon Great Room
Includes the Frasier family limestone fireplace
Bird Conference Room
Hewson Conference Room
Jordan Conference Room
Katlin Conference Room
Tadtman Board Room
Overlooks Memorial Stadium
Kansas State Bank Conference Room
PowerCat Conference Room
Purple Pride Room
Truitt Conference Room
K-State Center on Aging
Second reference: the center. The center coordinates and develops educational and training programs in aging, stimulates aging research, coordinates outreach activities, and serves as a referral center for information on aging resources in Kansas.
Same in all references. K-State Dance offers faculty concerts, student concerts and community outreach and regional touring opportunities. K-State Dance presents two faculty concerts each academic year: WinterDance in the fall and SpringDance in the spring.
K-State Family Center
Second reference: the center. The center provides individual, couple, family and group therapy for people living in the Manhattan area. Marriage and family therapy faculty, doctoral and master’s students staff the center. It moved to its current location on Campus Creek Road just north of Justin Hall in the early 1980s. In 2005, the Family Center’s building underwent an extensive renovation and expansion. Now named the Campus Creek Complex, the building is also home to the K-State Speech and Hearing Center.
K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum
Second reference: the museum. The museum is composed of clothing and textile artifacts; dolls; accessories; implements and tools associated with the creation of clothing and/or textiles; and a variety of paper artifacts such as patterns, period magazines and photographs. The collection is in Justin Hall and collection artifacts rotate throughout the Justin Hall display cases.
On first reference, use either K-State InfoCommons or the K-State InfoCommons in Hale Library. On second reference, use InfoCommons. Do not use Hale InfoCommons because the InfoCommons belongs to K-State.
K-State Insect Zoo
Second reference: the zoo. It is in the Glenn H. Beck Dairy Barn within the Kansas State University Gardens. It was established in 2002 and is managed by the Department of Entomology.
Second reference: the Libraries. The Libraries includes the main library, Hale Library and five branch libraries: Fiedler Engineering Library, Math/Physics Library, Kansas State Polytechnic Library, Veterinary Medical Library, and Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning and Design. The Libraries maintains approximately three million volumes and employs approximately 100 staff. Significant research collections include cookery, the consumer movement, military history, biosecurity and food safety, grain science and milling, prairie studies and children’s literature. The Libraries began in 1863 when the property of Bluemont Central College became Kansas State Agricultural College. From that building, the collected materials were moved four times to various buildings across campus. In 1926, construction began on a building north of Anderson Hall with the purpose of housing only the Libraries’ collections. The library was opened the summer of 1927. After growing to incorporate or include various branch libraries over the years, the official name became K-State Libraries during the 2000s.
K-State Research and Extension
K-State Research and Extension Center-Olathe
Second reference: the center. The center at 35230 W. 135th St. in Olathe, has 342 acres devoted to horticultural research. The facility includes 150 acres of native woodland, 75 acres of bottomland, 117 acres of upland soil grassland, a creek and a blend of soil types. Research and extension activities include bedding plants, turfgrass, high tunnels and educational programs.
K-State Research Park
Second reference: the research park. This 25-acre research park is owned by the Kansas State University Foundation, which leases land to tenants with cooperative relationships with the university.
K-State Speech and Hearing Center
Second reference: the center. The center was established in 1956 as part of the communication sciences and disorders program. The center's two major goals are to provide high-quality, comprehensive services to individuals with communication impairments and to provide graduate students with professional training in speech-language pathology and audiology. The center is in the Campus Creek Complex.
K-State Student Union
Second reference: the Union. (Omit K-State Student Union when referring to a part of the Union: Union 206, Union art gallery.) The Union opened in 1956 after students voted two decades earlier to pay $5 per semester to cover construction costs. Expansions in 1963 and 1970 added another 100,000 square feet. Students again voted in 1995 to pay $11.4 million for a five-year project including building renovation and expansion. The project also involved construction of the adjacent Bosco Student Plaza, named for Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students.
Same in all references. K-State Theatre trains future artists, scholars and teachers of theater, and to inform the nonmajor, the university at large and the community of the value of theater to individuals and society.
Lafene Health Center
Second reference: Lafene or the center. The original Lafene Health Center was built on campus in 1960 offering outpatient care and referral services for K-State students. It has since expanded its services and moved to Mercy Regional Health Center on Sunset Avenue.
Landon Lecture Series
Landon Lecture Series in all references. Landon Lecture may be used when referring to one lecture.
Leadership Studies Building
Second reference: the building. At 36,000 square feet, this $11 million project was completed in December 2009. Eco-friendliness is central to the building’s design and construction, which was funded entirely by private donors. Home to the School of Leadership Studies, this building features a lecture hall, classrooms, a student services center, a resource library, study areas, a coffeehouse and office space for faculty and staff. The building is believed to be the first to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, gold certification among higher education institutions in Kansas.
Second reference: Leasure. Originally a veterinary medicine hall, built in 1908, Leasure has had two additions since — one in 1958 and one in 1960. It was named for Eldon Leasure, dean of veterinary medicine from 1949 to 1964. Leasure now houses portions of the departments of speech, biochemistry and molecular biophysics, biology, women’s studies, ethnic studies and University Facilities.
A person stands on a podium and behind a lectern.
Second reference: the theatre. It seats 200 people and is in the K-State Student Union.
In most cases, this word is unnecessary. Instead of The store is located in Aggieville, write, The store is in Aggieville.
Lou Douglas Lecture Series
Lou Douglas Lecture Series in all references. Lou Douglas Lecture may be used when referring to one lecture. The Lou Douglas Lecture Series consists of four fall semester lectures that address social issues and current events. The series is funded by the university and private donations and is named for Lou Douglas, former professor of political science.
L.P. Washburn Recreational Area
The L.P. Recreational Area includes the tennis courts, outdoor handball/racquetball courts and rental area, playfields, fitness cluster, jogging area and the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex. The term Rec Complex is a functional name used by the Department of Recreational Services and may be used on second reference for the main building.
Lowercase majors, disciplines, programs, specializations or concentrations of study.
- She studies physics.
- She is studying sociology with a concentration in gender, women, and sexuality studies.
Manhattan Area Technical College
Second reference: the college. It is often abbreviated as MATC, but avoid using the term in writing. The college is a two-year Higher Learning Commission-accredited public college. It was founded in 1965 and is in Manhattan, west of the Kansas State University campus. Programs of study include associate and other degrees in health sciences, construction technologies, and automotive repair and technology. The college is a member of the North Central Association of College and Schools.
Manhattan Christian College
Second reference: the college. It is often abbreviated as MCC, but avoid using the term in writing. The college is at 1407 Anderson Ave. It offers undergraduate degrees in ministry programs and also features dual degrees with Kansas State University and Manhattan Area Technical College.
Manhattan Department of Parks and Recreation
Second reference: the department. It administers a number of recreation facilities, parks and sports leagues in Manhattan, including the city pool in CiCo Park, Sunset Zoo, the Jon and Ruth Ann Wefald and GTM Family Center in City Park, the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter, the Flint Hills Discovery Center, the Douglass Community Center, Sunset Cemetery, and parks and recreation leagues. The main office is at 1101 Fremont St.
Manhattan Town Center
Second reference: the mall. The mall is a single-level, enclosed shopping center in downtown Manhattan. It encompasses 392,000 square feet with room for small shops, large department stores, a food court and restaurants. It was established in 1987 and has been owned by Chicago-based UrbanCal since 2008.
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
Second reference: Beach Museum of Art. The Beach Museum of Art features art from across Kansas and the Midwest as well as the university’s permanent art collection of more than 6,500 pieces. It opened in October 1996 and was named for Marianna Kistler Beach after her husband, Ross Beach, donated $3 million to the Beach Museum of Art.
Mark A. Chapman Theatre
Second reference: the theatre. It seats 280 and is in Nichols Hall.
Second reference: Marlatt. This coeducational residence hall was built in 1964 and named for Washington Marlatt, one of the founders of Bluemont Central College. Marlatt is part of the Kramer Complex.
Martin Luther King Jr. Bust
Second reference: the bust. The bronze bust of Martin Luther King Jr. is near the southeast corner of Ahearn Field House. Ahearn is where King gave his last university speech on Jan. 19, 1968, before his death in April 1968. The sculpture was designed by alumnus and Salina artist Richard Bergen and dedicated in January 2007. Additionally, 17th Street, which runs by Ahearn Field House, has been given the honorary name of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Drive.
Second reference: McCain or the auditorium. It is used as a hall for cultural events and the McCain Performance Series. The seating capacity is 1,700. It includes facilities for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, as well as news and marketing staff from the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education. McCain was built in 1970, with an addition in 1975, and was named for James A. McCain, the university's 10th president from 1950 to 1975.
McCain Performance Series
Second reference: the series. The series offers professional live performing arts programs to the university and the community. Performances take place in McCain Auditorium.
M-Center: Mirror Symmetry and Tropical Geometry Research Center
Second reference: M-Center. The M-Center supports and promotes research in mathematical questions arising from string theory, in which mirror symmetry and tropical geometry play a central role.
Same in all references. Memorial Stadium was constructed in the 1920s as a memorial to the students and alumni who sacrificed their lives during World War I. West Stadium was completed in 1922 and East Stadium was completed in 1924. Memorial Stadium field is still used for marching band practice, club soccer and rugby. West Stadium is home to the Purple Masque Theatre and East Stadium houses the Berney Family Welcome Center.
Second reference: Merrill. Part of Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, Merrill was completed in 1994 with funds provided by Fred and Virginia Merrill and Cereal Food Processors of Mission Woods, Kan. Merrill was named for E.F. Merrill, father of Cereal Food chairman Fred Merrill ’49.
In general, don’t use. Only use for a building name, an entity’s official name, national awards, historic events or when essential to identify one individual from another, such as a police activity report.
- Glenn H. Beck Dairy Barn
- Kedzie Hall houses the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Midwest Equity Assistance Center
Second reference: the center. It is often abbreviated as MEAC, but avoid using that in writing. The center provides technical assistance, professional development and information dissemination in race equity, gender equity and national origin equity to state and local educational agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
Midwest Institute for Comparative Stem Cell Biology
Second reference: the institute. The institute integrates education and commercialization with research on umbilical cord and related stem cell sources in agricultural, companion and competitive animals. The institute is associated with the College of Veterinary Medicine and involves collaboration among Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center and other institutions.
Mike Goss Tennis Stadium
Second reference: the tennis stadium. The tennis stadium is part of a $3 million renovation of the Chester E. Peters K-State Recreation Complex’s outdoor facilities through an agreement among K-State Athletics, the K-State Student Governing Association and the K-State Student Rec Center. The stadium was dedicated Sept. 7, 2013, and is named for Mike Goss, a 1981 K-State graduate who was a member of the varsity men’s tennis team from 1978 to 1981. The stadium features six outdoor courts, with purple playing surfaces and Powercats dividing the courts. It also features metal bleachers on the south side of the court with room to accommodate 400 fans.
The preferred description is military-inclusive university, not military friendly university.
Military Science Hall
For military titles and ranks, see military titles in the AP Stylebook.
Capitalize the names of months in all uses. Abbreviate months when used with a specific date. Don’t abbreviate March, April, May, June or July. When a phrase lists only a month and a year, do not abbreviate the month and do not separate the month and year with commas. When a phrase refers to a month, day and year, set off the year with commas. See months in the AP Stylebook.
Second reference: Moore. This coeducational residence hall was built in 1965 and was named for Helen Moore, dean of women for 17 years and women’s rights advocate. Moore is part of the Derby Complex.
more than, over
Over refers to location. Example: The cow jumped over the moon. Over is not interchangeable with more than. More than refers to figures. Example: More than 20,000 students attend Kansas State University.
Second reference: Mosier. Mosier is part of the Veterinary Medicine Complex and houses the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology and the Department of Clinical Sciences. Mosier, completed in 1978, was formerly called the Veterinary Clinical Science Building, but was renamed in April 1999 to honor Jacob E. Mosier, former hospital director and head of surgery and medicine.
Use only Mount, never Mt. Example: Mount Hope
Second reference: Myers. The preferred identifications are Richard Myers, president of Kansas State University, or President Richard Myers. Use the middle initial B. only for national awards, historic events or signatures. Avoid using military titles to identify President Richard Myers.
In November 2016, the Kansas Board of Regents selected Myers as the 14th president of Kansas State University.
named after, namesake
Do not use in reference to a building or for whom the building is named. Use named for instead.
Example: Dole Hall was named for former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole.
Natatorium on all references. Officially known as the Women’s P.E. Natatorium, the Natatorium, along with a connecting addition to the neighboring Ahearn Field House, was built in 1975 for $1.75 million. The facility houses three indoor pools and its connecting structure contains a gymnastics room, kinesiology laboratories and lockers for women. The Natatorium is commonly referred to as “The Nat,” but avoid using the term in writing.
National Bio and Agro-defense Facility
Second reference: NBAF or the facility. Do not refer to it as the NBAF. NBAF will replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center on the East Coast as a top federal laboratory for research to combat foreign animal disease threats. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will operate NBAF, which is being built north of the K-State Manhattan campus.
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Second reference: the council. The Kansas State University chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council is the student governing council for historically minority fraternities and sororities. Use a hyphen in National Pan-Hellenic Council, but there is no hyphen in Panhellenic Council, which is the student governing council for sororities.
See Panhellenic Council.
National Strategic Selling Institute
Second reference: the institute. The institute is the College of Business Administration's center for sales education. It provides opportunities for students to improve their selling skills through competitions, seminars and practice.
Second reference: Nichols. Built in 1911, the former gymnasium was named for Ernest R. Nichols, president of K-State from 1899 to 1909. Originally, it housed the Department of Military Science, basketball court, Department of Art and a swimming pool. The building was gutted by fire Dec. 13, 1968, and it reopened in fall 1985. It now houses several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as a theater, dance studios and more.
Most non- words are not hyphenated. See non- in the AP Stylebook or a dictionary. An exception is Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services.
Hyphenate nondegree-seeking. A nondegree-seeking student is a person who wants to take one or more credits but does not wish to seek completion of a degree program. Do not refer to a student as a nondegree student or a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
No hyphen. Do not use non-trad or untraditional student. An exception is Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services.
Use noon or midnight. Do not use 12 noon or 12 midnight because they are redundant. Do not use 12 a.m. or 12 p.m. because they are confused often.
North Agronomy Farm
Second reference: the farm. North Agronomy Farm, at 2200 Kimball Ave., spans about 422 acres and contains more than a dozen buildings. The farm is a teaching, extension and research facility within the agronomy department.
NSF I/UCRC for Wheat Genetics Resource Center
Second reference: the center. The National Science Foundation created the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, which is the first NSF-established research center for any crop plant. The center is a partnership between Kansas State University and Colorado State University. Bikram Gill, Kansas State University distinguished professor of plant pathology, directs the center.
Spell out the numbers one through nine. Use figures for numbers 10 and above. See numerals in the AP Stylebook.
Second reference: the office. Consider the audience when referring to Kansas State University offices. Capitalize the proper name of the office but not shortened versions. Capitalize words that are proper nouns or adjectives. When preparing news for media outlets, follow AP style and lowercase office names.
- the Office of Student Life; the office of student life (AP style); the student life office (shortened version)
- the Office of the President; the office of the president (AP style); the president's office (shortened version)
Office of Affirmative Action
Office of Admissions
Second reference: the office or the admissions office. Use the plural form when referring to the office. The office helps students with the admission process.
Office of Institutional Equity
Second reference: the office. The office was formerly the Office of Affirmative Action. It is part of the Division of Human Capital Services. The office is in 103 Edwards Hall.
Office of Local Government
Second reference: the office. The office provides educational outreach, technical assistance, applied research, and information and referral services to city and county governments, local organizations, the county extension network and Kansas citizens. These services relate to three broad and interconnected program areas: local and regional economic development practice and policy, local public service organization and finance, and natural resource management and land use planning. The office is housed in Umberger Hall and is a partnership between Kansas State University, K-State Research and Extension, and the Department of Agricultural Economics.
Office of the President
Second reference: the office or the president's office. The office is in Anderson Hall and is the top administrative unit at Kansas State University.
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President
Second reference: the office or the provost's office. The office is in Anderson Hall and oversees the deans of the nine academic colleges, K-State Libraries, the Graduate School, the Division of Continuing Education and other reporting units and programs. The head of the office is April Mason, the university's provost and senior vice president.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Second reference: the office. The office is in Fairchild Hall and supports activities involving extramurally sponsored programs.
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Second reference: the office or the student financial assistance office. First reference is the Office of Student Financial Assistance, not the Office of Financial Aid.
Office of Student Life
Second reference: the office. The office enhances the K-State student experience and promotes student success in the classroom and in life. It is in Holton Hall.
O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center
Second reference: the center. The $13.5 million structure will house an automatic 5-ton-per-hour feed mill, a liquid feed research facility, and a biosafety level 2 teaching/research feed mill. Scientists will be able to safely work with low virulence pathogens, such as salmonella, in feeds. It also will have classrooms, laboratories, and office space. Upon completion, feed science faculty and lab classes could be relocated to the complex. The feed mill and bio-refinery is the fourth building in the Grain Science and Industry Complex. The others include the International Grains Program Conference Center, the Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program building, and the Hal Ross Flour Mill.
Use a hyphen when acting as a modifier. Do not use a hyphen when acting as two words.
- on-campus housing, off-campus facilities
- The hall is on campus. The building is off campus.
One word without a hyphen.
Outdoor Rental Center
Second reference: the center. The center is adjacent to the outdoor tennis courts just off Denison Avenue near the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex and provides a large inventory of outdoor equipment. This equipment may be rented by the university community and is available for reservation.
Second reference: the council. The Panhellenic Council is the student governing council for sororities at Kansas State University. There is no hyphen in Panhellenic Council, but there is a hyphen in National Pan-Hellenic Council, which is the student governing council for historically minority fraternities and sororities.
Patrick K. Harrold Memorial
Second reference: the memorial. The Patrick K. Harrold Memorial is on the first floor of Gen. Richard B. Myers Hall. Harrold was a student from Fort Leavenworth who served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force and was designated as missing in action during the Vietnam War. His remains were found in 1996 and he was buried in Abilene, Kan., in 1997. He is now listed as killed in action.
Pat Roberts Hall
Second reference: Roberts. Pat Roberts Hall is named for U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts. The facility was completed in 2007 and is home to the Biosecurity Research Institute, which meets criteria for biosafety level-3, or BSL-3, and biosafety level-3 Agriculture, or BSL-3Ag. The facility supports research in food security, crop diseases and animal diseases. It also includes training and education facilities.
Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area
Second reference: Pillsbury Crossing. It is seven miles southeast of Manhattan and is a natural flat rock crossing over Deep Creek. Pillsbury Crossing is used for recreational purposes and managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. It was named for pioneer Josiah H. Pillsbury, who settled by the crossing in 1855. E.J. Frick, a veterinary medicine professor, and his wife later purchased the land and created the Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area, which they donated to the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission in 1965.
Second reference: Pittman. It includes Housing and Dining Services. It was built in 1967 and named for Martha Pittman, former faculty member in foods and nutrition.
One word without a hyphen. See post- in the AP Stylebook.
Second reference: Pottorf. Pottorf is an indoor community center in CiCo Park. Pottorf includes meeting rooms and a kitchen. It is maintained by Riley County and is available for public use.
Powercat, Powercat logo
One word, with a lowercase c.
Powercat Financial Counseling
Same in all references. Powercat Financial Counseling provides free information and education to K-State students who are seeking help with financial issues such as budgeting, credit use, saving, identity theft, investing, managing debt and expenses during and after college. It is in the K-State Student Union.
Second reference: the plant. The plant fulfills energy needs for campus. The plant cost more than $300,000 to build in 1927 and several additional cooling systems have been added. The west facade facing 17th Street was left incomplete.
Pre-law, pre-vet, pre-physical therapy, pre-med are all hyphenated. See pre- in the AP Stylebook.
Follow AP style for academic titles. Capitalize President when it precedes a name, but lowercase it elsewhere.
The preferred identifications are Richard Myers, president of Kansas State University, or President Richard Myers. Use the middle initial B. only for national awards, historic events or signatures. Avoid using military titles to identify President Richard Myers.
- Richard Myers, president of Kansas State University, will attend the event.
- The group includes President Richard Myers.
- The Kansas Board of Regents selected President Richard Myers, retired U.S. Air Force general, in November 2016.
Second reference: the residence. The university’s president, first lady and family live at the residence. The residence, at 100 Wilson Court, was completed in 1923 and renovated and expanded in 1998.
The titles of specific programs are capitalized. Titles of academic programs are not capitalized, but capitalize words that are proper nouns. Avoid abbreviations of programs.
- Developing Scholars Program, Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
- history program, English program, American ethnic studies program
When listing items, do not use a comma before and. Example: Anna, Billy and Cole went to the park.
Periods and commas go inside quotes.
Use exclamation points sparingly and only use one.
Purple Masque Theatre
Same in all references. The Purple Masque Theatre moved to West Stadium in 2015. The Purple Masque Theatre and its new studio and rehearsal space is used by the drama therapy graduate program.
Second reference: Putnam. This coeducational residence hall was built in 1953 and named for Laurel Irene Putnam, who donated $100,000 to the university. Putnam is part of the Strong Complex.
The Quad in all references. It is the lawn area bordered by Waters Hall on the north, Willard Hall on the east, Hale Library on the south and Leasure Hall on the west. The Quad is crossed by intersecting sidewalks. The sundial at the intersection was donated by the class of 1908.
Q-Center: Center for Quantitative Education
Second reference: Q-Center. The Q-Center was established to make college algebra a modern, technologically rich course; continue its research program on undergraduate education in quantitative disciplines; and maintain an outreach program to share its work with K-12 schools to help them better prepare students.
Quinlan Visitor Center
Second reference: the visitor center. It is in the Glenn H. Beck Dairy Barn as part of the Kansas State University Gardens. It is open to the public and free of charge.
Racial/Ethnic Harmony Week
Now called Cultural Harmony Week.
Second reference: Rathbone. Rathbone is part of the Engineering Complex. It includes the dean’s office for the College of Engineering and the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Rathbone was completed in 1983 and was renamed in 1997 in honor of Donald Rathbone, dean of engineering from 1973 to 1997.
Not Recreation Services. Rec Services is acceptable on second reference. Rec Services administers intramural and recreational sports, fitness programs and sport clubs for the campus. Rec Services' administrative offices are in the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex and its facilities are in the Rec Complex and the Natatorium.
Capitalize as a title before a proper name. Use Office of the Registrar on first reference and registrar’s office on second reference.
Second reference: Regnier. Regnier Hall was dedicated as an expansion to the Seaton Complex in 2017. Regnier's 114,000 square feet include consolidated fabrication capabilities, integrated design labs, collaborative spaces and a 300-seat auditorium for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. Regnier is named for the late Victor L. Regnier, a longtime Johnson County homebuilder and developer.
Use residence hall. In general, avoid using dormitory or dorm, but they are acceptable in direct quotes. See dormitory.
Identify room number according to postal code, which states the room number first and then the building. Do not use a zero for basement level rooms. Although rooms are commonly identified by stating the building then the room number, avoid this in writing to maintain consistency.
Examples: 1120 Throckmorton Hall, 128 Dole Hall, 110 Anderson Hall
R.V. Christian Track Complex
Second reference: the complex. The complex is a track and field facility that seats 2,500 spectators. The complex includes an 8-lane Rekortan surface and a 110-meter incline/decline sprint lane. The complex also features a men’s and women’s locker room, team room and offices in the northeast corner of the stadium. The complex, completed in 1973, was funded entirely from private donations by more than 3,000 university friends and alumni, including R.V. Christian, a 1911 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Second reference: the labs. The labs are part of the National Strategic Selling Institute, an academic focus of the College of Business Administration.
When using the proper name of a school, capitalize it. When using only the general term school or using school as a second reference, lowercase it.
- A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications
- the journalism school
School of Family Studies and Human Services
Second reference: the school. It is part of the College of Human Ecology. The school offers a diversity of academic programs, scholarship and outreach that address the well-being of individuals and families.
Second reference: Schulz. The Kansas Board of Regents selected Kirk Schulz as the 13th president of Kansas State University in February 2009. He served until 2016.
Science Center (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Same in all references. Science Center houses science labs, classrooms and faculty offices.
Second reference: the complex. Seaton Complex includes Seaton Hall and Regnier Hall, as well as four outdoor areas: the William T. Kemper Amphitheatre, the Midwest Concrete Materials Inc. Courtyard, the Sunderland Foundation Fabrication Courtyard and a green roof. The complex houses the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, as well as offices, laboratories and classrooms for the College of Engineering and the geography department. The complex was completed in 2017.
Second reference: Seaton. Seaton Hall primarily houses the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, but also includes laboratories and classrooms for the College of Engineering and the geography department. Seaton features a green roof with a plant garden and stepping stones. The walls of Seaton Hall and Regnier Hall form a courtyard with limestone benches. Seaton is named for R.M. Seaton, dean of engineering from 1920 to 1929. The east wing was completed in 1909, the west wing was completed in 1955 and additional renovations were completed in 2017.
Security Studies Program
Second reference: the program: This interdisciplinary program offers master’s and doctoral degrees for students interested in national security, international affairs, world politics and transnational problems.
Lowercase in all references, even when referring to a specific semester.
Examples: the fall semester, the fall 2012 semester
Kansas State University has two senates: faculty senate and classified senate. Faculty senate facilitates faculty participation in the establishment of university policies. Classified senate articulates classified employees’ interests, concerns and recommendations. Always lowercase the titles of university senates, but capitalize the names of government legislative bodies. See Student Governing Association. See Senate in the AP Stylebook.
Sensory Analysis Center
Second reference: the center. The center started in 1983 and has provided confidential, effective solutions for more than 100 domestic and international companies. The center evaluates foods, beverages, cosmetics, fabrics, packaging, paints, health care products and fragrances using consumer testing and descriptive sensory analysis. The center is in Justin Hall as part of the Department of Human Nutrition.
Sensory and Consumer Research Center
Second reference: the center. The center is a branch of the Sensory Analysis Center and was established on the Kansas State University Olathe campus in 2012. The Sensory and Consumer Research Center is a full-service consumer research facility offering both qualitative and quantitative research in addition to consulting and project management. The center has staff experienced in testing a wide range of food and other consumer products and can work with clients to meet all of their objectives.
September 11 Memorial
Second reference: the memorial. The memorial is in Bosco Student Plaza and includes three Allee Chinese Elm trees. The trees were planted on Sept. 19, 2001, in memory of the human lives lost on Sept. 11 in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The memorial also honors the courage, spirit and strength of the people of the United States.
Capitalize Kansas State University services units and use the full name in all references.
Example: News and Communications Services
Seth Child Road
Not Seth Child’s or Seth Childs Road.
Sheep and Meat Goat Center
Second reference: the center. The facility at 2117 Denison Ave. includes a large classroom, a 5,600-square-foot multipurpose room and an animal treatment room. It was dedicated in March 2012.
Second reference: Shellenberger. It includes the Department of Grain Science and Industry as well as several feed technology labs. Shellenberger was built in 1960 and named for John A. Shellenberger, department head from 1944 to 1966. Costs to build and equip Shellenberger totaled more than $1 million. A 10,000-square-foot, $1.6 million addition dedicated in 1984 was paid for with state and industry funds.
Smith Scholarship House
Second reference: Smith. This men’s scholarship and cooperative living house is three blocks south of campus at 331 N. 17th St. It was founded in 1958 by Laurel Irene Putnam in memory of her late brother, Maitland E. Smith.
Smurthwaite Scholarship Leadership House
Second reference: Smurthwaite. This women’s scholarship and cooperative living house is on the northeast corner of campus at 1500 N. Manhattan Ave. It was built in 1961 and named for Georgiana Hope Smurthwaite, a home economics leader at the university from 1924 to 1958.
Sports Support Facility (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: the facility. The facility has classrooms, as well as a concessions area and storage for club sports teams.
Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
Second reference: the laboratory. The laboratory is dedicated to the stable isotopic and elemental analysis of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen in organic and inorganic phases. The laboratory is intended to be a hands-on teaching facility for K-State students and a regional research facility for stable isotope users. The lab supports research in a multitude of natural science disciplines, including ecology, soil science, agronomy and geology.
Stanley Stout Center
Second reference: the center. The center, which focuses on livestock marketing and is the site for livestock sales and other functions, is north of Kimball Avenue near the Equine Education Center and across from the Purebred Beef Teaching Unit. It was dedicated on March 1, 2013. The center is named in memory of Col. Stanley E. Stout for his lifelong support of K-State and the livestock industry.
See state names in the AP Stylebook.
Statistical Consulting Lab
Second reference: the lab. The lab, in Dickens Hall, was founded in 1946 to help K-State researchers who need statistical expertise.
Stored Product Insect Research Unit
Second reference: the unit. The unit develops new knowledge and methods for controlling insect pests in grain and food products. The unit is at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research at 1515 College Ave. in Manhattan.
Straube Scholarship House
Second reference: the complex. Use Strong Complex on second reference if it could be confused with Derby Complex or Kramer Complex. Strong Complex includes Putnam, Boyd and Van Zile residence halls and the Van Zile Dining Center. It was named for Mabel Strong, director of Putnam Hall from 1961 to 1978.
Student Activities Center (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: the center. The center houses Security and Continuing Education. It is the current home of Kansas State Polytechnic's Student Governing Association and On The Record offices, which will move to the renovated Technology Assistance Center when it is complete.
Student Alumni Board
First reference: Student Alumni Board. Second reference: the board or SAB. Avoid using the term SABers.
When using the full title, capitalize each word. When using as a general reference, do not capitalize.
- K-State Student Ambassadors
- The student ambassadors are proactive.
Two words without a hyphen.
Student Governing Association
Same in all references. It is often abbreviated as SGA, but avoid using the term in writing. The Student Governing Association represents the concerns and interests of the student body. It is comprised of an executive, legislative and judicial branches.
Student Life Center (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: the center. The center is a 33,000-square-foot recreational facility adjacent to the College Center building. Amenities include a 1,400-seat capacity basketball gymnasium, a racquetball/handball court, a cardiovascular area, free weights, an aerobic/fitness area, a second level running track and the Cessna Lounge with a TV, billiards, pingpong, air hockey tables and a computer station. The center was inaugurated in November 2009 and was designed for the consideration of future expansion and construction.
Technology Assistance Center (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Same in all references. It currently is under renovation. When it reopens it will serve as space for student organizations, Student Governing Association offices, On The Record offices, meeting rooms and study spaces. The Technology Assistance Center was the original administrative building.
Technology Center (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Same in all references. Technology Center houses the Library, Writing Center, Academic and Career Advising Center, engineering technology labs, classrooms, the engineering technology department head office and faculty offices. It is commonly referred to as Tech Center, but avoid using the term in writing.
Technology Center West (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Use figures and hyphens. Example: 785-532-0000. See telephone numbers in the AP Stylebook.
Thaemert Park/Sports Field (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: Thaemert Field. Thaemert Field takes its name from the father of a former student, Wilmer Thaemert, who worked hard to keep the college open in its early days, when it was known as the Kansas Technical Institute. Thaemert, who used to farm near Sylvan Grove, used a grassroots effort to challenge a 1971 amendment in the Kansas Legislature that proposed the closing of KTI, including the use of a ham radio to generate support around the state.
Thaemert Field was originally established in 1979. A shelter house was later installed in the large, open field. Initial plans also included tennis courts, although they never materialized. Construction began in the summer of 2003 for a new multi-sport recreational facility, now used for student activities, including intramural softball and flag football. The TechnoCats also use the field for softball practice and games throughout the summer season. The state-of-the-art field includes an irrigated turf outfield, dugouts and purple metal bleachers. The park was rededicated in April 2004. A flagpole at the field, on the northeast corner of campus, was dedicated at the same time in the memory of Jared Stubblefield, a student who died in the summer of 2003 in a car accident.
Only use theatre if it is part of the official name.
- Nichols Theatre, Purple Masque Theatre, Ebony Theatre, Little Theatre
- School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
- She traveled to the theater in Kansas City.
Second reference: Thompson. It houses the geology department. The building was completed in November 1922 and named for Helen Thompson, dean of home economics from 1918 to 1923.
Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center
Second reference: Throckmorton. It is commonly referred to as Throckmorton Hall and is the largest building on campus. Throckmorton includes Merrill Hall as well as several laboratories, greenhouses and departments, including agronomy, plant pathology, and horticulture, forestry and recreation resources. The first phase of Throckmorton was completed in 1981 and a second phase followed in 1994. The building name honors R.I. Throckmorton, dean of agriculture from 1947 to 1951.
Tointon Family Stadium
Second reference: the stadium. Use Tointon Family Stadium on first reference when referring to the structure itself. The stadium is a baseball facility with seating for more than 2,300 fans. It is southwest of Bramlage Coliseum.
Capitalize Top when describing K-State 2025 and the university's visionary goal.
Example: Kansas State University is striving to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025.
Second reference: Trotter. Trotter is part of the Veterinary Medicine Complex and houses administrative offices for the College of Veterinary Medicine, instructional facilities and a veterinary medicine library on the top floor. Trotter was completed in 1973 and was formerly known as the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Building. It was renamed in January 1986 to honor Donald Trotter, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine from 1971 to 1984.
Capitalize the T and hyphenate. Not t-shirt or tee-shirt.
Tullis Building (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: Tullis. Tullis houses the administrative offices of the Department of Arts, Sciences and Business, as well as faculty offices, Student Support Services and Upward Bound.
Tuttle Creek Dam
Second reference: the dam. Tuttle Creek Dam is the earthen structure restraining Tuttle Creek reservoir. It is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Tuttle Creek Reservoir
Second reference: the reservoir or Tuttle Creek. The reservoir is the state’s second largest impoundment, with 12,500 acres of water and approximately 100 miles of shoreline. It is an impoundment of the Big Blue River and is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tuttle Cove, often referred to as Tuttle Puddle, is on the south side of the reservoir.
Tuttle Creek State Park
Second reference: the park. The park is a 1,200-acre recreational area with cabins available for rent, hunting, fishing and water sports. It includes four units: River Pond, Cedar Ridge, Fancy Creek and Randolph. It is managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
Second reference: Umberger. Built in 1956, the hall was named for H.J. Umberger, who led the Cooperative Extension Service from 1919 to 1947. The building houses administration offices for K-State Research and Extension, 4-H Youth Development, the Kansas Pride program, the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Development, the Office of Local Government, University Printing, and the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education. Williams Auditorium is also in Umberger.
Union Governing Board
Second reference and in headlines: UGB. The K-State Student Union Governing Board serves as the general governing and policy-making body of the K-State Student Union. UGB consists of 15 voting members — 12 students and three faculty members or administrators — and other nonvoting members of the Union staff.
Union Program Council
Second reference and in headlines: UPC. Union Program Council is a leader among K-State student organizations, providing more than 150 entertaining, cultural, recreational and educational programs each year. UPC provides students with many opportunities and experiences for creativity and leadership development through programming. The various committees of UPC produce and promote comedy, film screenings, art shows, lectures, concerts, contests, carnivals, musical attractions and other events. Its goal is to enhance the educational experience of the student body.
Lowercase university when referring to Kansas State University. When referring to all of Kansas State University, use university not campus. See campus.
Example: The university will celebrate Earth Day with a week of activities.
university computing labs
Second reference: the labs or the computing labs. The labs are the central computing resources managed by the university. Do not use public labs because these resources are for the K-State community and are not public.
UFM Community Learning Center
Second reference: UFM. The original name of “University for Man” was changed to “University for Mankind” in the 1990s. In 1999, the words were eliminated and it became the UFMCommunity Learning Center. This university-community educational program serves K-State, Manhattan, and communities across Kansas. UFM offers a variety of noncredit and credit classes for all ages and interests. Based on the philosophy that “everyone can learn and everyone can teach,” UFM provides opportunities for lifelong learning and personal development; serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas; and as a catalyst for new programs and services that enhance quality of life for all. The UFM program started in 1968 and was housed in Umberger Hall. After moving several times, it arrived in 1976 at its current location at 1221 Thurston St., adjacent to N. Manhattan Ave. and across from the east edge of the Manhattan campus (in the former Straube Scholarship House, originally the Kappa Sigma fraternity). The semester catalog, first printed in spring 1969 with seven classes, has grown to 300 noncredit classes and 89 credit classes.
Second reference: the complex. The complex, at 2323 Anderson Ave., was dedicated in February 2017. It is named for Elizabeth "Beth" Unger, who served as the university's vice provost for academic services and technology and dean of continuing education from 1994 to 2007. The complex houses the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost for Information Technology Services, including the Information Systems Office, the Information Security and Compliance Office, and the Office of Mediated Education; the Testing Center; the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation; Engineering Extension; and portions of the Division of Financial Services: Fund Balancing, General Accounting, Information Systems, Sponsored Programs Accounting and Purchasing. The complex, which formerly housed the Kansas State University Foundation, includes the Foundation Tower, which is comprised of office space and conference rooms.
Second reference: the handbook. The handbook contains a broad description of Kansas State University and contains standard policy of the university.
Same in all references. University Printing is a full-service printing, copying and bindery production facility for campus. It has production facilities in Dole and Umberger halls and a customer service office and copy center in the K-State Student Union. The business office is in Umberger Hall.
One word with no hyphen. Citywide, nationwide and worldwide are also one word with no hyphen. See -wide in the AP Stylebook.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Laboratory (Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus)
Second reference: UAS Lab. The UAS Lab houses K-State’s Applied Aviation Research Center, which oversees the UAS Program Office and Advanced Avionics Miniaturization Lab.
Urban Water Institute
Second reference: the institute. The institute brings together industry, researchers, policy makers, advocates and educators to identify and develop solutions for complex cross-disciplinary and cross-boundary concerns related to urban water sustainability. The institute facilitates industry- and agency-identified research, development and implementation of water-related projects by engaging teams of practitioners, researchers, educators and students across Kansas and the four-state region. The institute operates two labs at Kansas State University Olathe dedicated to research/development and extension/outreach.
U.S.-China Center for Animal Health
Second reference: the center. The center is a Kansas State University-based international partnership that assists with animal health education, research and commercialization in the United States and China. The center involves the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Kansas State University Olathe Campus, the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor and Chinese stakeholders. The center is in Trotter Hall and has an additional laboratory at K-State Olathe.
Van Zile Dining Center
Second reference: the dining center. The facility serves as a dining center for the Strong Complex of Putnam, Boyd and Van Zile residence halls. It was named for Mary Pierce Van Zile, dean of women from 1908 to 1940.
Van Zile Hall
Second reference: Van Zile. This coeducational residence hall was built in 1926 and was named for Mary Pierce Van Zile, dean of women from 1908 to 1940. Van Zile is part of the Strong Complex.
Vanier Family Football Complex
Second reference: Vanier. It is at the north end of Bill Snyder Family Stadium and houses the K-State football offices, locker rooms, a lounge and a newly renovated weight room and athletic training facility.
Second reference: the accelerator. It is run by the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration.
Veterinary Health Center
Second reference: the center. It was formerly called the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. Do not refer to the center as the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. The center is in Mosier Hall as part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and is a full-service veterinary hospital that provides routine, specialty and emergency care.
Veterinary Medicine Complex
Second reference: the complex. The 254,702-square-foot complex is home to the College of Veterinary Medicine. It is situated on 80 acres at the north end of campus and includes three buildings: Coles Hall, Mosier Hall and Trotter Hall. The complex contains modern surgical, clinical, pathology and diagnostic facilities, the Veterinary Health Center and the veterinary medicine library.
Veterinary Medicine Library
Second reference: the library. The library is located on the fourth floor of Trotter Hall and serves faculty, staff and students in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
veterinary medicine student
A student pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is a veterinary medicine student or a student in veterinary medicine. Do not refer to a student as a veterinary medical student.
Example: Jessica Allen is a second-year student in veterinary medicine.
There is never a hyphen in vice president, vice provost or any other vice title. See vice in the AP Stylebook.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Second reference: the memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is on the southeast side of campus, directly east of All Faiths Chapel. The memorial features two semicircular limestone walls with the engraved names of 42 students who died in the war or who are missing in action. The other wall bears an inscribed quote from Abraham Lincoln. Construction began in August 1989 and the memorial was dedicated in November 1989. Scott Enns, a 1985 architecture graduate from Wichita, designed the memorial.
Vietnam War Plaque
Second reference: the plaque. Before the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built, a memorial plaque was donated to the university in 1969 and placed on the first floor of the K-State Student Union to honor those students who died in the Vietnam War.
One word. This is an exception to the AP Stylebook.
"Wabash Cannonball" (composition)
Same on all references. Composed in 1933 as a folk ballad saluting the nation’s rail-riding hobos, "Wabash Cannonball" was first performed for an athletic event at K-State on Dec. 16, 1968. "Wabash Cannonball" was the only selection in the band’s repertoire that evening for a home basketball game at Ahearn Field House. Just three nights prior, arsonists had set fire to Nichols Hall, at that time the home of the music department, destroying all of the department’s assets, including the sheet music. The band director at that time, Phil Hewitt, had taken this piece home that night to do some work on the arrangement, thus making it the only selection to survive the fire.
Wabash CannonBall (fundraiser)
Same on all references. The annual Wabash CannonBall, which began in 2007, is organized by a committee of volunteers and K-State Alumni Association staff. The black-tie event raises money for Kansas City-area high school students who plan to attend K-State.
Second reference: the field. The artificial playing surface at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is Wagner Field. The artificial turf was installed during summer 1991, and Nike FieldTurf was installed in summer 2002. AstroTurf Gameday Grass was installed in 2011. Use Bill Snyder Family Stadium when referring to the K-State football stadium, not the field itself.
Second reference: Ward. Built in 1962, Ward was named for Henry Ward, who established the nuclear engineering curriculum while serving as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The building houses shops, offices and classrooms for the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear engineering. Ward also houses a number of nuclear laboratories, including a TRIGA Mark II research reactor that supports education, research, training and regional industries.
Second reference: Waters. The building was named for Henry Waters, president of the university from 1909 to 1917. The east wing was completed in 1913; the west wing was completed in 1952. East Waters was destroyed by fire Aug. 1, 1957, and was later rebuilt. Waters houses the College of Agriculture offices, as well as the departments of entomology, political science, economics, and sociology, anthropology and social work.
Waters Hall Annex
Second reference: the annex. The annex is north of Waters Hall and houses offices, laboratories and classrooms for agricultural economics, entomology, grain science, agricultural communications and journalism, and agricultural education.
Weather Data Library
Second reference: the library. The library, housed in the Department of Agronomy, is a source of historical weather information for Kansas, as well as current information about climate and weather in the state. It also includes links to National Weather Service information.
Second reference: the arena. The arena, which is part of Weber Hall, was built in 1957 and seats 3,500 people. It is used primarily for instruction, livestock shows and demonstrations. During renovations in the late 1980s, some of the animal holding stalls under the bleachers were turned into a student lounge. In 1988, Wayne and Elizabeth Rogler donated $100,000, which established a library in one end of the lounge.
Second reference: Weber. Completed in 1957, Weber was named in honor of A.D. “Dad” Weber, who served K-State many years in different capacities, including dean of the College of Agriculture in 1952 and acting interim university president during President James A. McCain’s temporary absence. Weber underwent a 23,000-square-foot, $7.2 million renovation and expansion in 1988. Weber houses the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and contains more than 50,000 square feet of offices and laboratories for research and teaching.
One word. When including Internet addresses in publications, it is acceptable to drop the http:// and the www. When necessary to make a hyperlink work in printed or electronic material, include the http:// and www.
- The Kansas State University website is k-state.edu.
- For more information about the English department, visit k-state.edu/english.
Second reference: the hall. It is the university's newest residence hall and opened in August 2016. The hall is named for Jon Wefald, who served as the university's 12th president from 1986 to 2009. The hall is part of the Kramer Complex.
Second reference: West. This coeducational residence hall was built in 1962 and was named for Bessie West, former head of institutional management. West is part of the Derby Complex.
Same in all references. West Stadium is the western half of Memorial Stadium and is a memorial to the students and alumni who sacrificed their lives during World War I. West Stadium was built in 1922 and houses drama therapy classrooms and the Purple Masque Theatre.
West Stadium Center
Second reference: the center. The West Stadium Center is the second phase of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium master plan. The $75 million center will feature amenities such as new concessions, restrooms and ticket offices and will replace the current west side facilities, which were built in 1968. Additionally, a new fan store and Hall of Honor will be included on the main concourse level.
Wheat Genetics Resource Center
Second reference: the center. The center, in the plant pathology department, maintains a database of wheat genetic information and conducts genetic studies of wheat.
“Wildcat Victory” is K-State’s fight song written by Harry E. Erickson, class of 1927. The lyrics are:
Fight, you K-State Wildcats
For alma mater fight-fight-fight!
Glory in the combat
For the purple and the white.
Faithful to our colors.
We will ever be,
Fighting ever fighting for a
Second reference: Willard. Completed in 1939, Willard was named for Professor J.T. Willard, eminent chemist and university vice president. Chemistry laboratories were in Willard, but it now houses the art department and the Mark A. Chapman Gallery.
William Grimm Memorial
Second reference: the memorial. The William Grimm Memorial includes a memorial oak tree and plaque that are just southwest of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It was dedicated in 1991 as a memorial to Capt. William D. Grimm, a member of the U.S. Air Force who was killed in action during Operation Desert Storm. Grimm graduated from the university in 1986 and is the only K-State graduate killed during Operation Desert Storm.
Willie the Wildcat
Second reference: Willie. Willie is K-State's mascot and is chosen annually by a panel selected by the cheerleading coach. Traditionally the identity of the student portraying Willie is kept secret.
Wind Erosion Lab
Second reference: the clinic. The clinic is in Lafene Health Center and is staffed by skilled nurses, a nurse practitioner and a board-certified gynecologist. The clinic is designed to serve K-State students in areas of medical and psychosocial aspects of human sexuality.
World War I Photograph Memorial
Second reference: the memorial. The World War I Photograph Memorial, with the title “1917 — Lest We Forget — 1918,” includes portraits of the 48 students who died in World War I. The memorial wall was dedicated in 1929 and was originally intended to be a part of Memorial Stadium, but was instead placed in Anderson Hall. In 1985, it moved to Gen. Richard B. Myers Hall.
World War II Memorial
Second reference: the memorial. The World War II Memorial is in the center of the circular drive in front of McCain Auditorium and honors the sacrifice and service of students and faculty during World War II. It was dedicated on Memorial Day in 2011. The memorial design, “Tags of Honor,” was created by Tim Chapman, president and CEO of the Fort Hays State University Foundation and a former employee of the Kansas State University Foundation. Dan Hunt, a K-State professor of art, designed the plaques.
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