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Style Guide

Editorial Standards

Alphabetical Entries: B

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black, African American Use interchangeably, but with preference to African American. Do not hyphenate African American or other compound nationalities, even when used as an adjective: an honored African American novelist. But always hyphenate compounds with name fragments: Afro-American, Indo-European.

board of directors See ORGANIZATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS' INTERNAL ELEMENTS heading under the names entry.

books and periodicals See the BOOKS AND PERIODICALS heading under the composition titles entry.

bookstore The proper name of the bookstore at SUNY New Paltz is Campus Bookstore.

building names Per AP, capitalize the proper names of buildings, including the word "building" if it is an integral part of the proper name: the Empire State Building, Haggerty Administration Building. Never abbreviate the word "building." On first reference, spell out university names that may be unfamiliar to the particular audience you are addressing. Terms like SUB are perfectly acceptable for campus audiences, but may be unclear to off-campus readers and should be spelled out on first reference in news releases and many publications distributed to external audiences. Abridged names are not appropriate for printed material associated with building dedications, commencements and other formal ceremonial events. See the abbreviations and acronyms and room entries in this style guide. Following is a list of the familiar names of some campus buildings and landmarks, acceptable in all references in news releases and campus periodicals.

Center for International Programs
College Theatre
Coykendall Science Building
Elting Gymnasium
Faculty Office Building
Fine Arts II
Grimm House
Haggerty Administration Building
Hanmer House
Hasbrouck Dining Hall
Heating Plant
Hopfer Admissions and Alumni Center
Humanities Classroom Building
Jacobson Faculty Tower
Lecture Center
Old Library
Old Main Building
Parker Theatre
Resnick Engineering Hall
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
School of Business Building
Senator Charles Cook Children's Center
Service Building
Smiley Art Building
Sojourner Truth Library
Southside House
Student Health Center
Student Health and Counseling Center
Student Union Building
The Terrace
van den Berg Hall
Wooster Science Center

Hasbrouck Complex:
Bevier Hall
Crispell Hall
Deyo Hall
DuBois Hall
LeFevre Hall
South Complex:
Esopus Hall
Lenape Hall
Parker Complex:
Bliss Hall
Bouton Hall
Capen Hall
College Hall
Gage Hall
Scudder Hall
Shango Hall

Parker Theatre
McKenna Theatre
Julien J. Studley Theatre
Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall
John R. Kirk Planetarium

East Wing:
Corridor Gallery
Main Gallery
Project Room
Special Collections Gallery
West Wing:
Chandler Gallery
Teaching Gallery

campus pond
Excelsior Concourse
Haggerty Plaza
Old Main Quad
Parker Quad
Student Union Plaza
The Courtyard