Use proper building and facility names in all formal university communications. It is respectful of the heritage for which, or the individuals for whom, buildings and facilities are named.

Brother Stephen Walsh, CSC, ’62 Campus Ministry Building

  • Use Brother Stephen Walsh, CSC, ’62 Campus Ministry Building on first reference; Campus Ministry Building on second reference.

Claire Kolodzey Memorial Garden

  • The Claire Kolodzey Memorial Garden is commonly referred to as the meditation garden (lower case). For formal messages, use the full name on first reference; the Memorial Garden (initial caps) on second reference. For most marketing writing, it can be referred to as the meditation garden on first reference. In either case, do not shorten to “the garden.”

Main Building, Holy Cross Hall, Trustee Hall

  • Use Main Building, not “the” Main Building. Use Holy Cross Hall, not “the” Holy Cross Hall. Use Trustee Hall, not “the” Trustee Hall.

Recreation and Convocation Center

  • Use Recreation and Convocation Center on first reference; RCC on second reference.

Residence Halls

  • The term “residence hall” is preferred over “dorm.”
  • The residence halls have live-in “residence directors” and student “resident assistants.”
  • The Casa and Casitas are a specific type of residence hall on campus.
  • Lady Bird Johnson Hall, Le Mans Hall and Edmund Hunt Hall are collectively known as the “residential village.” After first reference it can be called “the village.”
  • The “residential village” (always lowercase) should never be referred to as a “residential complex.”
  • Hall names can be abbreviated to Johnson Hall and Hunt Hall. When referring to the halls collectively, do not capitalize “halls:”
    • Johnson, Le Mans and Hunt halls
    • Le Mans and Hunt halls
    • The newest residence hall on campus is an upperclassman apartment complex called The Pavilions. Note that “The” is part of the correct name: “The Pavilions,” not “Pavilions” or “the Pavilions.” After first reference, it can be called “the apartment complex.”

Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

  • The Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center may be shortened on second reference to Ragsdale Center, never RC. It should never be referred to as the Ragsdale Student Center or the Ragsdale Campus Center. 

John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center

Avoid using the acronym JBWNSC for the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center. The center is composed of two buildings (note the en dash to designate which building).

  • John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–North
  • John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–South

When only one of the buildings is covered in copy, drop the “North” or “South” after first reference if necessary to save space. When referring to both buildings as a unit, omit the North” or “South” reference, and after first reference, shorten to “natural sciences center” or “the center” to save space if necessary.

  • John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center (when referring to both buildings)
  • The natural sciences center (after first reference, when referring to both buildings)
  • The center (after first reference, when referring to both buildings)

In copy that refers to both buildings as separate entities, distinguish between them as the North and South buildings. Always capitalize “North” and “South” but never “building” or “buildings.”

  • A shaded walkway connects the North and South buildings (after first reference, when referring to both buildings as separate entities)
  • The South building was completed in 2013.
  • Carter Auditorium is located in the South building.

Mary Moody Northen Theatre

St. Edward’s University uses “theatre” when referring to the facility Mary Moody Northen Theatre and “theater” for all other instances. When referring to external buildings or organizations, use that entity’s preferred spelling.

  • John is majoring in Theater Arts.
  • The Mary Moody Northen Theatre is near Sorin Hall.
  • The theater is located on campus.
  • The Transit Theatre Troupe performs on campus and in Austin.

Trustee Hall

Trustee Hall is home to The Bill Munday School of Business.

Do not refer to the building as The Bill Munday School of Business.

St. Edward’s University Wild Basin Creative Research Center

Always use the full name on first reference. On second reference, the name can be shorten to:

  • Wild Basin Creative Research Center
  • Wild Basin
  • the Creative Research Center
  • the center

Never refer to Wild Basin as “the Basin.”