Writing Style Guide

The official editorial style manual for Dixie State University is The Associated Press Stylebook. The book is easy to use and a storehouse of information about grammar and usage. It covers most questions campus writers will have about style issues. Refer to the most recent edition of The Associated Press Stylebook for a comprehensive guide.

Style also requires a reliable dictionary for spelling and usage issues not covered in the AP Stylebook. The AP-recommended dictionary is Webster’s New World College Dictionary, online at The first spelling choice listed in the dictionary should be used.

The Word Usage guide is an abbreviated list of AP Stylebook entries specific to Dixie State University or frequently used when writing for or about the University. In a few instances, Dixie State strays from AP style to accommodate the academic writing style that befits a university. In other instances, AP style is used for press releases and more formal guidelines are used in official campus publications. These instances are detailed below.


The interactive art installation by Christian Moeller is located inside the main entrance of the Holland Centennial Commons. The 28-by-22-foot art piece holds 12,000 linen-bound books in which students, faculty, staff, and visitors can draw or journal to leave their mark and be a part of Dixie forever.

“D” on the Hill (“D” on the black hill)"

The white “D” on the hill overlooking St. George. The hill is west of Bluff Street, and the “D” is even with Tabernacle Street, in line with the original St. George Stake Academy building. In 1915, civil engineer Leo A. Snow laid out lava rocks to create the “D,” 12 Dixie students created a path to it, and nearly 100 students filled in the 100-foot tall by 75-foot wide “D” with stones and applied whitewash to it. The “D” was constructed in a display of the ideals of determination, development and devotion and still represents the Dixie Spirit to this day.

a.m. and p.m.

Note lowercase and punctuation. Avoid redundancies:

10 a.m. in the morning.


If the abbreviation or acronym is not generally known (such as GPA or USA), spell out the full name or title on the first usage. Do not follow the spelled-out reference with the acronym or abbreviation in parentheses; if the meaning is not clear using this arrangement, do not use it. On subsequent references, you can use the abbreviation alone. To avoid “alphabet soup” in an article, a shorter version of the title is often preferred to the acronym.

Many students take advantage of the First Year Experience program during their freshman year at Dixie State. FYE offers new students the opportunity to explore what Dixie State has to offer before committing to a major.

Academic degrees

Generic degree terms, such as associate degree, bachelor’s, or master’s are acceptable on all references with or without being followed by the word degree and are not capitalized. Capitalize the formal name of degrees, but not the specific field in which it was earned. Avoid abbreviations such as B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. When abbreviations are necessary, include periods. Note: It is associate degree without an apostrophe. Doctoral should be used as an adjective, as in doctoral degree, while doctorate should be used as a noun.

He has a bachelor’s degree in biology.
Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science in business administration.
He earned a doctorate in biology.

active learning. active life.

DSU’s institutional tagline should have quotation marks around the entire motto, all letters should be typed in lowercase, and periods should be present at the end of each phrase when written in sentence form. When referring to active learning, active life conversationally, use a comma between the two phrases and no quotation marks.


Use the abbreviations Ave., Blvd. and St. only with an address:

225 S. University Ave.

Spell out and capitalize avenue, boulevard, and street when they are part of a formal street name without a number:

University Avenue.

Lowercase and spell out when used alone or with more than one street name:

St. George and Church boulevards.

Never abbreviate similar words such as drive, alley and road. For St. George’s grid system, abbreviate the first direction:

100 S. 100 East.

Set off the name of a state with commas when it follows the city name in a sentence. When using a mailing address, use standard postal codes.

St. George, Utah, is the home of Dixie State University.


Not adviser.


Always use numerals when referring to ages:

The girl is 15 years old.

Use hyphens for ages expressed as adjectives before nouns or as substitutes for nouns:

A 5 year-old girl, but the boy is 5 years old.

Alumna, alumnae, alumnus, alumni

Alumna is the feminine singular form. Alumnae is the feminine plural. Alumnus is the male (or nonspecific gender) singular. Alumni is the masculine or mixed-gender plural.


DSU student Ambassadors give campus tours, host overnight visits for high school seniors, and share their experiences as DSU students with prospective students across the country. They are part of New Student Programs.


Don’t use an ampersand in place of the word and in text unless it is an official part of a name.

The University Marketing & Communication office is responsible for branding and marketing.


Only use apostrophes to create possessive nouns:

the professor’s office, the students’ papers.

Do not use apostrophes in the plurals of figures, years, or abbreviations:

the late 1800s, CDs, MBAs

Apostrophes should be used for the plurals of letters and academic grades:

We need more r’s, she got straight A’s.

blaze forward.

The Dixie State Athletics tagline should have quotation marks around it, the first letter of each word should be capitalized, and a period should be at the end when written in sentence form. When referring to blaze forward conversationally, all letters should be typed in lowercase and a period or quotation marks should not be used.

Blazer Bulletin

DSU’s crowd-sourced bulletin. Managed by UMAC, the bulletin provides a forum for anyone in the DSU community to share write-ups, images, and videos touting the accomplishments, events, updates, and other news happening in their departments, offices, and organizations. Read and submit posts at

Maintained and distributed by DSUSA, Blazer Digest is placed in bathroom stalls across campus and informs readers of upcoming campus events and deadlines.

Blazer Digest

Maintained and distributed by DSUSA, Blazer Digest is placed in bathroom stalls across campus to inform readers of upcoming campus events and deadlines.


The name of DSU’s athletic mascot. Brooks the Bison was introduced to the community on April 11, 2016, when the University unveiled its new Trailblazers athletic identity, and the mascot costume was unveiled at the first home football game of the 2016 season. Brooks is named after Samuel Brooks, the first student to enroll in the institution — then known as St. George Stake Academy — in 1911. Samuel Brooks slept on the steps of the academy the night before enrollment opened to pay the $10 tuition because he was so excited to attend.

Brooks’ Buddies

A free club for kids ages 1-12 organized by Dixie State Athletics that offers members opportunities to interact with Dixie State student-athletes and coaches.

Bulleted lists

When making a bulleted or numbered list, be sure that capitalization, punctuation and structure are consistent. If items in a list are complete sentences, end each one with appropriate punctuation.

Campus Food Pantry

A no-questions-asked food pantry for students who are facing food insecurity, sponsored by DSU and the Utah Food Bank. The pantry offers canned goods, packaged items, and some hygiene products and is located on the second floor of the Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center, across from the student government offices.


Use the gender-neutral term chair. Although the AP Stylebook prefers chairman or chairwoman, don’t use these gender-specific terms unless they are part of an official title.


The colon is used to indicate that something is following which will complete or amplify the previous material. It isn’t necessary to capitalize the word immediately following a colon unless it begins a complete sentence of its own or is a proper noun. Only use a colon when the sentence isn’t complete without it.

Correct: Visit the website at Visit the Dixie State website:
Incorrect: Visit the website at:


In press releases, do not use an Oxford comma (the comma before the word and in a list of three or more items) unless it is necessary to clarify the meaning. In academic writing, including official DSU publications, use the Oxford comma. If more than one series is used in a sentence, separate the series by semicolons if necessary to clarify the sentence.

Set off the name of a state with commas when it follows the city name in a sentence:

St. George, Utah, is the home of Dixie State University.

Use a set of commas to set off the year in a complete date. A comma should not be used if only the month and year are used.

May 3, 2013, marked Dixie State’s first commencement ceremony as a university.
Dixie State’s first university commencement ceremony was in May 2013.


Although contractions may be discouraged in formal academic writing, they are acceptable in most instances for University news, marketing pieces and websites.

Course titles

Capitalize full, proper course titles when used in text but not the generic class subject.

She likes her Cultures in Conflict class better than her math class.


One word.


This is the accepted term at Dixie State. Don’t use credit hours or hours.

D Circuit

The outdoor fitness center near the sand volleyball courts south of the Ernö and Etel Udvar-Hazy School of Business. Open to everyone, the D Circuit is a place people can work on their physical fitness as well as their mental and emotional health.

D-Day (Whitewash the “D”)

The traditional event during D-Week when students, alumni and community members hike up to the “D” on the Hill to whitewash it and eat breakfast together. The tradition started in 1915 when students ate lunch and performed skits on the hill immediately after constructing and whitewashing the “D.”


The winner of the D-Queen pageant, who serves as a positive representative of Dixie. The pageant has been part of D-Week since 1922 and is more than a typical beauty pageant. Service, community involvement, an interview and academic achievement make up 60 percent of the contestants’ scores, with talent, evening wear and essay-writing categories filling the balance.


A spirit week full of fun, traditional events similar to Homecoming Week, but held during the spring semester. During D-Week, the “D” on the Hill is lit up in red.


The en dash (named because it is the width of the letter n) is wider than a hyphen and is used between ranges of dates. There are no spaces before or after the en dash. When writing in paragraph form, use the missing words instead of a dash. An en dash can be made on a Mac by entering option and dash at the same time.

The 2016–17 academic year got off to a great start.
He was at Dixie State from 1993 to 1998.

The em dash (named because it is the width of the letter m) is used to indicate a break in thought or a strong parenthetical phrase. There are spaces before and after the em dash. It is better to use a set of em dashes instead of parentheses when providing relevant information. An em dash is indicated by two hyphens in typed material or can be made on a Mac by entering option, shift and dash at the same time.

Two professors — a first-year history professor and a tenured English professor — share the teaching duties.


Use numerals without st, nd, rd or th on the end. When a month is used with a specific date, abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. Spell out the month when using a month without a date. If the month, date and year are all included, set the year off with commas. When referring to a date that is within the next week, just use the day of the week; when it is further out than that, just use the date.

President Williams’ birthday is March 14, 1971.
The spring semester will begin in January 2018.
Classes started on Aug. 22, 2016, and the students rejoiced.
The club will meet on Wednesday and then again on Sept. 21.

Departments and programs

Capitalize the proper name of academic departments including the word department, as it is part of the formal name:

She is a professor in the Humanities Department.

When referring to specific Dixie State University academic programs, capitalize the name of the program. The word program is not part of the name and should not be capitalized:

He came to DSU to enroll in the Nursing program.

Except for languages, such as English and German, the names of academic disciplines, majors, minors, and emphases are not proper nouns and should not be capitalized:

She is studying humanities and majoring in history, but He loves his French class.


Washington County is known as Utah’s Dixie. In 1861, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called 309 families to create The Dixie Mission in St. George and grow cotton. The nickname stuck because of the region’s isolation from the rest of the state and its temperate climate that is comparable to that of the southern region of the U.S.

Dixie Announce

An email listserv managed by UMAC that reaches all faculty and staff. Employees cannot opt out, so emails must be approved and relate to official university business or events. Emails to be distributed on Dixie Announce should be sent to

Dixie Blaze

Dixie State University’s Dance Team.

Dixie Foundation

The: A nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation that exists to support DSU and education. Since its inception, the foundation has helped thousands of students by offering needs-based scholarships to Dixie State University. Funding for these scholarships comes through the annual Fire & Ice Gala, a formal event held in February that features silent and live auctions, a nice dinner and entertainment. The foundation was formerly known as Dixie College Foundation.

Dixie ID

Student/faculty/staff ID number.

Dixie Red Fridays

On Fridays, those on campus and in the community are encouraged to wear red to show their DSU pride.

Dixie Rock

This St. George landmark, also known as the Sugarloaf, is a large red rock that overlooks St. George and is located north of campus along Red Hills Parkway. It represents Dixie High School and the “D” on the Hill represents DSU.

Dixie Spirit

The rich pioneering heritage of sacrifice, determination, generosity and gumption that the region was founded on and is still embraced by the campus community today.

Dixie State University Student Association (DSUSA)

DSU’s student government is funded by student fees, led by the student body president and composed of six branches: Academics, Athletics, Clubs & Organizations, Public Relations, Service, and Student Life.

Dixie State University Trailblazers Art in the City"

A partnership between DSU and the City of St. George that places hand-painted bison statues around the city and at local businesses. The project promotes Dixie State University, local businesses and the arts while beautifying the city and creating a greater university town environment.

Dixie State University, Dixie State, DSU

Use Dixie State University on first reference in all materials. Use Dixie State or DSU as a shortened version for the name of the University on subsequent references. Dixie State is preferred to DSU because it increases name recognition, but DSU is acceptable to eliminate redundancy. Avoid Dixie, as it could refer to the southern Utah region, the high school, or a host of local businesses.

Dixie Sun News

A newspaper and TV broadcast ran entirely by students. The newsroom is located in Room 134 of the Jennings Communications Building. Contact DSN at

Dixie’s Got Talent

An annual talent show that raises money for DSU needs-based scholarships. Contestants go through two rounds of auditions before approximately 20 are chosen to perform in the main event at the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center, where the audience votes for their favorite performers. Based on judges’ assessments and the audience’s votes, prizes are awarded in youth and adult categories. The event is hosted by the Dixie Scholarship Associates, Dixie Foundation and Dixie State University Student Alumni Association.


The email account Dixie State University offers each current student. Dmail is run by Google and shares the same interface as the Gmail client. The University uses students’ Dmail accounts to communicate with them.

Encampment Mall

The grassy field between the Jennings Communications Building and the Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center. At the north end of the mall, a memorial pays homage to the pioneers who settled there when they first came to St. George.

Exclamation points

Use exclamation points sparingly. Never use more than one in a paragraph and very seldom use more than one in an article. Never end a single sentence with more than one exclamation point.

Family Fountain Sculpture Garden, The

The art installation of statues of a family in a pool of water is south of the Performing Arts Building and was added to campus in 1985. It was donated by Dr. Mervyn and Sue Cox, designed by Day Christensen, and sculpted by Dennis Smith.


Acceptable in all references for grade-point average.


Use the capital letters, A, B, C, etc., with no quotation marks. Plurals are made by adding an apostrophe and an s:

A’s, B’s, C’s, etc.

Great Race

One of D-Week’s signature events, this relay race is held on the Friday of D-Week each year. Ten-member teams make their way across campus by foot, bicycle, roller blades, water, mud and more. The Great Race started in 1964 as a bicycle race around the black hill and transformed into a relay in the 1970s. In 2000, the tradition was revived on the Dixie State campus and still includes some of the original events.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Founders’ Day

The annual assembly is traditionally held immediately following the Homecoming Parade on the Saturday of Homecoming week in the St. George Tabernacle. It pays tribute to DSU’s founders Edward H. Snow, Thomas P. Cottam, George F. Whitehead, James G. Bleak, David H. Cannon, Arthur F. Miles, David H. Morris and John T. Woodbury. During the program, the new class of Hall of Fame honorees are also inducted and thanked for their contributions to DSU. The Hall of Fame was created in 1998 with the induction of 18 individuals. Now, just a few people are added each year in the categories of Athletics, Business, Education, Fine & Performing Arts, Public & University Service, Science & Technology, and Social Science & Humanities.


An app/website for current students and graduates with which the career center has partnered to help students find internships and jobs.

Headlines, headings, and subheads

For newspapers and websites, only capitalize the first word and proper nouns. For magazines, capitalize each word.

Homecoming, Homecoming Week

Capitalize only when referring to DSU Homecoming.


Use a hyphen when forming a compound modifier. When an adjective ending in –ly is used, a hyphen is not necessary.

Dixie State University is an open-enrollment institution.
Only one bag of groceries fits into the VW bug’s comically small trunk.

Institute for Continued Learning (ICL)

A nonprofit organization offering classes and activities for lifelong learners. Membership allows participants to take as many courses as they’d like for $45 per semester. Classes are led by volunteers, either retired professionals who have expertise in their subjects or individuals who have skills and interests that they are willing to share. ICL classes are offered from early September through mid-April. There are no tests, grades or required attendance. Anyone is invited to participate, but membership is primarily comprised of retired and semi-retired individuals.

International students

Not foreign-exchange students.

Kathryn Lloyd Richards Sculpture Garden

Located north of the Dolores Dorè Eccles Fine Arts Center, the sculpture garden was donated in 2009 by Franklin D. Richards Jr. and Kathryn Lloyd Richards and allows students and visitors to connect with nature.

Kemp Corner

The collection of University Pavers at the base of University Tower that is named after Greg Kemp.

LGBTQ+ Resource Center

An acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning and other, the center is located in the Val A. Browning Learning Resource Center. It was established in 2016 and is part of the Multicultural and Inclusion Center.

Majors, minors


communication, business administration.

Memory gardens

Each equipped with a picnic table, two benches, a metal canopy, electrical outlets, and wireless Internet access, memory gardens are tranquil places for students to study while taking advantage of campus’s beauty. Eight memory gardens were built around campus as part of the centennial celebration that began in 2011 and were dedicated in 2013.

Midnight 5K

Held each year during Homecoming week at Legend Solar Stadium by the Student Alumni Association, this 5K run raises funds for needs-based scholarships at DSU.

Miss Dixie

The traditional pageant during Homecoming Week. Contestants are judged on physical fitness/swimwear, evening wear, talent, onstage question response, and personal interview. Miss Dixie wins a full-tuition scholarship and the opportunity to represent Dixie State at the Miss Utah Pageant the following summer to compete for a chance to advance to the Miss America Pageant.


Use dollar signs and numerals for monetary references. It’s not necessary to add .00 after whole dollar amounts. If you are just discussing cents, use the word.

$145 million
A piece of gum costs 47 cents.

Multicultural and Inclusion Center (MIC)

A student-support service established to increase diversity via recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds and the enrichment of campus life through cultural awareness activities. The center is located in the Val A. Browning Learning Resource Center.

My Dixie

The online tool used to check course availability, register for classes, c heck grades, order transcripts, accept financial aid, pay tuition, update personal information and more. Log in at


On the first reference, individuals should be identified using first and last names, and academic title if appropriate. On the second reference, use the last name without the title. If two people within the article have the same last name, use both first and last names for both people on all subsequent references. When addressing children under the age of 16, refer to them by their first name on subsequent references, unless they are athletes, entertainers, or have committed a serious crime.

National Bison Day

An annual commemoration of the ecological, cultural, historical and economic contribution of the American bison, celebrated on the first Saturday of November each year.


Words with the prefix non are generally not hyphenated unless the prefix is directly before a proper noun:

nondegree, nonresident, noncredit, non-English speaking


Spell out numbers one through nine; use numerals for 10 and above. However, there are a lot of exceptions to this rule. Use figures for addresses, ages, aircraft, ships, clothes sizes, court decisions, dates, dimensions, highways, decisions, before the word million or billion, speeds, sequential designations, etc. For a full list of exceptions, see",

The Associated Press Stylebook.

Plurals of numerals are created by adding the letter s. There is no apostrophe when using the plural form. Abbreviations of years require an apostrophe, but make sure the apostrophe bends outward to represent that the missing text is in front of the apostrophe.",

He attended Dixie State University in the 1990s and was a member of the graduating class of ’95.

With the exception of years, numbers containing four or more digits take commas between each series of three numbers. For rounded numbers of more than six digits, it is appropriate to use a figure and a word.

12,287,890 or 5 million

Off campus, on campus

Hyphenate when using as an adjective, not as an adverb:

Off-campus housing is plentiful during the summer, but it’s difficult to find housing off campus during the fall semester.


An email listserv that reaches faculty and staff who have opted in. This listserv is an opportunity for employees to share nonofficial business and have discussions. Anyone can send messages to the recipients on this list by sending emails to

Outdoor Mosaic Mural

The ceramic tile mural on the west side of the Graff Fine Arts Building. It is a collection of symbols, each representing an important aspect of the Virgin River and its significance to Utah’s Dixie. The mural was created by artist Harrison T. Groutage and mosaicist Hanns Joachim Scharff and measures 15 feet, 4.5 inches by 127 feet, 9 inches.

Paint “D” Road

Organized by the DSU Student Association, this traditional event is held during D-Week when students paint the athletic logo on the street in front of the M. Anthony Burns Arena.


Avoid using parentheses when inserting a parenthetical statement into a sentence. Rather, use a set of em dashes.

Dixie State University — an open-enrollment institution — offers nearly 200 academic programs.

Past institutional names

Refer to the institution as the name it went by in the time frame you are writing about.

1911-1913 — St. George Stake Academy
1913-1916 — Dixie Academy
1916-1923 — Dixie Normal College
1923-1970 — Dixie Junior College
1970-2000 — Dixie College
2000-2013 — Dixie State College of Utah
2013-Present — Dixie State University


Spell out percent instead of using the % symbol.

DSU’s student body grew by 7.56 percent.

Plurals of numerals

Plurals of numerals are created by adding the letter s. There is no apostrophe when using the plural form. Abbreviations of years require an apostrophe, but make sure the apostrophe bends outward to represent that the missing text is in front of the apostrophe.

He attended Dixie State University in the 1990s and was a member of the graduating class of ’95.

Pratt & Whitney Fountain

In appreciation of their contributions to education, Dixie State recognized Pratt & Whitney engines by dedicating the fountain in the Ernö and Etel Udvar-Hazy School of Business to them in 1996.

Pre and post

These prefixes generally don’t take hyphens unless they come directly before a proper noun:

preregister, premedicine, postbaccalaureate, pre-Columbian

President Richard “Biff” Williams

The 18th president of Dixie State University. For press releases, refer to refer to him as President Richard “Biff” Williams on first reference and Williams on second reference. In formal University writings, refer to him as President Richard B. Williams on first reference and President Williams on second reference.

President’s Fitness Loop

A system of five walking/jogging trails ranging from .25 to 2 miles that weave around and through the DSU campus.

President’s Grove

Located between the Val A. Browning Learning Resource Center and the Science building, the area is grassy with large trees. Donated by Dixie College Women’s Association in memory of President Arthur F. Bruhn, the institution’s 10th president who led the institution from 1954 to 1964.

Quotation marks

Commas and periods are placed inside of quotation marks. Question marks and exclamation points are placed inside the quotation marks if they apply to the text within the quotes and outside of the quotes if they apply to the entire sentence.

Would it be fair to say, “Dixie State University is the best university in the state”?

Avoid using quotation marks around a word because the word isn’t being used literally or to call attention to it or. Rather, choose stronger words that better convey the meaning of the sentence.

Put quotation marks around composition titles, such as books, computer games, movies, plays, operas, poems, album names, songs, lectures, speeches, works of art, and TV and radio program titles.

Radio Dixie

A radio station for the St. George area ran entirely by students. 100.3 FM plays classical music while 91.3 plays alternative rock. The studio is located in Room 103 of the Jennings Communications Building.

Raging Red

DSU’s song and dance performance team, which travels throughout the community, nation and world to promote Dixie State.

Range of time, day or date

The preferred form in body copy is to use words such as to and through instead of using a dash when referring to a range of time or days of the week. Do not use the word from and substitute the word to with a dash.

The seminar is scheduled to take place from April 1 to 3.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Reading Day

The day before final exams begin on which no classes are held.


The preferred spelling includes the diacritical marks to help avoid confusion with resume.

Rock the Mall

Traditional event at noon on Friday of Homecoming Week during which students perform different renditions of the Dixie State University school song while competing against each other in a lip-sync/skit contest.


Lowercase the semester name when referring to a general time of study, but capitalize it when referring to a specific semester; the word semester is always lowercased. Retain capitalization when dropping the word semester but still referring to a particular semester. Do not capitalize fall or spring when referring to the general time of year.

He is taking 15 credits next semester. The Fall 2016 semester began on Aug. 22.
Enrollment increased between Spring 2017 and Fall 2017.

Southern Utah

When referring to the region, lowercase southern when paired with Utah to eliminate confusion with Southern Utah University.


Always insert just a single space between words and sentences. There is no need to insert two spaces in between sentences.

Stampede, The

Dixie State’s student section at athletic events. The Stampede falls under the VP of Athletics within the DSU Student Association.


Don’t capitalize the word state.

The state of Utah is a great supporter of higher education.

State names

Spell out the names of states when used in body copy. Do not include the state name when referring to a city or town in Utah. Use the postal service abbreviation and zip code when listing a complete address.

Student Alumni Association

A student group that upholds traditions, hosts events, and fosters lasting relationships between DSU students and alumni. For example, SAA hosts tailgate parties at the Wade Alumni House before every home football game, an annual Easter Egg Hunt for DSU faculty and staff’s families, and a breakfast after the annual whitewashing of the “D” on the Hill each D-Week.

Student housing

This is preferred to dorm or dormitory when referring to housing units at Dixie State.

Telephone numbers

Telephone numbers are written with a hyphen between groupings for press releases:


For University publications, use a period between groupings:


Theater, theatre

DSU’s Theatre Department is spelled the British way, so when referring to the program use the British spelling, but when not referring to the official department, go with the American spelling.

DSU’s Theatre Department puts on great theater productions.


Capitalize a title when it appears before the person’s name, but do not capitalize a title when it follows a person’s name.

Professor Fred Smith
Fred Smith, professor of accounting


Not towards.

Trail Tracker

A weekly e-newsletter emailed to the entire DSU student body through the Enrollment Services and Dean of Students offices to inform students of campus events and update them on important dates and information. To contact the Trail Tracker team, email or call 652-7514.

Trailblazer Club

A nonprofit organization that supports community involvement opportunities for Dixie State student-athletes and provides funding to the Athletic Department. Among other benefits, members receive reserved seating and access to hospitality tents at home games.

Trailblazer, trailblazers

Dixie State University’s Trailblazers athletic identity was established on April 11, 2016. The identity pays tribute to Utah pioneers’ legacy of hard work, perseverance and commitment to one another; the trails students, alumni, faculty, and staff are blazing in academics; and St. George’s blazing-hot climate and 300 days of sunshine each year that allow students and community members to experience DSU’s unique brand of “active learning. active life.” The identity is paired with Brooks the Bison as the mascot as bison were America’s original trailblazers. Trails created as bison stampeded across the country were adopted by Native Americans and pioneers as hunting and warrior paths and assisted with the migration out west. Capitalize when referring to DSU’s mascot or students, alumni, etc., identifying as DSU Trailblazers; lowercase when referring generically to people who blaze trails in the traditional sense of the word. Also lowercase the phrases trail blazing or blazing trails.

The student’s groundbreaking research established her as a trailblazer in genetic counseling.
He wears red every Friday because he is proud to be a DSU Trailblazer.

Trailblazers Cafe, The

The cafeteria located in the Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center comprised of Brooks’ Range (homestyle cooking) Bisonte’s Italian Kitchen (pizza and pasta), Wild Wok (Asian cuisine), and Blaze Grill (barbecued hamburgers, chicken, etc., and fries).

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)

A federally funded program that provides a variety of free services to help students complete their associate degrees and move on to bachelor’s degrees. Located in the Val A. Browning Learning Resource Center, TRiO serves students who are the first in their families to attend college, have low-income backgrounds, or have disabilities.

True Trailblazer

Traditional event during both Homecoming and D-Week during which students stand in the O.C. Tanner Fountain and kiss at the stroke of midnight.


In formal University writings, capitalize University when it stands alone and is referring to Dixie State University, but lowercase it when referring to institutions of higher education in general. In press releases, always lowercase the word university when used alone.

She loves Dixie State, and the University is her favorite university in the state.

University Marketing & Communication (UMAC)

Promotes and protects the DSU brand and disseminates information about DSU to the world. UMAC manages the University’s photography/videography, public relations, social media, marketing, design, and event coordination needs. Creative & Visual Services, which uses graphic design student interns to design campus publications, signs, stationary, etc., is housed within UMAC.

University Pavers

Made from natural-cut stone, University Pavers line the base of University Tower and Holland Patio at Kemp Corner. Purchased by alumni and community members, pavers are engraved with donors’ names and inspirational quotes of their choosing.

University Tower

Located directly northeast of the Holland Centennial Commons, University Tower is an 85-foot clock tower that emits a beam of light into the sky to represent the beacon of learning, plays music from its speakers, and shines in a wide variety of colors.

Web addresses

Italicize web addresses but not email addresses in DSU publications. It isn’t necessary to include http:// or www. in a URL when it is clear that it’s a Web address. Some sites do, however, require one or both of these elements of the URL, so test it before omitting them. When listing web addresses, try to get the URL to fit on a single line. If it is necessary to break the URL, try to break it before a slash or period. Don’t allow the URL to break itself by adding a hyphen. If a sentence ends with a web address, still end the sentence with a period.


Weekly student activities hosted almost every Wednesday during the semester by the DSU Student Association.

Williams, Richard “Biff”

The 18th president of Dixie State University was named president on July 17, 2014. In articles, refer to him as Dixie State University President Richard “Biff” Williams on first reference and Williams thereafter.