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back up (v.), backup (n. and adj.)

backward — not backwards

beside — means at the side of

besides — means in addition to

best-seller — always hyphenate

biannual — means twice a year and is a synonym for semiannual

biennial — means every two years

bimonthly — means every other month. Semimonthly means twice a month.

bionanotechnology — one word

biweekly — means every other week. Semiweekly means twice a week.

Board of Regents — The committee appointed by the state of Texas to oversee the effective operation of the University of Houston System. The Board of Regents consists of nine members who are appointed by the governor for a six-year term. The board’s student member is appointed for a one-year term. Always uppercase and use the full name on the first reference. Upon the second reference, board can be used as a substitute. When referring to a member of the Board of Regents, refer to him or her as Regent followed by the last name.

boilerplate descriptions — It is customary to end with a general statement about the university in news releases.

About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, one of the nation’s most diverse research universities, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 40,600 students.

About the University of Houston System
The University of Houston System is the state’s only metropolitan higher education system and is composed of four universities and four multi-institution teaching centers. The universities are the University of Houston, a nationally recognized doctoral degree-granting, comprehensive research university; the University of Houston-Downtown, a four-year undergraduate university with limited expansion into graduate programs; the University of Houston-Clear Lake, an upper-division and master's degree-level institution with limited expansion into doctorial degree-level programs; and the University of Houston-Victoria, an upper-division and master's degree-level institution with limited expansion into bachelor's degree-level programs. The multi-institution regional campuses are UH Sugar Land, UH Northwest, UHD Northwest, UH-Clear Lake Pearland, UH System at Cinco Ranch and the Texas Medical Center. In addition, the System owns and operates Houston Public Media, the umbrella organization for KUHT, the nation’s first educational television station, KUHF, Houston’s National Public Radio station and KUHA, the classical music station.

About the University of Houston–Clear Lake
The University of Houston-Clear Lake is an upper-level institution that emphasizes high academic standards through teaching, research and community service. UH-Clear Lake serves more than 7,500 students in the schools of Business and Public Administration, Education, Human Sciences and Humanities, and Sciences and Computer Engineering. The university offers courses leading to bachelor’s degrees in more than 30 fields of study and master’s degrees in more than 40 fields of study. Since opening its doors in 1974, UHCL has conferred more than 31,000 degrees.

About the University of Houston–Downtown
The University of Houston-Downtown is a public four-year undergraduate university, beginning expansion into graduate programs. It offers excellent degrees in three academic colleges: Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Technology. UH-Downtown is nationally recognized for its student diversity, outstanding academic opportunities and productive community partnerships. At UHD, the emphasis is on excellence in teaching and student success.

About the University of Houston–Victoria
The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the 15-county Coastal Bend region, is a four-year university that offers undergraduate and graduate students more than 30 degree programs and concentrations in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Education. A faculty of experts at UH-Victoria offers students individual attention to help them succeed, whether learning in a classroom or online. Since its founding in 1973, outreach, community partnerships and collaboration have characterized UHV’s history and mission.

About the University of Houston Regional Campuses

The University of Houston System regional campuses (UH Sugar Land, UH Northwest, UHD Northwest, UH-Clear Lake Pearland, UH System at Cinco Ranch and the Texas Medical Center) provide top-quality higher education to people who live or work in Fort Bend County, West Houston and the northwest region of Harris County. Each center offers courses toward degree programs from the four universities of the University of Houston System: University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria.

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement — The ADA statement should be used on invitations, announcements and marketing and promotional pieces for special events. Following is the standard statement; fill in the name or office, phone number and date accordingly.

Persons with disabilities who desire accommodations should contact [name or office] at [phone number] by [date].


The University of Houston is an equal opportunity institution. Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by calling [name or office] at [phone number] by [date].

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement — The following EEOC statement should be included in all UH brochures and advertisements. Any questions regarding this statement should be directed to the Office of Affirmative Action at 713-743-8835.

The University of Houston provides equal treatment and opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation, except where such distinction is required by law. This statement reflects compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and all other federal and state regulations.

The University of Houston is an EEO/AA institution.

UH is an EEO/AA institution.

Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston

box office (n.), box-office (adj.)

buildings — Unless it becomes awkward, do not abbreviate the names of the buildings on campus; capitalize the proper names and include the words building or hall if it is part of the proper name.

A.D. Bruce Religion Center
Agnes Arnold Hall
Agnes Arnold Auditorium 1
Agnes Arnold Auditorium 2
Athletics/Alumni Center
Bates Law Building
Bates Residence Hall
Bayou Oaks Apartments
Burdette Keeland Jr. Design Exploration Center
Calhoun Lofts
Cambridge Oaks Apartments
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Carl Lewis International Track and Field Complex
Charles F. McElhinney Hall
Child Care Center
Clinical Research Center
College of Technology Building
Communication Building
Computing Center
Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Hilton
   University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center
Corbin J. Robertson Stadium
Cougar Field
Cougar Field Ticket Booth
Cougar Place Residence Hall
Cullen College of Engineering Building 1
Cullen College of Engineering Building 2
Cullen Oaks Apartments
Cullen Performance Hall
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Performing Arts
E.E. Oberholtzer Residence Hall
Engineering Education Resource Center
Engineering Laboratory
Engineering Lecture Hall
Ezekiel W. Cullen Building
Fine Arts Building
Fred J. Heyne Building
General Services Building
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Building
Graduate College of Social Work Building
Hofheinz Pavilion
Isabel C. Cameron Building
J. Davis Armistead Building
John M. O’Quinn Law Library
Justin Dart, Jr. Center for Students with DisABILITIES
Krost Hall
Lamar Fleming Jr. Building
Law Residence Hall
LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting
LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Hall
Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre
M.D. Anderson Library
Melcher Gymnasium
Moody Towers Residence Halls
Oberholtzer Hall
Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall
Power Plant
Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music Building
Roy G. Cullen Building
Science and Engineering Research Center
Science and Engineering Classroom Complex
Science and Engineering Research and Classroom Complex
Science and Research Building 1
Science and Research Building 2
Science Building
Settegast Residence Hall
South Park Annex
Stephen Power Farish Hall
Student Service Center 1
Student Service Center 2
Susanna Garrison Gymnasium
Taub Residence Hall
Teaching Unit 2 Building
Technology Annex
TLC2 Annex
UH Health Center
University Center
University Center Satellite
University Center Underground
University of Houston Police Department
University of Houston Science Center
Welcome Center and Parking Garage

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