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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

Board of Regents — The committee appointed by the state of Texas to oversee the effective operation of the University of Houston System. First references should include UH System Board of Regents.  The UHS Board of Regents represents all universities within the UH System. Any reference to the UH Board of Regents is incorrect. 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.

Yes: UH System Board of Regents

No: UH Board of Regents

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 is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 43,700 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.

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

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 Auditorium 1
Agnes Arnold Auditorium 2
Agnes Arnold Hall
Athletics/Alumni Center
Atmospheric Testing Lab
Bates Law Building
Bates Residence Hall
Bayou Oaks Apartments
Bayou Oaks Apartments Annex
Burdette Keeland Jr. Design Exploration Center
Calhoun Lofts
Cambridge Oaks Apartments
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Annex
Carl Lewis International Track and Field Complex
Central Plant
Charles F. McElhinney Hall
Child Care Center
Clinical Research Services Center
Clinical Research Services Annex
College of Technology Building
College of Pharmacy Texas Medical Center
Communication Building
Computing Center
Conference and Research Building
Conoco Phillips Petroleum Engineering Building
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
Cougar Softball Stadium
Cougar Village I Residence Hall
Cougar Village 2 Residence Hall
Cougar Woods Dining Hall
Cullen College of Engineering Building 1
Cullen College of Engineering Building 2
Cullen Annex Laboratory
Cullen Oaks Apartments
Cullen Performance Hall
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Performing Arts
East Parking Garage
Engineering Education Resource Center
Engineering Laboratory
Engineering Lecture Hall
Energy Device Fabrication Lab
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
Guy V. Lewis Development Facility
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building I
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II
Hofheinz Pavilion
Isabel C. Cameron Building
J. Davis Armistead Building
J.Dart  Jr.Center for Students with Disabilities Building
Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
John M. O’Quinn Law Library
Justin Dart, Jr. Center for Students with DisABILITIES
Max 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
Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music Building
Roy G. Cullen Building
Science and Engineering Research Center
Science and Engineering Classroom Building
Science and Engineering Annex Building
Science and Research Building 1
Science and Research Building 2
Science Building
Settegast Residence Hall
Small Business Development Center
South Park Annex
Stadium Parking Garage
Stephen Power Farish Hall
Student Center North
Student Center Satellite
Student Center South
Student Service Center 1
Student Service Center 2
Susanna Garrison Gymnasium
Taub Residence Hall
TDECU Stadium
Teaching Unit 2 Building
Technology Annex
TLC2 Annex
UH Health Center
UH Energy Research Park 1
UH Energy Research Park 10
UH Energy Research Park 11
UH Energy Research Park 13
UH Energy Research Park 14
UH Energy Research Park 2
UH Energy Research Park 21
UH Energy Research Park 3
UH Energy Research Park 5
UH Energy Research Park 6
UH Energy Research Park 7
UH Energy Research Park 8
University of Houston Police Department
University of Houston Science Center
University Classroom and Business Building
Welcome Center Student Garage
Welcome Center and Parking Garage

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