Omicron Delta Kappa follows the AP Style Guide and maintains its own brief editorial style guide as well. In cases where our editorial style guide differs from the AP Style Guide, please follow O∆K guidelines.
Omicron Delta Kappa may be referred to by its full Greek name or the Greek letters O∆K. When writing O∆K, please be sure to use the Greek letter for Delta “∆” and not the Roman letter “D.”
We do not capitalize nouns unless they are proper names. An exception is the word Society. If you refer to O∆K as the Society, you should capitalize Society. We do not capitalize the word founders, nor do we capitalize the word circle unless referring to a specific circle by its proper name.
Examples of Proper Nouns
ΟΔΚ Society Board of Directors
Examples of Nouns and Terms that Should Not be Capitalized
national lifetime membership fee
national lifetime membership application
An individual circle may be referred to with its proper name and the word “Circle” capitalized (i.e., University of Louisville Circle). However, in reference to a non-specific circle, or in the case of a secondary reference to a named circle, the word “circle” should not be capitalized.
Use first and last name on first reference and last name only on second reference. In cases where two people have the same last name, use first and last names on second reference. Use middle initials when the initials help identify a specific individual. Do not use the courtesy title “Dr.” except in direct quotes. The same is true for courtesy titles such as Mr., Mrs., Ms., etc. Use Mr. and Ms. only if they are needed to differentiate two people who have the same last name.
Titles are capitalized if they precede a name.
Executive Director Tara Singer
Titles are lowercased in all other cases.
Tara Singer is the executive director of Omicron Delta Kappa.
When you refer to someone by the title of “National President,” you should drop all other titles.
National President Matthew W. Clifford
Not National President Dr. Matthew W. Clifford
In ΟΔΚ publications, it is not necessary to identify a national president as an ΟΔΚ national president. It is implied that the writer is referencing a political office within ΟΔΚ.
Past national presidents are referred to as such. Use past instead of former. Do not capitalize past unless it’s at the beginning of a sentence. The same rule holds true for executive directors.
Past National President Matthew W. Clifford went to lunch.
The lunch was attended by past National President Matthew W. Clifford.
Members are initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa, not inducted. It is an initiation ceremony, not an induction ceremony.
Use advisor with an ‘o’, not advisor with an ‘e.’
It’s Member-at-Large, not Member at Large.
Do not use ampersands (&) in body text. Use of ampersands in web-headers is acceptable.
We use the serial, or English, comma.
Students from Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana attended the drive-in meeting.
Not Students from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana attended the drive-in meeting.
Avoid the use of exclamation marks. Exclamation marks are rarely, if ever, called for in a professional setting.
Omicron Delta Kappa initiated 23 new members.
Not Omicron Delta Kappa initiated 23 new members!
Ellipses should be used only when indicating that there is a section of quoted text that has been removed.
Omicron Delta Kappa announces that its board meeting will be held in Lexington, Va.
Not Omicron Delta Kappa announces that its board meeting will be held in…Lexington, Va.
Abbreviate all months with more than five letters.
Jan., Feb., Mar., April, May, June, July, Aug., Sept. Oct., Nov., and Dec.
Jan. 1, 2015
May 1, 2015
If you’re using “from,” you must also use the word “to,” not an En dash.
From 1970 to 1972
April 10–12, 2012 is written with an En dash. There are no spaces on either side of the En Dash.
Spell out numbers less than 10. If the number falls at the beginning of a sentence, it is always spelled out, even if it is larger than 10.
In June, 26 delegates met in Washington, D.C.
In June, nine delegates met in Washington, D.C.
Twenty-six delegates met in Washington, D.C.
Don’t superscript numbers, even if Word autoformats them.
The 38th national convention, not the 38th national convention.
Reference all other colleges and universities according to their own style guides. Pay particular attention to colleges with multiple branches as there is no standard.
University of Maryland, College Park
The official name for a circle is:
[Greek Letters] Circle of the [University Name]
The Alpha Circle of Washington and Lee University
Keep in mind that circles established more recently do not have Greek letters, so their official names are:
The [University Name] Circle
On first reference, call the Circle by its official name.
On second reference, you may call the Circle either:
[Greek Letters] Circle or
the [University Name] Circle
The Alpha Circle is hosting a lecture.
The Washington and Lee University Circle is hosting a lecture.
Do not capitalize the word circle if it stands alone.
Executive Director Tara Singer will visit the Alpha Circle on Friday.
Executive Director Tara Singer will visit the circle on Friday.
The proper name of the convention is the [YEAR] Leadership Summit and Convention. Capitalize the proper name of the convention. Lowercase if you’re using convention generically.
She will speak at the 2016 Leadership Summit and Convention.
She will speak at the convention.
Board of Directors
Omicron Delta Kappa has a Board of Directors, not the Board of Trustees. Don’t use the names interchangeably. Only refer to the governing board by its proper name. People who sit on the Board of Directors should be referred to as members of the Board of Directors, not trustees.
The Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation has a Board of Trustees. A member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees may be referred to as a trustee.
Publications, such as “The Circle,” are indicated with quotation marks, not italics.
Capitalize ΟΔΚ National Headquarters, as it is the proper name of headquarters. Lowercase ‘headquarters’ if used independently.
The event was held at ΟΔΚ National Headquarters.
He worked at headquarters for five years.