University of Montana Style Guide

Style Guide Index:



faculty Refers to all the teachers of an institution or one of its departments so takes a singular verb. Use: The faculty is meeting in Brantly Hall. Use "faculty member(s)" when referring to individuals: The faculty members are boarding a bus for Helena. Don't use: Two faculty attended the banquet.

fall semester the official name of the semester that takes place in the autumn: Registration for fall semester begins in April. Bills for Fall Semester 2015 are due in June. 

Family Weekend Hosted each fall by the University Center. 

Farm to College Program a program founded in 2004 that aims to serve local food at Campus Dining facilities

farther, further "Farther" refers to distance: I ran farther than you. "Further" refers to an extension of time or degree: The detective looked further into the case.

fellowships See awards, fellowships, scholarships entry.

fellow Capitalize formal names: MacArthur Fellow, Montana Campus Compact Fellow. Franke Global Leadership Initiative Fellow. Franke GLI Fellow. The Fellows went on a field trip. 

female, male Generally, use as an adjective: Female and male living quarters are separate. Otherwise, use "woman" or "man."

fewer, less Use "fewer" for individual items and "less" for quantity. She has fewer than 10 students. He is less than 5 years old. Wrong: She made less than 15 trips to the store. Jack has fewer than six months to live.

field trip, fieldwork

first aid Lowercase except when referring to the name of a specific course taught, for example, by the American Red Cross.

Fitness and Recreation Center Use "the center" or "the recreation center" on second reference. 

Flathead Lake Biological Station Located on Flathead Lake's Yellow Bay. Established in 1899, it is one of the oldest active biological field research stations in the U.S. On second reference use the biological station, the station or FLBS. FLBS Director Jim Elser will speak at the conference. 

Fly-fishing Use hyphen. Many students and faculty have followed their passion for fly-fishing to UM. Missoula has internationally renowned fly-fishing waters surrounding it in all directions.

fore- See prefixes entry, but in general, no hyphen: forefather, foregoing.

forego, forgo "Forego" means go before: foregone conclusion. "Forgo" means abstain from: To be hired he must forgo tasteless jokes.

Foresters' Ball 

foreword Used at the beginning of a book or report. Not "forward" or "foreward."

former See acting, former entry.

forward Not "forwards."

foundation See The University of Montana Foundation and Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation entries.

Four Bear UM program that helps students graduate in four years.

fractions Spell out amounts less than one, using hyphens between the words: three-quarters, two-fifths. Use figures for exact amounts over one, using decimals when practical: They spent 2 1/2 days at Montana Island Lodge. The building cost 1.5 times the estimated price.

Franke Global Leadership Initiative First reference: W.A. Franke Global Leadership Initiative. Second reference: Franke GLI

fraternities, sororities Capitalize only the Greek letters: Sigma Nu fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

freelance, freelancer

from, to In statements specifying time, "from" requires "to." Use: The class meets from 1 to 4 p.m. He was president from 1992 to 2000. Wrong: The film runs from 7 a.m.-noon. Her reign lasted from 1890-1911. Right: The film runs 8-9 p.m. The film runs from 8 to 9 p.m. Her reign lasted from 1890 to 1911.

full- Hyphenate to form compound modifiers: She's a full-time employee and attends UM full time.

fundraising, fundraiser One word in all cases.