VCOM Brand Guide

Buildings/Facilities/ Affiliates

Miscellaneous Alumni Proper usage is as follows:

Time Use figures except for noon and midnight. Do not use noon or midnight following figures representing time. Use a colon to separate hours from minutes. Distinguish time of day by using “a.m.” and “p.m.” in lowercase with period following each letter. Correct 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 9-11 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Core Clinical Hospitals and Residency Partners In communications, use the official hospital name instead of a shortened conversational version. Correct: The LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg. Incorrect: Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg. Note: Hospital ownership and names may change over time, so please visit the website at to check the current list of clinical hospitals.

Telephone Numbers Preferred: 540-231-4000 Extensions: 540-231-4000, ext. 1234 Whole numbers Spell out whole numbers one through nine; use numerals for 10 and above. Fractions standing alone are spelled out. For fractions with whole numbers, use numerals. If a number begins a sentence, it should be spelled out. Correct: She has eight cats and 11 dogs. About one-fifth of her salary goes to buy 2 1/2 tons of pet food each year. When large numbers are spelled out, used a hyphen to connect a word ending in “y” to another word. Example: twenty-one or fifty-five Semicolon Within a series, semicolons should be used to separate individuals with titles from the next portion of the series. Correct: Attendees of the event included Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, president and provost; Jan Willcox, DO, the Virginia campus dean; and other faculty members.

The following are the proper names or locations of educational buildings, or facilities, and partner names: VCOM−Virginia The VCOM-Virginia campus is located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) • Th e Simulation &Technology Center - Knollwood Building • V COM I - 2265 Kraft Drive • V COM II - 2280 Kraft Drive Research • V COM VMCVM Center for One Health Research • V irginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine • V COM Institute for Biomechanical and Sports Medicine Research is located in the VCOM II building. Events • B urruss Hall (White Coat and Graduation) • Th e Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center • L ane Stadium/Worsham Field • W ar Memorial Chapel (Military Promotion Ceremony)

• alumnus - one male graduate • alumni - more than one male graduate or a mixture of male and female graduates • alumna - one female graduate • alumnae - more than one female graduate Internal Communications and Student Email Signatures: Osteopathic Medical Student (OMS) years one through four are designated by OMS followed by the roman numeral corresponding to their current year of medical study or the expected graduation year. Correct:

John Smith, OMS I Jane Hale, OMS II Correct: Bob Carter, Medical Student, VCOM Class of 2025 Anna Cole, Class of 2021




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