Style Guides and Tutorials


The Communications and Marketing Office is committing to helping faculty and staff members reach Goshen College’s diverse external audiences with timely, informative, effective and creative messages. Toward that end, we offer this page as a resource to help you achieve your communication goals.

News media relations

A key role of the Communications and Marketing Office is overseeing news media relations. We produce and provide stories about Goshen College and work to publicize them through the news media and online information sources, thus increasing Goshen’s visibility.

More information about media relations and how you can help us share your stories »

Visual Standards Guide

This simple reference guide is designed to ensure the consistency of Goshen College communications and to help protect the integrity of the college’s brand and visual identity. Every logo, font, color associated with the college name helps define it. That’s why graphic standards are so important.

Visual standards guide »

Goshen Logos

We’re providing a selection of Goshen College logos for you to download and use. You can find additional logos (in more colors and with our brand tagline) on the Offices Drive in the “GC logos and Visual ID” folder. If you have a more specific logo need, or if you have any questions, please fill out the logo request form and we will help you out.

Goshen College logos »

Website Tutorials

Covering everything from uploading files to working with your faculty profile, our website tutorials site is a helpful resource for everyone. If you have a specific request that is not covered in the tutorials, please don’t hesitate to complete the website update form and the web team will review your request and get in touch.

Website tutorials »

Web Style Guide

We are committed to assisting department and office web editors, regardless of your experience and skill level. We need your help to manage more than 220 department and office websites. We rely on faculty and staff members for content creation and maintenance and adherence to a carefully developed set of guidelines and best practices. Your assistance is critical for the continued success of

Web style guide »

Writing (successfully) for the web

We’ve prepared recommendations to help you write successfully for your Goshen College website based on the following principles:

  • A successful website has the information that users are seeking and is presented in a way that makes sense to them.
  • Reading online is different than reading print materials. Typically, users scan the site looking for relevant words that match the information they are seeking.
  • Learning more about how people read – or not – on the web is the first step in creating a usable and successful website.

Writing for the web »

Email signature best practices

Your email signature can help to ensure that your Goshen College email meets professional standards, represents the quality of your work and provides relevant information about the college and your department. This page contains guidelines to consider when creating or updating your Goshen College email signature.

Email signature best practices »

Writing style guide

The Communications and Marketing Office has developed a writing style guide for the campus to use and follow for consistency in capitalization, punctuation, use of professional titles, and other questions that arise almost every day as we write our emails, letters, brochure copy, and other materials aimed at public consumption. The guide is based largely on the Associated Press Stylebook. It is not intended to replace other writing style guides — such as Chicago, MLA or APA — often specified for academic papers, non-GC periodicals and other publishing venues.

Writing style guide (PDF) »

Institutional boilerplates

Do you need a short paragraph that concisely describes Goshen College for a news release, grant or other publication? Here are three versions – a short, medium and long version – for you to use as needed.