Marquette University holiday story ideas and experts

December 4, 2018

With the holiday season upon us, Marquette University has experts available to assist your stories. From Christmas musical celebrations to experts on the meaning of the Advent season to tips on safe snow shoveling and starting new year exercise programs, Marquette University has experts to cover a variety of holiday topics.

Please feel free to contact any of the following experts directly or contact Anne Broeker or (414) 288-7536 or Chris Stolarski or (414) 288-1988.

Celebrate the season with Marquette's acappella groups and gospel choir
Musical celebrations are a hallmark of the Christmas season. Two upcoming concerts at Marquette will put you in a festive mood.

Catch the Marquette University Gospel Choir as it presents "Harmony for the Holidays" on Dec. 7 at 7p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.

There's only one time a year when you can see three Marquette acappella groups in one place. See The Naturals, The Meladies and the Gold 'n Blues in the fourth annual Hope for the Holidays Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Marquette Hall 100. $5 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds will benefit the California Fire Foundation.

The history and significance of Advent
In Latin, "advent" means "the coming." Rev. Fred Zagone, S.J., acting vice president for mission and ministry is able to provide Advent's historical basis and the significance of this season of preparation.

Father Fred Zagone
Office: (414) 288-7695

Catholic Christmas traditions
Catholic Christmas traditions are celebrated throughout the world.Rev. Steven Avella, S.J., professor of history, is available to talk about the history and meaning behind Catholic Christmas traditions.

Father Steve Avella
Office: (414) 288-3556

Shop 'til we drop — retail and ecommerce
Sales, coupons, late store hours, layaway programs, gift cards. Like it or not, retail shopping is a significant part of the holiday season. In fact, the holiday shopping season accounts for 50 percent of annual sales for many retailers.Dr. Felicia Miller, chair and associate professor of marketing, can discuss all facets of holiday retail marketing and sales.

Dr. Felicia Miller
Office: (414) 288-8068
Cell: (513) 708-2483

Tips for safe snow shoveling and fitness in the new year
Everyone dreams of a white Christmas, but it often comes with a cost: shoveling. More than a simple annoyance, shoveling can put a lot of strain on the body and even cause serious injury if not done properly. Christopher Geiser, clinical assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training director, can discuss how to prepare for shoveling and what to do when you wake up with a sore back.

Thinking of making a new year's resolution to become more fit? Prevent injuries by starting off fitness regimens with safety in mind. Geiser is available to discuss how to safely start exercise programs in the new year.

Christopher Geiser
Office: (414) 288-6210

Constructive family communication
Sometimes holiday joy can turn to holiday headaches among disagreeing family members. Dr. Lynn Turner, professor of communication studies, can provide helpful tips for dealing with difficult relatives and how to constructively resolve family conflict.

Dr. Lynn Turner
Office: (414) 288-6351
Cell: 414-587-6501

A global celebration
Christmas and other winter holiday traditions are celebrated by cultures worldwide. Dr. Terence Miller, director of the Office of International Education, can discuss some of the customs and practices enjoyed by cultures around the world. And, when practicable and as availability allows, Miller can help coordinate interviews with some of Marquette's international students for their unique perspectives.

Terence Miller
Office: (414) 288-3208
Cell: (414) 202-2516

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