Advisory: Marquette experts, stories for Memorial Day

May 20, 2020

Flag on the Church of GesuMILWAUKEE — With the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaching, Marquette University has experts and story ideas available for the media.

Memorial Day vacation

Dr. Anthony Pennington-Cross is the Robert B. Bell, Sr. Chair in Real Estate and has done research on short-term and vacation rental services such as Airbnb. He can discuss the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on vacation rentals, as well as the expected impact on the Memorial Day extended weekend market. Pennington-Cross can be reached at

Consumer trends

Dr. Felicia Miller, chair and professor of marketing, can speak to consumer trends typically surrounding Memorial Day and how they could be affected this year due to COVID-19. She can be reached at

ROTC, military science

The Golden Eagle Battalion dates back to 1940 when the first ROTC unit was established by the Navy. Today, GEB is also represented by Army and Air Force units, partnering with other schools in the area, including UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Concordia University.

Lt. Col. John Kiriazis is the professor of military science for the Golden Eagle Battalion. He can be reached at

Memorial Day history

Memorial Day traces its origins back to the Civil War and Decoration Day. Dr. James Marten, chair and professor of history, can offer a historical perspective on the holiday and its origins. He can be reached at

Media interested in reaching a student featured or any other programs at Marquette University can contact Kevin Conway in the Office of Marketing and Communication at

Note: Marquette will exercise best practices in social distancing for all media interviews to protect the health, safety and well-being of our university community and our partners in the media. Interviews will be done remotely via Skype or a similar mutually agreed upon technology; b-roll footage may be captured on a limited basis and in close coordination with the Office of Marketing and Communication.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or