ADVISORY: Christmas and winter story ideas from Marquette University

Dec. 13, 2022

MILWAUKEE — As Christmas approaches, several Marquette University faculty experts are available to discuss a variety of related topics to help with your coverage:

  • Rev. John Laurance, S.J., associate professor emeritus of theology, is available to discuss the history of Advent. The season is celebrated with candy and trinkets in the build-up to Christmas, but do most people know what they are celebrating? Email him at
  • Rev. Ryan Duns, S.J., assistant chair and professor of theology, can talk about embracing the human need for community post pandemic, the gift of gratitude and reducing screentime during the holidays. Email him at
  • Dr. Felicia Miller, associate professor of marketing, is available to discuss seasonal retail trends. Are people still doing the majority of their shopping online, or is there an uptick in sales at brick and mortar stores this year?
  • Dr. Sandra Hunter, professor of exercise science, can discuss how to reduce injuries when shoveling snow or walking on ice. Email her at
  • Dr. Chris Stockdale, associate professor of physics, is able to discuss the physics involved in sledding, including how to maximize speed. Email him at

Media interested in covering these or other Christmas- and winter-related stories should contact Melissa Barclay in the Office of University Relations at

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Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Melissa Barclay

Melissa Barclay

Melissa is the senior communication specialist in the Office of University Relations. Contact Melissa at (414) 288-6712 or