Marquette University News Release

Marquette University holiday story ideas and experts

December 12, 2013

With the holiday season fast approaching, Marquette University offers you the following story ideas and related experts to assist you. From gifts that promote literacy to the meaning of Advent to holiday celebrations around the world, Marquette has a holiday expert for you.

Please feel free to contact any of these individuals directly; otherwise, contact Andy Brodzeller (414-288-0286) or Lynn Sheka (414-288-6712) in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

The history and significance of Advent
In Latin, “advent” means “the coming.” What is the historical basis of Advent, and why do Christians celebrate this season of preparation? Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J., associate vice president of mission and ministry and associate director of the Faber Center, has the answers.

Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J
Associate vice president, University Mission and Identity
Office: (414) 288-7837
Cell: (414) 232-8306

Shop ‘til we drop
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. Felicia Miller, assistant professor of marketing, can discuss all facets of holiday retail marketing and sales.

Dr. Felicia Miller
Assistant professor of marketing
Office: (414) 288-8068
Home: (513) 708-2483

Tips for safe snow shoveling
Everyone dreams of a white Christmas, but it 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.

Christopher Geiser
Clinical assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training director
Office: (414) 288-6210
Home: (414) 699-6160 

Choosing gifts that promote language and literacy
Yes, toys are fun. But they can teach your kids things too. Maura Moyle, principal investigator of the Wisconsin Reading Acquisition Program and associate professor of speech pathology and audiology, has suggestions for your holiday shopping list that will be as educational as they are fun.

Dr. Maura Moyle
Associate professor of speech pathology and audiology
Office: (414) 288-1408
Home: (414) 550-4900

A global celebration
Christmas and other winter holiday traditions are celebrated by cultures worldwide. 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
Director, Office of International Education
Office: (414) 288-3208
Home: (414) 202-2516

Noisy toys and the danger for children’s ears
You may feel confident the toys you’re giving your children are not choking hazards, or are tested for their age group. But did you ever consider the danger to their ears?  Each year, the Sight & Hearing Association tests a variety of toys for potentially dangerous noise levels and compiles their list of the year’s noisiest toys. Ed Korabic, chair and associate professor of speech pathology and audiology, explains why this is one list you should check twice.

Dr. Edward W. Korabic
Chair and associate professor of speech pathology and audiology
Office: (414) 288-3428
Home: (414) 899-3517

About Andy Brodzeller

Andy Brodzeller

Andy is an associate director of university communication in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Andy at (414) 288-0286 or View all posts by .