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Experts Available to Discuss Holiday Topics

Contact: Angelia McGowan at 303-556-5133 or

Posted: December 7, 2007

The following Metropolitan State College of Denver professors are available to lend their expertise for holiday-themed stories through New Year's.

What does God have to do with Christmas? - Norman Provizer, political science professor, is available to talk about complex constitutional issues surrounding the more politically correct use of the word "holiday" instead of "Christmas." He has expertise in a number of areas, including constitutional law, public policy, as well as media and politics.

Holiday entertaining the right way for you? Metro State's Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department has a team of professionals available to discuss budget-wise and health-conscious meals, holiday desserts, wine-food pairings and alternatives to the traditional ham and turkey. Michael Wray, director of restaurant management, Jackson Lamb, director of culinary management, and Shelly Owens, director of culinary arts are available for on-air cooking and meal-prep demonstrations.

Smart holiday shopping after the mass toy recalls -David Klein, industrial design professor, offers smart shopping tips to consumers as they continue to look for bargains leading up to the Christmas holiday. He has expertise in toy safety.

Happy times and trying times await many during this holiday season? Shawn Worthy, a professor and clinical psychologist whose area of expertise includes family systems, mental health and teen suicide, provides information to make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable, including developing realistic expectations and creating family traditions.

Holiday celebrations in the Latino/Chicano community - Arthur Campa, professor of anthropology, is available to discuss urban versus rural and North American versus traditional celebrations. His expertise includes folklore, migrant and adult education.

Staying fit through the holidays? Joe Quatrochi, professor of human performance and sport, is available to discuss the importance of maintaining an exercise program through the holidays. The cancer survivor believes there's a routine for everyone. His expertise includes physical activity and disease prevention, physical activity and heart disease.

Balancing on a Swiss Ball may not be the best way for some to work out - Marc Rabinoff, professor of human performance and sport, is available to discuss the safety hazards that many need to be aware of with the popular exercise ball, as well as with other exercise equipment. He can address personal trainer qualifications, fitness fraud, and health club standards.

To schedule an interview with the above experts or any Metro State experts, contact Angelia McGowan at 303-556-5133 or


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