Tom Luljak

UWM Today Host

Tom Luljak is the Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.

Luljak, who joined UW-Milwaukee in the Spring of 2000, earned his master's degree from UWM in mass communication. His bachelor's degree is from the department of Radio/TV/Film and Speech Education at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

Prior to his work at UWM, Luljak served as director of corporate communications at Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin, where he also served as executive director of the company's foundation. Luljak began his career as a broadcast journalist, and served as news director for WTMJ-TV, WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM. His numerous broadcast journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award for Investigative Journalism.

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One of the great joys of having a smartphone is being able to load it up with apps that suit your needs or personality.

Some apps may provide useful information, others provide some fun or even introduce a bit of whimsy into your life. But a new app developed by UWM students could actually help save lives.

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The prospect of caring for a family member at home who has serious health issues would be a daunting challenge for any of us. But imagine being a teenager – or even younger – and faced with the daily responsibility of taking care of a parent or other family member with a major medical problem.

Amazingly, more than a million kids are in just that situation. On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak talks with Melinda Kavanaugh, assistant professor in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. She has done extensive research on the issue.

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A new online tracker that allows you to watch the start of spring is based on the work of a UWM climatologist.

Mark Schwartz developed the spring indices, which measure relationships between temperature and plant growth.

On UWM Today, he explains how the indices can be used in agriculture, wildfire prevention and gardening.​

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Each year, UW-Milwaukee graduates more teachers than any other college or university in Wisconsin.

One of the reasons UWM has become such an important vehicle for training the next generation of teachers is the innovative approach to preparing students for managing a classroom full of young students.

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When college students graduate, they start getting asked "So, who are you going to work for?"

But today, the answer might surprise you. More graduates are setting off on their own - starting companies and building businesses by themselves or with friends. It’s entrepreneurship in action.

In fact, more than half of the new freshmen coming to universities today say they plan on working for themselves. At UWM, there is a wonderful program that helps students do just that. It’s called the Student Start Up Challenge.

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Keeping Wisconsin and the United States competitive in our global economy is a challenge. But at UW-Milwaukee, a team of faculty and students are engaged in a special program that may be the key to our economic future.

It is called the Student Startup Challenge - a project that promotes the work of young entrepreneurs who have ideas that are being turned into new products and businesses.

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As a large, urban research university, UW-Milwaukee does have a lot of buildings - filled with classrooms, laboratories and study space.

But in addition to all of the bricks and mortar, there are also thousands of acres of bogs and wetlands. There is a butterfly conservancy; and even an abandoned mine that is home to thousands of bats. Not all of these pieces of nature are found on UWM’s campus on Milwaukee’s East Side… although the main campus does have the Downer Woods nature preserve.

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That question came to the forefront here in Wisconsin with the recent Slender Man case.

Two young Waukesha girls acted out a fantasy and attacked and severely injured a classmate.

On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak talks to Tina Freiburger, an expert in criminal justice, about the troubling situation of very young children facing serious charges that will stay with them the rest of their lives.

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One of the great examples of how scientific research at UW-Milwaukee contributes to economic development is found in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences building on campus. 

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America’s fascination with singing can be seen regularly on TV screens across the country as viewers tune in to American Idol or The Voice

A musical competition will soon be taking place that showcases opera.

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