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.

Jon Strelecki

When the city of Flint, Michigan discovered its water supply to homes and businesses had dangerous levels of lead poisoning the city’s residents, there was national outrage.

While the situation in Flint is slowly improving, huge questions remain as communities across the country ask: Could it happen here?

Over the past several years, most states, including Wisconsin, have seen a decline in the overall number of prospective college students as the Baby Boom Generation has sent the last of their children off to college.

But there is one group of students whose numbers continue to grow - Latinos. The Latino population is rapidly increasing here and in many other parts of the country.

Jon Strelecki

When you talk about health care, many people think doctors and nurses. But working alongside them are a host of other professionals providing an enormous range of health related services.

At UWM, those in allied professions are taught in the College of Health Sciences. With more than 2,000 students, it offers the largest number of health related degree programs in Wisconsin.

Jon Strelecki

With more than 26,000 students, the UW-Milwaukee campus has a larger population than most cities in the state of Wisconsin.

And like a "city", the campus has an infrastructure in place to serve all of those people, many of whom come to Milwaukee from countries around the world. Health care is one of those services provided.

On this edition of UWM Today, Dr. Julie Bonner, executive director of the Norris Health Center, discusses how the health care needs of college students has evolved.

Jon Strelecki

As 2017 gets underway, UW-Milwaukee continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Each month, we are focusing one of our UWM Today shows on the academics of Wisconsin’s second largest university.

Today, we meet the man who is the chief academic officer at UWM – Provost Johannes Britz.

Johannes oversees the 191 academic programs offered by the university, including 94 bachelors programs, 64 master’s degree programs and 33 doctoral programs.

Jon Strelecki

It is only 90 minutes away, but when comparing Chicago to Milwaukee the differences between the two cities are huge. But that does not mean there aren't some features in the Windy City that might serve as an example for improving Milwaukee neighborhoods.

On this edition of UWM Today, we are joined by a UWM professor who has taken an in-depth look at a Chicago institution - block clubs. What are they and what have they meant to the quality of life in many areas of Chicago? Amanda Seligman, a historian and chair of UWM's History department is here to explain.

Jon Strelecki

This week, UWM Today continues its special series of interviews that take a closer look at UWM’s twelve academic schools and colleges, as UWM celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Today’s program features a truly unique academic offering - UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences. The Freshwater School is the only one of its kind in the United States and one of only a handful in the world.

Tom Luljak talks with guests, Dean Val Klump and Tim Grundl, the school's associate dean of academics.

Jon Strelecki

Driverless vehicles are supposed to lower the risk of being on the roads. But, a truly smart highway system requires technology with special sensors built into roads and algorithms that paint a picture of how traffic moves.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet two members of the UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering who are on a mission to outsmart traffic. Joining us in the studio is Xiao Qin and Troy Liu, both associate professors of civil and environmental engineering.

Jon Strelecki

Social Media - Facebook, Twitter - many of us use it daily to stay connected to family and friends. And, of course, it has become a key source for following breaking news.

Now, an increasing number of people are using social media as a major source for communicating about health concerns.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet a UWM professor who is looking into just how pervasive the practice has become.

Joining us in the studio is Priya Nambisan, associate professor of health care management in UWM's College of Health Sciences.

Jon Strelecki

As UWM continues the celebration of its 60th anniversary, UWM Today takes a closer look at another one of UWM’s 12 academic schools and colleges. Each month, we are showcasing one of the academic units that has helped land UWM a place on the list of the top research universities in the country.

This month, we look at the College of Engineering and Applied Science and joining us in the studio is the Dean of the College, Brett Peters.

Jon Strelecki

One of the great aspects of life on a college campus is collegiate sports. The spirit, the enthusiasm and the memories that come with following your favorite team can stay with you throughout your life.

On this edition of UWM Today, we do our annual basketball edition as we interview the coaches of the UWM men’s and women’s basketball teams. Women’s coach Kyle Rechlicz returns for her fifth season as head coach of the women Panthers and LaVall Jordan is about to begin his first year leading the men.

Jon Strelecki

For nearly 15 years, the LGBT Resource Center on the UW-Milwaukee campus has worked to create a welcoming and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Recently, UWM was named one of the top 30 universities in the country for its LGBTQ-friendly policies and programs.

On this edition of UWM Today, learn more about how UW-Milwaukee has built its reputation for inclusiveness with Jen Murray, the director of the LGBT Resource Center at UWM.

Jon Strelecki

There are many reasons to get a college degree, but in the end, finding a job is one of the biggest payoffs from the major investment students and their families make.

So what's the secret to getting hired after spending several years preparing for a career? It's a question thousands of students ask when they walk into UWM's Career Planning and Resource Center. Jean Salzer is the Center's director and our guest on this edition of UWM Today.

Jon Strelecki

This year UW-Milwaukee is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Each month, as part of our effort to showcase the many ways in which UWM impacts our community, we are profiling one of the university’s schools and colleges.

On this edition of UWM Today, we look at the Peck School of the Arts. Peck is the only school of the arts in the entire University of Wisconsin System. With programs in Art and Design, Theater, Dance, Music and Film, UWM’s School of the Arts has educated many of the thousands of people who work in Wisconsin’s thriving art community.

Jon Strelecki

With more than 175,000 alumni from more than 80 countries, the impact of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is seen throughout the world.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet one UWM graduate who is committed to human and civil rights in one of the most troubled countries on our planet – Afghanistan.

Kimberley Motley graduated from UWM with a bachelors and masters degree in Criminal Justice. She went on to get her law degree from Marquette University and then served as a public defender here in Milwaukee before working for the State Department in Afghanistan.

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