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

Enjoying a Friday night fish fry has long been a tradition in the Milwaukee area. But, over the years the dining experience has changed as the perch population in Lake Michigan has dwindled.

Chefs have found alternatives, using other types of fish, but with the world's appetite for fish outpacing supplies, the world is facing a shortage of seafood.

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While thousands of Wisconsin high school graduates are admitted to colleges and universities across the state every year, not all of the students are prepared for the college level classes they are required to take.

One area in particular that has been a problem is mathematics. Although students take math classes in high school, a significant number of them have to begin their college career in remedial math courses once they step on to a college campus. And even then, many of the students still struggle.

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There are nearly 14 million people in the United States who are survivors of cancer. Here in the Milwaukee area, cancer patients have a new way to help them regain their strength and their confidence in resuming physical activity through a UW-Milwaukee Physical Therapy program. It’s called Cancer Care in the Community.

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One of the largest industries in Wisconsin is health care. With more than 400,000 people working in the field, it is one of our state’s largest employers.

Keeping that talent pipeline filled is essential for maintaining the high level of health care services we have come to expect in Wisconsin.

On this edition of UWM Today, learn how UWM’s College of Health Sciences is playing a vital role in educating and training the next generation of health care workers. Host Tom Luljak talks with Ron Cisler, the new interim dean of the College.

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Imagine a life in this world that never ended. That idea of never dying is the subject of a fascinating study being conducted by a group of philosophers. It’s called the “Immortality Project” and involves asking questions about the life we do live and whether we would even want to live forever if we could.

UWM Today host Tom Luljak talks with Luca Ferrero, a UWM associate professor of philosophy.

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2015 is a landmark year in the history of UW-Milwaukee. As Wisconsin’s only urban research university, UWM plays a vital role in our state. At the center of discovery, education and the advancement of knowledge, UW-Milwaukee has a unique role in Wisconsin.

This fall, UWM opened the doors to a new building on the East Side Campus that will aid in that mission of serving the public. The Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, an $80 million investment by the state, is the home base for an amazing array of academic research.

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Becoming a father for the first time can be an exhilarating experience. If you are poor, unemployed or from a household where there was no father figure, your new role as a dad can also be overwhelming.

On this edition of UWM Today, learn about a project that is trying to find ways of helping African American men be better prepared for fatherhood. Host Tom Luljak talks with Kris Barnekow, Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences, and David Pate, Associate Professor in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

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When you think about lists of books that are associated with a university, the titles I Love You Stinky Face or Pokey Puppy probably aren’t the first ones that come to mind.

On this edition of UWM Today, learn about a terrific collaboration that is promoting the reading of children’s books with those cute titles. It’s a partnership between UW-Milwaukee’s App Brewery and the Waukesha County Federated Library System.

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The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee has fourteen schools and colleges and each one contributes significantly to the quality of learning in our community.

One of those schools traces its origins back to the very beginning of what is UWM today - the school of education. Alan Shoho became dean of the UWM School of Education in April 2015, bringing a background in urban education and school leadership to the challenging position.

UWM Today host Tom Luljak talks with dean Shoho.

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Because you are listening to WUWM, you already know the quality of the programming produced by this radio station.

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Next weekend, people around the state will be able to enjoy interactive science programs of all kinds during the Wisconsin Science Festival. And UWM will be the festival's featured partner in Milwaukee.

Host Tom Luljak talks with festival organizer Phyllis King from UWM and Laura Heisler from WARF about the fun you can expect ahead.

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Periodically, we hear stories about construction projects in our area that are put on hold because of the discovery of an old grave site where a new building is going up. When that happens a team of scientists and students from UW-Milwaukee are often called to the scene to lead the recovery efforts of the human remains.

The work is done by UWM's Department of Anthropology.

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As we head into the fall season, one of the most entertaining periods on campus is getting underway. It is performance time for the Peck School of the Arts.

Over the next year ,more than 400 performances and artistic presentations will take place at UWM, making the campus the place to be if you enjoy the Arts.

On this edition of UWM Today, we present our own annual performance preview program with the dean of the Peck School of the Arts at UWM, Scott Emmons.

Johannes Britz, UWM’s Provost, talks about how the university makes decisions on what academic programs to offer.

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With marked lanes on many streets and miles and miles of dedicated paths, Milwaukee has become a great town for biking. This Fall the opportunity to enjoy biking throughout the community will be much easier for college students with help from the Bublr Bikes.

UWM Today's Tom Luljak talks about the program with Kate Nelson, Chief Sustainability Officer at UWM and Kevin Hardman of Bublr Bikes.

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