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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Education
2:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UWM Scientists Working to Reintroduce Mayflies into Green Bay

Tom Luljak and guests

One of the legacies of heavy industrial work along parts of the Lake Michigan shoreline in the 1950s is the pollution it left behind. In the waters off Green Bay, that pollution has had a profound impact on the production of flies. Why does that matter? Just ask a fisherman looking for walleyes in Green Bay.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet Jerry Kaster and Chris Groff, two UWM scientists involved in a fascinating research project that explores the world of mud and muck at the bottom of Green Bay.

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UWM Today
3:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Growing Power & Freshwater School Work Together To Fit Aquaculture Into Urban Environments

Tom Luljak, Fred Binkowski and Will Allen
Credit Jon Strelecki

One of the benefits of UW-Milwaukee having the only school of freshwater sciences in the United States is the great expertise that exists in the school.

This edition of UWM Today focuses on one of the signature programs within the school - the developing field of aquaculture and aquaponics and doing so in an urban environment.

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UWM Today
1:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Creative Process Behind UWM's Student Start Up Challenge

Tom Luljak and Nathaniel Stern
Credit Jon Strelecki

On a previous edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak discussed UWM's Student Start Up Challenge, a program that helps students take their ideas and turn them into businesses. It is a way to give UWM students a real world experience of transforming a concept into a company.

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UWM Today
2:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Examining the Meaning Behind Godzilla

Tom Luljak and Jason Jones

One of the first Hollywood summer blockbuster movies is out and it is big. It is the latest version of Godzilla.

On this edition of UWM Today, take a look at the deeper meaning of this cult classic. Jason Jones, assistant professor of Foreign Languages and Literature in the Japanese program at UWM, has studied Japanese culture closely over the years and is writing a book that examines the meaning behind Godzilla - what it stands for and why this cultural icon has fascinated so many people around the world for so many years.

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UWM Today
2:50 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Using Technology To Encourage Wellness

Tom Luljak and guests

We often hear stories about technology getting in the way of healthy habits. Picture youngsters playing video games instead of a pickup game of baseball or basketball outside.

But a team of researchers at UWM have discovered that technology can also be the key to encouraging wellness.

Polly Ryan, associate researcher in the College of Nursing and Alice Fang Yan, assistant professor in the Zilber school of public health, are looking at ways to use smart phones and other technology to improve wellness.

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UWM Today
3:44 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

UWM Steps Up Efforts to Recruit International Students

Tom Luljak and guests
Credit Jon Strelecki

For many college students, studying abroad for a semester or two is often one of the highlights of their college experience. But, Americans are not the only ones leaving their country to go to college.

Today hundreds of thousands of students from countries around the world head to the U.S. to spend not just a semester, but years getting their entire college education here.

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UWM Today
2:32 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Crime Analysis at UWM

Tom Luljak and Stan Stojkovic
Credit Jon Strelecki

If you are a fan of detective shows on TV, then you are familiar with that "A-Ha" moment. The point in the program where a clever investigator has an epiphany and suddenly piecing together a scattering of evidence, hunches and clues lead to the solving of a crime.

At UWM, there are classes being taught that help students learn how to analyze data in ways that really does solve crimes. It's all part of the field known as crime analysis. Host Tom Luljak speaks with Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Dean Stan Stojkovic.

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UWM Today
2:34 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

UWM's New Applied Chemistry Center-of-Excellence

Tom Luljak and Dr. Douglas Stafford
Credit Jon Strelecki

When the UW System handed out more than $22 million in economic incentive grants last fall, one of the biggest awards went to a team of scientists on UWM's campus.

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UWM Today
10:26 am
Thu May 1, 2014

First Building Opens at UWM's Innovation Campus

Tom Luljak and guests

The opening of UWM's Innovation Accelerator building at Innovation Campus puts UWM research within easy reach of medical practitioners and other resources that will attract companies and grow jobs.

Host Tom Luljak discusses what to expect with Brian Thompson, president of the UWM Research Foundation, and David Gilbert, president of the UWM Foundation and Real Estate Foundation.

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UWM Today
10:01 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Life-Long Learning Through The Arts

Tom Luljak and guests
Credit Jon Strelecki

The importance of the arts in our community cannot be overstated. They bring vitality and energy to the entire region.

At UWM, one especially important effort is the commitment to make the arts available and accessible to all generations - including older people suffering from dementia.

Host Tom Luljak talks with Anne Basting, professor of theater in UWM’s Peck School of the Arts, and Chelsea Wait, who is a doctoral student in architecture but involved now in a very interesting community arts program.

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