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

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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While none of us can predict the future, a group of faculty and students on the UWM campus are helping small towns and big cities see the enormous potential for creating communities that are great places to live, work and play.

On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak talks with Carolyn Esswein, Director of Community Design Solutions, and Ryan Shortridge, architecture graduate student. Learn about the Community Design Solutions Center in UWM's School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Jon Strelecki

One of the many jewels in UW-Milwaukee's Academic programs is the wide array of languages taught at the University. Students can choose from the more than 20 different languages being offered. There are the mainstays - Spanish, French, Arabic and Chinese. But also Afrikaans, Ancient Greek, Hmong, Russian, and many more.

On this edition of UWM Today, learn from Associate Professor Michelle Bolduc about the value of learning different languages in a world where Google Translate is a just a keystroke away.

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Host Tom Luljak talks with Peck School of the Arts Dean Scott Emmons about upcoming arts events.

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Most of the time when we are sick and need medical care, we end up taking pills or perhaps an injection of medicine to get well.

On this edition of UWM Today, explore another form of healing - one that might surprise you. It is called phototherapy - the use of light to heal.

Host Tom Luljak talks about how certain wavelengths of light can heal the body with Chukuka Enwemeka, UWM Distinguished Professor and dean of the UWM College of Health Sciences, and Janis Eells, a UWM professor of biomedical sciences in the College.

Jon Strelecki

One of the most valuable experiences students can have in college is learning how to take their ideas and transform them into action. That is the idea behind the Student Start-Up Challenge at UW-Milwaukee. It's a program where students compete for tens of thousands of dollars in resources that allow them to launch their own businesses while still in school.

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 Audio FileTom Luljak talks with Aaron Brower, the interim chancellor of UW Colleges and Extension; Laura Pedrick, in the UWM Provost's office and Bill Keith, professor of English at UWM.Edit | Remove

One of the ways Wisconsin can improve its economy is to increase the number of people with college degrees. Today about a quarter of state residents have a degree but almost the same number started college and never finished.

Jon Strelecki

During a tough, cold winter like the one we have been experiencing, imagine what it would be like to be able to spend your day planting seeds and cultivating the plants.

On this edition of UWM Today, take a virtual tour through UWM's brand-new, high-tech greenhouse. It's one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the country and it just opened. Jeff Karron, associate professor of biological sciences, and greenhouse manager Paul Engevold talk with host Tom Luljak.

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Proteins are an essential part of a healthy body. But when they malfunction, the results can be disastrous.

That is why a research team at UW-Milwaukee is so excited about the work they are doing to help capture images of proteins that could lead to the development of new drugs. The UWM team is part of a $25 million national Science Foundation Science and Technology Center research program with partners on the East and West coast.

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UWM astrophysicist Dave Kaplan discusses the recently launched Murchison Widefield Array, the most powerful radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere with host Tom Luljak.