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

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.

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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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It is with some irony that our topic on this edition of UWM Today – the university’s weekly RADIO program – is about hearing.

Hearing not only the many great shows on WUWM, but hearing in general.

It is estimated that about one in every five Americans have some degree of hearing loss. And by the time you reach the age of 65, one out of three people has a problem with their hearing.

But there are steps you can take to address your hearing problems and two UWM experts, Tricia Chirrillo and Heather Zingler, are with us today to explain the help that is available.

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With more veterans on our campus than any other university in our six state region, UW-Milwaukee has a long history of providing a strong support system for those women and men who have served our country and now are continuing their education.

But, still, some vets continue to deal with the emotional and psychological effects of being at war. To help them work through their issues, the UWM Theater department has embarked on a unique program of live performances the vets themselves star in. And Shakespeare is part of the equation.

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One sign of the direction a city is headed is the number of cranes at work in the downtown area. In Milwaukee, that number is quickly growing as literally billions of dollars of new construction is either underway or about to get started.

And behind every one of those cranes is an architect...the person who imagines the design and develops the detailed plans for a new building.

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UWM researcher Michael Laiosa of the Zilber School of Public Health studies the impact of environmental toxins like dioxin on fetal development.

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In most large cities, prostitution continues to be a problem that never ends. Individuals are arrested, sentenced, released and often rearrested.

What is behind the revolving door that some women find themselves going through again and again?

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The majority of people who rely on wheelchairs for mobility choose manual chairs.

But the constant repetitive motion involved in propelling the chairs causes users upper-body stress and pain.

Brooke Slavens, a UWM biomedical engineer, is creating interventions to help these users. She discusses her involvement in a "geared" wheelchair with host Tom Luljak.

Jon Strelecki

On this edition of UWM Today, we’re going to talk about a wonderful resource in our community that offers lifelong learning opportunities for people over the age of 50.

It is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Although there are more than 100 Osher Institutes across the country, the one here in Milwaukee at UWM is the only one in Wisconsin. And recently the institute received a $1 million gift to support its work.

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What makes a great theatrical performance? Outstanding actors? A wonderful script? Yes, and yes. But what we see on stage - the sets, the technical production the special effects all can be the difference between a good play and a great one.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet a man who has become a master of using sound and technology to help tell stories in plays and musical productions. Nicknamed the “Theater Wizard," meet Christopher Guse, associate professor of theater in the Peck School of the Arts.

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Social media has changed everything when it comes to advertising.

UWM marketing researchers Purush Papatla and Amit Bhatnagar are uncovering what makes us “like,” “share” and -- most importantly -- buy with influence from social media.

They discuss their work with host Tom Luljak.

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There has been a lot of attention focused on transportation in the Milwaukee area lately, from the money being spent on rebuilding the Zoo Interchange to the construction that has started on the city’s new streetcar system.

But on this edition of UWM Today, we’re going to focus on a much simpler form of getting around — riding your bike and walking. Joining us in the studio is Bob Schneider, assistant professor of urban planning at UWM.

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With summer in full swing, the farmlands of Wisconsin are bursting with new crops. A drive across our state reminds us of the richness of Wisconsin’s agriculture industry.

But what if someday a pest or disease invaded farm fields wiping out not only this season’s crops but killing whole varieties of crops?

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UWM students share their love of the arts with older adults in care communities and aging services programs.

Host Tom Luljak talks with Anne Basting, founder and president of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling and professor of theatre at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts; Laura Wengler, director of community lifestyle services and volunteer coordinator at Eastcastle Place; and Ian McGibbon, UWM senior in art and design.

Jon Strelecki

Regular listeners of this program know there is an amazing amount of discoveries that are made each year by UWM faculty working in the laboratories and doing research at sites around the world.

What you may not know is the concerted effort to take some of those discoveries on to the marketplace for commercialization. What research lends itself to building real world companies?