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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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