Monday, June 29, 2020

    Brandon Sweet
    University Communications

    45 years later: The enduring legacy of Mike Moser

    Mike Moser, jersey number 53, catches a pass in mid-air.

    By Adam McGuire. This is an excerpt of an article that appeared in the Spring issue of Waterloo Magazine.

    The 1974-75 Waterloo Warriors men’s basketball team was one of the greatest collections of talent ever to grace a Canadian university gym.

    They had returning veterans who’d helped the Warriors capture an Ontario championship and a national bronze medal in 1974. Then, there was a trio of one-year-wonders in transfer recruits who were established all-stars in both Canadian hoops and on the world stage.

    At the centre of it all was Kitchener native Mike Moser, the reigning national scoring leader, a member of the Canadian national team and one of the most unstoppable forces in the country.

    But no amount of talent could have prepared the Warriors for the tragedy they would face. 

    Mike Moser driving for a layup in the University of Waterloo Physical Activities Centre.

    Mike Moser driving for a layup in the University of Waterloo Physical Activities Centre.

    During an exhibition trip through Florida in early January, Moser began feeling ill. He stayed behind in a St. Petersburg hospital while the team continued its swing through the state. About a week after Moser first displayed symptoms, and just before the team departed for Waterloo, they received unthinkable news: Mike Moser had died.

    It was later discovered that Moser had succumbed to a rare heart condition known as endocarditis. But those details were immaterial to the Warriors players and staff; all they knew was their beloved teammate was gone.

    “Our players were devastated,” said head coach Don McCrae in an interview with the Waterloo Region Record. “This was such a good group. You could trust them. But I honestly don’t know how they held it all together.”

    A team commitment to win it for Mike

    In the midst of the shock and sadness, the Warriors were still one of the best basketball teams in the country, with a season still to play. So they leaned on each other as a family and found a common purpose in the clouds of grief. The new mission was clear: win the national championship for Mike.

    “Initially, like any team, there were factions,” says Phil Schlote (BSc ’75, MSc ’78), a Faculty of Applied Health Sciences alumnus who played alongside Moser both with the Warriors and at Kitchener’s Forest Heights Collegiate Institute. “But when we lost Mike, it gave us more purpose. It really drew everyone in together. We had a commitment to win it for Mike.”

    In an attempt to honour Moser, the players requested that only four starters be introduced at the beginning of each game. That gesture touched Moser’s family deeply: “They all pulled together,” says Mike’s younger brother Dave Moser (BSc ’85), a Faculty of Applied Health Sciences alumnus who later starred with the Warriors in the 1980s. “Our family became closer with a lot of the guys as a result, and we kept in touch with a lot of them for a long time. They were so supportive. I think it gave great strength to my parents, and my sister and me.”

    Read the rest of the article on the Waterloo Magazine website.

    Waterloo youth solve community challenges at GreenHouse virtual showcase

    A screenshot of a virtual GreenHouse showcase in progress.

    This is an excerpt of an article originally published on the St. Paul's GreenHouse website.

    On June 2, GreenHouse hosted the Youth Innovation Showcase, a virtual capstone event for the Youth Innovation Program. This virtual showcase highlighted the innovative solutions developed by 27 youth from across the Waterloo region. These solutions served as answers to challenges identified by the three host organizations: Carizon, Reception House (RH) and the Volunteer Action Centre (VAC). 

    This cohort of the program for non-postsecondary youth began last January, with the support of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation and has adapted its operation since inception. Starting in mid-March, the program has fully transitioned its in-person sessions online and successfully engaged host organizations virtually, as youth innovators were not going to let a pandemic stop them.

    “I found that the skills I developed were the most valuable because I am able to implement them in my daily life, whether it be for personal, or service,” said Deepika, a youth from the program. “It helped me to enhance my community experiences and I believe that it will help me in my post-secondary and work life.”

    The event kicked off with an overview of the program and lessons learned from adapting to the COVID-19 context. A partner of the program, Ilona Dougherty, co-creator and managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project, shared why youth innovators are the driving force behind this program.

    “We found that young people’s brains are wired for innovation. Being 15 to 25 years old is a really interesting and important time of life. Research tells us that young people are collaborative, they’re creative, they’re willing to challenge the status quo and they’re more observant. This makes them really well-positioned to be innovators and to be the innovation engine of our organizations but also within our society,” said Dougherty. 

    Anne Filion, GreenHouse’s Design and Innovation Coordinator who manages the Youth Innovation Program, facilitated the presentations as well as the question and answer segments. Each student team was given five minutes to present their challenge, host organization, key learnings, solutions and next steps for their projects. These remarkable young people presented the following attainable and impactful solutions for each host organization.

    Check out the project profiles on the St. Paul's GreenHouse website.

    Bring your feedback about internal communications at the University into focus

    An overhead shot of a meeting with people at a table.

    A message from University Communications. 

    University Communications is looking for volunteers to participate in focus groups about internal communications at the University. 

    These focus groups are part of an initiative to strengthen the way the University communicates with our employees. In addition to the internal communications survey, these focus groups will give us valuable feedback to help identify aspects of our internal communications activity that are meeting your needs and those that could use improvement. 

    We are looking for representation from all University employees, and will have focus group sessions for staff, faculty, unionized workers, and employees located in satellite campuses or who typically work from home offices (even before the pandemic). 

    How to sign up 

    If you are interested in participating, complete the sign-up form by Friday, July 3.  

    The focus groups will be led by an external firm, Brand Clarity. If you have been selected for a focus group, someone from University Communications will be in touch with more details.  


    We are looking for honest feedback and opinions. All focus group sessions will be confidential, and the discussions and research findings will be rolled into a consolidated report. Names will not be attached to specific comments made during the session. 

    If you have any questions about the focus group or this project, please contact Anne Galang at   

    Link of the day

    30 years ago: Days of Thunder

    When and Where to get support

    Students can visit the Student Success Office online for supports including academic development, international student resources, leadership development, exchange and study abroad, and opportunities to get involved.

    Award from GSEF-GSA-GSPA for thesis-based master’s and PhD students who have lost funding because of COVID-19.

    Instructors can visit the Keep Learning website to get support on adapting their teaching and learning plans for an online environment. The following workshops are current offerings from the KL team (CTE, CEL, ITMS, LIB):

    Teaching Online: Basic Skills for TAs, June 1 to 30.

    Teaching Online: Advanced Skills for TAs, June 1 to 30.  

    Introduction to PebblePlus, Monday, June 29, 1:00 p.m. 

    Navigating Academic Integrity Issues in Online Teaching and Learning, Tuesday, June 30, 10:00 a.m.

    Introduction to OER Courses, Tuesday, July 7, 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. 

    Remote Course Design Essentials, Wednesday, July 8. 

    Introduction to Best OER’s in STEMThursday, July 9, 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    Employees can access resources to help them work remotely, including managing University records and privacy of personal information

    Interested in learning more about engaging your students in an online course? The Centre for Extended Learning has created a new resource for you called "Fostering Engagement: Facilitating Online Courses in Higher Education"

    This Open Educational Resource was designed for post-secondary instructors and teaching assistants who would like to better understand the critical role of facilitation in online course delivery, and build practical skills and strategies that are relevant, effective, and authentic.

    Here are some tips for staying healthy while working from home.

    The Writing and Communication Centre has gone virtual. We have many online services to help you meet your goals, including: Virtual Pre-booked and Drop-in appointments, Online workshopsVirtual Grad and Faculty Writing CafésInstagram Live Q&A sessionsLive PJ-Friendly Write-insOnline learning resources, and Online programming for Master’s and PhD students. Whatever you’re working on, we’re here to help! Visit our website for more information.

    We understand that these circumstances can be troubling, and you may need to speak with someone for emotional support. Good2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline based in Ontario, Canada that is available to all students.

    If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health Services or  Counselling Services.

    The Library has published a resource guide on how to avoid information overload.

    The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the FAUW blog for more information.

    The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the UWSA blog for more information.

    WUSA supports for students:

    Food Support Service food hampers are currently available from the Turnkey Desk on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre. If you have any questions please email us at

    MATES – Providing general online Peer Support via Skype to undergraduate students. To set up an appointment, please go to:

    Glow Centre - Providing online Peer Support for the LGBTQ2+ community via Skype to Undergraduate students. To set up an appointment, please go to:

    The Women’s Centre – Providing online Peer Support via Skype to undergraduate students. To set up an appointment, please go to:

    RAISE – Providing online Peer Support via Google to undergraduate students. To set up an appointment, please go to:

    The Bike Centre – Now open by appointment for your bicycle repair and rental needs in the Student Life Centre. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please go to:

    Centre for Academic Policy Support - CAPS is here to assist Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals. Please contact them at . More information at

    WUSA Commissioners who can help in a variety of areas that students may be experiencing during this time:

    WUSA Student Legal Protection Program - Seeking legal counsel can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time facing a legal issue. The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal advice in any area of law, including criminal. Just call 1-833-202-4571

    Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-844-741-6389.

    When and Where (but mostly when)

    Warriors Coaching Clinics. Every Wednesday from June 3 to July 15. Free online sessions highlighting a wide range of topics featuring Warriors Coaches and staff. Register in advance for the zoom link.

    Warriors Jump Into June Challenge. Weekly challenges from June 8 to July 4 (Movement, Sleep, Water and Nutrition). Post your photo for a chance to win a $100 box from truLOCAL each week. Stay healthy Warriors!

    Healthy Warriors at Home. Free programming including Online Fitness, Personal Training, Health Webinars, Personalized Nutrition and more. Open to students, staff, faculty and alumni. Register today.

    Waterloo Warriors Online Camps. Online youth experiences including basketball, hockey and multi-sport camps for a variety of ages. Starting at $48.00/week. Register today.

    Graduate literature reviews A: Organizing research, Monday, June 29, 10:00 a.m. Live Q & A on LEARN.

    International Live Chat #2 – Adjusting to a New Culture, Tuesday, June 30, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

    Navigating Academic Integrity Issues in Online Teaching and Learning, Tuesday, June 30, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

    Canada Day holiday, most University operations closed, Wednesday, July 1.

    Grammar studio I: The most common grammar trouble spots, Thursday, July 2, 2:00 p.m. Live Q & A on LEARN.

    University of Waterloo internal communications survey deadline, Friday, July 3.

    Design & deliver I: Structure and deliveryMonday, July 6, 10:00 am, Live Q & A on LEARN.

    HREI201: Cultivating Consent Culture from an Intersectional Lens, Monday, July 6, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    International Live Chat #3 – Thriving in First Year, Tuesday, July 7, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

    Science Live Chat, Wednesday, July 8, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Intro Session: Billion Dollar Briefing, Wednesday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.

    Grammar studio II: Sentence structure and punctuation, Thursday, July 9, 2:00 pm, Live Q & A on LEARN.

    Engineering Live Chat, Thursday, July 9, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.