Friday, November 6, 2020

PAC to the future: Warriors unveil new floor named for founding athletics director

Athletics staff, wearing masks, stand atop the new Carl Totzke Court.

This article was originally featured on the Athletics and Recreation website.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation is extremely excited to unveil the brand new Physical Activities Complex (PAC) gym floor that was completely removed and replaced. The PAC floor, installed over 50 years ago, has undergone multiple facelifts but after decades of use was due for a complete overhaul. The new floor, a Robbins' MVP floor by Robbins Sports Surfaces, is now a high-performance flooring system and surface that will enhance the student-athlete experience.

A close-up of the inscription on the court showing Carl Totzke's signature.The main court has been renamed after the late and founding member of the University of Waterloo, Carl Totzke (1926-2015). Totzke was the Athletic Director at Waterloo College (1954-1956) prior to assuming the same role at the University of Waterloo in 1957. Totzke retired on Oct 1, 1989 after 33 years. Totzke's vision, that he established in 1957 and which emphasized fun and hard work, continues to be the foundation for our present-day Warriors.

Totzke's granddaughter, Carly Cousineau, put it in to words perfectly when describing the impact her grandfather has left on the Warriors community. "If I learned anything from my Papa, it's that at the end of the day, it's not about what you have or what you've accomplished. It's about inspiring and lifting others while positively impacting lives. It's about what you've given back. That is success. That is creating a legacy."

Totzke was an outstanding leader and sport administrator. His contributions to Canadian sport are immeasurable, while he made numerous contributions to the Waterloo community. Totzke accepted the challenge of building the department from scratch and did so in an unforgettable manner. 

"Carl was a true pioneer of our institution and of intercollegiate sport in Canada," said Roly Webster, director of athletics and recreation. "Carl built a foundation and philosophy that impacted so many and we are incredibly proud that we can honour his legacy in the naming of the spectacular new PAC gym floor." 

Carl Totzke.In his first year he organized football, men's hockey, and men's basketball to compete in the OIAA (Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association), now OUA (Ontario University Athletics). Over the course of the next 33 years, Totzke built the department into one of the most broadly-based programs in the country.  Currently the University of Waterloo houses 31 varsity teams with over 600 student-athletes while catering to over 30,000 participants per year in recreation programming and is recognized across Canada as a front-runner in student leadership opportunities.

In 1982, Totzke received the J.P. Loosemore Award from the OUAA (Ontario University Athletics Association) now OUA, awarded to an individual who exemplifies the best in university sport in terms of ethics, integrity, and honesty. In 1989, Totzke was presented with the Austin-Matthews Award by the CIAU (Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union), now U SPORTS, for his outstanding contribution to the development of interuniversity sport in Canada.

The Totzke Trophy, for Waterloo's male athlete of the year, is named after Carl and is awarded annually for athletic skill, sportsmanship, citizenship, academic proficiency, and outstanding contribution to a varsity program.

"My Dad believed that Athletics and Recreation were important parts of a well-rounded education," said Carl's son Paul Totzke. "He would be honoured to be a part of anything that improved the school experience for students here at the University of Waterloo."

Carl's daughter Sue Cousineau shared the same sentiments of honouring Carl's legacy. "Our entire family is so honoured that the university is recognizing him by naming the main PAC court after him. This is a place he spent many hours cheering on the Warriors, and he would be elated that his name will forever be a part of the Warriors rich history." 

In addition to the naming of the Carl Totzke Court, the location of the buzzer beating shot to the win the 1974-75 National Championship is forever etched into the floor. Phil Goggins (BA '74) hit the shot in the final seconds to lift the Warriors past Manitoba, 80-79 in front of over 5,000 fans at the PAC, a moment that those who experienced it will never forget. 

"Looking back on the footage and seeing that shot go in still gives me goosebumps," said Webster. "I can't imagine what the feeling was for that team and the fans in attendance, the building must have been shaking. It is very special that we can memorialize this significant event of our history."

The PAC has recently reopened, and the new floor is being enjoyed by varsity teams and open recreation participants. 

"Although it is unfortunate that we cannot yet have varsity competition on the floor, I am thrilled to see students enjoying the shiny new surface. When we finally can resume game action on the floor, it is going to be premiere venue for student-athletes and fans."

About the new gym floor - Robbins Sports Surfaces MVP Floor

The Robbins' MVP floor focuses on optimizing biomechanical interaction between athlete and floor by minimizing vibration and maximizing uniformity, while maintaining proper energy return. The flooring system installed in PAC was done by Gym-Con and is a high-performance floor used in many professional sporting facilities throughout North America. 

Book pickup service expanded to more library locations

A message from the Library.

Book Pickup at Porter graphic showing a wheeled cart full of books. We are pleased to announce that the three campus book pickup services have now joined together within Omni, the Library’s catalogue. Materials will be delivered to the pickup location of your choice: Dana Porter Library, Milton Good Library, and Musagetes Architecture Library in Cambridge.

University of Waterloo faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows may request physical items from the print collections of:

  • Musagetes Architecture Library,
  • Milton Good Library, Conrad Grebel,
  • Witer Learning Resource Centre,
  • Davis Centre Library, and
  • Dana Porter Library.

Service details

Masks must be worn when entering the libraries, and other safety protocols will be in place.

Coming soon

  • Book delivery by mail: Mailing out of print items will be an option for faculty, graduate students and staff who are unable to make use of the print pickup service. Requested items will be mailed out to any address in Canada.
  • Requesting items from the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the TriUniversity Annex for Waterloo faculty, students and staff:  Physical items will begin to be available through Omni, the Library's catalogue.

Follow the library services and operations update page for changes on all services that are being redeveloped in response to the pandemic. We look forward to enhancing library services further to support and engage with you.

The University of Waterloo and the University of Strathclyde invite you to a Fireside Chat

A Fireside Chat banner featuring Feridun Hamdullahpur and Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathcylde.

The University of Waterloo and the University of Strathclyde are jointly hosting a virtual research colloquium, expected to provide an interactive space for graduate students from the participating universities to present their research and receive constructive feedback from international scholars in their respective fields.

Graduate students from both institutions have submitted more than 50 abstracts in research areas such as, Nuclear Engineering, Quantum Technology, Digital Health, Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship. An abstract review committee, comprising faculty from both universities have selected 24 graduate students to present at the colloquium slated for Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 9:00 am to 2:00pm.

“This initiative aims to strengthen the mutually beneficial long-term research collaborations between the two universities, and to support engagement of Waterloo faculty and graduate students to explore new opportunities with their Strathclyde colleagues, “ said Bessma Momani, Interim  Assistant Vice-President, International Relations, Waterloo International.

Although the research presentation sessions are reserved for participants only, both president Hamdullahpur and Principal McDonald have extended an invitation to the University community to attend the keynote Fireside Chat taking place on Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 9.00am to 10.15am. Discussions will focus on the purpose of the colloquium and expected outcomes, as well as global developments and  challenges and opportunities for higher education in the post-COVID world. All University of Waterloo members are encouraged to attend this keynote.

Please register here by Monday, November 9 to receive the link to the event.

Beyond the Bulletin Podcast Episode 65

The Beyond the Bulletin Podcast logo featuring two vintage microphones.

The latest episode of the Beyond the Bulletin Podcast is now live. Mental health professionals sometimes prescribe mindfulness for stress management. And for some companies, it’s big business. Jeff Wilson, a professor at Renison University College and a member of the Religious Studies department in the Waterloo Faculty of Arts, discusses the changing face of mindfulness as well as its benefits. Waterloo holds a series of events to build a culture of wellbeing. The University participates in Treaties Recognition Week. UW Fitness launches a remote workout series. And the president provides an update on University business in his latest President’s Virtual Town Hall.

Link of the day

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

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.

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):

Independent Remote Course Design Essentials. Self-directed, continuous self-enrollment course in LEARN.

Remote Course Design Essentials, beginning Wednesday, November 11. 

NEW - Connecting your students to course material, Thursday, November 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Assessment Design Cafe, Friday, November 20, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Employees can access resources to help them work remotely, including managing University records and privacy of personal information. Here are some tips for staying healthy while working from home.

The Writing and Communication Centre is rolling out virtual services and programs for fall term: 

  • Undergrad students -- work with us to brainstorm, draft, revise, and polish assignments by meeting with our writing advisors in virtual appointments. Chat with our friendly and knowledgeable peer tutors in our virtual drop-ins and PJ-friendly writing groups. Or experience an online workshop at your own pace. 
  • First-year Warriors! Check out Waterloo Ready to Write to build your skills for writing success.
  • Graduate Students -- meet with an advisor in a virtual appointments, take an online workshop,  join the grad writing community at our Virtual Writing Cafés and #WaterlooWrites groups, develop your academic voice at Speak Like a Scholar, or make progress on your thesis at Dissertation Boot Camp.
  • Instructors and faculty -- Request and access WCC workshops for use in your courses, join a virtual writing group, or speak with a writing advisor about a writing project.

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. You can also contact the University's Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment.

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.

The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre facilitates the sharing of Indigenous knowledge and provides culturally relevant information and support services for all members of the University of Waterloo community, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff, and faculty.

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

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 1-833-628-5589.

When and Where (but mostly when)

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

Renison English Language Institute continues to offer virtual events and workshops to help students practice their English language skills.

Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle, until December 2020. Join your fellow Warriors, donate blood and help us win the Blood Battle against Laurier for a second year in a row. Set up a profile or add the PFL code: UNIV960995 to your account if you have a account already. Questions? Contact

Waterloo’s annual travel survey for employees and students is available until Friday, November 6.

IT Seminar: Office 365 Apps - Sway, Forms, Friday November 6, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Join online.

Portage-Global Water Futures Research Data Management webinar series: “Using the Open Science Framework to Enhance Your Research Projects”  Friday, November 6, 1:00 p.m. Registration details  are available here.

Sportsnet Hockey Hack: Powered by Rogers 5G participation applications close Monday, November 9.

Shift Neutral Town Hall, Tuesday, November 10. 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Map the System Student Webinar, hosted by the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, Tuesday, November 10, 3:00 p.m. Registration required.

Social Justice Wednesdays presents a Virtual Discussion with Dr. Greta Kroeker, "The Artemisia Project and Rape Culture in Early Modern Europe,” Wednesday November 11, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., Webex meeting invite available through link.

Noon Hour Concert: The Path before Me - A Woman's Journey (Premiere), Wednesday, November 11, 12:30 p.m.

PhD oral defences

Sociology & Legal Studies. Rod Missaghian, "The Post-Secondary Decision-Making Process for At-Risk Students in Ontario." Supervisor, Janice Aurini. Available upon request from the Faculty of Arts, Graduate Studies and Research Officer. Oral defence Wednesday, November 11, 12:30 p.m.

Combinatorics and Optimization. Shima Bab Hadiashar, "Quantum Compression and Quantum Learning via Information Theory." Supervisor, Ashwin Nayak. Thesis available from MGO - Oral defence Monday, November 16, 8:30 a.m.

School of Public Health and Health Systems. Jasmin Bhawra, "A five-country evaluation of nutrition labelling policies: consumer use, understanding, and knowledge of processed foods." Supervisor, David Hammond. Email AHS Graduate Administration at for a copy. Oral defence Monday, November 16, 11:00 a.m.

Kinesiology. Laura Williams, "Dual-Task Effects of Concurrently Coupling Aerobic Exercise with Virtual Navigation." Supervisor, William McIlroy. Email AHS Graduate Administration at for a copy. Oral defence Thursday, November 19, 1:00 p.m.

Pyschology. Tiffany Doan, "Children use probability to infer other people’s emotions." Supervisor, Stephanie Denison. Thesis available upon request from the Faculty of Arts, Graduate Studies and Research Officer. Oral defence Friday, November 20, 1:00 p.m.