Posner has a special relationship with both campuses, being from the last graduating class of Sir George Williams University in 1974, just prior to its merger with Loyola to form Concordia University. With a degree in biochemistry, she was offered five jobs on the same day, yet immediately became enchanted with the Loyola Campus upon her first real visit there.
“To be honest, I didn’t really even know where it was,” she admits. “I had driven past it and wondered about the building with a tower, but didn’t know what was there, let alone how wonderful the campus is.”
Posner recalls picnic-table lunches and enjoying watermelon on hot days atop the Drummond Building. “Even today, there’s more of a tight-knit community at Loyola because there are fewer places to venture off campus for lunch or coffee,” she says. “Although it’s changed a lot, it remains the same in some good ways.”
However, the Loyola Campus entered an uncertain period in the years before the millennium. Posner credits Lillian Vineberg, BFA 83, for heading a task force in 1997-98 that recommended a revitalization of the campus. Vineberg also oversaw some of that renewal as chair of Concordia’s Board of Governors from 1993 to 2003.
The university’s Master Space Plan 2000-2015 has since opened a new chapter for the campus, introducing an impressive slate of facilities for the sciences, preventive healthcare and research, as well as other studies. (See “Loyola today” below.)
“Loyola is attracting some of the world’s brightest young faculty because they recognize that the campus and the university have become an important hub of multidisciplinary scientific research,” Roy says. “The surrounding community is also slowly recognizing the increasing role that this campus is taking in promoting overall health and wellness.”