Aegon/Transamerica believes “everybody deserves to feel confident and secure in their tomorrow.” This includes students at the University of Northern Iowa
To recognize its outstanding commitment to UNI, the UNI Foundation recently honored Aegon/Transamerica as the recipient of the 2015 Corporation and Foundation Award. This award is presented to a corporation, foundation or organization that has demonstrated generosity to UNI through significant leadership giving, dedicated long-term service and assistance to UNI students and faculty through recruitment opportunities and/or programming support.
Dave Blankenship (left with President Bill Ruud), a senior vice president at Aegon/Transamerica, accepted the Corporation and Foundation Award on the company’s behalf on Friday, November 20 at the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration.
“Aegon/Transamerica has done so much for the university in so many ways for so many years,” Dr. Art Cox, director of the UNI Center for Real Estate Education. “Its support is hugely beneficial to the students and also gratifying because its support shows their trust and ratification of what we are doing at UNI.”
Aegon/Transamerica is one of the world’s leading providers of life insurance, pensions and asset management, operating in 20 countries including the USA. The company conducts business as Transamerica in the United States with major operations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where it employs approximately 250 UNI graduates in accounting, real estate, finance and information technology -making it a top employer of UNI alumni.
Aegon/Transamerica began supporting University of Northern Iowa students in 1984. The company has financially contributed annually ever since, donating over $1.3 million to the university over the past 28 years. The company has contributed to UNI’s Early Childhood Center, the Iowa Math Coalition, the Real Estate Program, and scholarships and international opportunities for students in the College of Business Administration.
The company’s most recent gift to the university will create the Aegon Transamerica Technology & Data Analytics Lab within the UNI College of Business Administration. Aegon/Transamerica’s funding will be used to expand the curriculum to include business analytics; update a physical space to provide a technology rich, collaborative work environment; create a simulated trading room with up-to-date, industry-relevant software; and provide faculty enrichment opportunities to fully utilize and teach the technologies and analytic skills demanded of graduates within their individual fields.
“Aegon/Transamerica has such a strong presence and name recognition among students on this campus because they make a point of asking how they can support UNI students,” said Laura Wilson, the assistant director of Career Services. “They want to be involved in the education and professional development of our students from day one.”
Aegon/Transamerica invests more than financial resources into the university, as many employees give their time and talents to better UNI students. They provide job shadows, participate in mock interviews, talk with student groups and organizations and host groups on the Aegon/Transamerica campus.
Dr. Art Cox said “The example Aegon/Transamerica sets from other employers and organizations is that engagement on their part gives better access to the students and makes them more likely to hire the best and brightest of our graduates. “
“We are grateful for Aegon/Transamerica’s support of our students through learning experiences, student organizations and the classroom,” Wilson said. “We fully appreciate its efforts to not just recruit our talented students, but also to invest in building valuable skills and professionalism. “