A formal recognition and reception, honoring the gift and the striking new addition to Mount Mercy's campus, was held on Tuesday, December 6 in the new Transamerica Corridor. Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake welcomed Transamerica representatives and offered a special thank-you.
Transamerica has a long history of supporting Mount Mercy students through endowed scholarships and capital projects, as well as through a program that matches employee contributions. The new gift commitment continues this community relationship.
"We've had a longstanding partnership with Mount Mercy, and are tremendously committed to Mount Mercy's position in the community and the role that Mount Mercy plays in making Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa a greater place to live," said Steve Pitts, director of TCM technology services for Transamerica Capital Management.
University Center is the centerpiece of the Mount Mercy community. Built between the twin pillars of Regina and McAuley residence halls, University Center is the first construction in Mount Mercy's Campus Master Plan, and was officially opened during Mount Mercy's Homecoming celebrations on September 30, 2011.
The 43,500-square-foot facility houses a new Commons, the dining center, the campus store, four conference rooms and numerous offices, including student life, admissions and student engagement.
"We are proud of this milestone in Mount Mercy's history, and are honored to partner with a strong community leader such as Transamerica as we continue to make strides in promoting innovative technology and living space for our students," says Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake.
Mount Mercy broke ground on the University Center in May 2010. The $6 million facility includes a new pedestrian plaza, outdoor terrace and new green space.