Mary McChesney, a retired professor, donated a hefty amount of money to Orange Coast College. Orange Coast Community College was not expecting the one million dollar donation, but was very thankful for the donation. It will be used to fund a Foucault pendulum. The gift is greatly appreciated and they are excited to complete the project set to be finished in Fall of 2018. It will be a one of a kind pendulum in Orange County and will be a great center for scientific studies. McChesney retired in 1983 as well as her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who passed away in January. McChesney donated the gift in honor of her partner because they both had a passionate resource for teaching at OOC. Bonin taught German at OOC and McChesney taught English and Spanish for 33 years. McChesney thoroughly enjoyed teaching and making a different in lives. She also participates in many scholarships and community projects. The old planetarium that exists at the college was constructed in the 1950s. It was definitely time for a new advancement and she is so happy to be able to donate the funds to help. The old planetarium could only fit around 35 people. The new one will be built to accompany 129 people with an exhibit hall featuring a National Oceanic and Atmospheric display.
Orange Coast Community College is located on 164 acres of land close to the beach in Southern California. The college was built in Costa Mesa in 1947 and students began classes shortly after in 1948. It’s one of the nation’s largest and most successful community colleges with over 25,000 students that attend each term. They offer classes throughout the entire year with summer school a valid option for many. It is the number one two year degree college in California and almost half of the students are enrolled in one of the Career and Technical Education programs. OCC stands firm in their mission to provide affordable education with licensed trades and professors who are highly skilled. For many decades they have been committed to provided quality education with exceptional options to students all over the world. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html