Orange Coast College was recently able to recieve a $1 million donation towards a new planetarium. The planetarium was a gift given to the college by Mary McChesney, a former retired professor. The $1 million donation will also be used towards a Foucault pendulum.
The Foucault pendulum is a device that will be used to help demonstrate Earth’s rotation. Costa Mesa college has stated that the pendulum is going to be only one of its kind in all of Orange County.
McChesney made the donation in honor of Adelyn Bonin, who was her partner who sadly died in January. Bonin retired in 1983 from teching German as a professor at OCC. Before having retired McChesney taught Spanish and English at OCC. Learn more about Orange Coast College: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/academics/class_schedule/Pages/default.aspx
Through the years McChesney had become known for being a great contributor to scholarships and the foundation. The grounds for the planetarium was officially broken in 2016. Before construction on the new planetarium could begain they had to demolish the old one that was said to of be built in the 1950’s.
Orange Coast College is located in Orange County, California and is known for being a community college. The school was founded in 1947 and officially started their classes in the fall of 1948. Each year the school is said to enroll well over 24,000 undergraduate students.
Currently, the school is known for being the third largest school in Orange County. It is no wonder why so many California students are in a hurry to attend Orange Coast College.