Excitement is in the air at Orange College due to the construction in progress for their new planetarium. The funding for the project received a substantial boost when one of their previous teachers donated $1 million.
Mary McChesney’s generosity allows for a Foucault pendulum so the Earth’s rotation can be demonstrated. Since this will be the only pendulum of this type in the area Orange Coast College is looking forward to the scientific studies that will now be possible.
According to Mary McChesney her advanced age has not dimmed her love for the Orange Coast College and she wanted to help them achieve a future filled with excitement.
She made her donation in memory of her partner Adelyn Bonin who taught German at the college until her retirement in 1983. Ms. McChesney stated that half of the donation belonged to her partner and she was certain she was watching and smiling in approval.
Mary McChesney was an instructor in Spanish and English for 33 years and continued to contribute to the college after retirement. Although there were rumors of her upcoming donation the generous amount was a surprise for the college.
The new planetarium was officially underway in 2016 and the older version from the 1950’s was demolished. Technology dictated the college was in need of a new planetarium.
There will be adequate seating for 129 as well as an exhibit hall. The project has a projected cost of $20 million and should be completed in time for the fall semester in 2018.
The campus of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa covers 164 acres and is close to the lovely beaches of Southern California. The college began educating students in 1948 and is considered one of the best community colleges in Orange County.
Every semester 25,000 students walk through the doors to receive their educations. The facilities at Orange Coast College are excellent and they offer the latest available in technology.
They have a total of 135 programs for career and academics including an advanced nautical program. Almost half of the students attending the college enroll in one of these programs.
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