The Orange Coast College recently received a donation of one million dollars from a former professor, Mary McChesney, which will be used to fund a Foucault pendulum for the new planetarium that is currently being built. McChesney has disclosed that the donation was made because she wanted to honor her partner, Adelyn Bonin, who passed in January of 2017. Both women were language professors at Orange Coast College, McChesney of Spanish and English and Bonin of German, before they retired in 1983. McChesney holds hope that Bonin will look down from the sky and approve of the new construction and plans as McChesney shares half the credit with her late partner.
Doug Bennett, who is the executive director of the Orange Coast College Foundation, has given a quote about McChesney, saying she has been, “an ongoing contributor to the foundation and to scholarships.” He also said that he had known of her thoughts to donate but didn’t know just how far she’d go with her generosity. The necessity for the new planetarium stemmed from the previous one being broken down in 2016. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html
In contrast to the old planetarium, which sat about 35, the new one has room for 129 as well as an exhibit hall where there will be a display globe from the weather administration NOAA.
The goal is to open the planetarium for the fall semester of 2018.
Orange County College, or OCC, is a community college that is located in Costa Mesa, California. It was created in 1947 after voters requested a new junior college. Set on 164 acres and with a motto of “We’ll help you get there”, OCC is one of the three community colleges in the district. Many noteworthy people have attended OCC, from singers to actors to Olympic Champions. Ever since 1948, OCC’s campus newspaper has been The Coast Report. 5000 copies are distributed weekly. Learn more: https://www.niche.com/colleges/orange-coast-college/