A former Orange Coast College professor donated a hefty $1-million for the construction of a new planetarium. The planetarium will include a Foucault pendulum, which is a device that showcases the rotation of the Earth. College Administrators are excited to say that they will be hosting the only Foucault pendulum in all of Orange County.
Retired professor Mary McChesney, 91-years old, is more than happy for making this planetarium possible. She said that it is open to all OCC students, as well as the community for scientific learning. McChesney gifted the money in high-respect for the memory of her deceased lover, Adelyn Bonin. Bonin was an instructor at the college as well, teaching German.
McChesney was a professor of English and Spanish at OCC for 33 years and was a regular benefactor for many years. As a way of showing an enormous amount of appreciation for the school, she donated a million bucks. The planetarium is expected to be open by the fall of 2018.
Orange Coast College was founded back in 1947. Classes began in the fall of 1948 and gives students the ability to study for art and science associate degrees. These associate degrees are expected to be completed within 2 years of study. This community college is oftentimes used as a stepping stone to university admissions, and provides certificates upon the successful completion of certain classes. OCC admits roughly 24,000 students and is the third largest community college in Orange County.
OCC is popular amongst locals and includes clubs and sport teams, as well as an organized Associated Student Body. Local housing is expensive and the college currently does not provide on-campus living. This is made up by the amount of successful students from OCC transferring to prominent universities such as the University of California and California State University.
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