A new planetarium which is under construction at the Orange Coast College recently got an astronomical boost in form of a donation worth $1 million from a former instructor. The donation is from Mary McChesney who is a retired professor and it will be used in funding a Foucault pendulum which is a device used in demonstrating the rotation of the earth. According to the officials of Costa Mesa College, the Foucault pendulum will be the first and only pendulum of its kind to be found in the Orange County. In a statement, McChesney stated that the new planetarium will serve as a center of scientific studies for the students at the college and also the surrounding community.
McChesney who is 91 years old said that although she has grown old, her love for the college still remains very much alive. She added that the college holds the promise for a wonderful and exciting future. According to Mary McChesney, the donation was made in honor of Adelyn Bonin, her late partner who died in January. Also a professor working at OCC where she taught German, Bonin retired in 1983. McChesney stated that she knows her partner would be happy with the donation since half of it is hers and that she hopes Adelyn would approve of what they are doing.
McChesney worked in OCC for almost 33 years where she taught Spanish and English before she retired in 1983. According to the Executive Director at the Orange Coast College Foundation, Doug Bennett, McChesney has been a consistent contributor to scholarships at the college and the foundation. The new planetarium is expected to be opened at the start of the 2018 fall semester.
A community college, the Orange Coast College is located in Orange County, California in the United States. The college was established in 1947 and its first classes opened during the fall of 1948. The Orange Coast College offers two-year associate science and art degrees, lower-division classes and certificates of achievements. The college enrolls almost 24,000 undergraduate students and it is the third largest college in the Orange County.
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