Orange Coast College Receiving Major Upgrades to Planetarium

A former professor of both English and Spanish at Orange Coast College has made a one million dollar donation to fund upgrades to the college’s planetarium. Ninety one year old Mary McChesney made the donation early this past July and plans to put the money to use are already in place. Despite her background as an instructor of language McChesney has always had a love and interest in astronomy and felt her gift to the school would be well appreciated by all. The one million dollar gift will be used to purchase what is known as a Foucault pendulum. This extremely scientific and sensitive device is used almost perfectly mimic the rotation of the Earth on a much smaller and more observable scale. McChesney also plans for the device to be available to not only faculty and students but also to be used to educated the community and gain recognition for the college where she taught for 33 years. McChesney is a frequent donor of many scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need and seek to attend Orange Coast College. The planetarium is set to be completed by the beginning of the fall semester in 2018. The generous donation was made in the name of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who was also a retired language professor at Orange Coast College.


Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 and is located in Costa Mesa, California. As of the fall semester of 2016 roughly 25,000 students attended the California community college. Notable alumni of Orange Coast College include Diane Keaton who is best known for her role in the popular film series The Godfather and Blake Anderson who is best known for his role on the comedy show Workaholics. Their notable academic achievements include the restoration of a sailing base on an island off of the coast of California that is used to study biodiversity of aquatic life. Orange Coast College is well known for its two year arts and sciences associate degrees and giving students the core knowledge necessary to then transfer to larger four year colleges and universities.


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