A recent donation by retired professor Mary McChesney is helping Orange Coast College to add a Foucault pendulum to the new planetarium currently under construction. The Foucault pendulum is a device that is used to demonstrate how our Earth rotates. It will be the only pendulum of its kind in Orange County.
Orange Coast College, OCC, is located in Costa Mesa, California. OCC was originally founded in 1947 and the planetarium dated back to the 1950’s, explaining the need for a newly updated place to study planets.
OCC offers over 135 academic and career programs in a vast array of areas. They also boast the highest rate of students that successfully transfer to the University of California and California State University systems.
Orange Coast College features an outstanding athletics program that continually achieves both state wide and national success. The Pirates have a rich tradition of sporting excellence. OCC has produced championship teams in many areas including football, baseball, and volleyball.
A large part of the reason that OCC continues to thrive is thanks to truly outstanding professors that care about each student and their academic career. Retired professor Mary McChesney made the astronomical donation in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, also a retired OCC educator.
Their love for the students of OCC and the surrounding community is evident in this generous gift. She hopes that the donation will benefit the students and deepen their love for science.
Construction on the new planetarium began in 2016. College officials plan to open the updated center in time for the Spring 2018 semester.
This learning facility will also be open to local students in grades K through 12, as well as local residents. Overall, this gift of generosity will make an incredible addition the OCC for generations of learners.
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