Orange Coast College has been working on the demolition of their old planetarium and the construction of their new planetarium. They unexpectedly received a very generous donation in the amount of $1 million dollars. It was received from a former retired professor that has a profound love for the prestigious college. Mary McChesney donated the money to the college to help fund the structure model for the pendulum. It will be a device that will focus to demonstrate the Earth’s rotation. Her love for the college has remained a focus for the 91-year-old retiree. Her donation will help with hope for a promising future and will allow for many people to enjoy the scientific aspect of the planetarium. Aside from her love towards the college, she wanted to make the donation in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin. Bonin was also a professor at OOC who taught German until she decided to retire in 1983. McChesney also retired in 1983 after 33 years of teaching English and Spanish. Throughout the years, McChesney has also been an avid supporter to many foundations and scholarships within the community. The planetarium that was originally built has been around since 1950. With all of the changes in technology and the advancements made through science, it was definitely time to start the construction of a new one. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall 2018 semester.
Orange Coast College is a community college located in Orange County offering associate of art and science degrees. It was founded in 1947 and offered college courses in 1948. For over 70 years, OOC has been providing quality education for many students. They are ranked as the number one community college in California, and many graduates move on to attend universities throughout the nation. They currently education around 25,000 students per semester and offer a full range of college courses during the fall, winter, spring and summer. OCC continues to be one of the top community colleges with their great location and exceptional professors. They are continually advancing their technology along with their classrooms to enhance learning and focus.