Retired Professor Donates $1 million To College

There is a new planetarium that is undergoing construction at Orange Coast College. A retired professor who has a strong bond with the popular college donated one million dollars to fund a Foucault pendulum, which is a device that demonstrates the Earth in rotation. Officials are excited for the new pendulum as it will be the only one of its kind in Orange County. The professor’s name is Mary McChesney who retired from OCC in 1983. She is looking forward to the new center and states that it will be a “center of scientific studies for college students as well as the surrounding community.” The 91-year-old professor is looking forward to the finished structure and the promising future it will provide for many. Mary McChesney taught English and Spanish at Orange Coast College for 33 years and has taken part in many scholarship foundation programs. The planetarium broke ground in 2016 and will include a 129 seat auditorium that features a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science on a Sphere display globe. Potentially speaking, the planetarium could seat about 35 visitors. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/orange-coast-college#/entity

 

Orange Coast College is a 164 acre campus that is located in Costa Mesa in Southern California. With only minutes from the beach, the college is one of the nation’s largest and finest community colleges. They currently enroll approximately 25,000 students each semester and offer over 135 academic career programs. OCC was founded in 1947 and has continued to thrive for over 70 years. Classes began in 1948 and the popularity, along with the technology quickly grew throughout the curriculum of the college. OCC is ranked as the number one community college in Orange County with its highly advanced classrooms and technology. Many of the students that attend OCC transfer to private colleges and universities within California and across the world. They offer classes all year long and work to make the learning process fun and contagious. They are proudly accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. They are looking forward to the positive changes happening within the college and are thankful to have such wonderful staff and students. Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Coast_College