Retired Professor Mary McChesney has long been part of Orange Coast College, both for her contributions as an educator and her continued participation in its role as a staple of the community. Having spent more than 30 years in their language department, instructing English and Spanish, McChesney continues to contribute to the college with a donation of $1 million to go towards the completion of their new planetarium.
McChesney, who is 91, has stated that Orange Coast College continues to be an institution of learning that she very much respects and sees as important to the student body and those living in the area. The construction of a new planetarium can only contribute to that reputation by engendering interest in astronomy as a field of study. For that to happen, McChesney gladly donated $1 million in Adelyn Bonin’s name, a fellow professor at Orange Coast College and her late partner. This donation will go towards the construction of a Foucault pendulum, helping to simulate the rotation of the Earth for demonstrations.
McChesney’s donation has been greatly appreciated by Orange Coast College Foundation’s Executive Director Doug Bennet, but in a recent statement he pointed out how she’s continued to be a respected figure for her commitment. Though McChesney retired in 1983, she has continued to be part of the college’s foundation, helping to decide its direction and even allocate funds for scholarships. That she would also choose to be so generous with this donation is just another example of her commitment to education.
Orange Coast College expects to open the doors to its new planetarium by Fall 2018.
About Orange Coast College:
Orange Coast College (OCC) has been a leader in higher education for the Southern California community of Costa Mesa sine 1947. This includes upwards of 130 academic programs made available to the tens of thousands of students that enroll each semester, many of which take advantage of OCC’s technical offerings.
OCC has consistently ranked first in Orange County for having its students continue their education at higher institutions like University of California and California State University schools across the state. Other students seek out other education opportunities in private institutions or travel beyond the state.
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