Orange Coast College Constructs A New Planetarium

A former instructor at Orange Coast College boosted the construction of a planetarium at the school with a $1 million donation. The endowment was made by Professor Mary McChesney, who is retired.

The funds will be used to construct a Foucault pendulum, an instrument used to show the Earth’s rotation. Officials from the university stated that it would be the first and only pendulum of it nature in Orange county.

Professor McChesney said that the planetarium should be used for scientific studies by college students and the surrounding community. She made the donation in honor of her departed partner Adelyn Bonin.

Adelyn was also a professor at Orange Coast College before retiring in 1983. Mary taught English and Spanish at Orange Coast College before also retiring in 1983. She has been regular contributor to the school via foundations and scholarships. Officials were aware that she was planning to make a donation but amount being donated surprised them all.

The planetarium will include an exhibit hall from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and an auditorium with a seating capacity of 128. Apart from Orange Coast College students, the planetarium will serve students from neighboring areas and members of the community. Officials have a budget of $20 million for the project which will be raised for 2012 bond measure.

According to Crunchbase, Orange Coast College is a community college in California. It was first founded in 1947, holding its first classes in the fall of 1948. The college provides art degrees, science degrees, certificates of achievement and lower division certificates. The school enrolls 24000 students making it the third institution of higher learning in Orange County.

It is located 40 miles south of Los Angeles. The school has a diverse population with a good number of Hispanic and Asian students. Only three percent of students are from outside the state of California. The school has many active clubs and sports teams. Learn more about Orange Coast College: https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Orange-Coast-College-Reviews-E129415.htm and https://www.linkedin.com/edu/orange-coast-college-20116

The school does not provide on campus housing and local housing is a bit difficult to get. The school is undergoing rapid expansion with the construction of a library in 2008 and a Starbucks in the new Art Center.