OCC Students to Benefit from a New Planetarium

Technology is changing at a fast rate rendering some facilities obsolete. Orange Coast College abbreviated as OCC had to demolish its old planetarium to construct a modern one. The modern planetarium is expected to cost the institution a whopping $20 million. OCC will fund the project from a 2012 bond measure and donations from well-wishers. Recently, a former professor donated $1 million towards the project. Mary McChesney, 91, taught at OCC for 33 years before retiring in 1983. She is a specialist in English and Spanish languages. McChesney’s donation will be used to purchase a Foucault pendulum, an essential device in modern planetariums.

What could have led McChesney to make such a generous contribution? McChesney attributes her gesture to her long association with OCC, 33 years. She also affirms that the gift was meant to honor her late partner Adelyn Bonin who died at the start of 2017. Bonin was also a professor at OCC before retiring with McChesney in 1983. She was a German instructor. McChesney believes           that the new planetarium will be resourceful to the institution. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-recycling-20170914-story.html

Doug Bennett, executive director of the OCC Foundation, lauded McChesney’s effort. He affirmed that McChesney had always been an active member of the foundation contributing towards scholarships and other good courses. Bennett was delighted by McChesney’s donation; he referred to it as generous. Bennett expects that the new planetarium will benefit OCC students, other interested students, and members of the community. According to Bennett, the new planetarium will be a major improvement from the old one. The new improvements include an additional sitting capacity and exhibit hall. Officials commissioned the construction of the modern planetarium in 2016, and they expect that the facility will be up and running in 2018. Learn more: https://www.niche.com/colleges/orange-coast-college/

OCC was established in 1947, but learning in the institution began in 1948. The community college is one of the many colleges located in the Orange County, California. The college sits on an expansive piece of land, 164 acres. OCC enrolls more than 25,000 students every semester. Among the community colleges in Orange County, OCC is the third largest regarding the population of students.