Orange Coast College was founded in 1947. This is a community college that is located in Orange County California. OCC has over 25,000 enrolled students and is the third largest college in Orange County California. OCC is located in Costa Mesa California which is roughly 40 miles south from Los Angeles. It is recognized as one of the top transfer colleges in California and provides students with lower division courses that are optimal for transfer.
While Orange Coast College is widely known for its rowing team, it recently received donations that now put it on the map for a updated planetarium. Mary McChesney was a professor for Orange Coast College that recently retired. She decided to make a one million dollar donation to the college to help fund a Foucault pendulum in the on campus planetarium. This device is used to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth. This gift is so outstanding because this is the only Foucault pendulum in all of Orange County California. McChesney feels as though this will be a wonderful addition not only to the college but it will also benefit all of the surrounding communities.
Mary McChesney decided to make this generous donation to honor her late partner Adelyn Bonin. Adelyn passed away in January of 2017 and she was a German teacher at Orange County College until her retirement in the early 1980’s. Mary McChesney also taught English and Spanish at OCC before her 1983 retirement.
The old planetarium at OCC could only seat about 35 people. The new one that is currently being constructed will be able to seat 129 people in its auditorium. The new planetarium will have an exhibit hall that will be featuring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science on a Sphere Globe. The new planetarium will cost about twenty million dollars to build and 2.6 million of that was supplied by donators which include McChesneys generous donation.
It is very well known that earlier this year Donald Trump assumed his role as president. It is also well know that several months before he became president, Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos as his Secretary of Education. Earlier this year, the Senate voted her into office. There are very good reasons that Trump chose her. Devils certainly aren’t a newbie on the educational scene. Prior to her nomination she had spent more than twenty years leading the national school reform movement.
Her primary objective has always been to break down needless bureaucracy, heighten the educational experience of underserved students, and to give school choice to families of all social status. Although Betsy Devos was content with her former leadership standing, she is incredibly honored and delighted with this new role. She is looking forward to working with the president on their shared educational visions. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org
Devos was born and raised in Michigan where most of her labors in this area have taken place. After graduating from Holland Christian High School, she attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids where she graduated with a B.A. Michigan-based, privately held investment and management firm. Until recently, Devos also chaired both the American Federation for Children and The Philanthropy Roundtable. In the past, she has also served on the boards of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Enterprise Institute, Kids Hope USA, and Mars Hill Bible Church.
The first of these is an educational organization that seeks to empower low-income families and to give them free choice in selecting whatever school they want. As busy a woman as she is, Devos is also very active in her community. In the past she served on the boards of ArtPrize, American Enterprise Institute, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the University of Maryland. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.
Devos’ relationship with politics is a years-long. Throughout the decades she has been elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party four times. She and her husband, Dick DeVos have four children and five grandchildren. Both of them are extremely busy people, but are both extremely happy and content with their positions in life.