McChesney Foucault Pendulum Donation To OCC
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.