A generous retired professor at Orange Coast College named Mary McChesney recently made a donation of one million dollars to the school’s planetarium; more specifically, the money will be used to build a pendulum device that demonstrates how the earth is spinning.
The pendulum will be the only one of its type in Orange County, and both students and the public will have access to it. Learn more about Norman Pattiz: https://www.linkedin.com/edu/orange-coast-college-20116
McChesney, who is 91, taught Spanish and English at the college for decades until retiring in 1983. Her gift to the planetarium was in honor of her late partner, who was also a professor at the college.
The gift came at a perfect time – just when the school was looking at making upgrades to the new planetarium that was begun in 2016 and replaced an aging structure from the 1950’s.
About Orange Coast College
Founded in 1947, Orange Coast College is located in Costa Mesa, California, south of Los Angeles, and is considered an excellent community college. With an endowment of 10 million dollars and roughly 25,000 students, it is one of the largest community colleges in Southern California. As such, its campus has the feel of a major university such as USC or UCLA.
The school serves much of suburban Los Angeles, and it is a major contributor of transfer students to the California state university system.
Additionally, it provides strong instruction in the trades, healthcare and social services. When it comes to athletics, Orange College has traditionally had strong sailing and rowing teams.