Orange Coast College‘s new planetarium will have a Foucault pendulum, a gift from Mary McChesney who wants to see the new planetarium to attract students and community members who are interested in scientific studies. McChesney, who taught languages at OCC before retiring, said she made the generous $1 million donation in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who also taught languages at OCC. The new planetarium replaces the one built in the 1950’s. Astronomical technology has changed so rapidly that the college decided to tear down the old planetarium and build a new one with far more seating in the auditorium. The new building will open in 2018, just in time for the fall semester. OCC students studying planetary and stellar astronomy and cosmology will have a brand new, state-of-the-art planetarium to make their studies more fruitful. The OCC Foundation has undertaken the renovation and establishment of numerous other campus buildings, including the Robert B. Moore Theatre and the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, in addition to funding the planetarium.
Each semester, over 25,000 students, 1,200 of which are international students, study at OCC, taking classes in one of the colleges 135 career and academic programs. Student life at OCC is exciting, with numerous sports programs for men and women and over 60 student clubs and organizations. While there are numerous activities for students outside of the classroom, OCC’s mission is to enable students to earn academic degrees and certificates in technical education, in addition to preparing students to transfer to one of the California State University or University of California school systems.
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