A Galactic Donation For OCC’s New Planetarium

It’s not luck associated with planets in correct alignment, but a new planetarium just received a gift of intergalactic proportions. Orange Coast College retired professor Mary McChesney has donated $1 million dollars to the Orange County planetarium currently under construction.

Officials at OCC say the gift will be used for the purchase of a Foucault Pendulum, which is a measuring device for the earth’s rotation and the only pendulum of its kind in the county.

The new planetarium will be a major center of study for both OCC students as well as the surrounding community, according to a statement by McChesney. She decided to make the donation in memory of her partner Adelyn Bonin who passed away in January of this year.

McChesney, also said Adelyn Bonin would have been elated with this donation because it is half hers. McChesney also would like to think her partner is watching what’s going on and would very much approve.

Bonin taught German at OCC, while McChesney was an English and Spanish Professor at OCC for 33 years until her retirement. Both retired from the college in 1983. Learn more about Orange Coast College: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/Pages/home.aspx and http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/academics/class_schedule/Pages/default.aspx

Although McChesney says she’s grown old physically, her love for Costa Mesa College is vibrant and very much alive, because the promise for an exciting future lies within the institution.

Doug Bennett, the Executive Director of the Orange Coast College Foundation said that McChesney has been an ongoing contributor to the Foundation and scholarships. He added that he heard Mary was considering a donation, but had no idea she would donate at such a generous level.

The donation is timely because there have been so many technology changes in planetariums in recent years, the need for a new facility was necessary. The existing planetarium built in the 1950’s was torn down in 2016 to make way for the new building, which will include a 129 seat auditorium along with an exhibit hall.

Orange Coast College is a 164 acre campus in Costa Mesa minutes away from Southern California beaches. Founded in 1947, OCC offers 135 academic and career programs, and its enrollment of 25,000 students ranks first in Orange County community colleges in the number of transfers to The University of California and California State University systems.

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Wessex Institute of Technology was established by Professor Carlos Brebbia in 1986. WIT was succeeding the Computational Mechanics Institute formed in 1981. It is located in Ashurst Lodge amid the beautiful New Forest National Park in South England, 100km from London. WIT is an educational and research institute offering higher degrees to the gifted minds. It is a unique organization serving the international scientific community. If you want to visit their Facebook page: Click here.

WIT’s activities are divided into 3 core areas: Research, Conferences and Publishing. The goal of Wessex Institute is to exchange ideas and information between professionals and academics within the field. A team of highly capable staff is available to assist both the Institute and its associate companies. A large network of highly qualified individuals have been established throughout the world.

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Betsy DeVos Explains Her Passion with Private School Increased Funding

Philanthropy Round Table is an organization devoted to showcasing excellence in private giving. The website posted an interview back in 2013 featuring the newly appointment US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. For decades, Mrs. DeVos has remained at the forefront of various pertinent concerns in the society. She, the husband, Dick and the rest of their extended family have dedicated their life to the pursuit of empowering the less fortunate individuals in the society.

Foundations Betsy Chairs

The Devoses are also big on spending on political party donations being Republican Party life members. Betsy currently presides over several charity organizations like the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, and the Alliance for School Choice and finally the American Federation for Children (AFC).

Strides Made So Far

Betsy’s interview with Round Table began by quoting the work of Milton Friedman. Mr. Friedman appeared on the limelight 54 years back when he published his research report titled, ‘The Role of Government in School,’ the report advocated for pro-choice schooling for American citizens. In her response, Betty sounded quite optimistic of what the future held in store for the pro-choice school movement she’s worked so tirelessly to popularize. Under her stewardship, the programs had absorbed close to 40K private school students as of 2012. The participants of the initiatives come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.

Greatest Accomplishment Ever!

Betsy Devos goes ahead to explain why she’s so overzealous with her campaigns to introduce lunch vouchers to private schools. According to the recent Trump nominee, seeing low-income families with nothing left to share and give their children touched them, and they made an eternal vow to level the playing field. Even though that incident took place some thirty plus years now past, it still echoes strongly in the minds of the DeVoses. Soon, they started pouring finances into the school. The funds were meant to provide subsidies for the poor kids at the facility.

The couple’s supported various reform agendas over the years. For instance, they oversaw the introduction of the first charter school bill in Michigan in the early nineties. Today, the organization has expanded its wings nationally. The greatest accomplishment by their foundation has been witnessed in Florida. According to Betsy, the American education system is in tatters and desperate need of an overhaul. And, that’s exactly what she plans to do in her new position of power.

About Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is an American industrialist, philanthropist, and political activist. She’s well known for her vocal nature about the inadequacies of the American school system. She once served as the leader of the Republican Party for six years. She’s married to the billionaire, Dick DeVos and they have four children together. She was born in 1958, and on February 2017 got confirmed by Mike Pence as the Secretary of Education.

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