Orange Coast College

A retired instructor at Orange Coast College, Mary McChesney, donated $1 million to for a new planetarium. It will be the first in its county with a Foucault pendulum, an item that specifically documents the Earth’s rotation.

She has a very old love for this college and donated in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who also worked as a professor here. McChesney is a long time philanthropist with prior donations to the college’s foundation and scholarship funds.

The newly renovated planetarium will host a 129-seat auditorium versus the old 35-seat auditorium. It will serve students in the community of all ages, from kindergarten through 12th grade, all other residing community members, and of course, the college students. The planetarium is expected to open this upcoming fall.

According to Glassdoor, in 1948, Costa Mesa, California became the home to the Orange Coast College. The campus serves the community with 135 educational programs including: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services, and Health Professions and related Programs.

Although the only degree awarded here is the associate’s degree, the students that enroll here are more likely to receive a transfer acceptance into the top California universities, such as UC and CSU.

Fall 2016 had an extensive enrollment rate of 25,000 students. Although there is a large student body, there are many sports teams and active clubs to join. Located only a short drive from California’s breathtaking beaches, it’s a top choice for students who reside locally.

Learn more about Orange Coast College:

http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html
http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/collegeDetails.aspx?collegeID=833&txt=Orange%20Coast%20College

 

Andrew Rolfe Saves Lives In Africa

As Chairman of the Ubuntu Fund, it was Andrew Rolfe’s responsibility to make sure the 10th Annual Ubuntu Fund Gala went smoothly. No surprise to anyone in attendance, everything went as planned and they even exceeded their funding goal and were able to raise over $900,000. This money is going to be used in the school system Ubuntu Fund created in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This is an area ravished by poverty and crime, and the children there are often not provided with healthcare or given the opportunity to attend school. The Ubuntu Fund gives them hope and seeks to provide them with a safe space to learn and grow into successful adults. The organization intends to build a pediatric clinic right on the campus for any of their students to use. They are also going to increase in size so they are able to support more students who need help.

There were over 300 people that attended the gala dinner and every one of them was eager to do whatever they could to help these children in need. There were several people invited to speak at the event, and these people shared their stories about how the fund helped them and led them toward a brighter future. Sinesipho Rabidyani was one of these people, and she spoke about how she grew up in a poor family with an alcoholic father. She was awarded a scholarship by the Ubuntu Fund and was just recently accepted into law school. She attributes her success to the organization.

When Andrew Rolfe is not organizing galas and helping children through the Ubuntu Fund, he serves are the Senior Managing Director at Towerbrook Capital Partners. With that company, he is involved in various investment opportunities throughout the United States and Europe. He focuses on the sectors in the food, retail, and hospitality areas.

Andrew has a bachelor degree of the arts from the University of Oxford and he also has a master’s degree in Business Economics from the Harvard Business School. In 2003, he worked at the President of GAP’s International Division and kept an eye on the stores in German, Japan, France, and the United Kingdom.

 

Andrew Rolfe and The Spirit Of Ubuntu

Andrew Rolfe is by my accounts a successful man. Having made a name and riches for himself as a senior employee in a number large multinationals, he had for years been searching for ways to give back. In 2000 he finally found a way, joining Malizole Gwaxual and Jacob Lief at a barely year-old Ubuntu Education Fund. In the 17 years since Andrew Rolfe joined the trust, it has grown tremendously partly as a result of his contribution.

The Ubuntu Education Fund runs its programs in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The key purpose of the Firm is to empower the orphaned children in the area sustainably. That is, rather than give the children fish, the fund endeavors to teach them how to fish. To achieve this objective, the children under the Fund’s guide are provided with the tools they require to become healthy, self-sustaining adults hence preventing the cycle of poverty from taking root in the society. In a bid to ensure the greatest degree of success, these tools are typically tailored to the specific needs of a child and include, a quality education, health services and, where lacking, a home.

The noble but challenging objective of molding these children requires a lot of autonomy and resources. That is where Andrew Rolfe comes in. Mr. Rolfe has been the chairman of the Fund’s board since he joined in 2000. In addition to putting a significant amount of his money into the Fund, as its general overseer he has also revolutionized the manner in which the Fund mobilizes and uses resources. Under his leadership, Ubuntu Education Fund has not only been able to increase the donations received, successfully implement a no-strings-attached policy. That is, those who donate resources to the Fund do so knowing they will have no say in their use. The availability of non-obligated resources offers the Fund more flexibility and freedom to implement the programs it feels are in the children’s best interests.

Ubuntu calls us all to show humanity to our neighbors. Through his work at the Ubuntu Education Fund Andrew Rolfe has certainly lived up to the idea.

Wessex Institute Spearheads International Knowledge Transfer Through Conferences

The Wessex Institute of Technology is an international center of knowledge transfer situated at the heart of New Forest National Park, England. The unique body serves the international community of scientists through a series of conferences.

The objective of the Wessex Institute of Technology conferences is to enhance knowledge transfer mechanisms where professionals and academicians can freely interact for the greater good of the universe.

This year alone, the institute has facilitated conferences including Energy Quest 2016, Heat Transfer, Water Pollution, Design & Nature, among others.

The event will be held in Penang, Malaysia from 6th-8th December 2016. The conference has yielded great success and was first held in Skiathos, Greece (2003). Last year, the event was hosted at the Istanbul Technical University under the Faculty of Architecture.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel, Sleep Apnea Treatment Pioneer

Medical scientists and practitioners have long known that sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, are not only uncomfortable and inconvenient, but that these maladies may also lead to other, more severe health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. With this in mind, the medical community is taking great strides to simplify, and improve, the treatment of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.

Currently, the most-used treatments for sleep disorders are bulky, intrusive, and can be difficult to use on a nightly basis. Dr Avi Weisfogel, is among the practitioners working toward smaller, sleeker, and more user-friendly devices to effectively combat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Unfortunately, the cumbersome nature of commonly used devices can inhibit patients from seeking treatment.

Implantable devices, on the other hand, are much smaller in size, and do not require the patient to use any masks or noisy machinery. Dr. Avi Weisfogel, has greatly contributed to the start of primary care physicians working with dentists to achieve better results for sleep apnea patients. Including dental health in the pursuit of better treatments for sleep disorders, is a fairly new concept, but one that has yielded important results.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel has long been a pioneer in this field, and through his work as the Founder of Dental Sleep Masters in 2014, has brought dentists into the care and treatment of sleep disorder sufferers. Avi established his first practice, Old Bridge Dental Care, in 1999. It was there, that he began to explore the possibilities of doctors and dentists working together to combat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

A graduate of Rutgers University, and New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Weisfogel is dedicated to improving his patients’ lives through advancements in the treatments for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. His dedication and commitment to helping others to overcome the suffering of sleep disorders, has been, and continues to be, his life’s work.

Keith Mann, Entrepeneur and Philanthropist, Expands DSP and Assists Uncommon Schools

Keith Mann is a New York entrepreneur who has been CEO of Dynamic Search Partners for 15 years. He founded this executive search company in 2001, and it has been growing ever since. Keith Mann is an expert in the executive search industry. In 2009, he discovered that there was a need for staffing in the hedge fund and equity industries, so he used his hiring strategies to expand the company in these areas.

Dynamic Search Partners as a premier, executive search agency that is dedicated to finding the right match for leaders in the business world. They have a reputation for having the largest database in the country. Today, Mann operates offices in Austrailia and Europe, and the company continues to expand.

But, Keith Mann is not only an expert in his field and a thriving entrepreneur, he is also a philanthropist in New York City. He is dedicated to working with the younger generation, and he and his wife Keely have recently been involved in helping low-income students attending Uncommon Charter Schools to attend college.

Last year, Dynamic Search Partners and other members of the community raised $22,000, which Mann donated to the new school. The year before that donation, Mann contributed $10,000 in order for every student to receive the required AP and PSAT testing to start the year.

This year, Keith and Keely started a scholarship fund for seniors who were graduating. These students might not otherwise be able to attend college, so the fund is greatly appreciated. The Mann’s mission is to support high school graduates to become equipped, so they can return to their communities and be an asset to the business world.

Uncommon Schools began in Brooklyn and is expanding. Now, Uncommon Schools is in New Jersey and Massachusettes as well as New York, and they have the same mission as the Mann’s. This is what makes this connection so exceptional between the Man’s and Uncommon Schools.