A unusual floral specimen will be on display this summer at the Administration Building of Orange Coast College (2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa; visiting hours 10 AM to 6 PM), and despite its notoriously stinky smell, visitors are already flocking to see this rare event up close. Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the the “corpse flower” is a plant native to Indonesian island of Sumatra, where its strong, pungent odor attracts beetles that help pollinate the plant. The name “corpse flower” derives from the scent emitted when the flower’s deep red petals are open for periods of up to 48 hours and emit a rotting scent some have likened to the smell of decomposing bodies. Some Amorphophallus titanum plants can take up to ten years to bloom for the first time and can weigh up to two hundred pounds. Orange Coast College’s corpse flower plant, named “Little Dougie“, has lived at the College since 2006.
Orange Coast College, established in 1947, is a nationally accredited, public community college located in Costa Mesa in the heart of Southern California. As the top community college in Orange County, Orange Coast College is also renowned at the state and national levels for its athletic as well as academic programs. Orange Coast College offers high-quality training for California residents and non-residents alike, providing opportunities ranging from the College’s Pirate Athletics Program to cutting edge research facilities. Orange Coast College is the third ranked transfer college in California for students into the UC and CSU systems, and is also one of the top transfer colleges in the United States.
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Everything that Betsy DeVos does is to make children have a better life and to create new opportunities for children to be able to have a better life in the coming years. She recognizes children as the future and knows that they will not be able to have the same opportunities if it isn’t for making their lives better. She also knows that it is important to do what she can in her current position to make all of her past philanthropic efforts worth it for the children who she is so supportive of. She knows that it will be a great way for her to make things better and to allow the children to have more opportunities for their lives. It is something that gives her the chance at being better at what she does and with the different things that she can work on for children.
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One of the first efforts that DeVos took toward being philanthropic and helping out others was the ability to try new things with the arts. She wanted children to have access to the arts no matter who they were or where they came from. Because of this, she came up with programs that would allow children to benefit from all of the different arts and the options that were included with those. She also worked to make sure that she was going to be able to provide those opportunities. It was something that she knew a lot about and she passed her knowledge to others.
After establishing programs for underprivileged children to learn about the arts and the different opportunities that were available to them, she then focused on the broken education system. She wanted all children to have the same chances that she had while she was growing up and to be able to get the most out of the education that they were receiving. In many instances, this meant that the children would have to go to private schools. Their parents were not able to afford it, though, so Betsy DeVos helped to launch voucher and charter programs for the children to get the best educational opportunities possible. She helped a lot with those programs as a part of her philanthropic attitude.
Once she had realized that she had a passion for philanthropy, Betsy Devos and her husband launched their own foundation. She knew that she wanted to help with educational opportunities but they also worked together to create programs for leadership, for communities and for the future of children. They wanted to make sure that everyone was taken care of and that all children had equal opportunities to succeed and be the best that they could be no matter what. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.