Stefanie Pechan teaches at the Monterey Bay Aquarium during the summer

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A CSUMB alumna has been nominated for a national award.

Stefanie Pechan is one of six teachers chosen as California finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. The fifth-grade teacher in the Pacific Grove Unified School District was nominated in the science category.

In 2001, Pechan earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in computer science and technology, and then pursued a teaching credential at Sacramento State.

High Fidelity

Music students mix it up in recording studio

When students in CSU Monterey Bay’s Music and Performing Arts Department enrolled in an advanced audio production class in 2013, they were signing up for the opportunity to work on a real-world project.

Recording console in the Music HallEight students helped to record an album of experimental music, under the direction of faculty member Lanier Sammons.

Dr. Sammons served as producer of the album, iv: American electric guitars by Giacomo Fiore, a collection of four pieces by contemporary American composers.