Volunteers helped to restore three acres at the south end of campus

Community-based restoration, a few acres at a time

Rose Ashbach, a graduate student in the Applied Marine and Watershed Science program, has left her mark on the campus while helping the university implement its master plan.

For her senior thesis, she developed a Habitat Management Plan for 109 acres of open space located south of the library. Months later, Ashbach was hired to implement her plan for three of those acres along the southern border of the campus, at the corner of Lightfighter Drive and Colonel Durham Street.

She used a community-based restoration approach that tied together CSUMB classes, volunteers, the Watershed Institute and her experience working at the Bureau of Land Management.

A+ for this teacher

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.