After the storm broke, she took a snapshot of a rainbow stretching from a cloud above Oakes College and ending up somewhere over the Monterey Bay coastline.
Her eye for a good shot paid off. The photo beat out 201 other submissions to win a photo contest sponsored by the Chancellor's Office and the Arts Division. The competition sent staff, students and faculty stalking across the 2,100-acre property in search of inspiration.
Wang received a $250 gift certificate for the Bay Tree Bookstore on campus. Her prize-winning picture will be used on the campus’s official holiday greeting card this winter.
Chancellor George Blumenthal praised the winning entry's beauty, while calling attention to its meaning as a symbol of optimism, diversity and gay pride. "The rainbow signifies hope for the new year," he said.
The chancellor chose the winner from a list of semifinalists, who have received honorable mentions for their work. But he had some help with this process; a team of reviewers whittled down the list after reviewing all 202 entries.
Photographers given honorable mentions receive a certificate of acknowledgment.
Honorable mentions were given to photos sent in by:
Gabriella Appolonio, student
Scott Campbell, student
Monica Chu, student
Jennifer Fish, staff
Eric Lau, student
Helen Park, graduate student
Samantha Rivera-Alvidrez, student
Emily Sales, student
Jennifer Welling, staff
Alexandro Zamora, student
Han Zhang, student