December 2013

Biodegradable Plastics

Attributions: 
Story by Anna Palmer, Photo by Khristen Massic

The students in Mrs. Massic’s Materials & Processes class made biodegradable plastic/polymer from glycerin, vinegar, corn starch and water. The student pictured is Eli Williams, who attends Spanish Fork High. Eli commented, “My polymer appeared opaque and then clear. It had the viscosity like a smooth paste. I learned that plastics decay slowly, but biodegradable plastics have a faster rate of decay. [So by making this type of polymer] we won’t have as much plastic in the oceans.” 

 

Mrs. Gurley

Attributions: 
Story by Anna Palmer

Mrs. Sherri Gurley is ALC's English 1010 (CE) teacher. She was born in Provo, then after four years raised in Spokane, Washington. Four more years later, her family moved back to Utah. She currently resides with her husband of thirty-two years in Payson, Utah. Mrs. Gurley is mother to three children and grandmother to six.

ALC's New Counselor

Attributions: 
Story by Anna Palmer

Annette Pukahi comes to us after five years as UVU's Academic Advisor in Concurrent Enrollment. Annette grew up in the greater Seattle area and then attended college at BYU-Hawaii where she met her husband.  She received her bachelor's degree from BYU-Hawaii and worked as an Academic Advisor there for four years. Annette and her husband moved to Utah in 2000. They have four children and reside in Orem. While working at UVU, Annette was awarded "Specialty Advisor of the Year - 2011" and completed her master's degree at the University of Phoenix.

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