A Publication of the Alabama Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers

Volume XLI - Issue 2

Summer 2011

Upcoming Events
39th Annual Meeting of Alabama Section ITE
Spring 2011 ALSITE Meeting
2011 SDITE Annual Meeting
2012 SDITE Officer Election Results
2012 ITE International Officer Candidates
GAITE Helps in Tuscaloosa
UAB Student Team Wins 3rd Place at 2011 SDITE Traffic Bowl
ALSITE Service Project - SALTEENS - S.A.D.D. Conference
2011 HMR ALSITE Scholarship Awards
2011 ALSITE NEWS Sponsors
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Business Meeting Minutes

Upcoming Events


ALSITE Annual Meeting

Wednesday, June 8 -

Friday, June 10

Gulf Shores, AL

Web:  Meeting | Golf


ALSITE Fall Meeting

Thursday, October 20

Auburn, AL

ALSITE Officers


Scott Rumble


Scott Rumble


Scott Holladay


Scott Holladay


Becky Malenke


Becky Malenke


Chris Reeves

Southern District


Chris Reeves 


Jamie Jones

Affiliate Director

Jamie Jones


 Larry Jones

Assistant Affiliate Director

Larry Jones 


Dennis Dickey

Immediate Past President

Dennis Dickey



  Please submit any contact information changes directly to the ALSITE Secretary/ Treasurer so that we can update our records.  Thanks! 


  The new ALSITE banner will be presented at the Annual Meeting in Gulf Shores in June.


  ALSITE would like to recognize the recent promotion of Becky White to the position of Vice-President at Sain Associates, Inc.  Becky is Principal-in-Charge of Transportation and Environmental Planning efforts, and is Leader of Organizational Development for the company.  She has been employed with Sain Associates since 1993.


President's Message 
Scott Rumble, P.E.
ALSITE President


Scott RumbleWho would have thought that when we met in Tuscaloosa for our Spring ALSITE meeting on March 3rd that just several weeks later on April 27th a horrific tornado would come through Tuscaloosa and cause widespread destruction just south of the University of Alabama campus.  And, of course, many towns and communities throughout Alabama experienced the same devastation that unforgettable day.  Words cannot adequately express the sorrow we feel for those who lost loved ones and those who lost their home and everything in it.  I know of many ALSITE members that have been working tirelessly trying to help their families, neighbors and total strangers recover after the tornadoes passed through our state.  Thank you to all those who are helping in their communities.  We are currently planning a service project where members and friends of ALSITE can help other ALSITE members who have been impacted by the tornadoes.  We will get the word out on that soon.  Also, please see the article in this newsletter that tells how a few members of the Georgia Section ITE have already come over to help out in Tuscaloosa!   


We are certainly looking forward to seeing all of youALSITE down in Gulf Shores again for our Annual Meeting June 8th - 10th.   We have an excellent technical program lined up and several fantastic social events scheduled throughout the meeting.  Thanks go to Tommy Lee and Jim Stewart for planning another super meeting.  Also, thanks go to Scott Holladay, Becky Malenke and Jeff Stephenson for all their hard working preparing for the Annual Meeting.  


Later this year, we will be in Auburn for the Fall ALSITE Meeting and Rod Turochy is already hard at work planning for a great meeting on October 20th.

39th Annual Meeting of Alabama Section ITE


We look forward to seeing you at the beach for the 39th Annual Meeting of Alabama Section ITE on June 8-10, 2011.  Scheduled events include:


  • Professional Development Session
  • Three (3) Technical Sessions
  • Officers' Reception
  • Banquet & Scholarship Auction
  • Section Breakfast/Traffic Bowl
  • Section Business Meeting
  • Fast Eddie's Shrimp Boil
  • Billy Jones Memorial Golf Tournament


For additional information - including links to online registration for the meeting and golf tournament - see the Upcoming Events section of the newsletter, or visit


If you are interested in contributing to the door prizes that are given out at the end of each session, please bring them to the front of the room before the beginning of any session and coordinate with Richard Caudle.

Ballots were mailed to Members and Affiliates for year 2012 Section Officers.  Also included in the Member ballots is proposed changes to the ALSITE Bylaws to allow electronic voting.  Ballots that are returned by mail must be received by Friday, June 3.  Ballots may also be hand-delivered to Becky Malenke prior to close of Technical Session III on Thursday, June 9.

Spring 2011 ALSITE Section Meeting

Thanks to the Universtiy of Alabama Student Chapter of ITE for being an excellent host for the Spring 2011 ALSITE Section Meeting!  The meeting and tour were both a great success!  The agenda and business meeting minutes have been posted to the Meetings Archive page of the ALSITE website.

Southern District Vice-President Becky White presents University of Alabama Student Chapter ITE with their Charter.

Pictured (L to R): Dr. Steven Jones, Daniel Dye, Frances Green, Morgan Calvano, Becky White, and Laura Beth Pockstaller.

2011 SDITE Annual Meeting 


SDITE 2011The Southern District ITE Annual Meeting was held Sunday, April 10 - Wednesday, April 13 in Lafayette, Louisiana.   The Alabama Section had a contingent of 22 members to attend the meeting.


Photos and other meeting information will be posted to the Southern District Website (


Additional Meeting Photos - Click Here

2012 SDITE Officer Election Results 

Becky White (AL)
Martin Bretherton (GA)
Kirsten Tynch (VA)
International Director
Rick Day (SC)

2012 ITE International Officer Candidates 



Rock E. Miller, P.E., PTOE


Zaki Mustafa, P.E.

Ray Davis, P.E., PTOE

Visit for additional information.

GAITE Helps in Tuscaloosa

Becky White




On Saturday, May 14, a group of six volunteers from the Georgia Section ITE helped clear trees and debris in the Alberta City section of Tuscaloosa.  The volunteers (David Low, Tim Romashko, Carol Romashko, Amanda Cheek, Elizabeth Scales, and Mike Holt) were spurred to help their friend, mentor and ITE brother, Dr. Dan Turner, who was instrumental in providing Georgia's inaugural Leadership Development training class in 2009.  The volunteers worked tirelessly on Saturday and half a day on Sunday clearing trees from the yards of several houses located behind Alberta Baptist Church.  As a thank you for the help and support, Alabama Section members provided lunch on Saturday and Dr. Turner fed the group in his home on Saturday night.  This act of service by our GAITE friends is most appreciated and serves as a shining example of the ties that bind within the ITE community.



UAB Student Team Wins 3rd Place at 2011 SDITE Traffic Bowl

Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku


The UAB ITE Student Chapter represented honorably the state of Alabama at the 2011 SDITE William Temple Scholarship Challenge Traffic Bowl. The UAB student team placed 3rd, the first time in the six-year history of the competition that an Alabama team received an award. 

The event was held on April 11 and 12, 2011 at the SDITE Annual Meeting in Lafayette, Louisiana. During the event, teams of three students from each ITE Section compete in a jeopardy style challenge answering questions on transportation concepts and trivia.  

The 3-member UAB team consisted of Ozge Cavusoglu, Cheng Zhong, and Bharath Kallem, all graduate students in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at UAB and graduate advisees of Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku. As a reward for their achievement, the UAB student team received $750 in scholarships from SDITE and paid travel expenses to the 2011 SDITE Annual Meeting. 

UAB 2011 SDITE Traffic Bowl Team

Members of UAB's Traffic Bowl team receive a scholarship award from the SDITE for their 3rd-place finish. Pictured from L to R: Mrs. Becky White (SDITE Vice President), Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku (UAB ITE Student Chapter Faculty Advisor), Mr. Richard Caudle (ALSITE Past President), with UAB Team Members Ozge Cavusoglu, Bharath Kallem and Mr. Cheng Zhong (UAB Graduate Students and UAB ITE Student Chapter Officers).


ALSITE Service Project - SALTEENS (Saving ALabama TEENS)

S.A.D.D. Conference - Gadsden, AL (March 12, 2011)

Larry Jones and Livia Ryan
The ALSITE Service Project Group "SALTEENS" participated in the Students Against Destructive Decisions, also known as SADD, State Conference in Gadsden, Alabama. The conference was held in the Crosspoint Community Church on Saturday, March 12th, 2011 from 8am-5pm. More than 400 high school students from around Alabama came together to learn about safe driving without distractions and how to make positive choices.


Students had three breakout sessions, which was a great opportunity for us to present our materials and talk to the students face to face.


Larry Jones and Livia Ryan 

We had a table set up with the Salteens' Brochures and with Salteens' video playing in the background. Larry Jones and Livia Ryan answered all the questions students had. All students expressed a big interest in our Salteens'video and several teachers and parents requested copies.

SADD's mission is to communicate positive peer pressure; role modeling and environmental strategies which prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for teenagers' lives.


This was a very successful event and we would like to participate again in future SADD conferences.

2011 HMR ALSITE Scholarship Awards

Dr. Robert Vecellio - HMR ALSITE Scholarships, Inc.


The Board of Directors of Harold M. Raynor ALSITE Scholarships, Inc. announces the recipients of its 2011 Scholarship Awards. Tommy Michael James, Jr. of Auburn University will receive the Charles E. Alexander Memorial Transportation Engineering Scholarship of $7,500. Laura Beth Pockstaller of the University of Alabama will receive the Billy Jones Memorial Traffic Engineering Scholarship of $3,500.


Tommy James, a resident of Waverly, Alabama, is a senior in Civil Engineering and expects to graduate Spring 2012. He has been a co-op student with the National Center for Asphalt Technology running performance tests for superpave research. He is an Eagle scout, a Hunter Education Instructor, and is married to Amber, who just graduated in the nursing program from Southern Union State Community College. In his spare time, Tommy works for his father at M&T Professional Services in Waverly doing electrical work, painting, framing and plumbing.


Tommy plans to continue his education with a Master's degree, then working in a transportation-related job, and eventually earning his P.E. license.


Laura Pockstaller from Centreville, Alabama is enrolled in a dual degree program and will graduate with the BSCE degree in Spring 2011 and the MSCE degree in Spring 2012. She has been a four year member of the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and a two year member of the Basketball Pep Band. She has been active in the newly chartered ITE Student Chapter, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi and ASCE. She has work experience with the Ol' Colony Golf Complex in Tuscaloosa, the Freedom Fitness Center in Centreville and the Bibb County Engineering Department in Brent.


Laura wants to be a "transportation engineer so I can work to solve problems with creative, sustainable solutions that will keep our communities moving forward".


Tommy James and Laura Pockstaller will receive their scholarship awards at the Annual ALSITE banquet in Gulf Shores on June 9. Please make them feel welcome.

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