ALSITE NEWS

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

Volume XLI - Issue 3

Fall 2011

IN THIS ISSUE
Upcoming Events
39th ALSITE Annual Meeting
2012 Joint Annual Meeting of SDITE/GLDITE
Announcements
ALSITE Members Participate in Habitat for Humanity Tornado Cleanup
2011 International ITE Annual Meeting & Exhibit
ITE Student Chapter Updates
2011 ALSITE NEWS Sponsors
ALSITE Quick Links
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Upcoming Events

 

ALSITE Fall Meeting

Thursday, October 20

Auburn, AL

Web:  Meeting

 

Third Annual Teen Driving Summit

Wednesday, October 26

Gardendale, AL

 

Third Annual GRITS Meeting

Gulf Region Intelligent Transporation Society

Wednesday-Friday, November 2-4

Montgomery, AL

Web:  Meeting 

 

Safe Home Alabama III

Traffic Safety Summit

Wednesday, November 9

Montgomery, AL 

ALSITE Officers

 

Scott Rumble

President

Scott Rumble

 

Scott Holladay

Vice-President

Scott Holladay

 

Becky Malenke

Secretary/Treasurer

Becky Malenke

 

Chris Reeves

Southern District Representative

Chris Reeves 

 

Jamie Jones

Affiliate Director

Jamie Jones

 

Larry Jones

Assistant Affiliate Director

Larry Jones 

 

Dennis Dickey

Immediate Past President

Dennis Dickey

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

  

 

Wow - it's already Fall.  Where has this year gone!  I am looking forward to the upcoming Fall ALSITE Meeting that is being hosted by Auburn University.  Dr. Rod Turochy, Scott Holladay and the members of the Auburn ITE Student Chapter have put together an outstanding program for us.  I look forward to seeing you at Auburn University on October 20th!

 

It has certainly been an honor to serve as the president of ALSITE this year.   Being president of ALSITE has helped me put into practice some things that I have learned over the years from the Bible.   I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few of these with you in my final "President's Message." 

 

For instance, this year I was often reminded of Proverbs 3:5-7: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil."  I certainly didn't want to lead an organization like ALSITE in my own wisdom and understanding - I needed God's wisdom.

 

Also, it is a very humbling experience to be called the "president" of anything, especially an organization with the excellent people and history of ALSITE.  But humility is a good thing, as James 4:6 says: "God resisteth the proud and giveth grace unto the humble."  I really don't want to be resisted by God so I figured it would be a good idea for me to be humble before God and you.

 

Finally, I recall Psalms 22:22: "I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee."   It is also an honor, in the midst of my friends in ALSITE, to praise the God who created me and also saved me from the horrible and eternal consequences of my sins through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, my Lord and Savior.  I made the decision to trust in Jesus back when I was a junior in college when a fellow civil engineering student shared her faith with me.  God bless her and may God bless you.

2011 ALSITE Fall Meeting

  

We look forward to seeing you at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center for the 2011 Fall Meeting of ALSITE, hosted by the Auburn University Student Chapter, on Thursday, October 20, 2011.

 

For additional information - including links to online registration for the meeting - see the Upcoming Events section of the newsletter, or visit www.alsite.org.

39th ALSITE Annual Meeting

  
Thanks to the wonderful folks at Vulcan for once again being a superb host for the 39th Annual ALSITE Meeting!  The professional development and technical programs were very educational, and the social program was a huge success!  Also, electronic voting for officer elections was passed by vote of the membership. 

The agenda and business meeting minutes are posted on the Meetings Archive page on the ALSITE website, and are linked within this newsletter under ALSITE Quick Links .

Your newly elected ALSITE Officers for 2012 are:

President - Scott Holladay
Vice-President - Becky Malenke
Secretary/Treasurer - Greg Dawkins
Affiliate Director - Larry Jones
Assistant Affiliate Director - Wayne Curry

 

Award Winners:
 
Tommy M. James, Jr.
Auburn University
Charles E. Alexander Memorial Transportation Engineering Scholarship

Laura B. Pockstaller
University of Alabama
Billy Jones Memorial Traffic Engineering Scholarship

2012 Joint Annual Meeting 

SDITEGreat Lakes District ITE

 

The Southern District/Great Lakes District Joint Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, April 15 - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Check out www.sdite2012.org for additional details.

 

"CALL FOR ABSTRACTS"

Deadline for abstract submittals is November 15, 2011.  Go to the meeting website and click on Technical Program.  Abstracts can be submitted electronically from within the website.

ALSITE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

ALSITE is in need of volunteers for the upcoming Third Annual Teen Driving Summit on October 26, 2011.  If you would like to volunteer, email Livia Ryan at: [email protected].

 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

ALSITE is looking for members and affiliates interested in participating in Leadership Development TrainingIf you're interested, email the Section at [email protected].

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

ALSITE Members Participate in Habitat for Humanity Tornado Rebuilding

July 23, 2011

Submitted by Becky Malenke

Zoe's 

On July 23rd, a group of ALSITE members spent the day rebuilding homes with Habitat for Humanity in north Birmingham.  These homes were damaged in the April 27th tornadoes that devastated much of Alabama.  The group worked on a variety of tasks including roofing, painting, window washing, cabinet construction, and landscaping.  Zoe's Kitchen generously provided lunch for the ALSITE group which was greatly appreciated!  In addition to giving back to the community, members enjoyed the opportunity to spend time together and strengthen team building relationships.  All agreed that it was a rewarding day!

 

ALSITE HFH

2011 International ITE Annual Meeting & Exhibit - St. Louis, Missouri

August 13-16, 2011

Submitted by Richard Caudle

 

Int'l ITE2011 is a year with another first for me. This was my first trip to an International ITE Meeting. Having attended Southern District Annual Meetings for several years now, I had an idea of what to expect in St. Louis. But I also had the same trepidation that I felt when attending my first ALSITE meeting in 1987 or my first Southern District meeting in 1999 - I won't know anyone there. Fortunately, my experience in St. Louis was just what I expected and also far from what I expected. The program content was just what I expected from the ITE organization. And I didn't feel like a stranger in a strange land. We had good representation from Alabama, including Becky White from Sain Associates (and Vice President of the Southern District ITE) and several from our Alabama ABD, including Blake Temple, Blair Temple, David Griffin and Mike Vickery (please forgive me if I have omitted your name). We missed Tommy and Sandra Lee this year, due to the death of Tommy's father. And there were many in attendance from across the Southern District that I have come to count as friends over the past few years - Craig Hanchey, Bob Stammer, Rick Day, Martin Bretherton, Troy Peoples and Jim Westmoreland, just to name a few. And the people that I work with on an International level with the Student Traffic Bowl immediately became new friends, particularly Zaki Mustafa from Los Angeles, Jennifer Dugan from St. Louis, and John Davis from Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

One of the highlights of the meeting was being present when Hibbett Neel, Jr. was presented the Burton W. Marsh Distinguished Service Award, which is the highest honor given by the Institute of Transportation Engineers. I have come to the conclusion over my almost 25 years with ITE that it is more about the people you meet rather than the knowledge you gain. That being said, the keynote speakers and the technical program were informative. A particularly excellent session involved accessibility issues, which was relevant seeing that the new Public Rights of Way Access Guidelines was published for public comments by the U.S. Access Board on July 31, 2011. Tuesday was fully occupied with traffic bowl activities. Our SDITE team from North Carolina State University made it to the final round (way to go for Zach Bugg and team) but fell to BYU on the final question.

 

Int'l ITEThe International ITE meeting schedule left time for some relaxation in the midst of the typical conference grind. I enjoyed visits to the St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis Zoo, the Arch, and an evening at Busch Stadium, even though the Cardinals got beat. And of course, I didn't get out of St. Louis without eating some St. Louis-style ribs and a piece of traditional St. Louis gooey butter cake. But most of all, I enjoyed time with old friends and meeting new people and making new friends.

 

The 2012 International ITE Meeting and Exhibit is in Atlanta next year, on August 12-15. I plan on being there. Make your plans to be there too.

STUDENT CHAPTER UPDATES

Auburn University ITE Student Chapter

Submitted by Dr. Rod Turochy
  

AUITE logoOver the past year, several members of the Auburn University Student Chapter have attended Section and District ITE meetings. In the spring, one member attended the spring ALSITE meeting in Tuscaloosa. Three members from the chapter went to the summer ALSITE meeting in Gulf Shores.

 

The chapter has continued its outreach efforts to educate elementary school children about civil engineering and traffic safety; in April the chapter presented at Cary Woods Elementary School in Auburn, reaching children in the 4th and 5th grades. For this upcoming year the Auburn Chapter plans to visit at least one more school in the area to give the same presentation. The student chapter also provided support for the transportation functions of E-Day, the annual open house event for the College of Engineering. Students acted as greeters for the incoming students and rode the shuttle buses giving an overview of the day's events as well as gathering ridership data. These efforts involved 10 members of the student chapter.

 

The student chapter will have many activities in the fall semester. The student chapter officers for 2011-2012 are Sam Horne, Elizabeth Hammer, and Clark Kennedy. The chapter plans to hold several meetings this fall; each meeting will have a guest speaker presenting a transportation related topic, including speakers from ALDOT and the cities of Auburn and Opelika. Student chapter members will be given the opportunity to visit the Georgia Navigator Transportation Management Center in Atlanta, Georgia this October. The chapter will be hosting the fall ALSITE meeting in Auburn on October 20, and the chapter will also send members to the Gulf Region ITS Annual Meeting in Montgomery in November.

UABUAB ITE Student Chapter

Submitted by Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku

  

The UAB ITE Student Chapter recently named new officers for the 2011-2012 school year. They are: Mr. Md S Imran (president), Mr. Md Saidul Islam (vice president), Mrs. Sara Alnazer (secretary) and Mr. Cheng Zhong (treasurer). Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku is the faculty advisor, and Mr. James E. Thomas, Transportation Engineer with Atkins and UAB alumnus serves as the UAB ITE Student Chapter Liaison.

 

During the Fall Semester, the UAB ITE Student Chapter plans to host the 6th Annual Students Award luncheon at UAB in November 2011 in collaboration with the University Transportation Center for Alabama (UTCA), attend the upcoming ALSITE Fall Meeting, participate in the ALSITE job shadowing program, and volunteer at the next UAB Police Department Pedestrian Safety Campaign to raise awareness of pedestrian safety issues.

 

In the photo, UAB ITE Student Chapter Members are pictured with ITE International President Robert C. Wunderlich at ITE Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

 

UAITEUniversity of Alabama ITE Student Chapter

Submitted by Dr. Steven Jones

 

The University of Alabama student chapter began its fall 2011 semester with 10 members. After a Welcome Back BBQ for the civil engineering department and the first general meeting, membership increased to 15 members. At the first general meeting, City Planner John McConnell and City Engineer Joe Robinson from the City of Tuscaloosa came to speak about Tuscaloosa Forward, the plan to rebuild Tuscaloosa after the devastating April 27 tornado.

 

Plans for the fall semester were also discussed at this meeting. UA ITE members look forward to attending the Fall ALSITE meeting in Auburn and the GRITS conference in Montgomery. A field trip is in the works to visit the Birmingham Airport and a Saturday bicycle outing is also being planned. Team members are being assembled for the upcoming Traffic Bowl and some UA ITE members will be attending TRB in January 2012.

 

Elections will also be held near the end of the semester for new officers. Although the student chapter for The University of Alabama is fairly new, members are excited about the plans for this year and the growth of the chapter.

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