ALSITE NEWS

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

Volume XLII - Issue 2

Summer 2012

IN THIS ISSUE
Upcoming Events
ALSITE/DSITE Joint 2012 Annual Meeting
2012 ALSITE Spring Meeting
2013 SDITE Officer Election Results
2013 ITE International Officer Candidates
ALSITE 2013 Officer Elections
2012 SDITE/GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting
The 2012 SDITE/GLDITE Annual Meeting: A View from the Podium
SDITE 2012 Traffic Bowl Team & Award Winners from ALSITE
2012 HMR ALSITE Scholarship Awards
2012 ALSITE NEWS Sponsors
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Upcoming Events

 

40th ALSITE/DSITE Joint Annual Meeting

Wednesday-Friday,

June 6-8

The Beach Club

Gulf Shores, AL

Meeting Website

 

ITE Annual Meeting & Exhibit

Sunday-Wednesday,

August 12-15

Atlanta, GA

Meeting Website

 

ALSITE Fall Meeting

Thursday, October 4

Montgomery, Alabama

The Welcoming Committee is currently in the process of putting together the gift bags for the annual meeting for new members, first time attendants, visitors from other sections, outside candidates for office, etc.  This year we will be with Deep South, so we are anticipating preparing up to 60 bags.  If you would like to provide things for the bags (it can have your company logo on it or it can be something generic), please let me know by emailing me at julie@skipperinc.com or by calling me at 205-655-8855.  You can send it/bring it to me at 3644 Vann Road, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL  35235 or we can arrange to pick it up - if it's local :)

 

Thank you so much for your generosity!!  - Julie LeNoir

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.

And last but not least.....

 

Don't forget to bring items to put in the Scholarship Auction !!!

Officers

 

President

Scott Holladay

 

Vice-President

Becky Malenke

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Greg Dawkins

 

Southern District Representative

Chris Sellers

 

Affiliate Director

Larry Jones

 

Assistant Affiliate Director

Wayne Curry

 

Immediate Past President

Scott Rumble

Scott Holladay

 

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

  

 

I hope everyone who will be able to attend the Annual Meeting in Gulf Shores has registered and made arrangements for lodging accommodations.  Please see the website if you need information about registering.  This year is our joint meeting with the Deep South Section and we should have an outstanding attendance.  As always, we will have a great technical program and social program with the Shrimp Boil (with the patented hush puppies), Awards Banquet, Scholarship Auction, Traffic Bowl, and Billy Jones Memorial Golf Tournament.  Once again, Dr. Dan Turner will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Scholarship Auction, so plan to bring as many items as possible to raise money for the Scholarship Fund.

 

Southern District ITE recently held its annual meeting in Lexington, Kentucky.  Please see the ALSITE NEWS article further down regarding several awards that were brought home by ALSITE and its members and students.  We truly have an outstanding membership.

 

One thing we have been working on as a board is being sure we are up to date with the changes in technology and sharing information.  Over the past year, we implemented electronic voting, Constant Contact emails, and a PayPal/credit card option for meeting registrations.  Our next step will be to make changes to the ALSITE website and the way that it is updated and maintained.  If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the website, just pass them on to any of the board members.

 

Finally, I just want to say thanks to the ALSITE membership as a whole and to all of the people doing work behind the scenes that make us the great ITE section that we are.  It makes serving as ALSITE President a pleasurable experience.  See you in Gulf Shores!

ALSITE/DSITE Joint 2012 Annual Meeting 


The Beach Club

We look forward to seeing you at the beach for the 40th Annual Meeting on June 6-8, 2012.  This year the meeting is being jointly held with the Alabama Section of ITE and the Deep South Section of ITE.  Scheduled events include:

 

  • Professional Development Session
  • Two (2) 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 www.alsite.org.

2012 ALSITE Spring Meeting

 
We had an excellent Spring Section Meeting at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum on Thursday, March 1, 2012.
 
The technical sessions covered a wide area - literally!  We had a great variety of topics - a virtual tour of much of the U.S. via the trucking industry, the highs and lows of aviation engineering, current Alabama transportation-related legislation, new technology in roadway lighting, and a look inside the I-65 reconstruction between I-459 and US-31 in the Birmingham area.
 
 
And by the way, what a way to bring in the Traffic Bowl competition!  Tied at the end of "Double Jeopardy" - exciting!  And, a true testament to how well EACH of the teams were represented.
2013 SDITE Officer Election Results 

 

SDITEPresident
Martin Bretherton, P.E. (GA)

Vice-President

Kirsten Tynch, P.E., PTOE (VA)

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Bill Seymour, P.E. (KY)

2013 ITE International Officer Candidates 

 

ITEPresident
Zaki Mustafa, P.E., FITE

 

Vice-President

Hibbett Neel, Jr., P.E., FITE

 

 

Ballots were submitted via email to Members and Affiliates for year 2013 ALSITE Section Officers.  Ballot responses must be submitted electronically by noon on Thursday, June 7, 2012.

 

  

Thanks to Clark Bailey with Skipper Consulting, Inc. for facilitating!

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SDITEGreat Lakes District ITE

 

When

Sunday April 15, 2012 - Wednesday April 18, 2012

 

Where

Lexington, Kentucky

 

Total Attendees from SDITE and GLDITE

465

 

Total Attendees from Alabama Section

27  (including ABD, members, students, and spouses)

 

Lots of great meeting photos..........click here

The 2012 SDITE/GLDITE Annual Meeting:  A View from the Podium

Submitted by Becky White, SDITE President

 

I've now attended fourteen annual meetings of the SDITE, but this year I got a slightly different vantage point from which to observe the proceedings.  Presiding over an annual meeting is a bit daunting, but it affords a great view of things that make SDITE gatherings so special.  One of the great meeting traditions is the Opening Session, with presentation of the colors, national anthem, and the roll call of states.  This year we had a longer roll call that included the eight Southern District Sections plus three from the Great Lakes District.  The Great Lakes attendees came well prepared to make their presence known and have some fun.

 

The meeting included a good variety of technical sessions on Safety, Operations, and Transportation Planning topics.  A new feature in the program was an ITE Roundtable in which Section leaders could share ideas about educational, social, and fundraising activities in their respective Sections.  I was interested to learn that the Michigan Section fully funds their annual scholarship program through one golf tournament that typically includes 150 golfers.  That's impressive!

 

A hallmark of the SDITE annual meeting is the social program.  This year's Local Arrangements Committee and Associated Business Division did not disappoint.  On Sunday night we enjoyed making the rounds through the hospitality suites and chatting with old friends.  The ABD hosted a Monday evening social at the Red Mile Kentucky Harness Racing Track that included a great band, delicious dinner, and some impromptu human racing among students (and a few 'grown ups') on the horse track.

 

I think the most enjoyable part of the meeting for me was getting an up close view of some really special people accepting awards for their outstanding achievements.   The Alabama Section did very well on awards night.  ALSITE won the Best Section Award for Group 2 (Small Sections).   Md Shah Imran, a graduate student at UAB, won 1st place in the graduate student paper competition.  And last, but never least, Dan Turner took home the Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service Award.  What a thrill is was to be on the podium to see such a dear man, champion of our profession, and trusted mentor receive SDITE's most prestigious award.  (See below for Alabama Section Award Winners)

 

I left Lexington with some great memories and budding excitement to attend my fifteenth annual meeting in 2013 in Charlotte.  I hope you'll consider joining me!

SDITE 2012 Traffic Bowl Team & Award Winners from Alabama Section
 

Alabama Section Traffic Bowl Team - University of Alabama

(L to R: Laura Beth Pockstaller, Frances Green, Daniel Dye)

 

 Md Shah Imran, Graduate Student, University of Alabama - Birmingham

First Place: Graduate Student Paper Competition

 

ALSITE wins Best Section Award for Group 2 (Small Sections)
(Shown accepting award for ALSITE - Richard Caudle)

 

Dr. Dan Turner

Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service Award
 
 

2012 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 2012 Scholarship Awards.  Thomas Peter Glanton of Auburn University will receive the Charles E. Alexander Memorial Transportation Engineering Scholarship of $7,500.  Amanda Elizabeth Spillers of Auburn University will receive the Billy Jones Memorial Traffic Engineering Scholarship of $2,500.

 

Pete Glanton from Carrollton, GA is a senior in Civil Engineering and has received all A's and only one B in his college career.  He is a member of the Lambda Sigma Honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary, Order of Omega Honorary and Chi Epsilon.  He has served as President of Beta Theta Pi, been active in Student Government Association, the Auburn University Interfraternity Council, Auburn United Methodist Church, Campus Crusade , ASCE and ITE.

 

Pete has construction/engineering work experience with RA-LIN and Associates in Carrollton, GA.  He has worked in our Hydraulics and Geotechnical labs on campus.  Pete is interested in gaining experience with a state DOT, then "starting an engineering firm to specialize in consulting services for the transportation industry".

 

Amanda Spillers from Enterprise, AL attended Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette for two years on a softball scholarship and served as a Student Government Association Senator and was selected as Miss Congeniality.  Employment since high school includes work at Rack Room Shoes, QV gas station, a student assistant in our Hydraulics lab, and a co-op student at the National Center for Asphalt Technology.  She is a member of the ITE Student Chapter.

 

Amanda is interested in the design and material aspects of transportation, plans to go to graduate school, then work for a state DOT or consulting firm.  At some point, she would like "to travel to communities in need, such as Haiti or New Orleans". 

 

Pete Glanton and Amanda Spillers will receive their scholarship awards at the Annual ALSITE banquet in Gulf Shores on June 7.  Please make them feel welcome.

2012 ALSITE NEWS Sponsors

Thanks to our current ALSITE NEWS Sponsors!

 

AECOM

 

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Gresham Smith and Partners 

 

Inline

 

Neel-Schaffer

 

Safety Coatings

 

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Skipper

 

Southern Lighting & Traffic 

  

Traffic Data

 

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Traffic Solutions

 

TransCore

 

Vulcan Signs

 

Become a sponsor today!

 

A big THANK YOU to our current ALSITE NEWS sponsors - we appreciate your commitment to ALSITE!

 

If you would like to become an ALSITE NEWS sponsor, please contact Jeff Stephenson by email, at jstephenson@sain.com, or by phone at 205.263.2172.

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