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It's October. Fall is in the air. As we await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, here is some reading material to while away the time.
This newsletter features:
- KYSITE Annual Meeting / Silent Auction
- 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
- End of Year Message from the KYSITE President
- Member Profile #10
Please strongly consider submitting an abstract for the April 2012 Meeting -- once the window closes on November 15, it will be too late if you want to present. We will only have one more reminder in this newsletter in two weeks.
Members: Don't forget to vote for next year's KYSITE officers. Voting ends on November 9th! If you haven't received your voting link, please contact us at the email below.
As always, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!
- KYSITE Officers
Message from the President
Happy fall y'all! I can't believe the year has gone by so quickly and we are just weeks away from wrapping this year up with the Annual Banquet! What a year it has been - I feel like we have accomplished a lot this year in our little Section (which by the way is becoming a bigger Section thanks to our new members!). We hosted two very successful technical meetings covering a range of topics from finding out what is going on with our state and city government agencies to a great discussion on the new double crossover diamond on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, KY and adaptive signal control. We also brought the golf outing back and say thank you so much to the sponsors who really provided a great boost to our scholarship program!
In between all these events we managed to squeeze in a PTOE review course (good luck to those taking the exam)! We also hosted several sessions with KYTC in various offices to provide some information about our organization and answer their questions about what KYSITE can do for them. All of this is in addition to and getting ready for the big SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting being held here in Lexington, KY next April 15 - 18. We want everyone taking our excitement from this year over to next year and showing everyone in both the Southern District (SDITE) and Great Lakes District (GLDITE) what a great host state Kentucky is!
So keep up the good work everyone and I expect to see you all at the KYSITE Annual Meeting at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY on November 10! Please make sure to RSVP!!!
KYSITE Annual Meeting / Silent Auction Reminder!
It's nearing the end of a great year for KYSITE, which means it is time for the KYSITE Annual Meeting! This year the meeting will be changing locations to The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. This allows KYSITE to have a trial run with the venue as one of the events being held as part of the SDITE / GLDITE 2012 Joint Annual Meeting in April 2012 is planned at The Red Mile.
The KYSITE Annual Meeting is being held on Thursday, November 10, 2011. The general agenda for the evening is as follows:
6:00 pm - Arrive / Begin Silent Auction / Cash Bar / Big River Band
6:40 pm - Dinner
7:30 pm - Big River Band Concludes
7:45 pm - Silent Auction Closes / Business Meeting
8:00 pm - 2011 KYSITE Awards
8:05 pm - Installation of 2012 Officers
8:10 pm - Silent Auction Results
8:30 pm - Close of Meeting
This link provides directions to the Red Mile.
We have numerous donations for the silent auction including tickets to Dollywood, hotel and golf at Rising Star Casino, tickets to Holiday World, admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, and tickets to the Louisville Bats. There will be plenty more great items for you to bid on and raise lots of money for our scholarship fund!
To mix things up, we will also be having entertainment at the meeting - The Big River Band! Come on out for some live music!
The cost will be $25.00 member / $35.00 non-member. A member can bring one guest at the member price.
Included in the price is a dinner buffet consisting of salad, rolls, chef's choice entrées and accompaniments along with dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.
A paypal link is being setup to pre-pay for the dinner and will be provided in the next newsletter in two weeks. You may also pay cash or check at the door the day of the event.
Please RSVP no later than Friday, November 4, 2011. You can RSVP and pay at:
Looking forward to seeing everyone in November!
Reminder: SDITE / GLDITE 2012 Call for Abstracts
The SDITE/GLDITE 2012 Annual Meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of technical, policy, planning, and administrative information on all aspects of transportation engineering and planning.
Call for Abstracts
High-quality papers and presentations are sought on a range of roundabout topics. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length and may be on any topic relevant to the planning, design and operations of transportation facilities. Presentation options include:
- Research papers;
- Presentations with detailed handouts;
- Panel discussions, opening with a 5-minute review of the topic;
- Technical Workshops and
- Displays or posters about projects, featuring pictures, models, and computer graphics.
If you believe your presentation meets the requirements for Professional Engineer and/or AICP CEUs, please indicate in your submission. You may also propose a single presentation, or an entire session.
Submit abstracts by November 15, 2011, via the submittal website:
Please include your name, organization, and an e-mail address. State the specific topic area for the abstract, along with your preferred presentation option. If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified.
Possible conference topics include all aspects of transportation research, experience, and practice: policy and procedures development, funding strategies, planning and programming, design, traffic control, transit, bicycles, pedestrian use, meeting the needs of those with disabilities, and public involvement and outreach.
Contacts: Adam Kirk (email@example.com) and Eric Green (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Member Profile #10
Our tenth member profile is one of our long-standing and hard-working members -- and does a great job representing the western part of the state.
Place of Work: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Title: Transportation Technologist III
Degree(s): Civil Engineering Technology, BS, Western Kentucky University
Certifications: 2003 AICP Certification
Place of Birth: Pembroke, Kentucky
Family: Wife, Clarissa; Four Children: Brianna, Bram, Jesse, and Annie Ruth
1. What do you do day-to-day?:
Manage the planning activities for the District 3 area and most recently managing a design project.
2. What are your technical interests?:
Public Involvement, Transportation Planning Research
3. What are your hobbies?:
Reading, Community Theatre, Teaching English as a Second Language to a Sunday School Class of recent African refugees.
4. In what capacity have you served KYSITE in the past?
Served as Section Secretary (2005), Treasurer (2006), Vice President (2007), & President (2008); Have organized two joint meetings between KY & TN sections in Bowling Green; currently serving as the chair for the Workforce Development Committee; very honored to receive the 2010 Lonnie Yates Distinguished Service Award from the KY Section.
5. Favorite Color?:
6. Favorite Movie?:
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
7. Favorite Music?:
Anything by Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac
8. Five Quick Questions:
A. Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi
B. Dogs or Cats: Cats
C. Telephone or Email: Telephone
D. Pen or Pencil: Pen (fine line black ink)
E. Cats or Cards: Cats
[Editor's Note: It would be difficult for me to identify anyone more passionate and dedicated to his/her profession than Jeff. Beyond ITE, he is involoved in numerous professional, community, and personal endeavours. I'm sure if you asked Jeff for a copy of his weekly calendar, you'd get tired just thinking about his schedule. And make sure you check out the survey below -- it's an example of Jeff's hard work -- let's help him out.]
Want a Chance at $25?
The Workforce Development Committee of the Southern District of ITE (SDITE) is conducting a survey of SDITE members & non-members who are employed in public agencies throughout our Sections and District. This survey is designed to capture input so that our organization can identify the challenges and opportunities in providing an effective level of participation to those transportation engineering professionals in the public sector.
Please use this link to the survey. It is a brief survey that only takes about five minutes to complete. Please forward this e-mail/survey to your peers, especially ones working for public agencies that are non-members of ITE.
Those participating in the survey will have a chance to win a $25 gift card. The person who distributes the most successful invitations to responding participants in the survey will also be entered into a gift card drawing.
This survey closes on November 19th.
In the Next Edition...
- More announcements!
- Another Member Profile
Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!
2011 KYSITE Board; and
Scott Walker, Editor