ALSITE NEWS

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

Volume XLIII - Issue 2

Summer 2013

IN THIS ISSUE
Upcoming Events
President's Message
ALSITE 2013 Annual Meeting
2013 ALSITE Spring Meeting Recap
Vendor Exhibit
ALSITE Group Bike Ride
Leadership Training Course
The 2013...SDITE Annual Meeting Recap
2013 HMR ALSITE Scholarship Awards
Student Chapter Updates
2013 ALSITE NEWS Sponsors
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Upcoming Events

 

41st ALSITE Annual Meeting

Wednesday-Friday,

June 5-7

The Beach Club

Gulf Shores, AL

Meeting Website

 

ITE Annual Meeting & Exhibit

Sunday-Wednesday,

August 4-7

Boston, MA

Meeting Website

 

ALSITE Fall Meeting

Thursday, October 17

Huntsville, 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.  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 !!!

 

Suggested items:

  • Gift Baskets
  • Electronics
  • Collegiate Items
  • Sporting Goods
  • Tools
  • Experience Gift Certificates
  • Gift Cards

 

You can contribute to the auction even if you are unable to attend the meeting.  Please deliver your donated items to an officer by June 3rd.

Officers

 

President

Becky Malenke

 

Vice-President

Greg Dawkins

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Jeff Stephenson

 

Southern District Representative

Chris Sellers

 

Affiliate Director

Wayne Curry

 

Assistant Affiliate Director

Kevin Garmon

 

Immediate Past President

Scott Holladay

Elections

 

Biographies for officer candidates were recently e-mailed to all members and affiliates.  Ballots will be sent by e-mail soon.  Please vote!

 

President's Message
Becky Malenke, P.E.
ALSITE President

 

Greetings!  It's hard to believe that I am already writing an article for the summer newsletter.  I am pleased to report that ALSITE continues to be very active thanks to the hard work and commitment of many individuals!

 

ALSITE was well represented at the Southern District ITE Meeting in Charlotte where we won the Outstanding Small Section Award for the fourth year in a row!  In addition, our students won second place in the Traffic Bowl, and Richard Caudle was honored with the President's Award.  A full recap of the meeting is included in the SDITE article below.

 

I hope that everyone will be able to join us for our Annual Meeting in Gulf Shores.  In addition to our annual events (Professional Development Session, Fast Eddie's Shrimp Boil, Technical Program, Banquet, Scholarship Auction, Traffic Bowl, and Golf Tournament), we have added some special components this year: 

  • A celebration of the 40th Anniversary of our Charter
  • Our first Vendor Exhibit that will be on display throughout the meeting 
  • A Group Bike Ride in Orange Beach on Thursday afternoon
  • Special guest Martin Bretherton, SDITE President

ALSITE will be awarding two scholarships at the Annual Meeting, including our first full tuition scholarship.  Please remember to bring items to donate to the Scholarship Auction so we can continue to invest in our students and the future of our profession!

 

We will be offering our second round of Leadership Training later this summer!  Please read the article below for details.  Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to provide 14 hours of this phenomenal training to our members for only $110.  I encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity!

 

Finally, thanks to all who responded to our Spring Meeting Evaluation Survey.  We received some great feedback and will do our best to incorporate your suggestions into future meetings.  Watch for a similar evaluation after the Annual Meeting!

ALSITE 2013 Annual Meeting 


The Beach Club

We look forward to seeing you at the beach for the 41st Annual Meeting on June 5-7, 2013.  The meeting will be held at the beautiful Beach Club in Fort Morgan.  

 

Scheduled events include:

  • Professional Development Session
  • Two (2) Technical Sessions
  • Officers' Reception
  • Banquet & Scholarship Auction
  • Section Breakfast/Traffic Bowl
  • Section Business Meeting
  • Group Bike Ride
  • Vendor Exhibit
  • Fast Eddie's Shrimp Boil
  • Billy Jones Memorial Golf Tournament

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

2013 ALSITE Spring Meeting

 
We had fantastic turnout for our Spring Meeting at Anniston Museum of Natural History in March.
 
There were some great presentations from the new Access Management manual to temporary traffic signals and even a hands on with infrared cameras. 
 
We had another nail biter in the traffic bowl competition which was tied heading into Double Jeopardy with Auburn University edging out Alabama.
 
Vendor Exhibit

ALSITE will be hosting our first Vendor Exhibit on June 5-6 in conjunction with our Annual Meeting!  Vendors are invited to set up non-electrical displays on 6' tables in the Gulf View Room immediately adjacent to the meeting room.  Space is limited, so the first vendors to sign up and pay the $75 registration fee will get the tables.  This is a great opportunity to share traffic and transportation products with our membership! 

 

The Gulf View Room will be open at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 5th, for vendors to set up displays.  The displays should be ready in time for the mid-afternoon break at 3:00 PM.  Displays can remain in place overnight for attendees to visit before the Thursday morning sessions and during the mid-morning break at 10:15 AM.  We will offer incentives to encourage all attendees to visit the displays throughout the meeting.  Displays should be removed immediately following the Thursday morning break and must be gone by 12:00 PM, so that the Beach Club staff can set up for the banquet.

 

If this event goes well, ALSITE will consider having more Vendor Exhibits in the future.   Thank you for your participation!

 

Note:  If vendors plan to attend other meeting activities, full conference registration is required.
ALSITE GROUP BIKE RIDE
Thursday, June 6th
2:00 - 4:00 PM
 
There is no cost to participate, but we would like to know how many people to expect. Please sign up for the ride when you register for the Annual Meeting! 

Everyone is invited to participate, so bring your spouse, children, parents, in-laws, friends, etc. The path is shady and will accommodate all rider levels and ages. 

Be sure to bring your bike! We will have some bikes available for use. Please let us know if you need to borrow one.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Leadership Training Course

 

The Alabama Section ITE is pleased to provide the extraordinary opportunity to all members and affiliates to attend the second offering of the Southern District ITE Leadership Development program. This program is a two day intensive course which is designed to provide core leadership competencies and practical leadership training. The ideal candidate for this course is a person who is either currently engaged in or desires to advance to a position of supervising, leading, and mentoring younger professionals in the transportation industry.

 

The participants in the program will be led in facilitated discussions through the following training modules:

  • Transportation Leadership Overview
  • Having a Positive Influence
  • Conducting Effective Meetings
  • Effective Leader Communications
  • Developing Leaders
  • Developing Effective Relationships with Elected Officials
  • Mentoring Employees
  • Creating a Shared Vision and Developing Vision and Action Plans
  • Demonstrating Positive Character
  • Identifying and Engaging Stakeholders
  • Creating a Positive Change
  • Transitioning to Supervision
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Evaluating Leadership Effectiveness

Sessions will be facilitated by Dan Turner, Jim Meads, Darrell Skipper, Becky White, Becky Malenke, Chris Sellers, and other leaders from ALSITE.

 

Both sessions of the Leadership Development Program will be held at the Shelby County Government Services Building located in Pelham, Alabama, just off Interstate 65 at Exit 242. Session 1 will be on Friday, July 19, 2013, and Session 2 will be on Friday, August 23, 2013. Sessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

 

Total cost for both sessions is $110 per person, which includes all meals (breakfast and lunch each day), breaks, and course materials. The meals will be subsidized by our generous sponsors: Atkins, Neel-Schaffer, Inc., Sain Associates, and Skipper Consulting.

 

Participation is limited to 14 ALSITE members. The group is intentionally small to allow for creativity and interaction among participants and facilitators. Participant selection will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

ALSITE is interested in participants who will "give back" to our profession, so each participant should agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Attend all the sessions.
  • Agree to assist in the facilitation or administration of at least one future training session.
  • Either (a) write an article for the Section or SDITE newsletter or (b) make a presentation at an ITE Section Meeting (or a similar organization) describing how they have implemented the training in their job, home, church, or civic organization.
  • Agree to serve a minimum of one (1) year on an ITE Section Committee the year following the training as assigned by the ALSITE President to practice leadership principles.

Interested participants should submit their intent to attend the program to Richard Caudle no later than June 21, 2013, by email, fax, or mail. The registration fee may be paid by cash or check (payable to ALSITE) at any time on or before July 19, 2013.

 

All correspondence and payments should be addressed to:

 

Richard L. Caudle, P.E.

c/o Skipper Consulting, Inc.

3644 Vann Road, Suite 100

Birmingham, Alabama  35235

(205) 655-8855 Fax (205) 655-8825

Email: richard@skipperinc.com

 

According to Alabama Administrative Code Section 330-X-13.02, the material presented in this course falls within the guidelines for Professional Development Hours (PDH's) for renewal of professional engineering and land surveying licensure in the State of Alabama. It is up to the individual licensee to assure that PDH credits claimed meet the requirements of Alabama Administrative Code Section 330-X-13.02. Completion of the course will provide 14.0 PDH's. It is up to the individual to determine if the course materials are applicable for licensure renewal in States other than Alabama.

 

This program is a phenomenal value compared to similar leadership training programs.  We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity that will benefit both you and the transportation industry!

 

Becky Malenke

President, ALSITE


SDITE Annual Meeting Recap

Submitted by Becky Malenke, ALSITE President

 

15 members/affiliates and 4 students attended the Southern District ITE Meeting in Charlotte, NC.  The meeting began with Becky White leading the invocation which was followed by a Section Roll Call where we introduced ourselves by performing a modified version of "Sweet Home Alabama" with inflatable instruments and microphones.  Chris Sellers started us off with a killer electric guitar solo!  

 

The technical sessions were very informative with a heavy focus on vibrant communities, complete streets, and multimodal transportation.  Virginia Sisiopiku presented on "Impacts of Transit Integration in a Complete Streets Context".  Rod Turochy and Becky Malenke served as moderators for two of the sessions.  We also had the opportunity to participate in hands-on professional development sessions with other meeting attendees.

 

ALSITE looked great in the Traffic Bowl!  As usual, Tommy Lee led the event as MC.  Not only did our student team make it into the finals, but they won second place overall and received $750!  They only missed first place by 100 points, and we are very proud of them! 

 

At the banquet, ALSITE won the Outstanding Small Section Award for the fourth year in a row!  In addition, our own Richard Caudle received the President's Award.  We are also very proud of him!

 

We had a great time and want to encourage all of you to attend future SDITE meetings.  The next one will be in Greensboro, GA, from March 30 - April 2, 2014.  You are guaranteed to have a good time!

Sweet Home Alabama


 

2013 HMR ALSITE Scholarship Awards

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors of ALSITE Scholarships, Inc. Dan Turner, Chairman, has announced the recipients of the 2013 scholarships. Jamieson Daniel Matthews, a senior at The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been awarded the $9,200 Charles E. Alexander Memorial Transportation Engineering Scholarship and DoriAnn Bonita Clayton, a Senior at Auburn University has been awarded the $3,500 Billy Jones Memorial Traffic Engineering Scholarship. These 2013 ALSITE Scholars were selected from a group of 9 applicants from Auburn University, The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

Jamieson Matthews is scheduled to receive joint Civil Engineering and Engineering Physics degrees from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University in May of 2014. He has maintained an overall GPA of 3.91 at UAB, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies and the ITE and ASCE Student Chapters at UAB.  He is currently a Transportation Engineering Intern working with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, using ALDOT data to analyze traffic flow.  His hobbies include the intramural ultimate Frisbee team and the University Ministries Step Sing.

 

DoriAnn Clayton has maintained an overall GPA of 3.79 as an undergraduate in Civil Engineering and is scheduled to receive her degree in December of 2013.  She is a member of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, the ITE Student Chapter and the American Concrete Institute.  DoriAnn is a non-traditional student with an active duty soldier husband and two children.  Her education is giving her great satisfaction in learning about protecting the natural and build environments around her.  After she receives her Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, she plans to enter graduate school to study transportation planning and design.

 

Jamieson and DoriAnn will formally receive their Scholarship awards at the ALSITE Annual Meeting Banquet in Gulf Shores on June 6th. Please look for these 2013 Scholars during this year's Annual Meeting and give them a warm ALSITE welcome. They both deserve our member's congratulations for a job well done and a great start toward a rewarding transportation career!

 

ITE Student Chapter Updates

UAB ITE Student Chapter

Submitted by Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku

 

The UAB ITE student chapter had an active academic year that offered student members many opportunities to engage in field trips, conferences, recruiting activities, and community service.  Among other notable activities UAB ITE student chapter members visited the City of Birmingham's Traffic Operations Center and learned how the City of Birmingham manages its traffic signals system. A number of student members participated in the ALSITE Fall Meeting in Montgomery and the ALSITE Spring Meeting in Anniston where they attended scheduled presentations and other program events and took advantage of networking opportunities.  Nine UAB students and the faculty advisor traveled to Washington D.C. in January 2013 for the 92nd Transportation Research Board Meeting. In April 2013, a group of UAB ITE students joined the faculty advisor at the UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region in Orlando, FL and presented papers and posters on current transportation research at UAB.  As part of community service, the UAB ITE student chapter volunteered at the Teen Driving Safety Summit, an event organized by UAB to promote safe driving practices.  In March 2013, UAB ITE in collaboration with SWE offered the Kids in Engineering Day at UAB to 4th and 5th grade students from the surrounding school districts. Participants learned about engineering disciplines and took part in experiments related to engineering through fun hands-on activities. UAB student volunteers coordinated activities such as "Five points traffic jam" and "Straw tower and paper bridge" construction while Dr. Sisiopiku spoke to parents about the transportation engineering discipline and careers in transportation.  

 

Submitted by Dr. Rod Turochy

 

During the Spring 2013 semester, the Auburn University student chapter was able to continue its support of The Cit y of Auburn's Travel with Care Program. This program is a campaign organized by the City of Auburn in partnership with Auburn University, The Auburn Police Department, and The Lee County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with sponsorship  by The Big Dog Running CompanyŠ. The main focus of the campaign is traffic safety, through the promotion of knowledge on a range of issues, particularly pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle-related. Public education is accomplished primarily through the promotion of awareness of pertinent laws and legislation such as jaywalking, proper passing of transit and school buses, motorcycle regulations, pedestrian rights, and bicycle laws, but also other safety related topics such as nighttime visibility. During this time period, the week of March 18 to 22, volunteers primarily made up of AU ITE members staffed strategic locations, including areas adjacent to campus and downtown as well as areas with high pedestrian and bicycle traffic, to pass out informational brochures and provide free giveaways to the general public. Bicycle lights and reflective t-shirts were some of the prizes participants were awarded after participating in a 5-question quiz related to traffic safety. Individuals answering all five questions correctly were entered into a drawing for larger prizes. The community's attitude towards the Travel with Care campaign, as is the case every year, was very supportive.

 

Representatives of the student chapter were also fortunate to conduct educational outreach programs with local school children. The program, conducted every semester, allows AU ITE an opportunity to interact with surrounding schools on a rotational basis thanks to wonderful relationships that have been established with teachers. The outreach program, which has been operational for a number of years, provides 4th and 5th grade students hour-long blocks of instruction with a focus on traffic safety. The presentation includes several questions to get the students involved.  In addition, traffic items, including raised pavement markers, samples of pavement paint and tape, and mini street sign models, are passed around to the students for a hands-on learning experience. Additionally, students are provided an opportunity to learn about the engineering profession with a focus on transportation engineering. In response to the leadership demonstrated by the chapter in this effort, AU ITE officers represented Auburn on a national level as one of five student chapters involved in K-12 educational outreach with local schools. Presentations took place in a webinar format hosted by ITE with over 20 attendees, including representatives from colleges, private businesses, and   transportation associations.    

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