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

Volume XLIV - Issue 1

Spring 2014

Upcoming Events
President's Message
2014 ALSITE Spring Meeting
2013 Fall Meeting Recap
ALSITE/ALDOT Leadership Development Program
2014 ALSITE NEWS Sponsors
ALSITE Quick Links
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Upcoming Events


ALSITE Spring Meeting

Thursday, March 6

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Early Registration Ends February 26!

2014 SDITE District Meeting

March 30 - April 2, 2014

Lake Oconee, Georgia

-Early Registration Ends      February 21!

-We are entertaining ideas for our response to roll call.   


2014 ALSITE Annual Meeting

June 4 - June 6, 2014

Gulf Shores, Alabama

2014 Officers



Greg Dawkins


Vice- President

Jeff Stephenson



Rod Turochy


Affiliate Director

Kevin Garmon


Assistant Affiliate Director

Darrell Vines


Southern District Representative

Becky White


Immediate Past President

Becky Malenke


Contact an Officer

Teen Crash Course
The Teen Crash Course Service Project in Jefferson County has been rescheduled to March 12, 2014.
Volunteers are needed!
Please contact Livia Ryan


President's Message
Greg Dawkins, P.E.
ALSITE President


First, let me start by saying Becky Malenke did an excellent job in 2013 as President of ALSITE. My hope is to continue the momentum through 2014. Wow! It is hard to believe I am writing to you all as the President of ALSITE. I have always been in awe of the people that served through the years and hoped that one day I might be in a position to lead this great Organization.


I hope everyone can join us in Tuscaloosa for our Spring Meeting on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Jeff Stephenson is putting together a great Technical Program and after the meeting, we will be holding the Third Annual Student Traffic Bowl. It has been very competitive in the past and this year looks to be another great event showcasing the best and brightest from the schools.


The SDITE Meeting will be held March 30 - April 2, 2014 in Greensboro, Georgia. Our Annual Meeting will be June 4-6 at the Beach Club in Gulf Shores. This meeting will be a joint meeting with Deep South. The joint meetings are always exciting.


This year looks to be another great year for ALSITE and it is only possible due to the people serving on the various Committees, as they are the engine that makes this Organization run. If anyone is interested in getting involved and serving on a Committee, please speak to one of the Officers and we can assist in finding a committee that you would enjoy. Only by getting involved, can you make your Organization become what you want it to be. I look forward to serving and working alongside everyone in continuing to make ALSITE the best Section in ITE and hope to see everyone in Tuscaloosa on March 6th.


Gregory L. Dawkins, P.E.

ALSITE President


2014 ALSITE-Spring Meeting


The ALSITE 2014 Spring Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. 


The meeting location will be Room 1000, which is on the first floor of the Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building. 


Free parking will be available from 7:00-8:30 am at the Ferguson Center Parking Deck.  After 8:30 am, there is a fee to park in the parking deck. A detailed map depicting the location of the parking deck and the meeting location will be forthcoming.


The meeting will include two (2) technical sessions, lunch, student traffic bowl competition, and the business meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in Tuscaloosa!


For additional information, including online meeting registration, visit 

2013 Fall Meeting Recap


ALSITE had the privilege of hosting the Tennessee Section at our Fall Meeting at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center on Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Huntsville.  On the night before the meeting, several members from the Tennessee Section and the Alabama Section gathered for a Meet and Greet dinner at Connors Steak & Seafood. We had a great evening of fellowship, sharing ideas, and just getting to know each other a little better. 


The meeting kicked off with a word from the President of each Section. A professional development session on ethics followed. Technical presentations were given from both the Alabama and Tennessee Sections, and they covered a wide range of very interesting topics including Prioritization and Expedited Project Delivery, Economic Development and Transportation, Communication Skills in the Workplace, and the Alabama Statewide Freight Study. The meeting concluded with an excellent lunch, followed by the Section business meetings. 


Following the meeting, many of the attendees went to the museum portion of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for a self-guided tour that was included with meeting admission.  It was a great walk through the history of America's achievements in space exploration, with several interactive areas and thousands of artifacts - many of which are very enormous in size!


ALSITE/ALDOT Leadership Development Program

Richard L. Caudle, P.E.
ALSITE Leadership Development Administrator

Dr. Daniel S. Turner, P.E.
SDITE Leadership Oversight Team


In October-November, 2013, the Alabama Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers undertook a service project for the Alabama Department of Transportation to provide leadership training for ALDOT managers. The service project was a follow-up to a similar effort by ALSITE for ALDOT in 2010, but significantly expanded in scope.


A team of ALSITE members, Dan Turner, Jim Meads, Becky White, Darrell Skipper and Richard Caudle was assigned to develop and administer the training by ALSITE President Becky Malenke. This group began working on July 26, 2013 in planning the project. Significant interaction between the coordination team and Lamar Woodham, ALDOT Deputy Director for Administration and Maxine Wheeler, ALDOT Training Bureau Chief was required during the initial phase of project development.


ALDOT requested that four sessions of training be conducted. Sites selected for training were the ALDOT Division offices in Mobile, Birmingham, and two different classes in Montgomery. A target of fourteen ALDOT employees per site was established, and the actual enrollment in the four sessions was 54. Each class received one-half of the training in October and the second half of the training a month later in November. 


The training was conducted with the Southern District ITE Leadership Development Program. At the request of ALDOT attendees, special modules on Transitioning to Supervision (prepared by Darrell Skipper) and Professional Ethics (prepared by Jim Meads) were also used. During the course of the training, two "mini-modules" were also developed and presented: Saying No Gracefully (prepared by Becky White) and How to Make a Presentation (prepared by Dan Turner).


A unique team of instructors facilitated the training. Presenters included ALSITE Members, ALDOT "alumni" from the 2010 class, and senior level managers from ALDOT. Specific presenters were:

ALSITE Members

  • Richard Caudle
  • Becky Malenke
  • Jim Meads
  • Scott Rumble
  • Chris Sellers
  • Darrell Skipper
  • Dan Turner
  • Becky White

Previous ALDOT Students

  • Kay Chancellor-Davis
  • Wade Henry
  • Josh Kervin

ALDOT Senior Level Managers

  • Don Arkle, Deputy Director
  • Vince Calametti, Southwest Region Manager

The service project was made financially possible by the Alabama Department of Transportation, which provided a "registration fee" of $280 per student to cover reimbursement of expenses, including printing, ALSITE member travel, one breakfast and one lunch for the entire class each session, break items, and miscellaneous supplies.


Evaluation forms for the training were completed by each participant for every module. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The most common comment was "This has been the best training I have had in my 20 (or 30 or 35) years with ALDOT."


Future plans for cooperation between ALSITE and ALDOT in the area of Leadership Development include meeting with senior management of ALDOT to assist them in making leadership training an integral part of their training for all ALDOT managers and enabling ALDOT to administer the program in-house.



Leadership ITE


ALSITE is proud that one of our own was selected to participate in the inaugural class of LeadershipITE!  Becky Malenke with Neel-Schaffer, Inc. was one of 30 transportation professionals from throughout the United States and Canada selected to participate in the nine month leadership program sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  Malenke attended the opening workshop in Washington, DC, in November and will be participating in additional workshops at the ITE Technical Conference in March and the ITE Annual Meeting in August.   The program also includes a number of webinars and team projects.  "I am excited to be part of the first LeadershipITE class and am honored to be selected for such a unique program," said Malenke.  "I hope to broaden my understanding of the transportation profession at the national level and ultimately share my experiences with my coworkers and ALSITE colleagues."

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