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Alabama Section ITE Newsletter 
Volume XLVI - Issue 1 - Spring 2016
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
from Rod Turochy, ALSITE President

Happy new year (although it’s already two months in)!  I’m looking forward to serving as your ALSITE President this year.  At this point, I have already learned that it takes a team effort by your elected Board members to make sure everything that is supposed to happen actually does.  That said, I also now have a deeper appreciation of the efforts put in by last year’s President, Jeff Stephenson, to lead our organization and ensure that nothing fell through the cracks.

Taking the team theme even further – you are a player on the ALSITE team!  Your interest in serving the organization through committee work, serving as an officer, volunteering in a service project, or simply attending our meetings demonstrate this.  If you would like to figure out how you can take on a bigger role on the team just let any of the officers know.  The help will be appreciated.

I hope to see you at the spring meeting on Thursday, March 10, at the 4-H Center on Lay Lake near Columbiana.  The meeting will provide an opportunity for us to gather and learn from each other in a beautiful setting.  Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, the student traffic bowl competition will not be held at the conclusion of the meeting but instead the day before (Wednesday, March 9) at noon.  Sain Associates has graciously offered to allow us to use meeting space in their Birmingham office to hold the competition.

Other upcoming events include the Southern District ITE Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 10-13.  Come along for the ride to Music City and cheer the winning Alabama Section traffic bowl team against others from across the Southern District.  We will return to the Beach Club in Gulf Shores on June 8-10 for our annual meeting.

Finally, I would like to ask you to think about things that we can do to increase the attractiveness of ALSITE to prospective new members, particularly students who have just graduated and transportation professionals in the first few years of their careers.  Getting these folks interested in joining the ALSITE team is critical to the health and longevity of our organization.  We need to ensure that we will have a steady stream of people to serve on committees, to organize activities, and simply to attend our meetings.  I’ll see you there!
JOIN US AT THE SPRING MEETING!
by Jeff LaMondia, ALSITE Newsletter Editor


Lodging is available at the Alabama 4-H Center, and a limited number of rooms are being held for attendees of this meeting. For additional information on lodging accommodations at the Alabama 4-H Center, visit their website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to scheduling conflicts on the date of the ALSITE 2016 Spring Meeting, the annual Alabama Section Student Traffic Bowl Competition will be held at approximately noon the day before the meeting on Wednesday, March 9 at the Birmingham office of Sain Associates (2 Perimeter Park South, Suite 500E, Birmingham, AL 35243). The winner will represent the Alabama Section in the William Temple Scholarship Challenge Traffic Bowl at the SDITE 2016 Annual Meeting in April 2016. For planning purposes, please indicate in the registration form if you plan to join us for the Student Traffic Bowl Competition.

 

Early registration ends after Saturday, March 5, 2016. Registration rates will increase after the early registration period.

Online registration closes after Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

 

Our Spring Meeting is fast approaching!  Join us in Columbiana, AL, at the beautiful  Alabama 4-H Center on Thursday, March 10th 2016 from 8:00am - 1:00pm CST. We have a great technical program planned, including presentations from our ITE student chapters.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FALL MEETING
by Jeff Stephenson


The ALSITE 2015 Fall Meeting was held at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill in Prattville, AL on Thursday, October 29, 2015. We had a total of five technical presentations in our agenda covering a wide variety of topics:
  • Optimum and Acceptable Traffic Signal Spacing
  • Transportation Initiatives from Down Under
  • Transforming Cahaba Road – Gateway to Birmingham Zoo and Gardens
  • Traffic Engineering in Columbus, Georgia
  • Overview of Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)

Attendees were able to earn up to 3.0 professional development hours.

In addition to the technical program, ALSITE recognized 2015 scholarship winners and the newly established University of South Alabama ITE Student Chapter.

Two scholarship recipients were recognized at the meeting:

For more information about Harold M. Raynor ALSITE Scholarships, Inc., please visit them on the web at hmralsitescholarships.org.

We were honored to have 2015 Southern District ITE President Bill Seymour (Kentucky) in attendance at our meeting. President Seymour provided the attendees with an SDITE update over lunch, and presented the University of South Alabama ITE Student Chapter with a certificate of recognition as a chartered ITE Student Chapter. The University of South Alabama ITE Student Chapter will be a joint student chapter with GRITS (Gulf Region Intelligent Transportation Society).

#URKEYS2DRV 2016
by Emily Clark, State Farm Insurance Public Affairs Specialist,
and Lauren Nickles, ALSITE Service Projects Chair


#URKEYS2DRV is the latest CRAZE with all the high school students!  This event is sponsored by State Farm Insurance and includes a driving simulation, shared real life stories from tragic experiences, and trivia quizzes to make sure the students know how to prevent vehicle crashes.  A teen driving safety summit has been in place for years all over the state of Alabama.  Just last year 545 students from 45 schools across the state were able to increase their knowledge in driver safety.

#URKEYS2DRV hosts Mike Lutzenkirchen, father of late Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen, as he shares his story of his son’s death.  Mike is a powerful, moving speaker that makes the kids think about how their actions may affect others.

At the events the students are able to engage with family members that have received “that” call in the middle of the night which told the sad story of a distracted driver killing their beloved son/daughter.  The students are able to see how distracted driving affects the family after the victim’s passing.  They are also able to experience driving simulation models while driving and texting or putting on make-up.  The students really try their hardest not to make mistakes!

This year Mississippi will be joining in on the fun.  This series is going to be called Club Officer Training in order to continue their driver safety program name.

If you would like to volunteer for one of these events please contact Lauren Nickles, lnickles@sain.com.  Organization partners include:  Children’s of Alabama, Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Department of Transportation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

Below is the list of event dates:

Alabama
Birmingham – Watermark Place – Thursday, October 20
Montgomery – Location TBA - Thursday, October 27
Florence – Marriott – Wednesday, November 2
 
Mississippi
Pearl – Hinds Community College; Clyde Muse Center - Thursday, September 1
Oxford – Oxford Convention Center - Tuesday, October 11
Hattiesburg – Hattiesburg Convention Center - Thursday, October 13

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT?
Becky Malenke, our SDITE representative, keeps us up to date with the latest news!
  • The SDITE Annual Meeting will be April 10-13 at the Downtown Sheraton in Nashville, TN.  Early registration has been extended to Feb. 29th.
  • Ballots for the 2017 SDITE officer election will be emailed to all members this week.  Please vote!
  • A new Traffic Engineering Handbook (7th Edition) was published in January 2016 and is available for purchase through the ITE website.
THANKS TO OUR ALSITE NEWS SPONSORS!
We greatly appreciate your support and commitment to ALSITE.  If you would like to become an ALSITE NEWS Sponsor, please contact Jeff LaMondia by email (jlamondia@auburn.edu) or phone (334.844.6284).
MORE INFORMATION

Homepages
ALSITE - Alabama Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers 
SDITE - Southern District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers 
ITE - Institute of Transportation Engineers 

Student Chapters
Auburn University
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of South Alabama 



 
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