It’s hard to believe that the ALSITE annual meeting is just around the corner (June 8-10 at the Beach Club in Gulf Shores). I hope you will attend the meeting – you can count on fun, fellowship, and learning opportunities. The general format of the meeting is the same as in past years, and the revamped and streamlined format of the auction that benefits HMRALSITE Scholarships – that’s our scholarship program – went so well last year we decided to do it again.
It has been a busy time for ALSITE. In March, we held our meeting at the 4-H center near Columbiana, and the Auburn University Student Chapter team won the Alabama Section traffic bowl competition. We had a strong contingent at the SDITE Annual Meeting in Nashville in April. I’m happy to report that – for the 7th consecutive year – ALSITE won the Outstanding Section Award among the smaller sections in ITE’s Southern District. The HMRALSITE Scholarships Foundation once again has awarded scholarships to two undergraduate students studying transportation engineering in the state. Read the articles in this newsletter for more!
On a sad note, since our last meeting and newsletter, ALSITE mourns the passing of David Griffin on March 29. David was a long-time active member of ALSITE and served as President in 1988-1989. David also served as Treasurer for HMR ALSITE Scholarships for many years. He had worked for the City of Tuscaloosa for over 34 years, most recently as City Engineer.
Planning ahead – our fall meeting will be held in the Mobile area in October – the date and location will be finalized soon. Planning really far ahead – the SDITE Annual Meeting comes to Alabama in 2018 on April 7-11 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel. Over the next several months, the local arrangements team (Jennifer White and Shane Bergin) will be looking for the volunteers needed to pull off this big event in which we will host a few hundred folks.
See you in Gulf Shores!
JOIN US AT THE SUMMER MEETING! by Jeff LaMondia, ALSITE Newsletter Editor
It's once again time for the Annual ALSITE Summer Meeting in Gulf Shores, AL. The meeting will take place from Wednesday June 8 to Friday June 10, 2016 at the Beach Club Resort. The meeting’s events will include Silent/Live Scholarship Auctions, Professional Development and Technical Sessions, the Annual Banquet, Traffic Bowl and the Billy Jones Memorial Golf Tournament. Additionally, Vendor Exhibits will be available on Wednesday and Thursday. The technical program (available here) will feature many interesting sessions:
Professional Development Session
“Building and Leading High Performing Teams: Part 1” by Kathy Gregory, The six fifty company
Technical Session I
“Orange Beach Access Management and Modeling” by Rex Bush, ALDOT, and James Brown, Gonzalez Strength and Associates
“Intermodal Challenges for Alabama Ports” by Todd Jones, Port of Mobile
“Marketing Safety to Local Officials” by Waymon Benifield, ALDOT
Technical Session II
“MyALSITE Introduction” by Jeff Stephenson, Sain and Associates
“Every Day Counts in Shelby County” by Scott Holladay, Shelby County, and Cody Long, Skipper Consulting
“Using Highway Safety Manual Methods to Compare Access Management Countermeasures” by Mohan Garakhalli, PE, ARCADIS
“Traffic and Pedestrian Handling for The Hangout Festival” by Mark Acreman, PE, City of Gulf Shores
For registration information, please visit the meeting website here.
ALEXANDER & JONES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS by Becky White
Harold M. Raynor ALSITE Scholarships, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016-17 Scholarships. Mr. Matthew Dannemann, a senior majoring in Civil Engineering at Auburn University has been awarded the Charles E. Alexander Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $6,500. Ms. Ashley McDonald, a junior Civil Engineering student at The University of Alabama, has been awarded the Billy Jones Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,500. Both of these students already have career goals in transportation and are involved in education and training activities related to their goals. Both recipients have been invited to attend the ALSITE Summer Meeting in Gulf Shores on June 8-10.
Mr. Dannemann has maintained a high GPA and is a member of Chi Epsilon, the ITE student chapter, and ASCE student chapter at Auburn. In addition to his academic pursuits, he is an active member and leader in Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and served as a project coordinator for Big Event, a student-led community service event. In preparation for an engineering career, Mr. Dannemann has interned with Linbeck Group as a construction intern and is currently enrolled in Auburn’s senior design class, working on a project to design a 14-mile road in Microstation. In addition to his Civil Engineering major, he is also pursuing minors in business and finance with the goal of one day owning his own engineering firm.
Ms. McDonald has maintained a high GPA at The University of Alabama and is a member of ASCE and SWE student chapters. She is very active in campus and community organizations. As a member of Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity, she served as Parents Weekend Chair, and she has served as a mentor for READ! Alabama. Ms. McDonald has worked as a technician intern with the aviation team at Garver. By her own admission she is obsessed with traffic signals and hopes to one day have an engineering career that contributes to a better traffic system for drivers.
RECAP OF THE 2016 SDITE MEETING Becky Malenke, our SDITE representative, keeps us up to date with the latest news!
ALSITE members had a great time at the SDITE Meeting in April! The meeting was held April 10th - 13th at the Downtown Sheraton in Nashville, TN. Attendance included the entire ALSITE Board of Directors, numerous members and affiliates, and two of our younger members, Luana Ozelim and Timothy Bunger, who were awarded SDITE scholarships to attend the meeting.
The theme of this year’s meeting was “Cityfication! Transportation in Town & Country”. Prior to the meeting, a golf tournament was held at the Hermitage Golf Course and several ALSITE members showed off their skills. The opening session keynote speaker was David Plazas, Opinion Engagement Editor of the Tennessean’s editorial board. He spoke about traffic and transportation issues from the media perspective. At the Section Roll Call, ALSITE President Rod Turochy gave the first official invitation to the 2018 SDITE Meeting that ALSITE will host in Mobile. While Rod shared interesting facts about Mobile, the rest of the ALSITE delegation threw MoonPies into the crowd.
Technical sessions covered a variety of topics including pedestrian crossings, signal timing, traffic forecasting, roadway operations, alternative intersection designs, freight management, driverless vehicles, flashing yellow lights, road diets, access management, and parking. SDITE also offered two special sessions on communication skills training, and participants had the opportunity to join several technical tours.
The ABD Party was held at the Wildhorse Saloon on Monday evening. The event began with a BBQ buffet and ended with line dancing. Participants donned their country attire and enjoyed socializing with ITE members from other sections. As usual, ALSITE was well represented in the Traffic Bowl. Jim Stewart served as emcee in Tommy Lee’s absence, while Richard Caudle and James Foster operated the equipment. A team from Auburn University participated in the Traffic Bowl. Unfortunately, they did not advance past the first round, but ALSITE is still proud of their efforts!
Alabama was once again honored with awards! ALSITE received the 2015 Outstanding Section in Group II for the 7th year in a row! In addition, Becky White was presented the Marble J. Hensley Outstanding Individual Activity Award. Congratulations to Becky on this well-deserved recognition!
ALSITE is only two years away from hosting this meeting in Alabama! Please make plans to be at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel from April 7-11, 2018. Everyone is needed to pull off a successful meeting!
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