2015 Year in Review: Southern District ITE Annual Meeting Review

From April 19th to April 22nd in Biloxi, Mississippi, a delegation of over 30 NCSITE members went “Coasting into the Future” with nearly 350 transportation colleagues from seven other southeastern states at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Southern District ITE.  The site of the meeting, hosted by the Deep South Section (Mississippi and Louisiana), was the Beau Rivage Casino and Resort overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.  The Local Arrangements Committee provided us with a very good technical program that featured several NC presenters, including Kellie Reep, Saleem Barakzai, Ken Putnam, and Tyson Graves.

District Representatives Mike Kennon, Radha Krishna Swayampakala, and Todd Brooks attended the SDITE Board Meeting on Sunday afternoon.  A few highlights from the Board Meeting include:

  • Scott Walker of the Kentucky Section was announced as the winner of the election for SDITE Secretary-Treasurer.
  • SDITE Members voted to approve an increase in District dues from $22 to $30 annually.
  • The Board voted to establish an initial set of 10 Performance Measures to gauge the effectiveness of SDITE each year to show the District’s strengths and successes as well as help identify opportunities for improvement.

Sunday evening kicked off the fellowship and great food that are hallmarks of Southern District Meetings with the Welcome Reception/Associated Business Division (ABD) Hospitality Event at Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant located just a short walk from the hotel.  Those who love fresh seafood were not disappointed by the shrimp, seafood gumbo, and oyster shooters.  On Monday evening, the ABD hosted a luau on the pool deck of the Beau Rivage overlooking the Gulf. The festivities concluded with the Officer’s Reception and Annual Banquet Tuesday evening.

Additional NCSITE highlights from the 2015 SDITE Annual Meeting:

  • Shannon Warchol’s paper “Impact of Right Turn Treatments at Diverging Diamond Interchanges and Adjacent Interchanges” placed second out of 19 papers submitted in the Graduate Student Paper Competition.
  • NCSITE’s Traffic Bowl Team from NC State University competed valiantly in the SDITE Traffic Bowl but fell short during the first round of competition.
  • Meredith Van Duyn received the Joseph M. Thomas Young Member Award, which is presented to an SDITE Member under the age of 35 who, by their example and personnel efforts, has inspired younger members to greater service.
  • NCSITE President Christa Greene accepted the Outstanding Section, Group 1 (Large Section) Runner-up Award on behalf of NCSITE.

We look forward to a strong contingent from NCSITE attending next year’s SDITE Annual Meeting at the Sheraton in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee, April 9-13, 2016.  The SDITE Annual Meeting returns to North Carolina in 2021 (location TBD).