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President's Message: May 2008

Craig M. Hanchey, P.E.

I want to thank Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Jeff Davis and Colin Kinton, as well as the entire Local Arrangements Committee members, for their efforts in hosting the recent Charleston meeting. I hope everyone who attended the meeting had a great time. The technical program was excellent and the technical field trip on Charleston Harbor was well attended. The Annual Meeting is the major focus of SDITE. I encourage each of you to consider attending the 57th SDITE Annual Meeting next year in Birmingham.

Every year, the Southern District presents awards to members, sections and student chapters to recognize outstanding achievements. It is always a difficult challenge for the awards committee to select winners. SDITE is blessed with many outstanding members. More information on our awards program and to see an historical list of past award winners, go to the Awards Page on our website.

This year’s winners were:

  • Herman Hoose Service Award – Marsha Anderson Bomar (GA)
  • Marble Hensley Individual Activity Award – Kenny Voorhies (GA)
  • John Exnicios Public Service Award – John Van Winkle (TN)
  • Joe Thomas Young Member Award – Alison Catarella Michel (DS)
  • Group I Section Award – Georgia Section
  • Group II Section Award – South Carolina
  • Student Chapter Award – Clemson University
  • Student Paper Award – Zachary Bugg (MSU)
  • Student Paper Runner-Up – Katharine Osborne (UM)

At the Board Meeting, there was discussion of adding a new award to recognize Excellence in Transportation Engineering Education.

I also want to congratulate Clemson University for winning the Traffic Bowl competition for the 3rd straight year. The William Temple Scholarship Challenge Traffic Bowl was started in 2005 by the ABD to encourage student participation. Teams of three students from each Section compete in a jeopardy style challenge based on transportation and traffic related topics. Each Section has their own method of selecting the student teams. Members of the winning team receive a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the ABD. To see pictures of this year’s traffic bowl competition, go to the Traffic Bowl Page 2008 on our website.

And finally, despite a steady rain, the ABD event (a “Carolina Beach Party”) at the Citadel’s Beach House went late into the evening. If you never saw a group of engineers dance, then you should have seen some of our members displaying their dancing skills at the party. It’s a good thing we don’t dance for living.

Click here to see all pictures from the Charleston meeting.

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