President’s Message: The New ITE

The Western District had a great 2016!  Beginning with the Student Leadership Summit in Pomona, followed by the Western District Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, and then the ITE International Annual Meeting in Anaheim.  And throughout the year, our Sections and Chapters hosted meetings, social hours, and conferences of their own, and many of our members were appropriately recognized for their contributions and achievements.  I think we will look back someday upon 2016 as a significant turning point for ITE, when ITE International initiated the “New ITE.”

But the hard work is always ahead of us, looking forward.  As professionals, we are driven to constantly improve and challenge ourselves.  My goal this year is to increase engagement with all our members.  Recently, over 500 of us participated in a survey about professional engagement.  So that’s a good start!  And now the results are being compiled to look for trends and meaning in the data; I will report more on this in the coming months.  One thing is clear, however.  We are an organization of volunteers that sincerely believes in what we do, and it all starts at the local level. I encourage all of us to bring new people to our local Section and Chapter meetings and get them interested in ITE.  Tell them why you joined and what you get out of being a member.  Go out to the local schools and share our professional with students.  Set examples in your community by biking to work, taking transit, walking places, and demonstrating best practices to our children.

To start 2017 off on the right path, this issue’s spotlight article is from my home Section, the San Francisco Bay Area.  The San Francisco Bay Area Section was recognized in 2016 by ITE International for the Section Activities Award!  The Student Leadership Summit (SLS) will be held January 13-15 at Cal State Fullerton.  Tuffy the Titan will welcome students from all over the Western District will welcome students from all over the Western District for the fourth annual SLS.  The Western District Mid-Year Board Meeting will be held January 27 in Oakland.  During the winter, five of our Student Chapters will conduct data collection projects; the District’s Technical Committee completed their review of eight Student Chapter proposals and selected the following five:

  • BYU Cougars – Lehi Frontrunner Transit Center
  • Cal Poly SLO Mustangs – Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • UC Berkeley Bears – Varsity Berkeley Apartments
  • UCLA Bruins – Mix-use TOD at a Transit Station
  • University of Washington Huskies – Hotel Wallington Inn

Congratulations to all five schools, and we look forward to seeing your reports!

Mark Spencer, P.E.
Western District President