The September-October spotlight was written by Cathy Leong, Western District President and member of the Hawaii Section. The following is the Hawaii Section’s thoughts on the Student Endowment Fund:
The ITE Hawaii Section recently honored the passing of one of their founding members by raising a total of $4000 for the Student Endowment Fund. Constantinos S. Papacostas was 68 years old when he passed away on May 9, 2015 after his battle with cancer. Costas, as he was affectionately known as, contributed over 40 years to the transportation profession; starting as a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1973 and eventually rising to the position of Chair of the university’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2010. In addition, he served as Director of the Hawaii Local Technical Assistance Program while remaining active in various local and national professional groups including ITE. Last December, the Hawaii Section presented Costas with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to ITE and the Transportation Engineering profession. Although we are saddened by his passing, we feel fortunate to have been able to share that momentous event with him.
We can think of no better way to honor Costas’ dedication to his students and ITE, and continue his legacy than to support the Student Endowment Fund. Shortly after he passed away, the Hawaii Section sent out a call to its members to donate to the fund in Costas’s name and we have been overwhelmed by the response from his family, friends, and colleagues. We invite anyone who knew Costas or someone like him to join us in our support for the Student Endowment Fund.