The Riverside San Bernardino Section (RSBITE) has been a regular contributor to the Student Endowment Fund and consistently supported efforts in this regard. All student members are encouraged to participate in monthly lunch sessions and their costs are waived for most lunch sessions.
Additionally, once every year we combine our monthly meeting with ITE Southern California Section and hold the monthly program at Cal. Poly Pomona. The RSBITE Section also has a tradition of organizing a Vendor Show each year during the month of January. This is a very successful and well attended session with around 30-35 Vendors displaying their products and services. Each year we waive the $400/Booth/Vendor costs for students. Cal Poly Pomona students actively participate in the vendor show, interact with ITE members, and use the opportunity to raise funds for their own chapter activities.
The point I am trying to make is that RSBITE Chapter is active in all aspects of student activities and is fully on board with the District’s mission which states that:
“The Student Endowment Fund was established to provide a self-sustaining funding source for the Student Initiatives Program the goal of which is to attract the best and the brightest to the transportation profession in the west.”
In my 30 years of practice in transportation consulting industry, I feel that the recent decade has seen the demand for transportation and traffic engineers soar to the highest level. I believe that this trend will continue in the future because the new administration lead by President elect Barack Obama intends to stimulate the economy by increasing expenditure in the public works sector which will include projects in the area of traffic and transportation engineering.
It is mandated on all of us as members of this honorable profession, to take steps to encourage all the bright and brilliant students to choose this line as their preferred choice of engineering and planning. The RSBITE Chapter is honored to have the opportunity to contribute in the Districts magnanimous goal of $500,000 for the Student Endowment Fund.
“The Possible’s slow fuse is lit by imagination”………………William Shakespeare