ARPAS Newsletter

President’s Letters

Thursday, December 01, 2016

President's Letter

Jeffrey M. DeFrain, PhD, PAS, DPL ACAS

As we bring closure to another productive year of ARPAS activities, we remain thankful for what our organization accomplished in 2016 and look toward what 2017 has in store.

Friday, April 01, 2016

President’s Letter

Robert P. Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAP

We will have the opportunity to gather at our ARPAS Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of ADSA and ASAS in Salt Lake City, Utah, in July. The Governing Council and members will review activities of the past and discuss ARPAS programs and services that will enhance our professions. The organization was developed on the needs for certification, continued education, and commitment to a code of ethics. During the last 40 years since the formation of ARPAS, the organization has increased membership and programs to support animal scientists and is strong financially.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

President’s Letter

Bob Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAS

It has been five months since our annual ARPAS meeting in Florida, and the new year will soon be here. It is time to review activities and look toward the future.

I thank our Executive Vice President Kenneth Cummings, who provides leadership to keep us on track and to make sure that ARPAS accomplishes goals. I also thank Kelsey Grant, executive secretary, and FASS for assistance with many activities. We appreciate all current and new members on standing committees. Contributions of members allow certification, strengthening and promotion of the animal science profession, and assistance for members to continue professional development.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

President’s Letter

Jack Garrett, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAS

Hopefully spring has sprung for everyone during the last couple weeks. Temperatures are climbing here in Colorado, and a sense of renewal is coming over the state as flowers, trees, grass, and plants are greening up. As for my presidency with ARPAS, I’m beginning the last third of my term. It seems like only yesterday we were meeting in Kansas City. Hopefully this final third will be as interesting as the first two-thirds were.

Monday, December 01, 2014

President's Letter

Jack Garrett, PhD, PAS, ACAS Dipl.

We are almost at the end of another year; it is amazing how fast time seems to pass. For the holiday season, I would like to encourage everyone to sit back and reflect on the last 365 days. I believe we spend too much time rushing forward and too little time in serious evaluation. This has been an excellent year for me, and I look forward to another great year in 2015.

I would like to thank Kenneth Cummings, executive vice-president and long-time friend, for his help, support, and ability to keep me on track with the responsibilities of being the president of ARPAS. Also, I would like to thank Jeremy Holzner, executive secretary, for his hard work and efforts.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April 2014 President's Letter

Michael Galyean, PAS, Dipl. ACAS

A couple of years ago, I was asked to write a paper on the future of beef production in North America. I had previously given a presentation along the same lines about cattle feeding in the U.S., but expanding my thinking to the overall beef production systems in North American was a bit challenging. Only time will tell if my “predictions” have merit. When reminded that it was time to prepare an article for the newsletter, I started thinking about what ARPAS might look like a few years down the road. So, I will offer a few thoughts for your consideration, recognizing that just as with my predictions about beef production, only time will tell if these forecasts have validity.  

Sunday, December 01, 2013

December 2013 President's Report

Michael Galyean, PAS

Time flies, doesn’t it? With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and the New Year just ahead, my term as President of ARPAS is reaching the midway point. That makes it a good time to look back on what has been accomplished and to assess what remains to be done.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

2013 President's Report

Bill Sanchez, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAN

This has been an active year in the ARPAS Organization and I am very grateful to have served as your President. I need to give special thanks to our Executive Committee, especially our Executive Vice President, Dr. Kenneth Cummings for his excellent guidance and thorough attention to all the minute by minute and day to day activities of this organization. I also want to thank the rest of the Governing Council for their hard work and clear vision for moving ARPAS forward. We need to thank and recognize Jeremy Holzner, with FASS for all the work he does administratively for ARPAS. His work on our website, online voting, and the ability to pay dues and update continuing education credits online makes our time more efficient. There are many other individuals that I want to personally thank and appreciate all of you who are responsible for accelerating our pace toward accomplishing many of the goals stated in our recent Strategic Plan.

Monday, April 01, 2013

President's Letter

We are already one month into spring, however, we are off to a slow start in the Pacific Northwest. On the other hand, ARPAS is off to a fast start on several major projects. I’ll take the chance to briefly highlight the membership on just some of these but ask that you read the other newsletter reports to get more details about the many other things going on with ARPAS. 

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Message from the President

Bill Sanchez, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, President

We are approaching the mid-point of another year with ARPAS. As I pause to reflect on my role as your ARPAS President I am still thinking about Thanksgiving and all that we are grateful for. This is the time of year to be especially proud of the work we do to help put food on the Thanksgiving table. While most of us have plenty of food every day, there are still so many hungry people in the world. One example of how ARPAS has helped in this effort is the Memorandum of Understanding we signed with the Nigerian Institute of Animal Sciences to allow them to use the ARPAS model in their certification program. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) ranks Nigeria as one of the top 20 nations most ravaged by hunger, accounting for over 5 percent of the hunger problems in the world. We had the pleasure to meet several distinguished members of the Nigerian Institute this past summer at our National meeting and it was quite an honor to see how appreciative they are of the ARPAS organization.