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Friday, April 1, 2011

Message from the President

Bill Braman, PhD, PAS

It is a distinct honor to serve as your ARPAS president and to provide an update on our activities. Later in the newsletter, you will see information on other ARPAS activities, including the Annual ARPAS Symposium in New Orleans and reports from the Nominating Committee, ARPAS Foundation, and Membership Committee, among others. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

CEUs and Feeding the ARPAS Meter: An Environmentally Friendly Recycled Article

Kenneth Cummings, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Exec. VP, ARPAS

Your ARPAS meter requires 16 CEUs each year to stay in the black. If it is not fed, the numbers become red and you get a ticket. Every year in January, the ARPAS traffic cops send out a notice to the negligent few who have not fed the meter. This notice is in the form of a letter or e-mail saying, “Earn and report your CEUs or you will be suspended from ARPAS membership.” Earning CEUs each year is an obligation you incurred when you became an ARPAS member. This is clearly explained in our bylaws (which you may review on our web site).

Friday, April 1, 2011

Nominating Committee Report

Randy Shaver, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAS

The Nominating Committee has put together an excellent slate of nominees. You can see the list of nominees below. Click on each candidate's name to read their bios. The instructions for voting will be e-mailed to all members by the end of April. Please vote for the candidates of your choice; the organization values your input!

Dale Hill
Bill Sanchez

Ellen Jordan
Joanne Knapp

Categories: Reports, April 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Update on the ARPAS Foundation

ARPAS Foundation Committee*: Darrell Johnson, Kenneth Cummings, Moe Bakke

The ARPAS Foundation’s assets now total $62,477.75. As you may remember, the ARPAS Foundation was established about three years ago to recognize and fund worthy educational efforts of ARPAS and its members, or to promote the activities of ARPAS. We are off to a great start and soon will be deciding upon the educational activities to fund.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Membership Update

April 5, 2011

To date, ARPAS has 1,313 paid individual members which includes 1,037 Professional, 186 Board Certified, 32 Associate, 35 Emeritus, 16 Lifetime Emeritus, and 7 Graduate Students. Eight Corporate Sponsors renewed their support of ARPAS so far this year.

Categories: Updates, April 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Nominations for the 2011 ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award

Kenneth Cummings, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

The ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist award is bestowed annually on one or more emeritus members of ARPAS that have made significant contributions to the animal sciences during their active career and have served in a leadership position within ARPAS.
Read more

Categories: Awards, April 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

The 2011 ARPAS Symposium

John J. Wagner, PhD, PAS, President-Elect, ARPAS

The 2011 ARPAS Symposium, "Understanding Meta-Analysis," will be held Tuesday, July 12 in conjunction with the joint meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA). The joint ASAS and ADSA meeting is scheduled for July 10–14, 2011, in New Orleans, LA.

Friday, April 1, 2011

American College of Animal Sciences (ACAS) Report

Benjy Mikel, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAFS, President, ACAS

The American College Animal Sciences (ACAS) has had an active year this past year. From the annual meeting in July through our monthly conference calls, the emphasis of the leadership team has been to increase discipline activity, enhance membership enrollment, and generate increased overall involvement. Recruiting efforts at the annual meeting were very successful in bringing ARPAS-ACAS to the attention of many individuals, and many new members applied. In addition, a letter specifically targeting ARPAS members who qualified through the new Highly Qualified Membership route has garnered many applications for membership. In addition, the leadership team targeted specific current members of ACAS, encouraging them to step up into leadership roles to populate the discipline committees. At present, all discipline committees are now populated, and these groups are actively identifying means to recruit additional members.

Categories: Reports, April 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Upcoming Conferences


21st ADSA DISCOVER Conference
Improving Reproductive Efficiency of Lactating Dairy Cattle
May 9-12, 2011
Eaglewood Resort and Spa, Itasca, IL

22nd ADSA DISCOVER Conference
Milk Components: Opportunities for Maximizing Farm Gate Returns and Meeting Manufacturing Needs
October 10-13, 2011
Eaglewood Resort and Spa, Itasca, IL

(Sponsored by American Dairy Science Association)

ARPAS will award up to 14 CEU’s for either of these conferences. 

For complete conference information, including the latest program and registration materials, go to

Categories: Announcements, April 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Why do we need ARPAS Chapters?

Kenneth Cummings, Exec. VP

The founders of ARPAS recognized the need for local member representation within the organization and provided for the establishment of ARPAS Chapters. An article to address the establishment and governance of Chapters was included in the original ARPAS bylaws (Article XIV. Chapters). Our national ARPAS organization is highly dependent on the local chapters for support and to provide the future leaders of ARPAS. Exposure and service by members as a Chapter officer and as a representative to the ARPAS Governing Council are the ideal training for ARPAS officers. Many of the issues discussed at the national level originated within a local chapter, and many of the newly recruited members of ARPAS join because of exposure through their local chapter.