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Friday, August 1, 2008

The View from 30,000 Feet - A New Feature in Your ARPAS Newsletter

Stephen M. Emanuele PhD, PAS

As I am writing to you, I am flying over the heartland of America looking down on American agriculture from 30,000 feet. I have to admit that I have a sense of pride knowing that in each state I am flying over right now, there are ARPAS members helping agricultural producers achieve success and educating young people on the most up-to-date information coming from our agricultural schools and universities. I am also excited because we have a new format for our ARPAS newsletter with many new features. Our new format is designed to make it easier for you to navigate through the newsletter and retrieve information faster. You will notice interactive links to Web sites such as FASS Job Resource Center, Professional Animal Scientist, and Upcoming Events. 

Friday, August 1, 2008

Message from the President

ARPAS President Marit Arana, PhD, PAS

Warm and smokey greetings from California. I am honored to have been chosen to serve as your president for the next year. Dr. Darrell Johnson and the previous past-presidents have all left some big shoes to fill, but I feel that I am up to the task of leading this organization for the next year. It is a pleasure to serve an organization that is dynamic and enthusiastic about its future. We currently have more than 1,500 members and more requests for exams every week. 

Friday, August 1, 2008

New ARPAS Logo

The ARPAS Logo Committee, chaired by Dr. Bill Price, has completed its contest for a new ARPAS logo and it has been accepted by the ARPAS Governing Board with slight modifications. The logo is featured in this newsletter. The logo is the art work of 22 year-old Joshua Benkelman, son of ARPAS dairy nutritionist member, Scott Benkelman, PAS, both of Arcade, New York (see picture). Joshua is a graphic designer who works for a print shop in Arcade. Scott works for Vigortone Ag Products covering the western New York area.

Categories: Announcements, August 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008


Betsy Greene, PhD, PAS

Beginning with the “Late Breaking Hot Topic” presentations on Monday to the finish of the Triennial Lactation Symposium on Friday, this joint meeting provided outstanding science and education for 3,090 attendees in Indianapolis, Indiana from July 7-11, 2008. Scientists, educators, and industry members could choose from 835 oral presentations, 887 poster presentations,and 42 different symposia covering all aspects of animal research, care,and education. There were several special events related to the ASAS Centennial celebration, as well as recognition of deserving colleagues and graduate students throughout the meeting. 

Congratulations to the organizers for hosting an excellent meeting!

Categories: Announcements, August 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008

ARPAS Members Win Awards

Carl Hunt, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAN

Congratulations to the following ARPAS members who received awards at the ASAS/ADSA meeting in Indianapolis:

ASAS Award Winners
Gerald Horn – ASAS Fellow Award-Extension
Gail Kuhlman – Corbin Companion Animal Biology Award
Donald Levis – ASAS Fellow Award-Extension
Merlin Lindemann – Animal Management Award
John Mabry – Animal Industry Service Award
Glenn Selk – Extension Award
Kenneth Webb, Jr. – ASAS Fellow Award-Extension

ADSA Award Winners
Louis Boyd – ADSA Fellows
Jorge Elizondo-Salazar – Land O’Lakes, Purina Feed LLC Graduate Student Poster Contest
Lawrence Muller – ADSA Distinguished Service Award
Randy Shaver – Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award
Michel Wattiaux – Land O’Lakes, Purina Feed LLC Teaching Award in Dairy Production

Categories: Awards, August 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008

Report from Past-President

Darrell Johnson, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAN

If I had to pick one word to describe this past year it would be “transition.” We have gone through several transitions during this past year but that is indicative of a growing organization. I would like to point out several changes that have occurred during the last year.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Report from Executive Vice President

Kenneth R Cummings, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAN

What motivates retired people to want to take on part-time work? They need some place to go, they want to be needed, they need the money, they have a cause they care about or retirement is really just a figment of one’s imagination. 

I can eliminate most of these very quickly and say if I didn’t believe in the mission of ARPAS,   

Friday, August 1, 2008

Report from Former Treasurer

Keith Lusby, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAN

The ARPAS fiscal year coincides with the calendar year. ARPAS ended December 2007 with total revenue and support of approximately $249,000, compared to a budgeted amount of about $219,000. Both membership and revenue from the PAS journal exceeded expectations. The size of the journal has increased significantly, which caused revenues to increase due to additional pages charges. ARPAS ended the fiscal year 2007 with a net change in assets of $16,307 compared to the budgeted amount of $7,745. 

As of May 31, 2008, member dues and corporate sponsorships have exceeded budget expectations by about $8,000. ARPAS had $128,000 in cash and $209,000 in investments. Revenues from corporate sponsorship have exceeded expectations. ARPAS should end the year with a strong financial position. The Governing Council will make any needed budget adjustments at its meeting in January 2009.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Reports from ARPAS Chapters

Kenneth Cummings ARPAS Executive

"It take a Village," a title one notable politician used for her book. That is how I see an ARPAS chapter relative to the whole of ARPAS. Without our chapters, the organization does not have local or state representation. Yes, we have individual members and we have regions, but members don't have the opportunity to participate in organized meetings with their regional director or to discuss needs and issues. With a large enough Chapter, you can even have your own representative on the Governing Council as does the California Chapter. Our chapters give members an opportunity to meet, share and shape the direction of ARPAS. 

"It takes a Chapter" and we are fortunate to have several, but we need more of them to give all of our ARPAS members a "Village."

Kenneth Cummings
ARPAS Executive

Friday, August 1, 2008

Report from the PAS Journal Editor-in-Chief

Wayne Kellogg, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAN

Volume 23 (2007) of the Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) was completed with 742 pages. This compares with 480 pages in volume 22 and an average of 507 pages in the previous three issues. There were 7 review articles, 59 research articles,