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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Executive VP Report

Kenneth R. Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

Your ARPAS leadership team and support staff continue to provide excellent service for our members. Our normal scope of activities includes certification of members, evaluation of programs for continuing education, tracking of continuing education credits, and monitoring adherence to our code of ethics. In addition, we continue to add those initiatives identified in our strategic plan to better serve our members and the animal science community. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

President's Report

John K. Bernard, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

I am honored to serve ARPAS as president for the coming year and look forward to working with the governing council. I would like to thank Jeff DeFrain for his service as ARPAS president and Dale Hill for his service as ARPAS treasurer. I am happy to welcome Dana Tomlinson who has agreed to serve as ARPAS treasurer, along with Andy Cole who was elected as president elect and Moe Bakke who serves as the secretary. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) Update

Wayne Kellogg, Editor-in-Chief

The Professional Animal Scientist continues to improve visibility among scientists. We are receiving statistical information regarding readers and citations that was not available previously. Some of this information is provided from our publisher Elsevier. The journal is available to members of ARPAS (just enter the ARPAS site, log in, and click on the Professional Animal Scientist) on the HealthAdvance website (, and usage increased in the first half of 2017, compared to 2016. In 2016 the average number of monthly downloads was 989. For 2017, the average monthly downloads increased to 1,392. Via a separate website, we also observed an increase in usage by institutional users in 2017 compared with previous months. Earlier this year the papers with the most full-article downloads by institutional subscribers were the symposium paper “Transportation issues affecting cattle well-being and considerations for the future” and the research article “Management characteristics of beef cattle production in the Northern Plains and Midwest regions of the United States” (both from the December 2016 issue).


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award Winners


Dr. Sharon A. Benz receiving her award

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017 ARPAS Pictures During ASAS in Baltimore

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Treasurer’s Report

Dana J. Tomlinson, PAS, ACAN

 I am happy to report that ARPAS is in sound financial condition, based on the most recent FASS financial reports dated July 31, 2017.

 As of the end of July, ARPAS income from regular member dues is at 98% of our budgeted expectations, with all member services (exams and other income) running at 87%. Income from the ARPAS journal appears to be running ahead of our budgeted expectations with 72% received through July (58% of the budgeted year). The American College of Animal Sciences (ACAS) dues and certifications are slightly ahead of budget expectations. Fortunately, total revenue and support is ahead of budget expectations for the fiscal year.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

ACAS Board Certification Update

W. Randy Walker, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, ACAS President

I would like to sincerely thank members of the American College of Animal Sciences (ACAS). I am honored to have been elected as an ACAS officer and look forward to serving as ACAS president through the coming year. I also want to thank Andy Cole for his service as ACAS president for the past year, Kenneth Cummings for his service as ARPAS executive vice president, and Cornicha Henderson of FASS for her assistance with the ACAS administrative duties.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

National Secretary Report

M. J. Bakke

I want to thank all ARPAS members for their support in the recent elections.

As a national officer, I and our board of directors are open to any and all comments, suggestions, and complaints for our organization.

Our services to the membership have expanded and will continue to do so in the future.

I recommend the following to our membership:

·         Use our ARPAS web page

·         Ask a colleague to join or renew their membership.

·         Submit or recommend an article for the journal.

·         Join a local chapter and attend their meetings.


Certification of animal scientists, in most any field, is available through ARPAS.

 I personally want to thank Cornicha Henderson, Jeremy Holzner, and all involved at our Champaign office.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Midwest Chapter and Directors Report

Randy Walker

The Midwest region of ARPAS and the Midwest Chapter of ARPAS continue to be active in building and supporting ARPAS membership through engaging candidate members at animal and dairy science technical meetings and through targeted sponsorships and ARPAS presentations.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Washington, DC Chapter Report

Bill Price, PAS

The Washington, DC, chapter officers for 2017–2018 are Richard Reynnells, president; Robin Kyser, secretary; Jerry Poley, treasurer; and Bill Price, past president. The monthly meeting will commence in September and continue through April, with the April meeting being our annual mini symposium. We are pleased to have Sharon Benz as one of the National ARPAS Distinguished Professional Scientist Award Winners. Richard Reynnells, University of Maryland and retired from the USDA, was our chapter’s 2017 Outstanding Animal Scientist awardee.