ARPAS Newsletter

April 2018

Sunday, April 01, 2018

President's Letter

John Bernard

Spring has arrived, and everyone is preparing for another growing season. ARPAS is also examining how to maintain growth. Current membership in ARPAS is 1,418, which includes 63 graduate students. One change that your Executive Committee will recommend is the addition of a graduate student representative to the Governing Council. This is being recommended to bring another perspective and fresh ideas for the Governing Council to consider as we look at how we best serve the next generation of professional animal scientists. Details on how to nominate a graduate student will be available in the near future, so be thinking about someone you might nominate!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

ACAS Board Certification Update

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

The new year is upon us, and the groundhog says spring should be arriving any day now. As signs of spring begin to appear, such as new leaves on the trees, greener grass, all of the planting activity, and, of course, the opening day of baseball, we are reminded that spring is a time of renewal. This also applies to ACAS as we renew our efforts to remind ARPAS members who are not yet board certified of all the benefit and value of achieving the highest level of certification available in ARPAS.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Looking Forward 1: The ARPAS Journal, Readers

Dave Beede, Editor-in-Chief

About 25% of the ARPAS membership (n = 421 respondents) answered the recent ARPAS 2018 journal name-change survey and questionnaire providing valuable information. The ARPAS editorial team met by conference call April 9 to discuss the input. Here I summarize some of the key responses from members and readers. I have also added some comments to update you on several forward-looking efforts happening with The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS).

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Foundation Report

Jack Garrett

The ARPAS Foundation’s assets now exceed $200,000. The ARPAS Foundation was established to recognize and fund worthy educational efforts of ARPAS and its members, or to promote the activities of ARPAS. Each year we receive multiple requests for educational funding projects, such as support for symposiums and speakers. This year the foundation will be supporting the dissemination of the information that will be presented at this year’s educational symposium “Sustainable Dairy Production” at the ADAS annual meeting by helping with the publication of the written articles in our journal.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

ARPAS elections

Voting opens April 17th for the 2018 election.

The 2018 ARPAS elections will open 4/17/18 thru 5/17/18.  An email notification will be sent to all members with information about the 2018 nominees and how to cast a vote.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

2018 ARPAS Symposium

Andy Cole

The 2018 ARPAS Symposium titled “Sustainable Dairy Production” will be held in conjunction with the annual American Dairy Science Association meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Monday, June 25. The symposium will start at 9:30 am. The location is yet to be determined but will appear in your ADSA meeting information packet.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

ARPAS 2018 First-Quarter Treasurer’s Report

Dana Tomlinson

National ARPAS has started 2018 well with revenue generation in line with expectations. Through the first two months of the year, we are sitting with 49% of our revenue and support budgeted position. Fortunately, the bulk of our membership dues are collected early in the year; however, membership activity could be stronger. We always have room for new members and encourage everyone to share the value of ARPAS with their colleagues and any students with whom they interact.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

ARPAS-Related Events at the ADSA Annual Meeting

ARPAS-Related Events at the ADSA Annual Meeting

Below is the schedule of ARPAS-related events at the 2018 ADSA annual meeting.

Saturday, June 23, 2018
6:00 pm Governing Council Meeting

Sunday, June 24, 2018
8:00 am–5:00 pm Governing Council Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018
9:30 am–12:30 pm ARPAS Symposium
12:30 pm–2:00 pm ARPAS Business Meeting

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
12:30 pm–2:00 pm ACAS Business Meeting

For more information regarding the ADSA annual meeting, please visit the website at https://www.adsa.org/2018/.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Is your membership updated?

Reporting CEU's and Lapse Membership

How do I request my Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

Reporting Continuing Education Units (CEU) is simple through the ARPAS website. Just log on to the site at www.arpas.org and click on Submit CEUs. Not only is your CEU record instantly updated when you enter your meetings online, but the system also keeps a convenient submission history in case you wish to check your past entries. Don’t see a meeting you want to report on the approved list? No problem! You can submit any meeting to be approved and posted on the list before you enter it online. Remember, 16 CEUs are required each year to maintain your registration, and up to 16 CEUs can be carried over to the following year.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

The Plains Nutrition Council annual meeting will be held at the Marriott Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, April 5 to 6, 2018. For more information, visit the website: http://amarillo.tamu.edu/facultystaff/tmc/pnc.

The American Society of Animal Science annual meeting will be held in Vancouver, Canada, July 8 to 12, 2018. If you will be attending the meeting and will have time to staff the ARPAS booth in the exhibits room or proctor the ARPAS exam, please contact Cornicha Henderson at the FASS headquarters (CornichaH@assochq.org).

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