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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

President’s Letter

Al Kertz, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

ARPAS Sponsorship

If you are going to only read one report in this newsletter, read Kenneth Cummings’ EVP report, as it is the most comprehensive, yet concise.

More specifically, I want to announce the new ARPAS Sponsorship program. In the past, there has been considerable corporate ARPAS sponsorship. But that has dwindled more recently due to a variety of circumstances. And it became a bit unwieldy with 3 levels of sponsorship. Thus, we decided to simplify and broaden the number of sponsorships.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Executive Vice President’s Report

Kenneth Cummings, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

Another decade for ARPAS has been completed and it is time to measure our accomplishments and admit to our shortcomings over that period of our 35-year history. I have been the Executive Vice-President for this entire decade so I will accept my share of accolades for the successes, as well as the penalties for the failures. In my University teaching days, letter grades were used to measure an individual’s performance, so I think it is only fair to ask each of you to “grade” ARPAS, and also me, as to how well we met your needs and expectations.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Update from the Business Office

Brittany Morstatter, FASS Executive Assistant & Event Coordinator

ARPAS is now on social media – “Like” and “Follow” ARPAS on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. If you are interested in providing social media content relevant to ARPAS, please contact

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Report on Applied Animal Science

David K. Beede, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of AAS, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

This report is divided into three parts: I) performance data about the submission-review-editorial-publication process of Applied Animal Science (AAS) for 2019 compared with the previous 4 years; II) activities and changes in 2019; and, III) anticipated work and activities for 2020 and forward.

The journal can be found at: via the ARPAS member or the Elsevier/Science Direct webpages.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

ARPAS Midyear Treasurer’s Report

Dana Tomlinson, PhD, PAS, Diplomate ACAN

Our National ARPAS organization remains in a solid financial position. However, as I’ve been reporting during my tenure, we continue to gradually erode our strong financial foundation. To help address this situation, this fall we released funds from our savings investments to cover shortages in income, and therefore, helped return our organization closer to a balanced budget. Our total revenue and support positions continued to slide from a high in 2016, and fell $41,476 below 2018, due to slightly lower membership revenue ($2,973), reduced corporate sponsorships ($1,120), a realized loss in investment income ($30,640) and lower investment interest income ($1,934), yet had a slight increase in ARPAS Journal income ($518). We were fortunate again this year to incur lower administration and governance expenses $1,234, but these savings were nearly matched by an increase in ARPAS Journal expenses ($517).

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

ARPAS Foundation Report

N. Andy Cole, PhD, PAS, Diplomate ACAN

The ARPAS Foundation is in excellent financial condition with a balance of $214,792.98 as of October 30, 2019. This is in large part to the generosity of the ARPAS Executive Vice President – Kenneth Cummings who contributes a portion of his salary each year to the Foundation.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

ARPAS Membership Report

Heidi Rossow, Ph.D., PAS

Membership update, 31 December 2019:

Associate Member 70
Board Certified 166
Complimentary 1
Corporate Sponsor 8
Emeritus 41
Graduate Student 86
Life Emeritus 36
Professional Member 1,087
Total 1,495


Total exams given in 2019: 178

The Membership Committee has recently completed a video about ‘Navigating the ARPAS Exam’ – find it soon on the ARPAS website and social media accounts.

The Committee is now working on a video about the ‘Benefits of Joining ARPAS’, which is anticipated to be ready for viewing at the 2020 Annual Meeting in June.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Chapter Activities and Reports

California Chapter
The California Chapter completed its annual CEC meeting on October 16-17, 2019. The topics included talks form Dr. Vandehaar on “Meeting the Energy Needs of Cows: How Much Milk Will a Ration Make?”, “Fatty Acid Inclusion and Utilization by Dairy Cattle” by Dr. Lou Armentano, and an update on the work the chapter has been involved in, with UC Davis and the California Almond Board on the use of almond hulls in lactating cattle diets. The trial work is complete and the associated papers are being prepared for publication. A copy of the agenda is attached.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Where to be! – ARPAS-Related Events at the ADSA 2020 Annual Meeting

June 21 – 24, 2020 | West Palm Beach, Florida

Hilton West Palm Beach (ADSA Headquarters)
ADSA Meeting Info:
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Call for Nominations for 2020 Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist

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