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Sunday, July 12, 2020

ARPAS Announcements

Business Meeting
ARPAS Election Results
ARPAS Annual Membership Dues Adjustment Beginning in 2021
ARPAS Symposium Postponed
ARPAS Now on Social Media

The ARPAS 2020 Annual Business Meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom, on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The ARPAS Business Meeting is open to all ARPAS members. The annual business meeting provides an overview of ARPAS governance activities for the prior year, and the installation of the 2020–2021 officers will occur. Relevant reports for the 2020 Annual Business Meeting are provided in this 2020 Summer Newsletter. The Zoom information will be sent via email to ARPAS membership before the meeting.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

President’s Letter

Al Kertz, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAS Nutrition

The three major initiatives this past year have been the journal, sponsorship, and membership demographics. In the February Newsletter, I covered the successful rejuvenation of the sponsorship program. We have successfully renegotiated a new contract with Elsevier for co-publishing with FASS our journal, Applied Animal Science.

I highly recommend that you read Kenneth Cummings’ commentary to see all the other issues that ARPAS has encountered in a very much busier than normal but fruitful year. Likewise, read David Beede’s commentary about the journal. We have been blessed with the superb service of Brittany Morstatter and her colleagues at FASS in the operation of ARPAS.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Executive Vice President’s Report

Kenneth Cummings, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAS Nutrition

This report provides a brief accounting of my activities on behalf of ARPAS since our meeting with ASAS in Austin, Texas, in 2019. Without a doubt, the past few months have been filled with the most world-changing events of our lifetime. Being older than most of our members, that is quite a long time for me. ARPAS, as an organization, was affected as well and your leadership is diligently working to adapt to our new environment.

This report is divided into two parts. The first part will focus on some of the changes that have been made since early March to allow us to function as an organization given the constraints we now face.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Update from the Business Office

Brittany Morstatter, FASS Executive Assistant and 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

First, thank you to ARPAS members for showing such patience during the transition to the new membership database last August, and the subsequent changes to the renewal and CEU processes.

Starting in January, regularly scheduled “CEU balance” emails began to be distributed to members via email. Lists of upcoming meetings and approved webinar and on-demand content have been included in each of those emails. In light of the global pandemic, members should expect to see much more virtual content to be available for fulfilling CEUs.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

ARPAS now offering online exams!

Stephen Schmidt, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAS Nutrition, Examining Committee Chair

The coronavirus shutdown presented ARPAS with a new challenge. If ARPAS was going to give exams, they would have to be administered online, most likely in the exam taker’s home, and without an ARPAS member present to ensure the security of the exam. How could we proctor an online exam?

After a couple of conference calls, a lot of reading, and learning different ways that universities were proctoring online exams, it was decided that ARPAS would purchase a Zoom Pro account, and Zoom would be used as an exam monitoring tool. Several universities were using Zoom in various ways to monitor exams. A side benefit of purchasing a Zoom account is that the Zoom annual fee is cheaper than the system ARPAS has been using for conference calls.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Report on Applied Animal Science

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

This report is divided into three parts:

  1. performance data about the submission-review-editorial-production-publication process of Applied Animal Science (AAS) for the first half of 2020 compared with the previous four years
  2. activities and changes in 2019–2020
  3. anticipated work and activities for 2020 and forward

Sunday, July 12, 2020

ARPAS Treasurer’s Report

Dana Tomlinson, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAS Nutrition

Through the first quarter of 2020, our National ARPAS organization continues to remain in a solid but general declining financial position. Year over year, through March, our Total Net Asset position is behind March 2020 by $130,020, due mainly to a fall in membership services, unrealized investment losses, and accrued FASS and Elsevier fees. Two shining beacons of hope are the growth in Annual Registry Sponsorships and growth in Applied Animal Science journal page charges.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

ARPAS Foundation Report

N. Andy Cole, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAS Nutrition

The ARPAS Foundation is in excellent financial condition with a balance of $209,601.05 as of March 31, 2020. 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.

In CY2019, the foundation made almost $6,000 in contributions to educational efforts of our members, including the following:

  1. $1,900 to pay the exam fees of graduate students,
  2. $2,835 to fund page charges for ARPAS symposium papers published in Applied Animal Science, and
  3. $250 to support the annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

ARPAS Membership Report

Heidi Rossow, PhD, PAS

Membership update, June 15, 2020:

Associate Member 39
Board Certified 143
Emeritus 44
Graduate Student 58
Life Emeritus 39
Professional Member 858
Total 1,182


The Membership Committee has now completed two videos for ARPAS: "Navigating the exam" and "Benefits of joining ARPAS"

Chapter directors are encouraged to record video footage of chapter ARPAS meetings and ARPAS member interviews about the importance of ARPAS.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Chapter Activities and Reports

California Chapter
Northeast Chapter
Pacific Northwest Chapter
Southeast Chapter
Southern Great Plains Chapter
Washington DC Chapter