Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late last night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

Ace in the Classroom and on the Court

Allyson BaylessAllyson Bayless, a member of the CIA’s tennis team, was named to both the Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference (HVMAC) 2013 Winter/Spring All-Academic and All-Conference Teams. The Steels tennis team is co-ed, although it competes in the men’s conference. Bayless is one of four women on the nine-member team.

This year marks the second time the junior from Prospect, OH made the conference All-Academic Team. To make the team, student-athletes must have reached sophomore standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.

Only nine student-athletes from the conference’s nine colleges competing in basketball, tennis, and volleyball earned both All-Academic and All-Conference honors for the winter/spring season.

Sophomore Matt Jensen of Bay City, MI joined Bayless on the All-Conference Team.

The HVMAC and Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conferences merged in July and will now be known as the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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