Transitioning Veterans Studying at the CIA Help the U.S. Army Celebrate its Birthday

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Hyde Park, NY – The United States Army marked its 238th birthday on Friday, June 14. To help the Army celebrate the occasion, four students from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY who are also veterans worked with CIA professor and pastry chef Kate Cavotti to prepare a special cake. The cake was presented to the Army and cut during a birthday ceremony in Times Square in New York City.

General John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, used a saber to cut the cake. Invited guests then enjoyed a piece of the birthday cake—which was transported to Manhattan from the CIA's Hyde Park campus early that morning. The day before, Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno cut a second birthday cake made by the CIA veteran students live on national TV on Fox & Friends.

The CIA's relationship with the U.S. military dates to the college's founding in 1946, when its primary goal was to train veterans returning from World War II to enter the post-war workforce. Today, about 150 transitioning veterans from all branches of the armed forces are enrolled in the CIA's associate and bachelor's degree programs, supported by the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Photo 1: Jumbo video display above Times Square on June 14, 2013 showing the U.S. Army birthday celebration, featuring a special birthday cake made by veteran students from The Culinary Institute of America. (Photo credit: CIA/Kate Cavotti)
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Photo 2: Students Michael Woodin and Nancy Fisher of The Culinary Institute of America, both U.S. Army veterans, roll a special birthday cake onto Times Square in New York City on June 14, 2013. Woodin, Fisher, and other CIA veteran students prepared the cake under the direction of Professor and Pastry Chef Kate Cavotti to mark the Army's 238th birthday. (Photo credit: CIA/Kate Cavotti)
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Photo 3: Professor Kate Cavotti (left) of The Culinary Institute of America and CIA veteran students Nancy Fisher, Scott Bowser, and Michael Woodin stand with the special birthday cake they made for the U.S. Army's 238th birthday celebration in Times Square on June 14, 2013. A fourth veteran who assisted in making the cake, Riley Schmidt, was not in Times Square, as she was graduating with her associate degree from the college's Hyde Park campus at the same time. (Photo credit: CIA/Virginia Mure)
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Photo 4: General John Campbell, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, cuts a birthday cake in Times Square with the help of the oldest and youngest enlisted soldiers. June 14, 2013 marked the Army's 238th birthday, and CIA veteran students made a special cake for the occasion under the direction of Professor Kate Cavotti. (Photo credit: CIA/Kate Cavotti)
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Photo 5: On June 13, 2013, an identical birthday cake, also made by CIA veteran students under the direction of Professor Kate Cavotti, was presented to the Army on national television the Fox & Friends program. (Photo credit: CIA/Matthew Waldron)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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