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.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

The CIA Has the “Best University Website”

The Culinary Institute of America Wins Top Award from the Web Marketing Association

Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America has the best website of any college in America, according to an organization that knows. The Web Marketing Association has presented the CIA with the award for Best University Website in its 2017 WebAwards for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development.

The main CIA site, ciachef.edu, received perfect scores in four of the seven judging criteria: design, content, copywriting, and ease of use; and outstanding scores in the other three areas: interactivity, innovation, and technology.

“A college’s website is the window into academic and campus life, and a compelling first impression is critical in getting prospective students excited about choosing their college,” says CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “I’m delighted that the professionals in the web development world have recognized the accomplishments of our marketing team.”

Digital and Online Media Director Scott Lucente guided the team that built the new, more user-friendly website over the course of a year leading to its relaunch in June 2017.

“This is an excellent site and an example of great navigation and content. It also feels true to the brand,” wrote one judge. “Here you have the essence of the brand and a great new website.”

The award from the Web Marketing Association follows a recent nomination for a CSS Design Award. The internationally recognized CSS Design Awards showcase websites with outstanding creativity, functionality, and usability.

Media Contact:

Jeff Levine
Communications Writer

About The Culinary Institute of America
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

About the WMA
Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association's annual WebAward Competition has been setting the standard of excellence for Website development. Independent expert judges from around the world review sites in 96 industries. The best are recognized with a WebAward which helps interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. The WebAward Competition is the premier award recognition program for Web developers and advertising agencies. For more information, visit www.webmarketingassociation.org and www.webaward.org.

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