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.

Blueberry Margarita

Blueberry Margarita

July 24th is National Tequila Day.  

On a warm summer day, a blueberry margarita is just the ticket to refreshment! Chef Scott Samuel demonstrates the method in the video below.

For more drink recipes using blueberries check out our feature: Blueberries on the Rocks!

Blueberry Margarita


  • 1 cup crushed blueberries
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 4 fl. oz tequila
  • 4 fl. oz blueberry juice


  1. Combine the crushed fresh blueberries in a shaker with the simple syrup and ice; shake to muddle.
  2. Add the orange juice, lime juice, and tequila and shake to combine.
  3. Strain into ice filled glasses and top with a 1 oz. shot of blueberry juice.



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