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 Sunday 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

Foodservice Executive Delivers CIA Commencement Address

Bridget McCall to Graduates at Her Alma Mater: Believe in Yourselves

Hyde Park, NY – Bridget McCall, the corporate vice president of strategy and innovation for Mitsui Foods, returned to her alma mater as commencement speaker at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on September 6.

“Believe in yourselves,” McCall advised the newest CIA graduates. “This is an industry where you can do anything you want to do. But it comes (from) inside and it comes from you.”

Ms. McCall heads business innovation and new product development for her company’s international food division. She was previously national account sales manager for Nestlé Professional and has experience in marketing, event planning, and catering for leading foodservice organizations like Lackmann Culinary Services, The Food Group, Sodexo, Marriott Management Services, and Abigail Kirsch.

The 1992 CIA graduate says she looks to hire fellow alumni because of the value of a CIA education. “Quite frankly you guys are the best of the best,” Ms. McCall said. “When I’m hiring and I see someone is a CIA graduate, it eliminates a lot of the questions I need to ask.”

Ms. McCall is a former board member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and executive board member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Long Island Chapter. She was a recipient of an ACF Northeast Presidential Medallion in 2013.

The entire CIA commencement ceremony, including Ms. McCall’s address to recipients of associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts, can be seen online.

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CIA graduate and foodservice executive Bridget McCall ’92 speaks to graduates at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on September 6, as CIA President Tim Ryan listens. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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