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.

CIA Helps Army Celebrate Birthday

Veteran CIA students work on the Army's 238th birthday cake in the bakeshop.
Roping is rolled out.
Details are worked on the top portion of the cake.
The bottom of the cake is lettered.
The finished Army birthday cake.
Cake cutting ceremony in NYC on the set of Fox and Friends with Army General Odierno.

The U.S. 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 Chef Kate Cavotti to prepare a special birthday cake. The cake was cut during a birthday ceremony in Times Square in New York City.

General John Campbell, the vice chief of staff of the Army (second in command to General Ray Odierno), was joined by the oldest and youngest soldier in that branch of the military for the cake cutting, using an Army saber. Invited guests then enjoyed a piece of the birthday cake—which was transported to Manhattan from the CIA’s Hyde Park campus early on the morning of June 14.

The day before, General Odierno cut a second birthday cake made by Chef Cavotti and the CIA 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 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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