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

New Chef Movie... New CIA Scholarship!

Each year for the next five years, the CIA will award three Chef FIRST Merit Scholarships valued at $16,000 each for qualified* applicants desiring to enroll in a full-time four year culinary arts program. There’s also the potential for an additional $3,000 in merit awards based on CIA alumni recommendations and strong SAT/ACT scores.

These three scholarships are to honor the film Chef, co-producer and CIA graduate Roy Choi '98, and director and actor Jon Favreau for their contributions in elevating chefs in film-making and American society, as well as capturing the culture of a professional kitchen with a rare measure of authenticity and artistic integrity.

Check out more information about CIA grad Roy Choi’s influence on the film Chef and Jon Favreau >

For those wishing to contribute to help the CIA further advance culinary excellence and leadership in America, please follow this link >

*Qualifications include being accepted as a full-time student at The Culinary Institute of America, a CIA alumni recommendation, appropriate SAT or ACT scores, and an essay of the importance of story-telling and visual arts to the culinary profession.

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