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 Athletics Off to a Great Start

CIA Soccer TeamThe new sports season is underway at colleges, and the CIA Steels compete in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) in soccer, volleyball, and cross country each fall. Both men’s soccer and women’s volleyball hold 3–1 records through September 13. Freshmen Ben Baron (Green Bay, WI) and Michael Grueter (Lexington, MA) were named the conference’s first two Rookies of the Week in soccer, and senior Allison Penney (Succasunna, NJ) has been honored as a Player of the Week and freshman Emily Brown (Clarence, NY) as a Rookie of the Week in volleyball. Meanwhile, senior Jackie DeGrandpre (Merrimack, NH) and freshman Grant Rico (Silverdale, WA) made the HVIAC Honor Roll for their success in the first cross country meet of the season.

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