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.

Culinary Science Degree Featured

Channel One News was at the Hyde Park campus in December to tape a segment featuring the CIA's new culinary science major. Reporter Maggie Rulli observed experiments, spoke with students and faculty, and experienced some culinary science theory put to practical use during lunch in The Bocuse Restaurant.

culinary science interview

Channel One is a division of CBS News that provides stories of interest to teenagers in a newscast sent to middle schools and high schools throughout the United States. The segment is scheduled to air this month and will be seen by five million student viewers.

The CIA launched culinary science as a bachelor’s degree major in 2013. There are currently 39 students in the growing program that prepares graduates for lucrative careers in culinary research and development, innovative restaurants, and large-scale foodservice operations.

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