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 Grad is President of Worldwide Chefs Group

Charles CarrollCharles Carroll ’86 is the new president of the World Association of Chefs Societies. Also known as Worldchefs, the organization is the global network of culinary federations dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of global cuisine. It encompasses more than 10 million chefs in 105 countries.

Chef Carroll was the graduation speaker at the San Antonio campus in January. He is executive chef at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston and is the creator of "Operation HOT (Honoring Our Troops)." With 21 celebrities and a support team, he brought a seven-hour Vegas-style show and home-cooked meal to 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in both 2011 and 2013.

Chef Carroll has received the American Culinary Federation's President's Medallion in four different decades (1989, 1999, 2005, and 2014) as well as its national Chef's Professionalism and Sharing Culinary Traditions Awards in 2008.

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