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.

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Campus Brewery Hires Well-Known Brewmaster

Hutch KugemanHutch Kugeman has been named opening head brewer for The Brewery at the CIA, a new educational facility on the New York campus created in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery. Hutch was brought on board by the CIA and James Beard Award-winning Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver. He will lead the production of four kinds of beer for the public restaurants and student dining facility.

The brewery is primarily a classroom where bachelor's-level students learn about the ingredients, equipment, and techniques required to produce ales and lagers in a course titled The Art and Science of Brewing. The class, which launched this semester, helps future chefs think differently about beer, elevating its status as a fine beverage on a level with wine. Hutch will work with the faculty to educate students about the intricacies of brewing. So while students at other colleges may be drinking beer, CIA students earn college credit for brewing, studying about, and, yes, tasting beer.

Hutch's beers have won numerous awards, including at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, North American Beer Awards, and TAP New York Festival.

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