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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Golfing with Thomas Keller for Student Scholarships

Chef Thomas Keller partnered with the CIA in June to raise more than $500,000 for student scholarships at the first annual Thomas Keller Golf Classic in Napa, CA.

Keller, chef/proprietor of the internationally renowned French Laundry and Per Se restaurants, joined with the CIA for the college's first major West Coast fundraising event. "It is my true honor to partner in this event to benefit for the students of The Culinary Institute of America," said Chef Keller, a member of the CIA's Board of Trustees. "Through the camaraderie of golf, we are raising funds for student scholarships so they can learn from the world-class teachers and chefs of the CIA."

The event opened with a reception, dinner, and live auction, accompanied by music from folk and blues singer Maria Muldaur. The golf tournament the following day featured a clinic with PGA pro Andy Miller before 25 teams played for trophies in a four-person scramble.

"The generosity of the CIA's friends allows us to continually advance our world-class educational offerings, such as the phenomenal study abroad programs, unparalleled learning environments, and ever-expanding bachelor’s degree majors," said CIA President Tim Ryan. "Scholarships are the key to bringing these opportunities to life. They help us bring the most qualified, talented, and passionate students to our campuses. At the end of the day, that's what this Golf Classic is all about."

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