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.

Five Grads on New Season of Top Chef

CIA Alumni on Top Chef 2015Season 13 of the Bravo network's popular Top Chef cooking competition reality show features five CIA alumni:

  • Garret Fleming '07
  • Kwame Onwuachi '13
  • Amar Santana '02
  • Grayson Schmitz '04
  • Wesley True '03

The challenges for this season take place at various locations in California with 17 chefs aspiring to earn the title of "Top Chef." The season premier airs Wednesday, December 2 at 10 p.m. EST. Among the judges is CIA graduate Richard Blais '98, winner of the Top Chef All-Stars competition in 2011.

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