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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CIA Steels Featured in The New York Times

CIA SteelsThe Culinary Institute of America often finds its students, alumni, faculty, and programs mentioned in The New York Times. However, stories about the college are usually found in the Dining section. On November 19, the CIA was featured on the front page of the Sports section, in an article titled, "Topping Studies with a Dollop of Athletics at The Culinary Institute of America."

The article by Leander Schaerlaeckens delves into the challenges of running an intercollegiate athletics program comprised of student-athletes who leave for externship or graduate in the middle of a season, and with practices that have to be held late at night due to the CIA’s kitchen class schedules.

Despite the challenges, the CIA Steels have won 10 regular season or tournament titles in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the last decade, competing in basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, and tennis.

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