Unfortunately, the fires affecting our community continue to grow. Yesterday, Red Flag warnings were issued through Friday afternoon representing ideal conditions for fire combustion and spread.

Given this, we have made the decision to delay a return to in-person instruction at Greystone until Monday, October 12. All campus buildings will remain closed until that time. Our intention is to reopen the Residence Halls on Sunday, October 11. While we expect the situation to be resolved by then, we must acknowledge this is a fluid situation; we will continue to remain in touch with students via email and the Everbridge Emergency Notification system as further information becomes available.

Classes, which resumed Wednesday, September 30 online, will continue to be delivered virtually during this interim period. By continuing in this way, instructors will be able to keep pace with the semester—providing lecturing instruction now on theory and techniques, and enabling students to get right back into the kitchens and bakeshops once campus reopens. Students, please continue to monitor the student portal and your Moodle sites for further information regarding your classes.

Most students have returned home already or are staying with family or friends. If you are unable to do this for an extended period, or if you have remained behind and are staying at Copia, our Student Affairs team can offer assistance. Please update your status on the "2020 Glass Fire Status" form on the Residence Life portal to keep us apprised of your status or to indicate that you need assistance.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

Business Innovation Students Launch Restaurant Concept

With the opening of the Leyenda quick-service Mexican concept in September, the first class of the CIA's Intrapreneurship academic concentration put its business innovation ideas into practice. Leyenda serves the campus community as one of several dining options in the college’s new dining venue, The Egg.

Leyenda In contrast to “entrepreneurship,” which requires creating one's own business, intrapreneurship involves business innovation from within an existing organization. This new CIA program is for juniors and seniors pursuing their baccalaureate degrees in management.

During their pitch, students in each group must convince a panel of industry experts that their concept is the most compelling in terms of market, taste, uniqueness, and potential for profitability and replication. The full class then rallies around the winning pitch. The students have one semester to build the concept into a functioning restaurant which they actually operate during their final semester of senior year.

Preparation includes developing healthful recipes, focusing on maintaining food cost, and streamlining production and service. Each class also markets the restaurant, develops financial reporting documents and human resource materials, and programs the point-of-sale (POS) system. Students must put in at least five hours a week working in the restaurant in addition to their other classes.

Each semester, a new group of students will open and manage a different concept in the Innovation Kitchen in The Egg. The next concept will open in January.

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