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 Student-Athlete Is Runner of the Year

In class at the CIA, students learn how to run a restaurant or other food business. Outside of class, sophomore Alyssa Byndas (Milford, MI) knows how to run, period. Byndas, who runs cross country for the CIA, has been voted the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Runner of the Year for the just-completed season.

Byndas had two second-place finishes during the regular season and another in the conference championship race. She was second best among 109 finishers at the six-kilometer SUNY Purchase Invite with a time of 24:16 and she completed the 5k course at the St. Joseph’s Invitational in 20:00 to finish second in a field of 167. Her third runner-up finish was in the pouring rain at the championships in Milton, NY, where she helped lead the CIA Steels to a fourth-place team finish among the eight teams competing.

The HVIAC also named its All-Conference and All-Academic teams for the fall sports seasons. CIA athletes earning All-Conference honors were sophomore Jose Gordillo (Los Angeles, CA) in men’s cross country, freshman Grant Vella (Troy, MI) in soccer, and sophomore Sarah Levine (Allegany, NY) in women’s volleyball.

To earn a spot on the All-Academic team, a student must reach sophomore year in their studies and maintain at least a 3.3 grade point average. Eight CIA student-athletes achieved that honor:

  • Marcela Andonie (senior, San Pedro, Honduras), volleyball
  • Kristin Brangwynne (junior, Mansfield, MA), cross country
  • Lauren Brugnatelli (junior, Brewster, NY), volleyball
  • Margaret DeMarco (sophomore, Virginia Beach, VA), volleyball
  • Jacquelyn Gasta (junior, Bay City, MI), volleyball
  • Craig Osborne (sophomore, Waukee, IA), soccer
  • Aly Stano (sophomore, Wadsworth, OH), cross country
  • Olivia Weidner (junior, Essexville, MI), cross country

The CIA’s sports teams are named for the tool chefs use to sharpen knives. The Steels compete in the HVIAC in cross country, soccer, and volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter, and tennis in the spring.


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