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.

Chefs for Clearwater Coming to the CIA

Chefs for ClearwaterHudson River Sloop Clearwater has partnered with the CIA and leading Hudson Valley chefs for a culinary event to bring awareness to issues surrounding the environment, sustainability, and food ethics. Chefs for Clearwater is a five-course farm-to-table dinner on the New York campus, with its majestic views of the Hudson River, on Sunday, September 25.

"The CIA is proud to support Clearwater's dedication to inspiring and educating the public about the need to protect our planet, starting with our own corner of it here in the Hudson Valley," said President Dr. Tim Ryan. "Our college shares a similar mission. In fact, the CIA's Menus of Change initiative revolves around many of the same principles: environmental security, maintaining sustainable resources, and preparing the next generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge to excel in cooking healthful food, while being socially responsible stewards of the environment. In hosting Chefs for Clearwater at the CIA, our two organizations together can help spread that message."

Founded by legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, Clearwater's mission since 1969 has been to preserve and protect the Hudson River, its watershed, tributaries and related bodies of water. The health of the Hudson watershed impacts not only the region’s farmers, but also the broader farm-to-table movement and local restaurant patrons.

Tickets are available at www.chefsforclearwater.org.

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