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.

CIA Women Earn Honors & CIA Honors Women

Eve FelderChef Eve Felder, managing director of the Singapore campus since its opening in 2010, has been nominated in the business category for the American Women's Association (AWA) International Woman of the Year Award for 2015. Before overseeing the CIA Singapore, Chef Felder spent 16 years at the New York campus as a professor and dean. Before that, she worked with Alice Waters at the famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA.

The Griffin Report of Food Marketing's inductees for its 2015 Women of Influence in the Food Industry features Jennifer Purcell, the CIA's associate dean of restaurant and service hospitality education. Griffin Report editor Karen Harty says Dean Purcell and her fellow honorees were recognized because their “leadership, skills, and dedication have made and are making a difference in the food industry. [They] were chosen for their highly visible contributions to our industry, their professionalism, and the awareness they have generated for the potential of other women in our business.”

Alumna Megan Garrelts '00 was cited recently in an Elle magazine feature about "30 restaurants where women call the shots." Garrelts is co-owner and executive pastry chef of Rye KC in Leawood, KS, and at Bluestem in Kansas City, MO, and semifinalist for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant.

Meanwhile, the CIA celebrates women chefs and restaurateurs at its 2015 Augie Awards™ in New York City on April 30. The college was founded by two dynamic women—Frances Roth and Katharine Angell—to train returning World War II veterans in the culinary arts. Today, a record 48 percent of the college's student population is female.

Created in tribute to famed French chef Auguste Escoffier, this year's Augie Awards celebrate the life's work of seven women who embody leadership, strength, determination, vision, and innovation:

  • Elena Arzak: chef and co-owner of Restaurant Arzak in San Sebastián, Spain, rated the 8th best restaurant in the world.
  • Lidia Bastianich: chef, restaurateur, author, philanthropist, and television personality.
  • Dominique Crenn: the first woman in the U.S. with two stars in the Michelin Guide, for San Francisco's Atelier Crenn.
  • Susan Feniger '77: chef, restaurateur, philanthropist, TV personality, and author.
  • Barbara Lynch: chef, restaurateur, philanthropist, author, and 2014 James Beard Foundation Award winner for Outstanding Restaurateur.
  • Anne-Sophie Pic: chef of the three-Michelin-star Maison Pic in Valence, France.
  • Nancy Silverton: baker, chef, entrepreneur, and 2014 James Beard Foundation Award winner for Outstanding Chef.

Funds raised through ticket sales, sponsorships, and an online auction support scholarships for CIA students.

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