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.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

CIA Acquires Copia

CopiaThe CIA has acquired the Napa, CA property that was once Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts.The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will reestablish the facility with its original goal of providing excellence in culinary education and food-based experiences to Napa Valley visitors.

Copia contains a 280-seat theater, two restaurant venues, a demonstration kitchen and theater, library, retail space, classrooms, and exhibition spaces. There is also an outdoor amphitheater with seating for more than 700 and an array of outdoor gardens. Situated next to the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa, the CIA at Copia will provide visitors to the burgeoning Oxbow district an expanded array of food and wine offerings.

Plans for the CIA's newest location are in development, but visitors can anticipate new programs focused on food and wine, new dining facilities, an expanded calendar of special events, a public museum, and other consumer-focused experiences. The college's Food Business School, the world's first business school for food entrepreneurship and innovation, will also be headquartered there. Programming is expected to be introduced in spring 2016.

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