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 Sunday 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 to be Featured on Ghost Hunters

CIA To Be Featured On GHOST HUNTERSThe SyFy Network's popular Ghost Hunters program is featuring Roth Hall, the main building of the CIA's New York campus, in its new season. The episode, "Too Many Apparitions in the Kitchen," debuts on the cable channel on September 2 at 9 p.m. EDT.

Before The Culinary Institute of America moved to Hyde Park in 1972, the building was the St. Andrew-on-Hudson novitiate for more than 60 years. Legend has it that a priest, Father Murphy, haunted the building.

The crew from the television show, along with a team of paranormal investigators from The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), spent several nights on campus last fall. To find out what—if anything—they found, tune in and feel free to live tweet the experience using the hashtags #GhostHunters and #CIAGhost.

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