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.

Students Cook Their Way into the Super Bowl

Winning Students from Game day Grub MatchFour CIA students headed to Phoenix for Super Bowl weekend after being named finalists at a cook-off at the Hyde Park campus sponsored by PepsiCo, and two of the students actually got tickets to the game. Four two-student teams competed in January in front of celebrity judges in “Game Day Grub Match”—billed as the ultimate tailgate cook-off. Once in Phoenix, the CIA students served their dishes at several VIP events, where a winning team was chosen. Those two students, Hyde Park sophomores Matthew Johnson and Cullen Folks, earned tickets to the big game, along with a $5,000 scholarship.

The other finalists were Olivia DeSalvo and Marie Taccino from the Greystone campus, who received a $3,000 scholarship in addition to the trip to Arizona. The runners-up—Mason Aronson, Adam Shoemaker, Ryan Hartwell, and Mathew Kilgus—each earned a $1,000 scholarship and a football signed by the celebrity judges.

Judges were David Burke ’82, Waldy Malouf ’75, New York Jets center Nick Mangold, and PepsiCo’s Stephen Kalil. Anne Burrell ’96 acted as emcee.

PepsiCo worked exclusively with the CIA to design and launch this brand-new competition, which was open to students at the three U.S. campuses. Video “webisodes” follow the competition from start to finish. The finalists were announced at a student tailgate party on campus during a playoff game, where attendees noshed on the competitors’ dishes and met the celebrity judges.

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