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.

French Club Helps Transcribe Menus

french menuThe French Club student organization has been spending time recently in the New York campus's library archives. They have been examining French menus from around the world and helping transcribe them for the digital menu collection. Club member Natasha White, a junior in the Applied Food Studies major, was inspired by a class visit to the archives and got the French Club involved.

“We loved seeing all the different international menus and how French cuisine and culture varied from country to country,” White said.

Working with the historical menus not only raised student awareness of global French culture and language, but also helped build the CIA’s online menu collection, which now numbers more than 2,600 items.

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