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 Hosts World Premiere of Symphony

Northern Dutchess SymphonyThe Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra highlighted its 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of an original symphonic work at the Marriott Pavilion on the New York campus on April 2. Walkway Over the Hudson was commissioned by NDSO and written by Ben Kutner, a 24-year-old New York-based composer.

The orchestra performed the complete work, along with Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite—in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Both works were accompanied by images of the bridge and canyon projected on a screen behind the orchestra.

Mr. Kutner describes Walkway Over the Hudson as a three-movement symphony in which each movement corresponds loosely with a chapter in the bridge's history: a vital rail link, a fire-damaged structure lying in disuse, and the grand footbridge that exists today.

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