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.

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Student Learns All About Coffee

coffee beans on vineKelsey Woodworth, a bachelor's degree student majoring in applied food studies, and Apple Pie Bakery Café  Manager Matthew Waldron were in Honduras in March on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, learning all about coffee from the plant to the cup. They received the all-expenses-paid trip from Counter Culture Coffee, a Durham, NC-based indie coffee roaster.

"The CIA is really good at offering awesome opportunities," said Woodworth before embarking on the trip. "This is a fantastic and generous opportunity—a chance to study abroad and go to places I have never been. I am going to be a human sponge and soak up every part of this beautiful experience."

Woodworth and Waldron participated in each step of the coffee production process at origin—from harvest to export—and learned about the benefits and challenges of building long-term coffee relationships. Topics on the trip included coffee botany, organic agriculture, processing, contemporary challenges and opportunities for farmers, the structure of coffee cooperatives, milling and exporting, and Honduras’s socio-political history as it relates to the coffee industry.

More than 30 CIA students applied for this unique learning opportunity. Upon returning from Central America, Waldron is sharing what he learned with CIA students in the Beverages and Customer Service course in the dining room of the Apple Pie Bakery Café. Counter Culture Coffee, which has an ongoing relationship with the college, will be a presenter at the CIA's annual beverage symposium on the New York campus on April 13.

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