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 Hear From Three Leading Women In The Industry

Celebrating WomenFor 2015, the CIA's annual Leadership Awards honored renowned women chefs and restaurateurs from around the world. The college's signature fundraiser supports student scholarships. "Augie" awards—named for Auguste Escoffier—were bestowed upon:

  • Elena Arzak, Restaurant Arzak in San Sebastián, Spain; 2012 World's Best Female Chef
  • Lidia Bastianich, Emmy-award winning television host and 2002 James Beard Foundation Award winner for Outstanding Chef
  • Dominique Crenn, the first woman in America to receive two Michelin stars
  • Susan Feniger ’77, media personality; MenuMasters Hall of Fame inductee; California Restaurant Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner
  • Barbara Lynch, 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur
  • Anne-Sophie Pic, chef of three-Michelin-star Maison Pic in Valence, France
  • Nancy Silverton, 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef

The following day, Chefs Arzak, Lynch, and Silverton came to campus and participated in a panel discussion attended by hundreds of students—both women and men—who wanted to hear their stories, insights, and advice.

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