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 Sunday 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.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

One of World’s Most Powerful Arab Women Delivers Graduation Address

Hyde Park, NY – Christine Assouad Sfeir, CEO of two major Middle East restaurant companies, spoke to graduates at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on October 16.

Ms. Sfeir heads Treats Holdings SAL and Meeting Point, both based in Beirut, Lebanon. Treats Holdings includes 40 Semsom restaurants in the Middle East and New York City and a new chain in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia called Green Falafel. Meeting Point is the franchisee of 25 Dunkin’ Donuts outlets in Lebanon.

She was ranked 19th on the Forbes magazine list of the Most Powerful Arab Women last year, and for the past three years, Ms. Sfeir has been named one of Arabian Business magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women. She was honored as Businesswoman of the Year at the 2011 Arabian Business Achievement Awards.

Ms. Sfeir spoke to 61 associate degree graduates in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts at the CIA. The entire graduation ceremony can be seen online.

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Leading Arab businesswoman and restaurateur Christine Sfeir speaks to graduates of the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on October 16, 2015. She is CEO of the popular Middle East restaurant chain Semsom, which recently opened its first U.S. location in New York City. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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