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.

Jen Paragallo

Faculty Bio: Jen Paragallo

Concept Building, Proving, and Prototyping

Jen Paragallo is an experienced marketer with a passion for building and scaling challenger brands and solving meaningful consumer problems through smart innovation. She started her career as a management consultant at Bain & Company and has since gone on to hold marketing leadership roles at several CPG B corps.

She is currently chief marketing officer at Tillamook Country Smoker, producer of premium protein-packed meat snacks, hand-crafted on the Oregon coast since 1975, and a top five player in the meat snacks category. Ms. Paragallo was formerly vice president of marketing for Fishpeople Seafood, a pure, wild, and sustainable seafood B Corp, focused on enabling consumers to get to know their seafood through product traceability from pole to plate. Prior to that, as brand director, then senior brand director, she was a founding member of the team that envisioned, built and launched Revolution Food’s CPG business unit from an idea to a multi-million dollar business. In that role she was responsible for brand positioning, consumer target definition and optimized food and packaging design for the first natural alternative to Lunchables.

Jen holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a BS in Marketing and International Business from Georgetown University. She makes her home in Lake Oswego, Oregon with her husband Brad, their two children Maya and Austin and an imaginary pug.

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