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.

Lina Castellanos Hermberg, CIA Associate Professor—Foreign Language

Faculty Bio: Lina Castellanos Hermberg

Liberal Arts
Associate Professor—Foreign Language

MEd, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. Licenciatura en Español e Inglés, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia.

Professional Background:
Spanish Instructor, Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY; University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI; Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. Teaching Assistant, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia.

New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT). American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Target Language Expert (TLE) fellowship, Carthage College.

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