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.

Mauro Sessarego, CIA Associate Professor—Hospitality and Service Management

Faculty Bio: Mauro Sessarego

Hospitality and Service Management
Associate Professor—Hospitality and Service Management
“I tell my students to take the time to learn as much as possible now before entering the real world. I advise them to remember to balance their personal life and their work life. Don’t put your dreams on hold for too long because time passes quickly.”

Education:
MS, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. BPS, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Istituto Tecnico Nautico, Genoa, Italy.

Professional Background:
Owner/Manager, Le Firme Restaurant, Genoa, Italy. Manager, Morgan Restaurant, Greenwich, CT; Remi Restaurant, NYC; Le Madri Restaurant, NYC. Partner/General Manager, Maxx Restaurant, NYC. General Manager, Moreno’s Restaurant, NYC. Harry’s Bar, Genoa, Italy.

Awards:
Marc Sarrazin Trophy (CIA team), Salon of Culinary Arts, NYC, 2007, 2006.

In Their Own Words:

Key Experience:
“In Italy, I studied to become a nautical engineer. The studies do not prepare you for the many months spent on a merchant marine vessel. Like any career, you must have a passion for it. Without it, you will be miserable. While I was on one particular three-month cruise, I began to think about how much I enjoyed working with my mother and father at the family restaurant. It was then, that I decided to build a career in hospitality.”

Proudest Accomplishment:
“The accomplishment that I am most proud of is to have come to the United States and followed my family’s path in the world of hospitality. Working at the CIA affords me the opportunity to teach the students not only the skills but also give them the perspective of old world hospitality.”

Advice to students:
“I tell my students to take the time to learn as much as possible now before entering the real world. I advise them to remember to balance their personal life and their work life. Don’t put your dreams on hold for too long because time passes quickly.”

What attracted you to the CIA:
“I was attracted to the CIA’s stellar reputation. Above all, having the opportunity to be associated with some of the best professionals in our industry was a huge draw. At the CIA, I can teach and share my experiences with new professionals, but I can also be a student and learn from my colleagues.”

What do you enjoy most about the CIA:
“The opportunity to be exposed to innumerable events, meet unique and prestigious icons in our field, and the ability to give back to the students my life learning and passion, that has driven me so far.”

Favorite class:
“Hospitality and Guest Satisfaction. I believe that hospitality is something that comes from within. There is nothing better than transforming a diner’s negative experience into a positive one or just cheering someone up.”

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