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.

Paella Challenge in San Antonio

Paella Challenge More than 40 chefs from all over the world competed in the Paella Challenge in San Antonio in March. More than 200 people came to watch and taste the creations at the annual event organized by Johnny Hernandez ’89. Judges presented awards in both Classic and Contemporary categories, with the public selecting the People’s Choice Award. Eight high school teams also competed, with the winning team receiving an all-expense paid trip to New York City and the Hyde Park campus. The Paella Challenge, now in its 5th year, benefits the CIA and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

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