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.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America


Author: Dennis Macheska, Associate Dean—Student Affairs & Housing and James Manley, Associate Dean—Campus Life & Student Development

There’s an unmistakable vibrancy and energy in the CIA’s traditional college environment that enriches the entire student experience. Students benefit greatly from taking an active role in this close-knit campus community.

We hope you’ll encourage your student to remain on campus—and not in an off-campus apartment or house—during the junior and senior years. Living on campus opens us so many more opportunities for community development, campus activities, and navigating different perspectives. Here’s a reminder of just a few of the benefits for your student:

  • It’s convenient. Being close to classes encourages regular attendance, and a more positive academic experience naturally follows. Resident students automatically have an easy “backstage pass” to all the action happening around the college.
  • It’s safe. All resident buildings have swipe access. Campus safety services are available around the clock, with access to a team committed to providing a safe environment for everyone.
  • It’s an all-inclusive experience. There are still no hidden costs for the bachelor’s program—students pay one price that includes items like laundry, internet, cable, electric, heat, and air conditioning. Plus they can continue to enjoy fun, free activities on campus throughout the year.

There are plenty of long-term benefits as well. Students immersed in campus activities are more likely to maintain a connection to the CIA, further develop personally, and complete their degree. And they get to enjoy college life a little longer—a fun, positive experience they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives.

The many opportunities including joining clubs, some specific to bachelor’s student interests; attending campus events; further exploring the Hudson Valley through scheduled trips; providing a bachelor’s student perspective in the college newspaper; or continuing their intramural or intercollegiate athletic career for two more seasons. They can also earn a little extra spending money by working on campus.

Plus students can build their leadership skills in roles such as welcome team member, resident assistant, orientation leader, Student Government Association member, or club officer. There are a host of engagement opportunities for all students.

The CIA campus is a wonderfully diverse and inclusive community enriched by the many different life experiences and cultures of its members. It’s the perfect environment for a bachelor’s student to live, to grow, to learn, and to have fun.

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