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.

CIA Professor on NPR

The producers of NPR’s most popular radio program, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, also host a weekly podcast called How to do Everything, which answers listeners’ questions in a humorous way.

Michael NothnagelFor an early September episode, they called upon the mathematical expertise of CIA Associate Professor Michael Nothnagel. Noticing that Christmas decorations seem to be displayed earlier and earlier every year, they were looking for a statistical model to predict if there will come a time when the following year’s decorations go up even before the current year’s holiday. Nothnagel, who teaches Culinary Math, crunched the numbers. Listen to the podcast for the answer.

More than half a million people download How to Do Everything each week.

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