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.

Professor Teaches at Masters of Chocolate

Chef Peter GrewelingProfessor Peter Greweling was recently in Barcelona, Spain, where he taught at the “Masters of Chocolate” educational program for pastry chefs around the world. The renowned three-week course is held at Escola de Pastisseria del Gremi de Pastissers de Barcelona (The School of the Barcelona Guild of Pastry Chefs).

Chef Greweling teaches the Chocolates and Confections at the CIA and he is the author of both professional and consumer cookbooks about the topic. For this program, he taught students how to create chocolates with two or more flavors and textures. This is the second year in a row that a CIA faculty member was asked to be part of the faculty for this prestigious program.

The Barcelona Guild of Pastry Chefs has enjoyed a long-standing collaboration with the CIA, and these internationally recognized masters of their craft have visited the CIA several times.

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