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.

Steve Mercer

Faculty Bio: Steve Mercer

Hospitality and Service Management
Lecturing Instructor—Hospitality and Service Management
Certification Credentials: CHEP

BA, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. AA, Napa Valley College, Napa, CA. Certified TIPS Trainer.

Professional Experience:
Fine Wine Sales Adviser, Wine Spectrum, Santa Rosa, CA. Managing Partner, Stax Social Eatery, Cotati, CA. FOH Manager, Bistro Jeanty, Yountville, CA. F&B Manager, Adelina’s Bistro, Trilogy Resort Community, Nipomo, CA; Celadon, Napa. Head Server, Server Trainer, Manager, Downtown Joe’s, Napa.

Server of the Year, Napa Valley, North Bay Bohemian, 2006.

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