Unfortunately, the fires affecting our community continue to grow. Yesterday, Red Flag warnings were issued through Friday afternoon representing ideal conditions for fire combustion and spread.

Given this, we have made the decision to delay a return to in-person instruction at Greystone until Monday, October 12. All campus buildings will remain closed until that time. Our intention is to reopen the Residence Halls on Sunday, October 11. While we expect the situation to be resolved by then, we must acknowledge this is a fluid situation; we will continue to remain in touch with students via email and the Everbridge Emergency Notification system as further information becomes available.

Classes, which resumed Wednesday, September 30 online, will continue to be delivered virtually during this interim period. By continuing in this way, instructors will be able to keep pace with the semester—providing lecturing instruction now on theory and techniques, and enabling students to get right back into the kitchens and bakeshops once campus reopens. Students, please continue to monitor the student portal and your Moodle sites for further information regarding your classes.

Most students have returned home already or are staying with family or friends. If you are unable to do this for an extended period, or if you have remained behind and are staying at Copia, our Student Affairs team can offer assistance. Please update your status on the "2020 Glass Fire Status" form on the Residence Life portal to keep us apprised of your status or to indicate that you need assistance.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

CIA Student Wins Gold in Kansas City

Leonela MontasLeonela Montas, a junior from Bronx, NY, won the Restaurant Service competition at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, MO earlier this summer. Montas, competing in the post-secondary division, is in the Advanced Wines, Beverage, and Hospitality concentration in the bachelor’s degree program.

It was the first time a CIA student competed in this category, which focuses on both technical service skills and guest relations, including table setup, greeting, reservations procedures, describing food and drink items, taking orders, serving and clearing multiple courses, courtesy, and more.

Meanwhile, the national high school champions in Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking will both soon be studying at the CIA. Chormaic Sullivan of Columbia, MO won gold in Culinary Arts and Maria Buko of Saginaw, MI was the winner in the Commercial Baking category. Sullivan begins his CIA studies on September 9 and Buko starts at the CIA on October 21.

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