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.

Three Alumni Among America's Top 10 Pastry Chefs

Three Alumni Among America's Top 10 Pastry Chefs

Dessert Professional magazine has come out with its annual list of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America. And for 2013, three of the honorees are CIA alumni:

  • Roy Shvartzapel ’04, Houston, TX
  • Andy Chlebana ’96, Joliet, IL
  • Nancy Olson ’01, New York City

Matthew Stevens, editor of Dessert Professional, told Huffington Post, “Over the past 20 years pastry chefs in America have taken desserts to new heights and to a position of international respect. Our 2013 Top Ten Pastry Chefs exemplify the talent and dedication that will continue to strengthen our industry.”

CIA Professor Francisco Migoya was one of the honorees in 2011.

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