Nov 19, 2019  
2019-2020 Student Handbook 
    
2019-2020 Student Handbook

Campus Life



For the duration of students’ studies, The Culinary Institute of America is the focal point of their life. That’s why we offer many opportunities to make the stay with us as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. We encourage students to positively contribute to extracurricular life on campus. This section details campus life and the various services available.

Campus Life

Student Affairs Division and Staff

The staff of Student Affairs is available as resources for issues, concerns, or problems that may arise as students progress through their college experience. The staff is prepared to assist in solving problems directly or in making appropriate referrals. Issues affecting the quality of student life, discipline, personal safety, alcohol/drug awareness, and student interactions are examples of reasons to visit our student affairs staff. We are committed to helping all students be successful, so feel free to come in and see us if any issue arises. The following offices and staff will assist students with student affairs needs at each campus:

New York

Student Affairs Office, Student Commons, Room 236

Residence Life Office, Student Commons, Room 221

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Commons, Room 218

Student Health Services, Roth Hall, lower level

Student Activities, Recreation, and Athletics, Student Commons, Room 014

International Student Affairs, Student Commons, Room 200

California

Student Affairs Assistant

Residence Life and Housing Coordinator

Assistant Dean—Student Affairs

Student Life Coordinator

Texas

Student Services Manager

Student Relations Coordinator

Student Services Specialist

Associate Dean—Degree Programs

Singapore

Managing Director 

Management Support Officer

Student Affairs Mission

Student Affairs is dedicated to encouraging individual growth and development both in and out of the classroom. We strive to provide a holistic educational experience so students can become more self-actualized, leading to balance, ethical conduct, and responsible citizenry. Five cornerstones direct our philosophy:

  1. Foster student wellness, health, and safety
  2. Cultivate an empowered, diverse, engaged campus community
  3. Advance co-curricular student learning
  4. Support student retention and success
  5. Create an outstanding student experience

Wellness Philosophy

The Student Affairs Division endorses an important wellness philosophy to CIA students. This wellness model is used on many college campuses and is the framework for a healthy lifestyle that includes the balance of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, and spiritual well-being. We hope students will learn the framework of such a lifestyle and begin their wellness journey while at the CIA. We also hope these concepts will stay with students throughout their lives.

Student Affairs Office

The Student Affairs Office is comprised of staff members who act as resources for issues, concerns, problems, or dilemmas that may arise as students progress through their college experience. As a clearinghouse, the staff is prepared to assist in solving problems directly or in making appropriate referrals. Issues affecting the quality of student life, discipline, personal safety, alcohol/drug awareness, and student interactions are examples of reasons to visit the Student Affairs Office staff. We are committed to helping all students be successful, so feel free to come in and see us if there is anything to discuss.

The following staff make up the Student Affairs Office:

New York

Associate Vice President—Dean of Student Affairs

Associate Dean—Student Affairs and Housing

Associate Dean—Campus Life and Student Development

Assistant Dean—Student Conduct and Community Engagement

Ombudsman

Executive Assistant

Student Affairs Assistant

California

Assistant Dean—Student Affairs

Texas

Managing Director

Student Services Manager

 

Ombudsperson—NY

The ombudsperson is available to listen, explain college policies, and assist students in addressing concerns or difficult situations related to academic or campus life. As a member of the Student Affairs staff, this individual advocates for students and can help students navigate the CIA’s culture and the day-to-day issues as students progress through their program. In addition, the ombudsperson acts as an advisor to the group leaders.

Group Leaders

Group leaders are among the most important pieces of the education system at the CIA. Elected during freshman year and then once again after externship, group leaders act as “coaches of their teams.” They are the liaisons between their group mates and the faculty. They meet often with instructors, hold group meetings, administer surveys and evaluations, relay mail messages, and represent the group on campus.

The benefits of leading a group are substantial. There is the value of the leadership experience, the chance to master managerial skills, and a feeling of personal satisfaction and pride from successfully steering groups through the curriculum. There is great worth in exchanging ideas, experiences, and information with the most visible student leaders at the college. This position will also help strengthen relationships with the faculty and staff. Additionally, student worth as a culinary professional is greatly enhanced by acting as a group leader. The leadership and managerial skills students will gain from being a group leader are exactly what prospective employers are looking for in dedicated and capable employees.

Students should expect their group leader to be a motivator, facilitator, organizer, troubleshooter, and, most of all, good communicator.

Group leaders may be expected to attend a monthly meeting with key staff to bring forward student issues for discussion and resolution, as well as learn about important campus news.

Orientation

All degree students participate in an orientation. Individual sessions are geared to help a student understand the policies and procedures of the CIA as well as all the educational resources to help students become a successful student. During this time current students serving in the role of orientation leaders will be available to assist new students with their transition to the CIA. Students will also be afforded the opportunity to become familiar with their culinary kitchen or baking and pastry bakeshop and the beginnings of their curriculum. For more information on how to become an orientation leader, contact the assistant director for student life in the Student Recreation Center. 

In addition, all new students are required to complete two online programs within the first two weeks of their arrival on campus. These programs concentrate on two topics: alcohol abuse education and prevention, as well as sexual assault education and prevention. Students are informed of this requirement on the first day of the orientation program. The goal is 100% compliance with this requirement and a passing grade of 70%.

Certificate program students participate in a one-day, intensive orientation to the CIA campus, student services, policies, and procedures.

Faculty Office Hours

All faculty members hold regularly scheduled office hours to provide students with the opportunity outside of the classrooms or kitchens to discuss any concerns. These office hours are for all CIA students, not just for students in an instructor’s class. Many instructors use office hours to talk to students about performance in class, learning strategies, externship possibilities, or career opportunities.

International Students

All three of our U.S. campuses have Designated School Officials (DSO) available to assist international students requiring documentation and governmental regulations related to their F1 or M1 visa status. The DSOs for each campus can be contacted at the times and locations below. The Primary Designated School Official is located on the flagship campus in Hyde Park, NY. General questions regarding visa status can be directed to the International Student Affairs Office located on the New York campus.

New York

International Student Affairs Office, Student Commons, Room 200

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Email: internationalstudentaffairs@culinary.edu 

Phone: 845-451-1534/1531

California

Student Affairs Assistant

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Texas

Managing Director

Office Hours: 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Registration and Orientation

International students arriving at the New York campus will attend an international student information session during orientation (as listed on their orientation schedule). For students in California and Texas, the same information will be shared electronically with international students during their first week on campus.

In order to be reported as present on campus with Homeland Security, international students on all campuses must be registered in the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The registration process requires that a new student present the following documents to the DSO on their respective campus within 30 days of their program start date*: passport, visa, Form I-20 signed, I-94, confirmation of health insurance coverage**, phone number being used while in the U.S. (if applicable), and physical and mailing address in the U.S. Please note, for all international students transferring from other institutions in the United States, transfer students are required to present the above-referenced information within 15 days of their program start date. Failure to do so may result in a termination of your SEVIS record.

Upon registration, the DSO will capture current contact information, and add a travel signature to the second page of the student’s most current I-20. This signature permits travel outside of the United States, and must be renewed at least every 12 months, to the date, in order for the student to be able to legally return to the U.S. We strongly encourage all international students to maintain a valid travel endorsement on their most current I-20 at all times.

International students transferring from other institutions in the United States are required to present the above referenced information.

All international students studying at the CIA must have medical insurance to ensure that they have access to health care in case of illness or injury while they are studying in the U.S. Proof of medical insurance will be provided to Health Services and International Student Affairs as a part of the enrollment and registration processes, respectively. Below are a few companies that offer medical insurance tailored for international students. We encourage students to consider their medical needs and history when choosing the plan that will best meet their needs.

Med Choice International: www.medchoicehealth.com

PGH Global/United Healthcare: www.pghstudent.com

Collegiate Care: www.insubuy.com/collegiate-care-insurance

ISO Student Health: www.isoa.org

USI Study USA: www.my.travelinsure.com/studyusa

Harbour Group: www.hginsurance.com

 

Leave of Absence, Withdrawal, Vacation

Students who wish to take a leave of absence, of any duration, during their program of study must meet with their academic advisor to establish a withdrawal and return date. The academic advisor will provide the DSO with documentation indicating the agreed-upon dates and terms of the student’s departure from the college. The student is responsible for understanding the effects of any time out from classes on their SEVIS record/visa status and the requirements for their departure and return. Upon receipt of appropriate documentation, the DSO will modify the student’s SEVIS record to appropriately reflect the change.

In some cases, a student’s record may require termination for an authorized withdrawal. In this case, the record will be terminated and the student must make plans to exit the United States within 14 calendar days from the last date of class attendance. The student must provide the on-campus DSO with itineraries/receipts of the student’s departure travel from the U.S. Approximately 30-45 days before the intended return to classes, the student must provide the DSO with return travel information/itineraries as well as any updated financial support documentation required from the DSO (if applicable). Any students outside of the United States for a period of five months are required to enter the United States on a new SEVIS record and will need to coordinate with their campus DSO.

Maintaining Status

International students are responsible for maintaining their status while studying under an F1 or M1 visa. They are also responsible for the status of any dependents that have received entry to the United States as a result of their student visa. CIA staff are happy to provide advice or assistance, when possible, but students are liable for complying with the laws and regulations of the United States, their home country, and any other countries that they travel to or work in while they are a CIA student.

Work Authorization

Any work in the United States, paid or unpaid, for which F1 visa students have not received authorization in their SEVIS record or through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not lawful, and can be grounds for termination of a student’s record in SEVIS, revocation of  F-1 visa, and/or deportation. We encourage all international students to speak to the DSO on their campus about any and all possible work opportunities before pursuing them.

International Students who hold an M1 visa, and are enrolled in any certificate granting program at the CIA, may not work in the United States at any time during their program of study. M1 students may apply for employment authorization following completion of their program. M1 students are eligible for one month of authorized employment per every four months of completed coursework.  

International students who hold an F1 student visa and are actively enrolled in any of our degree programs, and have followed all relevant procedures/met all relevant requirements, are eligible to:

  • Work on campus for up to 20 hours per week in a non-work study approved position, subject to job availability. Students must acquire a Social Security number, through the Social Security Administration, in order to work on campus.
  • Work full-time during their approved CPT (externship) period with authorization in SEVIS by the designated school official. Employment authorization is specific to a location and contracted period of time determined on their externship agreement, as established with their employer and academic advisor. Students must provide their DSO with the externship agreement before beginning work at their site. An updated I-20 will be generated at that time, reflecting their CPT authorization, place of employment, and duration of their approved work authorization. Students must have this updated Form I-20 in order to legally work in the U.S. during the externship. Students must acquire a Social Security number, through the Social Security Administration, in order to work in a paid externship placement in the United States. Further information is available in the CPT section of the handbook.

 

Apply for OPT—Optional Practical Training—to pursue up to one year of full-time employment in the United States following completion of their degree program and upon authorization from USCIS. Students may submit their OPT application up to 90 days before graduation. The approval process through USCIS is a 90-day minimum process on average. Further information is available in the OPT section of the handbook.

Students must acquire a Social Security number, through the Social Security Administration, in order to work in any of the above situations. The Social Security card is a requirement of authorized paid employment in the United States. Students must obtain an on-campus job or training agreement from their externship site in order to apply for a Social Security number. Students who have not yet applied for a Social Security number at the time of OPT application may do so through the application process itself. If applying for a Social Security number, before submitting an OPT application, international students must apply for their Social Security card in person at the Social Security Administration Office.

New York 332 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
California 1850 Soscol Avenue, Suite 102 in Napa, CA 94559
Texas Room 701, 7th Floor, 727 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78206

Students must apply for a Social Security number within 30 days of their intended start date for employment. Standard processing time for obtaining a Social Security card is 10 to 15 business days.

Practical Trainings

At The Culinary Institute of America, F-1 students typically will utilize practical training opportunities at some point during or following their enrollment. Students typically use Curricular Practical Training (CPT) prior to graduation during their externship and Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation. While designated school officials at the CIA will assist students in applying for practical trainings, the CIA is not responsible for ensuring applications meet application guidelines, approvals, rejections, or reimbursement of any fees incurred through the application process. The CIA reserves the right to establish additional criteria in order to assist students with the application process for any practical training, such as OPT workshops, individualized appointments, and/or signed externships; training agreements may be required.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” F-1 students at The Culinary Institute of America utilize their CPT eligibility to fulfill the externship requirement of their degree program (if applicable).

Here are some quick facts about Curricular Practical Training (CPT):

  • For students to receive CPT, the training (and employment associated with the training) must be “an integral part of an established curriculum” and “directly related to the student’s major area of study.” Externship meets this definition.
  • Regulations require one full academic year of study before a student may engage in CPT. The CIA defines one full academic year as two consecutive, full-time, 15-week semesters.
  • CPT is authorized directly by the designated school official (DSO) who updates the student’s SEVIS record with the CPT authorization, including the employment  start and end date, employer name and address, and whether the authorization is for part-time or full-time CPT.
  • CPT can be paid or unpaid. SEVP guidance states that “compensation is not a consideration when determining whether an opportunity qualifies as CPT.” For students to complete paid CPT/externship, a valid Social Security card will need to be obtained prior to starting work during their authorized CPT period and only with a signed externship training agreement as proof of employment.
  • CPT at the CIA, as determined by the externship curriculum structure, is defined as a 14-week curricular practical training experience.
  • Students must attend their externship, as per the agreed-upon schedule with their CPT employer, and they must complete/submit their externship manual by the due date in order to pass their externship course. Attendance and submission of required coursework is required to maintain status during the externship semester.
  • Failure to complete the institutional requirements of externship can result in the need to complete the second externship in order to move forward in the program. Second externships are discouraged unless necessary upon evaluation and can affect a student’s eligibility for OPT following graduation.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

International students at the New York campus will attend a DSO-led OPT workshop session which take place every six weeks; e-mail alerts will advise of dates and location. For students in California and Texas, information regarding the OPT application process will be shared with international students electronically.

Optional practical training (OPT) is an employment benefit for work that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. It is intended to provide students or recent graduates with practical experience in their field of study during or upon completion of a degree program. There are two forms of OPT that a CIA student is eligible for:

  • Post-completion OPT available to a student upon completion of each level of higher education
  • Pre-completion OPT (use of pre-completion OPT reduces the availability of post-completion OPT)

The post-completion OPT is the most commonly used form of OPT. The initial post-completion OPT period allows a student to work up to 12 months. OPT is closely regulated by the Department of Homeland Security, and students are required to apply for the position and update a designated school official (DSO) in International Student Affairs on a regular basis.

The basic OPT application process consists of a DSO recommendation in SEVIS, a new I-20, and the student’s filing of form I-765 (with supporting documents, see below) with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). When approved, the student receives an employment authorization document (EAD) from USCIS.

Condition and Eligibility

To be eligible for post-completion OPT, the student must:

  • Have maintained satisfactory F-1 status
  • Have worked fewer than 12 months, full-time in curricular practical training (CPT)
  • Receive an EAD card before beginning employment
  • Not accumulate more than 90 cumulative days of unemployment during the authorized period of OPT.

Please note all optional practical employment must be related to the major field of study and appropriate for the level of education of the student.

Any prior authorized periods of pre-completion OPT or post-completion OPT at the same degree level are to be deducted from the 12-month post-completion OPT authorization period. OPT is not a guaranteed benefit and the duration of benefit, when granted, is at the discretion of USCIS. Students who diverge from the expected movement through their program of study or violate their status may be denied access to authorized OPT following graduation. Students can otherwise be denied for OPT authorization due to mistakes or omissions on their application for OPT, past discrepancies regarding their status or paperwork, etc.

International students are strongly encouraged to seek the support of CIA designated school officials by contacting their campus’s DSO and/or the International Student Affairs Office at the flagship campus in Hyde Park, NY. ISA is dedicated to promoting a welcoming, inclusive environment for all students, advocacy for the international student population, unbiased assistance to international students in navigating governmental regulation and campus life, and creating opportunities for the international student population to access their full potential through their experience at the CIA.

Veteran Students

Veteran students remain an important part of the college community, just as when the CIA was founded to support returning World War II veterans. If students are veterans, they are eligible for resources available—student support offices stand ready to assist from orientation to graduation. Whether veteran students are residents or commuters, they should consider becoming a part of the Veterans Association and Auxiliary student organization on campus. This can help students meet fellow veterans and get involved in social activities and community events.

If students are seeking information about local Veterans Affairs (VA) services for health care, visit:

New York  www.hudsonvalley.va.gov
California http://www.countyofnapa.org/Pages/DepartmentContent.aspx?id=4294970718
Texas www.southtexas.va.gov

The Veterans Services Committee is a college-wide group that meets to monitor the experience of veteran students on campus, and initiates new processes to improve their experience at the CIA. Students can contact us at veteranscommittee@culinary.edu and a member of the committee will reach out to follow up and/or invite the student to meet to discuss the situation.

Student Commons—NY

The CIA’s Student Commons offers students state-of-the-art dining, athletic, and recreational facilities. Students can muscle inside for a layup on one of two official-size basketball courts which are easily converted for volleyball, dodgeball, and other sports activities. Enjoy a run on our indoor (1⁄12-mile) jogging track that encircles the courts from above. Or, take in a game on either of our two racquetball courts. Students will also find various aerobic and fitness programs such as: Spinning®, cardio firm, zumba, yoga, and much more. Swim a few laps in the six-lane pool or pump iron with the free weights or resistance machines in the fitness room. The Student Commons also has a game room, student/faculty/staff locker rooms, Student Government Association/club meeting areas, and a multi-purpose room. A variety of fitness and recreational programs and wellness services are scheduled throughout the year and are open to all students. Students may bring one guest (must be 18 years of age or older) with them per visit to use the recreation center area of the Student Commons. All guests must produce photo identification and register with the Student Recreation Center front desk. Students are responsible for their guests’ behavior.

The Egg

Located in the Student Commons, The Egg is an extraordinary area that serves all student dining needs, and is also a great place to hang out, relax, and have some fun. Students have a wide variety of dining choices at The Line, The Café, and a foodservice concept designed and operated by bachelor’s degree students. Other features include a microbrewery which serves as a classroom and production facility for the campus, a stage for entertainment events, and a marketplace featuring a variety of fresh, seasonal foods and beverages for purchase.

Rec Center Staff

Five professional staff members oversee and supervise the sports and activities at the Student Commons with the help of a student staff. They gladly assist students in achieving their fitness and recreational goals.

Intercollegiate Athletics

There are currently five intercollegiate sports programs offered in soccer, basketball, tennis, cross-country, and volleyball. The CIA competes in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC), which includes teams from similar-sized colleges in the Northeast, from Albany (north) to Long Island (south) to Syracuse (west). If students are interested in an intercollegiate sport, contact any professional member of the Student Recreation Center or Campus Life staff.

Intramural Sports

CIA students have an array of intramural sports to choose from. Among the listings are: flag football, basketball, softball, floor hockey, volleyball, and dodgeball. Tournaments are also held throughout the year in tennis, billiards, table tennis, weight lifting, and Kan Jam. Inquire at the front desk for information on sports schedules and seasonal offerings.

Outdoor Facilities

Our outdoor athletic and recreational facilities include softball and soccer fields as well as two tennis courts.

Student Activities Office—NY

The Student Activities Office, located in the Student Commons, offers a variety of events to enhance student leisure time at the CIA. These events may include performances by bands, comics, and other entertainers; bus trips to regional attractions or sporting events; cooking competitions; casino nights; and dances. We welcome suggestions so stop by or give us a call at 845-451-1400.

Clubs and Organizations

We encourage students to take advantage of a number of on-campus student clubs to pursue personal interests, meet other students, and hone professional skills. There are many benefits to being involved in student organizations. In general, such students achieve higher grades, develop better leadership and organizational skills, have more friends, and feel more connected to the college. The following clubs were active at the time of publication:

  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • Bacchus Wine Society
  • Baking & Pastry Arts Society
  • Black Culinarian Society
  • Brew Club
  • Catholics at the Culinary
  • Chinese Student Association
  • Community Service Club
  • Culinary Christian Fellowship
  • Culinary Science Club
  • Digital Media Club
  • Disney Enthusiasts
  • The Entrepreneur Club
  • Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society
  • Global Spoons
  • Home Flora Club
  • Jewish Culture & Community Club
  • KACIA
  • La Papillote (newspaper)
  • Mixology Club
  • Preservation Club
  • SAGA Club
  • Swim Club
  • Table Top Gaming
  • Taiwanese Student Association
  • Tea Club
  • Veterans Association and Auxiliary
  • Young Conservatives Club

To join one of these organizations, or if students are interested in forming a new club, please contact the Student Activities Office at 845-451-1400.

Student Government Association—NY

The Student Government Association (SGA) democratically represents the CIA student community and acts as the official voice of students in decisions affecting campus life. The SGA holds open meetings at least once per month on Wednesdays at 9:15 p.m. highlighting a guest speaker or an activity that all students are welcome to attend. The meetings are a great time to socialize with the representatives and bring up any suggestions or concerns. The Student Government Association may be reached by e-mail at SGA@cia.culinary.edu or through CIA Main Menu.

The SGA has open elections to fill voting positions on the Executive Council. These consist of:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Senior Senators (2)
  • Junior Senators (2)
  • Sophomore Senators (2)
  • Freshman Senators (2)

Additionally, the Executive Council appoints other non-voting members to fulfill specific support roles:

  • Student Representatives (3)
  • Secretary
  • Public Relations Manager

Please contact the SGA to find out the specific duties, qualifications, and procedures for elections/appointments.

SPICE (Student Programming Igniting Campus Entertainment)

CIA students have the ability to select, plan, and stage many campus activities and programs through SPICE. This group has brought comedians, hypnotists, magicians, and musical acts to campus. Members are empowered to be creative and think outside the box in selecting acts and programs that their fellow students will enjoy all while enhancing the student community at the CIA. Interested in joining SPICE? Feel free to stop by a meeting every first Thursday of the month at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Commons multi-purpose room, or call 845-451-1400 to get more information.

Campus Newspaper—NY

La Papillote (French for “the paper”) is the newspaper of our campus community. The paper is owned by The Culinary Institute of America, which ultimately holds final editorial review, and is distributed free every three weeks. Its primary purposes are to inform the college community; to educate students in writing, journalism, and editorial skills; to celebrate graduation; and to provide a forum for civil discussion and expression. We invite all students to contribute material for publication. Contact the editor at lapapillote.culinary@gmail.com to discuss content ideas.

We make every effort to apply the principles of ethical journalism and ensure a publication that is accurate, responsible, and fair. The college reserves the right to not print submissions that fail to align with the paper’s objectives and standards, and to print its response to content that presents a substantial critique of college policy or actions.

Bulletin Boards—NY

If students would like to display CIA event or club notices, the SRC staff will facilitate the posting of materials on:

  1. Any bulletin board in Roth Hall.
  2. Bulletin boards in the Student Recreation Center

Notices posted on the bulletin boards in the residence halls must be approved through the Residence Life Office.

Any “for sale/for rent” advertisements may be posted on the mailroom bulletin board.

Bulletin boards are available for student notices and are located in the mailroom area. Do not fasten notices to windows, doors, moldings, woodwork, or walls.

Posters can’t be larger than 11 inches by 17 inches and must clearly state the sponsoring organization of the event or message. Contact the Student Activities Office for additional information and policies related to advertising materials on campus and guidelines for campaigning in student elections.

Student Activities—CA

We encourage students to take advantage of on-campus student activities at Greystone to pursue personal interests, meet other students, and hone professional skills. There are many benefits to being involved in student activities. In general, involved students achieve higher grades, develop better leadership and organizational skills, have more friends, and feel more connected to the college.

All student activities outside of Residence Life are organized through the Student Programming Involvement and Community Engagement (SPICE) board, which meets once every three weeks on Monday evening in the Ventura Center. All students are welcome to attend these meetings to present ideas for upcoming activities and events. Once an event is approved through SPICE, information will be advertised on the Grapevine, CIA Main Menu, the Ventura Center PowerPoint, and table tents. A calendar of events can also be found on CIA Main Menu under Campus and Student Life > The Grapevine—Greystone. When appropriate, signups will be posted on CIA Main Menu. Only current CIA students, faculty, and staff are permitted to take part in these activities. For more information about current activities or starting new activities, contact the student life coordinator.

Clubs and Organizations

We encourage students to take advantage of a number of on-campus student clubs to pursue personal interests, meet other students, and hone professional skills. There are many benefits to being involved in student organizations. In general, such students achieve higher grades, develop better leadership and organizational skills, have more friends, and feel more connected to the college. The following clubs were active at the time of publication:

  • International Student Club
  • La Chef
  • The Outdoor Adventure Club
  • PRIDE Club
  • Veterans Support
  • Wine Club
  • Yoga Club

Organizing a Student Event—CA

If students would like to organize an event on campus, the planning process should begin well in advance of the anticipated event date. Please see the student life coordinator in the Education Office for more information.

Student Clubs—TX

We encourage students to take advantage of on-campus student clubs to pursue personal interests, meet other students, and hone professional skills. Signups and information about the changing slate of clubs are posted in the library, and a calendar of campus events is available on CIA Main Menu, the student web portal. Only current CIA students, faculty, and staff are permitted to take part in student clubs. In addition, all active clubs must keep minutes and have a faculty or staff advisor. For more information about current clubs, or to learn more about starting a new club, contact the student relations coordinator, student services manager, or student services specialist, or visit CIA Main Menu.

Campus Activities—TX 

The CIA San Antonio is a unique education and research center dedicated to raising the profile of Latin American cuisines and culinary traditions. When students are immersed in San Antonio campus life, there are plenty of ways to get the most out of their experience. Students can hang out with classmates at the Pearl complex or browse the local Farmers’ Market. The area boasts a vibrant dining scene and retail shops. Students can also engage with the local community at special events like Tamales at Pearl, Paella Challenge, and Fiesta, or at the San Antonio’s world-famous River Walk. The walk is lined with restaurants and shops; its pathways, waterfalls, and outdoor art invite endless exploration. CIA San Antonio also hosts annual Latin Flavors, American Kitchens and Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids conferences right on campus.