the only downside i can see in all of this is that it seems likely to mean you'd stop teaching in ITP, and that would be sad.
isn't this place out in the middle of nowhere though? i may well be confused.
btw, if you have an e-mail addy that's not at k-s.net or g-m.net, please drop me a line from it - i tried writing g-m.net and it bounced too. need to write you re: columbia.