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Switching over to Mountain time August 27, 2012

Posted by paulstella in Uncategorized.

Enjoying the view from high atop Rocky Mountain National Park last August.

It was not my first visit. But the opportunity last August to attend a friend’s wedding in Colorado helped me put things in perspective. I kept thinking, “I could really make a life for myself here.”

Beginning next month, I will do just that. I am excited to report that future chapters of Stellavision will come to you from the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. I have accepted a position with the University of Colorado at Boulder, the flagship campus of the CU system, as the director of communications and alumni relations for the Leeds School of Business.

The Koelbel Building is home to the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.

From the beauty of its mountains to its fit-and-active lifestyle—I love almost everything about Colorado. Its residents, I find, are laid back and welcoming, so I am confident of feeling right at home there.

But as you might expect, my emotions are many—and seemingly contradictory. First, there is raw excitement. I join a talented team of higher education professionals in performing work that I love. And in Boulder, I’ll be immersed in a community that is both enterprising and entertaining. Fresh opportunities and new relationships await me.

There is sadness as well. I leave behind the one place I have ever truly called home—Rochester and Western New York—plus family, friends and my beloved RIT. Sharing news of my decision with University News coworkers was bittersweet. While happy to accept their expressions of support, I shared their sadness that we will no longer be a team.

I may be leaving WNY, but I’ll still be a ‘Buffalo.’

Last week, even before my plans were official, I felt my first wave of nostalgia. Sitting on the bleachers inside RIT’s Frank Ritter Arena, scribbling notes for a story on a ‘summer school’ for youth hockey players, I suddenly sensed myself drifting back in time. In my mind, I saw myself among more than 2,000 orange-clad Tigers hockey fans, heard the chants of the Corner Crew, felt the intensity of the Pep Band, and sensed the excitement of near-certain victory.

Yeah, I’m going to miss this place.

But as they say, timing is everything. Timing absolutely influenced my decision. Much of what has happened in my life over the past year or so—some of which I have documented here—has swung the doors of opportunity wide open. And I feel satisfied with the portfolio of achievements I’ve tallied during my 12 years of service to RIT. Personally and professionally—it’s simply time.

The Colorado chapters of Stellavision begin in mid-September. The weeks ahead will provide ample opportunity to reflect fondly on the many chapters I’ve written leading up to this exciting new journey.



1. Margie Misiti - August 27, 2012

Good Luck Paul!!! Have a wonderful journey!!

2. Tor Constantino, MBA (@torcon) - August 27, 2012

I wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life. You’re gonna crush it! New place + New pace = New perspective!

3. Janice Peterson - August 27, 2012

Boulder is my favorite place in the country! Bill and I almost lived there — they offered him a job there right after we moved to Rochester – we stayed here and never returned to the mountains.

We lived near Denver when Bill received treatment for his first cancer (1976). The Air Force sent us to Fitzsimmons Army Medical Ctr. near Denver — we were there about one year. Went to Boulder – to the solar forecasting center – I forget the official name but LOVED Boulder, right at the foot of the mts. The solar ctr. did not have an opening for a job when we were there — but Bill got a letter from them about a job right after we moved from Minneapolis to Rochester!

GOOD LUCK to you Paul – will miss you but follow your dream! CONGRATULATIONS!

4. Debbie Ferris - August 27, 2012

We have been to Colorado and loved it, there is so much to see and do. It is going to be a nice change for you and I know you will do well and make many great new friends. Western New York loves you and now Colorado is going to love you. Good Luck Paul, Stay Well and Happy and Don’t Forget Us!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

5. Maureen Caufield - August 27, 2012

Paul, you will be missed, but I think that you will love Boulder! My brother Ed moved there temporarily and fell in love with Boulder and has been there 20+ years. I wish you all the best in your new endeavor!

6. Jean Kase - August 27, 2012

Paul, we too have mixed emotions…but focus on being so happy for you and the great opportunity and having another great reason to visit Boulder. Maybe we can start the equivalent of our tradition of getting together with Frank at a CU annual event!

7. Pete Bella - August 28, 2012

Paul, may the winds of change continue to inspire your life goals and success. Bests to you at all times.

8. Joanna - September 7, 2012

Congrats on your move. It’s not San Diego, but I bet the weather is better than Rochester. 🙂 Seriously, it’s always good to go on to new things — you’ll do great.

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