Fall 2011 Workshops and Programs

The Office of Work/Life invites you to our Fall workshops and programs.  Please click on the corresponding links for a brief description and to register for these sessions.   You can also download and print the Fall event flier. Our workshops are free, however there are some programs that are fee based, please check descriptions for more information. While we recommend that you register for the workshops, we welcome walk-ins when space permits.  For lunch-time sessions, please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. 

Please contact Office of Work/Life at worklife@columbia.edu or at 212-854-8019 for more information or with questions and suggestions for additional topics.

Welcome Back Coffees

Join the Work/Life experts at our "Drop-in Coffees" if you are interested in admissions to early childhood programs and schools (public and private), non-Columbia housing, backup care, breastfeeding support program, wellness or any other Work/Life program or service. Reservations are not necessary.

  • Dates: Monday, September 12 – Thursday, September 15, 2011
  • Time: 8:30–10:00 a.m.
  • Location; Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)

For additional information call: 212-851-9180 or 212-854-8019

AGING AND ELDER CARE:

CHILD CARE:

FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS:

HOUSING:

PARENTING:

SCHOOLING:

TRAVEL

WELLNESS PROGRAMS:

 

AGING AND ELDER CARE:

Housing for Seniors

How can a senior live independently as long as possible? When is it time for someone to have in-home help? What are the differences between nursing homes, retirement communities, and assisted living facilities? This workshop answers these questions and many others.
Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:
• Assess a senior’s ability to live independently
• Evaluate various housing options
• Deal with the emotional upheaval when a loved one can no longer live at home
• Advocate for and stay involved with older relatives once placement occurs

  • Date: Monday, October 24, 2011
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trustees Room, 212 Low Library
  • Presenter: Consultants from Harris Rothenberg, International (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
  • Register

Introduction to Medicare

This workshop focuses on Medicare and provides information on basic terms, documentation, eligibility criteria, enrollment procedures, deductibles, coinsurance and copayments, private contracts, administrative appeals, and more. This program is meant to provide you with the information you need for caring for others, and is not geared to Columbia officers and other employees with Columbia health insurance.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:
• Understand the major components of Medicare
• Assess which program(s) are appropriate for them or older loved ones
• Apply to the appropriate program(s)
• Get the most out of the program(s) they utilize

  • Date:Thursday, October 20, 2011
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location:Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer Building, Room LL 210
  • Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
  • Register

AND

  • Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Burden Room, 206 Low Library, 2nd floor
  • Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
  • Register

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CHILD CARE:

The Annual Columbia University Child Care Fair  

Stop by the Child Care Fair to gather information and talk to representatives from child care centers, family day care settings, nursery schools, in home child care/nanny agencies and pre-K programs, including universal pre-K, which are located near the Columbia University Morningside, Manhattanville and CUMC campuses. Please invite your colleagues, friends and neighbors to join us!

  • Date:  Monday, September 26, 2011
  • Time:  4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Morningside Campus - Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium
  • Co-Hosted by: Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service and the Office of Government and Community Affairs
  • No registration required; open to the community
  • Children are welcome.  

Child Care Choices with a Focus on Day Care and Nursery Schools

Hear an overview of the different types of  center-based child care options available in the NYC area so that you can determine which option best meets your family’s needs.  We will then discuss the timeline and process for completing applications.  

  • Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
  • Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
  • Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Child Care Resource Specialist, Office of Work/Life
  • Register

Please feel free to bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care arranged for them elsewhere.

AND

  • Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
  • Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer Building, Room LL 110
  • Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Child Care Resource Specialist, Office of Work/Life  
  • Register

Note: This classroom is not appropriate for children.

Child Care Choices with a Focus on Nanny Necessities

Hear an overview of how to examine the nuances of in-home child care in order to help determine if this option best meets your family’s needs.  The discussion will include information on hiring and interviewing, creating work agreements, and more.  

  • Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
  • Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and  Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
  • Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Child Care Resource Specialist, Office of Work/Life
  • Register

Please feel free to bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care arranged for them elsewhere.

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FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS:

Flexible Work Arrangements Training

Flexible work arrangements are a critical resource for maintaining job satisfaction and quality of life for employees.  Columbia University has a Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) policy (http://hr.columbia.edu/policies/fwa) for Officers of Administration, the Libraries and non-union support staff which includes the use of flextime, telecommuting, and 9-, 10-, and 11-month employment programs.  

In this training, managers and supervisors will:

• learn more about workplace flexibility, an important business strategy to help people better meet the demands of work and life,
• receive an overview of the Columbia University flexible work arrangements policy,
• participate in a discussion with other managers/supervisors about flexible work.  

  • Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
  • Time: 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Location: 615 W. 131st St, Studebaker Building, Room 469
  • Presenters: Maria Gerena, Employee Relations Specialist, Columbia University Human Resources and Erin Barnes, Associate Director of Work/Life, Columbia University
  • Register

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HOUSING:

The Process of Purchasing a Property

Real estate experts will provide a step-by-step guide to home ownership, while answering all the  questions about purchasing various types of properties (co-ops, condos, and houses).  What type of property is right for me?  How and where do I begin looking?  What are the costs associated with home/apartment ownership?  What happens at closing?  

  • Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
  • Presenters: Two Real Estate Brokers
  • Register

How to Obtain a Mortgage… And Can I Afford It?

The mortgage process may seem overwhelming, but two lenders will break down what you need to do, explain credit reports, and most importantly – teach you how to determine if a property is affordable for you.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
  • Time:  5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
  • Presenters: Two Lenders from Columbia’s Affinity Lending Program
  • Register

Housing for Seniors

See description under AGING AND ELDER CARE

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PARENTING:

Breastfeeding Matters

“Breastfeeding Matters” is an educational workshop for expectant and new mothers who want to breastfeed their babies when they return to work or school.  Participants will learn breastfeeding basics, common difficulties and how to manage them, and return-to-work/school strategies and resources.  Feel free to bring your spouse or partner, and your infant if you have already given birth. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

  • Date: Monday, October 3, 2011 
  • Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Location: CUMC – Hammer Bldg, HSC 303
  • Presenter: Beverly Solow, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Register

Spotting Emotional Warning Signs in Adolescents and Teens    

How can you tell if an adolescent or teen is disturbed or in serious trouble? Which behaviors are developmentally appropriate at one age but signs of distress in another? This workshop presents important information on how to spot the difference between normal behavior and behavior that may warrant intervention.  Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:
• Understand developmentally appropriate behavior for this age group
• Recognize the signs of emotional distress in adolescents and teens
• Learn about resources for addressing specific concerns

  • Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trustees Room, Low Library
  • Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
  • Register

Choosing a Summer Program for Your Children and Teens

This workshop will review different types of camps, criteria for selecting camps and readiness for programs away from home.  Camps start enrollment early in the year and many times provide better rates for early enrollment.

  • Date:  Tuesday, December 6, 2011
  • Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and  Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
  • Presenters:  Representatives from Columbia University K-12 summer programs and ACA-NY (American Camp Association, New York)
  • Register

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SCHOOLING:

Preparing for the Kindergarten Process: Tools for Thinking it Through

For parents with children who will be starting Kindergarten in 2012
Join us for a small group, informal Q & A session that will offer suggestions on how to approach the process of finding the right public, parochial or independent school for your child.  Materials will be available with information on the admissions process and dates for the 2012-2013 school year.  

  • Date:  Tuesday, September 20, 2011
  • Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist )
  • Presenter:  Deborah Ashe, Director, School and Child Care Search Service, Office of Work/Life
  • Register

Please feel free to bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care arranged for them elsewhere.

AND

  • Date: Tuesday,October 11, 2011
  • Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer Building, Room 324
  • Presenter:  Deborah Ashe, Director, School and Child Care Search Service, Office of Work/Life
  • Register

Note: This classroom is not appropriate for children.

Affording an Independent School Education: Tuition and Financial Aid

Learn about the factors that financial aid officers consider in determining how to allocate an independent school’s financial aid budget.  

  • Date:  Thursday, October 13, 2011
  • Time:  5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
  • Presenter:  Deborah Ashe, Director, School and Child Care Search Service, Office of Work/Life
  • Register

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TRAVEL:

Global Entry Program for International Travelers

If you are a frequent international traveler, visit our website to learn how to expedite your reentry into the USA.  Applications are due October 7 and if 24 or more people are approved, on campus interviews will be arranged this fall.

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WELLNESS PROGRAMS:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  

Mindfulness meditation is a technique of focus, calm and insight, in which we use the resources and wisdom of our own body and mind to learn how to cope effectively with stress and to be more fully present in each moment of our lives. It is also a skill that can be learned.
Through this six-week MBSR course, participants will observe how stress unfolds in their lives, their responses to it, and how mindfulness practice ameliorates it. We become careful, non-judgmental observers of ourselves. Participants will learn and practice a variety of stress reduction techniques, including mindful movement incorporating gentle yoga postures, and will also receive guided meditation CD’s.  Classes include meditation practice, as well as group discussion centering on our experiences working with mindfulness meditation practices.

This course is adapted from the curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the highly successful Mindfulness Meditation-Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  The course will be led by Polly Wheat, M.D., Director of the Student Health Service at CUMC. Dr. Wheat trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and taught the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for students, faculty and staff at both Barnard College and  Columbia University from 1994-2004. Since 2004 she has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for students and faculty at Columbia University Medical Center.  

A free introductory workshop will be offered so that participants can learn more about MBSR and register for the course. Although the intro workshop is free, there is a $30 enrollment fee for the course. Bring a check made out to Columbia University for $30 to the intro session if you want to join.  A minimum of 10 participants is needed for us to offer the program. There is a capacity of 20 people for the course; we will maintain a waitlist if the registration exceeds the capacity.  Participants will need to bring a mat or towel for the training program (not necessary for the intro session).

Introduction to MBSR

  • Date:  Monday, October 3
  • Time:  5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
  • Register

Six-Week MBSR Training

  • Dates:  Monday, October 10, 17, 24, 31, and Nov 7, 14
  • Time:  5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
  • Register at the introductory event to attend the training program.

Weight Watchers at Work Free Open House

Morningside Campus

Join the Weight Watchers at Work program and learn how to conquer hunger and manage your weight once and for all ($186 per person).  Attend this free open house meeting to learn about Weight Watchers' meeting structure and hear feedback from current members. Payment is required at the intro session if you plan to enroll in the program (payment plans are an option).  The first official week of the program will begin on Wednesday, September 21, pending the 20 person minimum. For more information about the program, visit the following webpage.

  • Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
  • Time 12:00–1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Jed Satow Conference Room, 5th Floor, Lerner Hall
  • Presenter: A representative from Weight Watchers
  • Register

CUMC Campus

Join the Weight Watchers at Work program and learn how to conquer hunger and manage your weight once and for all ($186 per person).  Attend this free open house meeting to learn about Weight Watchers' meeting structure and hear feedback from current members. Payment is required at the intro session if you plan to enroll in the program (payment plans are an option).  The first official week of the program will begin on Wednesday, October 26, pending the 20 person minimum. For more information about the program, visit the following webpage.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
  • Time 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Irving Cancer Research Center, room 115, main floor
  • Presenter: A representative from Weight Watchers

Walk to Wellness

Register for the “Walk to Wellness Program” for the Fall season (September 12 – November 18) to be more active, fit, and healthy this semester.  There are two ways to get involved in the walking program:

  • Participate in the instructor-led, lunchtime walks that occur twice a week on the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses.
  • Participate in the Walk to Wellness Challenge where you can receive prizes for reaching the recommended goal of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week (i.e. brisk walking).

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