Fall 2012 Workshops and Programs

The Office of Work/Life invites you to our Fall Semester events and workshops.  Please click on the corresponding links to register for these sessions.  While we recommend that you register, we welcome walk-ins when space permits.  For lunch-time sessions, please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. 

All workshops are at no charge for participants, with the exception of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Weight Watchers at Work. 

We have provided a brief description for each event, but feel free to 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.

Fall 2012 Workshops & Programs (PDF)

 

 

AGING / ELDER CARE:

Introduction to Medicare
Sorting Through It All: A Geriatrician’s Perspective On What Everyone Should Know About Aging

CHILD CARE:

Annual Child Care Fair (For Parents and Expectant Parents)
Child Care Choices with a Focus on Day Care, Nursery, and Pre- Schools
Child Care Choices with a Focus on Nanny Necessities

FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS:

Flexible Work Arrangements Training

HOUSING:

How to Purchase and Finance a Property – From A to Z
The Process of Purchasing a Property
How Do I Obtain a Mortgage… And Can I Afford It?

PARENTING:

Breastfeeding Matters
Teaching Your Kids About Money
Forming a Family: Legal Planning for LGBT New Yorkers
Family Safety in New York City

SCHOOLING:

The Strategies and Tools for Applying to Kindergarten in NYC
(For parents with children who will be starting Kindergarten in 2013)

Affording an Independent School Education: Tuition and Financial Aid

WELLNESS

Walk to Wellness
Ergonomic Computer Workstation Set-Up
Weight Watchers at Work (Fee)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  (Fee)

AGING / ELDER CARE:

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 the care of loved ones and is not geared to you as a Columbia officer or employee with Columbia health insurance (though this session will have helpful information for anyone interested in Medicare).

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 25, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Burden Room 206
Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you.

Sorting Through It All:  A Geriatrician’s Perspective On What Everyone Should Know About Aging
In this workshop, participants will learn how a geriatrician looks at the information about aging that is commonly seen and heard in the press. Participants will be able to discuss other concerns they have about aging through a question and answer session. A list of resources will also be provided.

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Name four normal aging changes and four changes that are not considered normal
  • Name three medications one should avoid
  • Identify three issues one should make sure to discuss with their physician
  • List two ways one can help prevent falls and stay safe

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus- Low Library, 206 Burden Room
Presenter: Evelyn C. Granieri, M.D., MPH, MSEd., Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you.

CHILD CARE: 

Annual Child Care Fair (For Parents and Expectant Parents)

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, all located near the Columbia University Morningside, Manhattanville and CUMC campuses. Please invite your colleagues, friends and neighbors to join us!

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Time:  4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Morningside Campus - Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium
Co-Hosted by: Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service and Office of Government and Community Affairs

No registration required; open to the community.
Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you.
Children are welcome. 

Child Care Choices with a Focus on Day Care, Nursery, and Pre- 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 child care needs.  Discussion will follow on the timeline and process for completing applications. 

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
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, School and Child Care Search Service
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you, and  to bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care available.

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 child care needs.  The discussion will include information on hiring and interviewing, creating work agreements, and more. 

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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, School and Child Care Search Service
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you, and to bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care available.

FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS:
Flexible Work Arrangements Training
Flexible work arrangements are a critical resource for meeting departmental needs while your employees maintain job satisfaction and improve quality of life.  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, Supervisors, and HR Specialists 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/HR Specialists about flexible work. 
Date:Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time:9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:Columbia University, Low Library, Trustees Room 212
Presenters:Maria Gerena, Employee Relations Specialist, Columbia University Human Resources and Carol Hoffman, Associate Provost and Director of Work/Life, Columbia University
Register
HOUSING: 

How to Purchase and Finance a Property – From A to Z
This two hour workshop will provide a step-by-step guide to purchasing and financing a home or apartment – from pre-Approval to Zeroing in on the right property. Lunch will be provided.

Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
Time: 12:00p.m.-2:00p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, Bard Hall Ballroom at 50 Haven Avenue 
Presenters: Columbia’s Affinity Lenders and Two Real Estate Brokers
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you. 

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: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m.-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

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you. 

How Do I 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: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time:  5:30 p.m.-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: Columbia’s Affinity Lenders - Bank of America Home Loans and ICC Mortgage Services
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you. 

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, including 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: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center-  HSC 324- Room 25
Presenter: Beverly Solow, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Register

Teaching Your Kids About Money
Managing money well is a powerful skill, and one that children can begin learning at a young age.
This seminar discusses what children can understand at different ages, the positives and negatives of giving an allowance, and ways to help children learn strong money-management skills.

Date: Wednesday, September 19
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Lewisohn Hall 602
Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register 

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you.

Family Safety in New York City
Relocating to New York City with children can be challenging.  Come and join us for an informal presentation that will address safety issues to be aware of when raising a family in New York City. Some of the areas that will be covered are the appropriate age for children to ride the subway or take a taxi by themselves, what to watch for when navigating the city, and general safety practices specific to New York City.

Date:Monday, October 22, 2012
Time:12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:Columbia University, Low Library, Burden Room, 206
Presenters:Crime Prevention Officer from Columbia University’s Department of Public Safety
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you. 

Forming a Family: Legal Planning for LGBT New Yorkers
This workshop will address questions about forming a family, with a special focus on adoption, second-parent adoptions and known donor agreements, and protecting your partner/spouse through proper planning especially wills, proxies, and filing taxes.

Date:Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m.-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: Evita Nancy Torre is an adoption attorney at Greenberg Adoption: The Law Offices of Clifford L. Greenberg, co-hosts the monthly Family Law Clinic at the LGBT Center and writes a legal column for It's Conceivable Now: LGBT Parenting in New York. Wendy Fitzsimons is an estate and tax lawyer, and is a partner at Romer Debbas, LLP, which is a proud member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of New York.
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you. 

SCHOOLING:

The Strategies & Tools for Applying to Kindergarten in NYC
(For parents with children who will be starting Kindergarten in 2013)
Join us for one of following small group, informal Q & A sessions that will offer suggestions on how to approach the process of finding the right public or private school for your child.  Materials will be available with information on the admissions process and dates for the 2013-2014 school year.  Parents looking for elementary school grades as well as Middle School and High School should feel free to request an
individual consultation

Date:Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time:8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location:Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” apartments and Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters:Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Professionals
Register

Date:Thursday, September 27, 2012
Time:12:00 p.m. – 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:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Professionals
Register

Date:Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time:5:30 p.m. – 6:30 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:Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Professionals
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you. 

Affording an Independent School Education: Tuition & 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 11, 2012
Time:5:30 p.m. – 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:Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Professionals
Register

Please feel free to invite your spouse/partner to attend, welcome with or without you. 

WELLNESS

Walk to Wellness
The Walk to Wellness Program is a free, comprehensive fitness program to help you meet your personal health and wellness goals.  The program's fall season starts September 11th and runs through November 15th. Variations of the program are open to Columbia officers and staff on all Columbia campuses.  Please visit the website for more information about the program and the different ways you can participate.

Kick-off Event:
Attend this event to receive a free biometric health screening from the staff at Dodge Fitness Center.
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus- Low Library Trustees Room 212

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks:
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Note: First walk will be on Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Outside Low Library

Walking Challenge

If you are looking for a bit more of a challenge and some accountability for sticking with it, 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). 

Register to participate in the Walk to Wellness program: the kick-off event, instructor-led walks, the walking challenge, or all three.


Ergonomic Computer Workstation Set-Up
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.  The goal of ergonomics is to make work more comfortable and to improve both health and productivity. In this workshop, you will learn tips and techniques about setting up your workstation so that you can perform your job functions in a manner that will avoid ergonomic risk factors.  For information on additional monthly workshops sponsored by the department of Environmental Health and Safety, please visit the EH&S website.
Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 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: Muhammad Akram, Director of Occupational Safety, Columbia University Environmental Health and Safety
Register

Weight Watchers at Work
Join the Weight Watchers at Work program and learn how to conquer hunger and manage your weight once and for all.  You may join at any time through the Columbia Weight Watchers Portal.  The cost to join is $39.95 per month.  This monthly pass will automatically renew until you decide to cancel. The membership includes access to both “At Work” and community meetings. 20 people must register for a specific campus location (e.g. Morningside or CUMC) in order to have the “At Work” meetings held at that campus.

Open House:
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 (Free Information Session)
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus- Uris Hall, Calder Lounge 1st floor

Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 
Mindfulness meditation is a technique of focus, calm and insight, in which the resources and wisdom of the body and mind are used 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 seven-week MBSR course, participants will observe how stress unfolds in their lives, their responses to it, and how mindfulness practice ameliorates it. 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.  Alongside the meditation practice, the classes incorporate group discussions centering on the experiences working with mindfulness meditation practices.
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 $50 enrollment fee for the seven-week course. Please bring a check made out to Columbia University for $50 to the intro session if you want to join.  There is a minimum enrollment of 10 and a maximum enrollment of 20 people.  Participants will need to bring a mat or towel for the training program (not necessary for the intro session).

Introduction to MBSR
Date:Monday, September 24, 2012
Time:5:30 p.m. -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)

Seven-Week MBSR Training
Dates:Mondays, October 1, 2012 – November 12, 2012
Time:5:30 p.m. -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: Polly Wheat, M.D., Former Director of the Student Health Service, CUMC

Register (for the introductory session)