Fall 2013 Workshops & 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 Weight Watchers at Work and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  

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.

Download a PDF of the Fall 2013 Flier.  

 

 

 

ADULT & ELDER CARE

Introduction to Medicare
How You Can Help Your Loved One Remain at Home

CHILD CARE & PARENTING

Annual Child Care Fair
Center Based Option for Children Ages 2-5
Center Based Options for Chldren Under 2 Years of Age
Child Care Choices with a Focus on Nanny Necessities
Breastfeeding Matters 

HOUSING

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

SCHOOLING

Applying to Kindergarten in NYC (for parents with children applying to Kindergarten in 2014)
Affording an Independent School Education: Tuition and Financial Aid
Transition from Public to Independent School for Middle or High School

WELLNESS

Weight Watchers at Work
Walk to Wellness
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Tips for a Good Night's Sleep
Ergonomic Computer Workstation Setup 

ADDITIONAL WORK/LIFE PROGRAMS

Discussion Group for People with Disabilities
Positive Psychology: Enhancing Your Happiness
Understanding Substance Abuse and its Impact
Discussion Group for Veterans
Flexible Work Arrangements
Money Matters 

 

ADULT & 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/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: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

How You Can Help Your Loved One Remain at Home
This workshop will focus on what types of support services are available, in the home, for older adults at varying stages of need.  In addition, information about steps you can take to help minimize the risk of in-home falls and injuries will be explored.

Date: Monday, November 11, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Ilana Dunner, LCSW, Executive Director, Riverstone Senior Life Services, Lecturer, Columbia University School of Social Work
Register

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CHILD CARE & PARENTING 

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 attend as it is open to the community

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time:  4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Morningside Campus - Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium
Co-Hosted by: Columbia University Office of Work/Life School and Child Care Search Service and Office of Government and Community Affairs

No registration required.
Children are welcome.
 

Center Based Care Options for Children Ages 2-5
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: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” 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 bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care available.

Center Based Care Options for Children Under 2 Years of Age

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: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Child Care Resource Specialist, School and Child Care Search Service
Register
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Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” 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 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: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” 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 bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care available.

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: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, HSC LL207
Presenter: Beverly Solow, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
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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.
Date: Friday, September 27, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, HSC LL203
Presenters: Columbia’s Affinity Lenders and Two Real Estate Brokers
Register

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 3, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters: Two Real Estate Brokers
Register

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 17, 2013
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters: Columbia’s Affinity Lenders - Bank of America Home Loans and ICC Mortgage Services
Register

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SCHOOLING

Applying to Kindergarten in NYC
(For parents with children who will be starting Kindergarten in 2014)
Join us for a small group, informal Q & A session on the process of finding the right public or private school for your child.  Parents looking for other school grades should feel free to request an individual consultation (see  also “Transition from Public to Independent School for Middle or High School” workshop). 

Date:Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam  and Broadway

(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters: Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Professionals
Register 


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Date:Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time:12:00 p.m. –-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters: Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Professionals
Register 

  Affording an Independent School Education: Tuition and Financial Aid

Learn about the factors that financial aid officers consider in allocating an independent school’s financial aid budget.

Date:  Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters:  Deborah Ashe, Director, School & Child Care Search Service
Register

Transition from Public to Independent School for Middle or High School
(For parents with children who will be starting in Middle School or High School in 2014)
Join us for a small group, informal Q&A session on the process of exploring independent Middle and High School options for your child.

Date:Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters: Deborah Ashe, Director, School & Child Care Search Service
Register

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WELLNESS

Weight Watchers at Work
Join the Weight Watchers at Work program and learn how to manage your weight with group support and private weigh-ins. At these free Open House sessions you will receive information about the Weight Watchers at Work program and have the opportunity to hear from past members about their experience with Weight Watchers.  Visit this webpage for more information about the program. Details about the open houses are below.

Morningside Campus
This Open House meeting will launch a brand new Weight Watchers at Work series! Membership for Weight Watchers at Work series includes 12 weeks of “At Work” meetings and access to eTools online. In support of the launch this Fall, Weight Watchers will be offering an additional free week. 13 weeks at the cost of 12.

Payment of $156 for 12 weeks 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 Monday, September 23, pending the 15 person minimum enrollment requirement. For more information about the program, visit the following webpage.

Free Open House Session:
Date: Monday, September 16, 2013
Time 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hepburn Lounge, Uris Hall, 1st Floor (In the deli, just past the coffee stand)
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register

Medical Center Campus
This Open House meeting will give you an opportunity to learn about on-going Weight Watchers at Work Meeting on the Medical Center Campus. You may join this meeting at any time through the CUMC Weight Watchers Portal; details on this website.  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.

Free Open House Session:
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Choice of Meeting Times:
Option #1: 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Option #2: 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Location: Hammer Health Sciences Building, 701 West 168th St., Rm. #410
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register 

Walk to Wellness
Walk to Wellness is a free, fitness program on both the Morningside and Medical Center campuses to help you be more active and fit.  The program’s fall season runs from September through November and kicks-off with a fitness assessment (resting heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and body fat) from the staff at Dodge Fitness Center and PlusOne. Please visit the webpage for more information about the program and the different ways you can participate.

Morningside Campus
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (10 Weeks)
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays/First Walk on Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: Low Library steps, at the Alma Mater

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby

Medical Center
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One/NYPH Fitness Center

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (10 Weeks)
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays/First Walk on Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: Grassy knoll, corner of 165th Street and Riverside Drive

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One/NYPH Fitness Center
Register to participate in the Walk to Wellness kick-off/wrap up events and the instructor-led walks.

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 audio files.  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 $75 enrollment fee for the seven-week course. Please bring a check made out to Columbia University for $75 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).

Morningside Campus
Free Introduction to MBSR
Date:  Monday, September 23, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)

Seven-Week MBSR Training
Dates: Mondays, September 30 - November 11, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)

Register

Medical Center Campus
Free Introduction to MBSR
Date:  Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hammer Science Building, Riverside Lounge 

Seven-Week MBSR Training
Date:  Wednesdays, October 2 - November 13, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hammer Science Building, Riverside Lounge

Register

Presenter for both trainings: Polly Wheat, M.D., Former Director of the Student Health Service, CUMC

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
If you have trouble sleeping you may feel like there’s little you can do. However, by following certain recommendations, known as “sleep hygiene,” you may be able to get the rest you need.

Objectives: After completing this seminar, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand the roots of sleep problems
  • Identify ways to improve their ability to fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Change their habits to improve their sleep
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenters:  Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register


Ergonomics 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. Monthly workshops are sponsored by the department of Environmental Health and Safety. To see the complete schedule and register, please visit the EH&S website.

Dates: Monthly
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: 615 W. 131st St, Studebaker Building, Room 367
Presenter: Muhammad Akram, Director of Occupational Safety, Columbia University

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Additional Work/Life Programs

CANCELED: Discussion Group for People with Disabilities

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (Oct.), come together with colleagues with disabilities who work on any of the campuses of Columbia University to discuss common experiences at work, share strategies for addressing challenges, and provide peer support.

Date:  Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library, Room 405
Presenters: Facilitated by a consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program) and Melissa Rooker, Associate Provost, EOAA and Section 504 Officer for Columbia

 

 

Positive Psychology: Enhancing Your Happiness
Happiness is a surprising concept. Money doesn’t buy it. Making it a goal can chase it  away. Yet if you adopt certain behaviors and attitudes, happiness can come to you. This seminar describes those behaviors and attitudes.

Objectives: Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand what makes them happy
  • Make a game plan to enhance their happiness
  • Put their game plan into action

Date: Monday, October 28, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenters:Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)

Register

CANCELED: Discussion Group for Veterans and Reservists
In honor of Veterans Day, come together with other veterans and reservists who work at Columbia to identify and discuss common experiences and individual perspectives from your past and current roles in the military and their impact on working at Columbia.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library, Room 405
Presenters: Facilitated by a consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program) and Amber Griffiths, Manager, Columbia University Military and Veteran Affairs Office (for students).


Flexible Work Arrangements
Flexible work arrangements (FWA) are a critical resource for meeting the demands of the office, home, and personal and family needs. Columbia University has a FWA policy for Officers of Administration, the Libraries and non-union support staff which includes the use of flextime, part-time, telecommuting, and 9-, 10-, and 11-month employment programs.  
In this workshop, employees will:

  • Learn more about workplace flexibility as a strategy to better meet the demands of work and life, including caring for others, participating in health and wellness activities, etc.
  • Become familiar with the Columbia University FWA policy.
  • Know what to consider in the development of a FWA proposal


Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Burden Room 206
Presenters: Carol Hoffman, Associate Provost and Director, Work/Life and a Client Manager, Human Resources


Register

Money Matters
One of the first steps to financial security is planning and following through on a personal budget. This seminar presents the basics of preparing and sticking to a budget.

Objectives: Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand the concept and benefits of budgeting
  • Assess where their money goes
  • Set up a personal budget
  • Begin retirement planning

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)


Register

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