Fall 2014 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 offered at no charge, with the exception of Weight Watchers at Work and Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction.  

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.

A PDF flier of our Fall 2014 events and workshops is also available.    

 

 

 

 

AGING/ELDERCARE

Introduction to Medicare

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE & PARENTING

Breastfeeding Matters

Annual Early Education and Child Care Fair (For Parents and Expectant Parents)  

Center Based Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Under 2 Years - Dec. 3 workshop CANCELLED

Center Based Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Ages 2-5 Years

Child Care Choices with a Focus on Nanny Necessities

HOUSING

How to Purchase and Finance a Property - From A to Z

The Process of Purchasing a Property

The Roller Coaster Ride of Renting in NYC

How Do I Obtain a Mortgage...And Can I Afford It?  

SCHOOLING

Applying to Kindergarten in NYC (for parents with children who will be starting Kindergarten in 2015) 

Public and Private High School Admissions Process: An Overview with Q&A Session

Affording an Independent School Education: Tuition and Financial Aid

WELLNESS

Weight Watchers at Work

Choosing the Right Exercise Program 

Bicycling Street Skills

Walk to Wellness

Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction

Ergonomic Workstation Set-Up

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS

Flexible Work Arrangements 

Your Money and Your Life

 

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/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: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Consultant from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE, AND PARENTING 

Breastfeeding Matters

This 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, September 23, 2014
Time:  3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer 305
Presenter: Beverly Solow, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) 
Register 

Annual Early Education and Child Care Fair (For Parents and Expectant Parents)

Stop by the Early Education and 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, September 30, 2014
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 Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Under 2 Years
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 2, 2014
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lion’s Gate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Child Care Resource Specialist, School and Child Care Search Service
Register

Date:  Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - CANCELLED
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lion’s Gate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
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 Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Ages 2-5 Years

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:  Monday, October 6, 2014
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lion’s Gate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
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: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
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.


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. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, P&S 16-405
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 2, 2014
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 Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Two Real Estate Brokers
Register 

The Roller Coaster Ride of Renting in NYC

Learn the ins-and-outs and ups-and-downs of renting an apartment in New York City -- from the fast paced market to the documents and monies required.  Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.  

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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 Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: A Real Estate Broker
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: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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 Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: A Real Estate Broker
Register

SCHOOLING 

Applying to Kindergarten in NYC

(For parents with children who will be starting Kindergarten in 2015)

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.

Date:  Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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 Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter:  Deborah Ashe, Director, School & Child Care Search Service
Register

Date:  Friday, October 10, 2014
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 Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter:  Deborah Ashe, Director, School & Child Care Search Service
Register

Public and Private High School Admissions Process: An Overview with Q&A Session

This workshop will cover timelines, eligibility, requirements, and practical tips when applying to high school in New York City.  The workshop is geared toward students who will be entering high school in Fall 2015.  Families with students beginning high school in Fall 2016 or 2017 are also welcome.  

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lion’s Gate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter:  Maurice Frumkin, President of NYC Admissions Solutions, and Deborah Ashe, Director, School & Child Care Search Service 

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 21, 2014
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 Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter:  Deborah Ashe, Director, School & Child Care Search Service
Register

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.  Visit this website for more information about the program. Details about the Morningside and Medical Center Campus series are below.

Morningside Campus
Attend this Open House meeting to learn about and possibly join the Weight Watchers at Work series! Membership for WW at Work series includes “At Work” meetings and access to eTools online.  Payment is required at the intro session if you plan to enroll in the program (payment plans are an option). 
Free Open House Session:

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Time 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Burden Room 206
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register 

Medical Center Campus
This Open House meeting will give you an opportunity to learn about the 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 10, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hammer Health Science Center, Room LL207, Columbia University Medical Center Campus
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register

Choosing the Right Exercise Program

Supposedly the secret of exercising is to “just do it.” But what’s “it”? The specific answer varies from individual to individual based on goals, health, age, and preferences. You might prefer exercising alone or joining a team. You may discover that signing up for races makes you more likely to take your run each day. You may realize that exercising at home fits your busy schedule best. This seminar focuses on the options available and how to choose the one that is best for you. Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:
• Choose an exercise plan
• Stick to the exercise plan
• Adjust the plan as needed

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenters: Consultant from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register 

Bicycling Street Skills
Bicycling is a great way to get to and from work. It’s fun, great for your health, and is frequently the fastest way to commute. Bicycling Street Skills is an off-bike, interactive presentation covering the essentials of urban street cycling for all riders, including those relatively new to city cycling, those returning to cycling from a long hiatus, and those who want to be more confident cycling on busy streets. This 90-minute class will provide concrete examples of city cycling scenarios and will discuss how best to handle them to enjoy stress-free rides.

Class content includes:
•    Rights and responsibilities as a New York City cyclist
•    Traffic principles
•    Where to ride on the road, including lane and intersection positioning and changing lanes
•    How to use bike lanes, bike boxes, and more
•    How to avoid basic road hazards  

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time:  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Location : Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Bike New York instructor, certified by the League of American Bicyclists
Register

Walk to Wellness

Walk to Wellness is a free, fitness program on the Morningside, Manhattanville, 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. Participants will receive a resistance band and associated instruction for different exercise routines that can be done anywhere, anytime to energize and improve strength and flexibility.

Please visit the website for more information about the program and the different ways you can participate.

Morningside Campus

Kick-off Fitness Assessment

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks:

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays/First Walk on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: Low Library steps in front of Alma Mater Statue

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby
Register to participate in the Walk to Wellness kick-off/wrap up events and the instructor-led walks.

Register 

Medical Center Campus

Kick-off Fitness Assessment

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One/NYPH Fitness Center

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks:

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays/First Walk on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: Grassy knoll at 165th St and Riverside Dr

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One/NYPH Fitness Center

Register

Manhattanville Campus

Kick-off Fitness Assessment

Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Studebaker Room 367

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks:

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays/First Walk on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location:West Harlem Piers, River Walk at 132nd Street

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Studebaker Room 367

Register

Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction 
Mindfulness meditation is an approach to living with focus, calm and insight, and is a skill that can be learned. Through this seven-week mindfulness training course, adapted to the university setting from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, 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.

Participants can learn more about the program and register for the course at the free introductory workshop. There is a $75  enrollment fee for the seven-week course, payable by check to Columbia University.  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 introduction session).

Morningside Campus
Introduction to MTSR

Date:  Monday, September 22, 2014
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 the Christian Science Reading Room)

Seven-Week MTSR Training
•    Dates:  Mondays:  September 29, 2014 – November 10, 2014
•    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 the Christian Science Reading Room)

Manhattanville Campus
Introduction to MTSR

Date:  Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time:  5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
Location:  Studebaker Building, 615 West 131st Street, 4th Floor, Conference Room 469

Seven-Week MTSR Training

Dates: Wednesdays: October 8, 2014 - November 19, 2014
Time:  5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
Location:  Studebaker Building, 615 West 131st Street, 4th Floor, Conference Room 469

Register

Morningside

Manhattanville

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: Environmental Health and Safety, Columbia University

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS

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: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenters: Carol Hoffman, Associate Provost and Director, Work/Life and a Client Manager, Human Resources 

Register

Your Money and Your Life
Saving money is an important part of building your financial future. This seminar presents tips on how to get started and discusses how interest, saving accounts, and money market accounts work.
Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:
•    Understand investment and savings accounts
•    Assess where their money goes
•    Plan ways to save money
•    Invest the money they save

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Consultant from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register