Fall 2015 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 2015 events and workshops is also available.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGING/ELDERCARE

Introduction to Medicare

Maximizing Communications with your Older Adult’s Health Care Providers 

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE & PARENTING

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

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

Center Based Early Childhood Education and Child Care Options for Children Under 2 Years 

Child Care Choices with a Focus on Nanny Necessities

Breastfeeding Matters

HOUSING

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

The Process of Purchasing a Property

Emergency Preparedness for You and Your Family *CANCELLED*

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 2016) 

WELLNESS

Weight Watchers at Work

Bicycle Maintenance 101

Walk to Wellness

Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Meditation Group: Cultivating Your Practice

Mindfulness Experience

Ergonomic Workstation Set-Up

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS

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: Thursday, October 22, 2015
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

Maximizing Communications with your Older Adult’s Health Care Providers 
When a loved one is ill, working with and understanding physicians and other health care providers can be a challenge.  Attend this workshop to learn about the important questions you should be asking your loved one’s physician.  The workshop will cover issues such as:
•    How to go about clarifying what the physician says.
•    What things to watch out for when the MD prescribes medicine or diagnostic tests.
•    What you need to know about aging and chronic diagnoses.

Please bring your specific questions to this workshop.

Date:  Monday, November 16, 2015
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Low Library, Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Evelyn C. Granieri, M.D., MPH, MSEd., Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging, CUMC
Register

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE, AND PARENTING 

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 29, 2015
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 Childhood Education and Child Care for Children Ages 2-5
Hear an overview of the different types of center-based early education and child care options available in the NYC area in order to help determine which option best meets your family’s needs.  Information on the application process and timeline will be included, with Q&A to follow.   

Date:  Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Associate Director, 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 Childhood Education and Child Care for Children Under 2 Years 
Hear an overview of the different types of center-based early education and child care options available in the NYC area to help determine which option best meets your family’s  needs. 

Date:  Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Associate Director, School and Child Care Search Service

Register

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Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Associate Director, 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 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 interviewing, hiring, creating work agreements, and more. 

Date:  Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Associate Director, 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
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:  Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time:  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer Health Science Building, Room 303
Presenter: Beverly Solow, Certified Lactation Consultant

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. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 12:00p.m.-2:00p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, P&S 16-405, 630 W. 168th St.
Presenters: Columbia’s Affinity Lenders and a Real Estate Broker

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 1, 2015
Time: 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lion’s Gate” apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Two Real Estate Brokers

Register

Emergency Preparedness for You and Your Family *CANCELLED*
We all hope that disasters never touch us and our loved ones, but sometimes they do. However, through careful preparation, you can work to make sure that these events cause as little damage as possible. This workshop will enable you to establish emergency plans for home, work, and school, educate your family about how to respond to emergencies, and set up “go bags”.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lion’s Gate” apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program) and Columbia University Public Safety

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 27, 2015
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)
Presenters: Columbia’s Affinity Mortgage Lenders

Register

SCHOOLING 

Applying to Kindergarten in NYC
(For parents with children who will be starting Kindergarten in 2016)
Join us for a small group informal session on the process of finding the right public or private school for your child.  Bring your questions!  (Parents looking for other school grades should feel free to complete an inquiry form to contact our office).  

Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2015
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:  Marcia Roesch, 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.

Attend these Free Open House meetings to learn about, and possibly join, the Weight Watchers at Work series!  Membership for WW at Work series includes “At Work” meetings as well as access to community meetings and 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:

Morningside Campus
Date: Monday, September 14, 2015
Time 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Low Library, room 407
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register 

Manhattanville Campus
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: 615 W. 131st St, Studebaker Building room 421
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register

Medical Center Campus
Date:  Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Reemstma Conference Room, Milstein Building, Room 7-213.  Columbia University Medical Center Campus
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register

Bicycle Maintenance 101
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. Bicycle Maintenance 101 is a hands-on workshop offered by Bike New York and focuses on easy, routine light maintenance.  This two-hour workshop will provide skills that save you time and money and will give you a much better understanding—and appreciation—of your bike.
Class content includes:
•    Performing a bike safety inspection (ABC Quick Check)
•    Fixing a flat tire (and routine tire inflation)
•    Lubricating chain and cables
•    Adjusting cable tension for brakes and gears
•    Making minor comfort adjustments to seat and handlebar controls
Please bring your bike.

Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Location:  Makerspace, 12th Floor, Seeley W. Mudd Building (SW corner of Amsterdam Ave. & 120th St.)
Presenter:  Certified League Instructor
Register

OR

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Makerspace, 12th Floor, Seeley W. Mudd Building (SW corner of Amsterdam Ave. & 120th St.)
Presenter:  Certified League Instructor
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 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 instruction for various exercise routines that can be done anywhere, anytime, to energize and improve strength and flexibility.  This program is limited to Columbia Officers and Staff.

Please visit the website for more information about the program.

Morningside Campus

Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Monday, September 21, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (8 Weeks - Mondays & Wednesdays)
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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

Manhattanville Campus

Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Studebaker, Room 469

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (8 Weeks - Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Studebaker, room 367 

Register to participate in the Walk to Wellness kick-off/wrap up events and the instructor-led walks

Medical Center Campus

Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One/NYPH Fitness Center

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (8 Weeks - Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
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 Training for Stress Reduction
Mindfulness meditation is a technique of focus, calm and insight, and 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 can ameliorate 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 introductory session). This program is limited to Columbia Officers and Staff.

Introduction to MTSR
Date:  Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time:  5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
Location:  615 W. 131st ST, Studebaker Building, room 469

Seven-Week MTSR Training
Dates:  October 6 – November 24 (no meeting on November 3)
Time:  5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
Location:  615 W. 131st ST, Studebaker Building, room 469

Instructor: Dr. Polly Wheat, M.D. retired Executive Director of the Student Health Service, Columbia University Medical Center.  Dr. Wheat trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1994.

Register

Mindful Meditation Group: Cultivating Your Practice
Intended to provide ongoing tools and support for Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction program graduates, this alumni group will meet three times during the fall semester. The sessions will include guided meditations (30-45 minutes) as well as open discussion and questions.
Completion of Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (or similar training) is required. There is a $30 enrollment fee for the three-session refresher course, payable by check to Columbia University.  There is a maximum enrollment of 20 people. This program is limited to Columbia Officers and Staff.

Dates: Mondays, September 28, October 26, November 23, 2015
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room) Morningside Campus

Instructor: Dr. Polly Wheat, M.D. retired Executive Director of the Student Health Service, Columbia University Medical Center.  Dr. Wheat trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1994.

Register

Mindfulness Experience
Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, with an open curiosity, letting go of judgment.  It can be practiced during daily activities including walking, eating, and listening. With a “beginner’s mind” participants will start to explore mindfulness-based, stress reduction techniques during this one-hour, interactive, lunch-time experiential workshop.

This workshop is for people who have little to no experience with mindfulness practices, including those who are considering taking the Mindfulness Based Training for Stress Reduction program (see description above). Please bring a brown-bag lunch. This program is limited to Columbia faculty and staff with a maximum enrollment of 30 people.

Date:  Thursday, October 29, 2015
Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer Health Sciences Building, #303, 701 W. 168th St.

Instructor: Dr. Polly Wheat, M.D., retired Executive Director of the Student Health Service, Columbia University Medical Center.  Dr. Wheat trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1994.

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 computer 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 professional, Columbia University

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS

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:  Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room) Morningside Campus

Presenters:  Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)

Register