Fall 2016 Workshops and Programs

The Office of Work/Life invites you to our fall semester events and workshops.  Please click on the "register" links to sign up for these sessions.  We also welcome walk-ins when space permits.  For lunch-time sessions, feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Workshops are offered at no charge, unless otherwise noted. A PDF flier of our fall 2016 events and workshops is available here.  

For questions or additional information, email worklife@columbia.edu or call 212-854-8019. 

Please explore the Office of Work/Life website to learn about breastfeeding support/lactation rooms, back-up care (pending eligibility), wellness activities, the electronic bulletin board, the events calendar, and to subscribe to the PreK and Kindergarten NYC newsletter and wellness listserv.

You can also request individual consultations to help you find child care, K-12 schooling, and housing. Additional services to support faculty recruitment are also available. 

AGING & ADULT/ELDER CARE

Introduction to Medicare

**CANCELLED** Work and Volunteer Options Post Columbia Retirement - What's Right For You? **CANCELLED**

Talking to Your Aging Relatives About the Future

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE & PARENTING

Annual Early Education and Child Care Fair  

Group Early Education and Child Care Options For Children Ages 2-5

Group Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Under 2 Years Dec. workshop *CANCELLED* Call for consultation.

In-Home Child Care: A Focus on Nanny Necessities 

Breastfeeding Basics: For Home and Work/School  

HOUSING

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

The Process of Purchasing a Property   

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

SCHOOLING

Getting Started: The Kindergarten Admissions Process   

Approaches to Affording a Private School Education (Kindergarten through High School)  

WELLNESS

Weight Watchers at Work

Walk to Wellness  

Bicycle Commuting 101

Positive Psychology

Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction

Start Your Day, the EAT5 Way

Mindfulness Meditation Alumni Group  

Mindfulness Experience 

Ergonomic Workstation Set-Up

ADDITIONAL

Your Money and Your Life  

AGING & 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 who has 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 your loved ones
• Apply to the appropriate program(s)
• Get the most out of the program(s) utilized

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Manhattanville Campus, Studebaker Building, Room 469
Presenter: Consultant from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

**CANCELLED**Work and Volunteer Options Post Columbia Retirement - What's Right For You? **CANCELLED**
Thinking about retiring from your position at Columbia but want to continue to work or volunteer? Come hear representatives of community organizations describe new options, pathways and visions for paid and unpaid work in the years formerly known as retirement.

This event is co-sponsored by the Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Retirement and by HR Benefits.  

Presentation 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Questions and discussion 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. 

Date:  Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time:  12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Trustees Room 212
Presenters:  JoAnne D’Aleo, Program Manager, InSynergy Staffing Solutions; Alina Molina, Vice President, CSSNY, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program); Janet Shaw, Program Director, Encore Fellowships Network;  Jaye Smith, MA , Co-Founding Partner, Reboot Partners; Laura Traynor, Director, ReServe
Register 

Talking to Your Aging Relatives About the Future
Postponing difficult conversations with aging parents and other loved ones about the future only increases the difficulty of decision-making at a later date. This seminar discusses—and provides role-playing practice in—effectively communicating about long-term planning around financial, legal, health care, and social issues.
Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:
•    Choose the best time to speak with their older loved ones
•    Know when to involve other family members
•    Decide what to discuss
•    Utilize simple but powerful communication tools to make the conversation easier

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Burden Room 206
Presenter: Consultant from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

For a full list of Office of Work/Life fall 2016 workshops and to learn more about programs and services, click here.  

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE & 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 Pre-K for All, 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 20, 2016
Time:  4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 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.   

Group Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Ages 2-5
Hear an overview of the different types of early education and child care options available in the NYC area, including family day care and center based care.  This workshop will help you 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:  Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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.

Group Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Under 2 Years
Hear an overview of the different types of early education and child care options available in the NYC area, including family day care and center based care.  This workshop will help you 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:  Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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

AND

**CANCELLED** Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016**CANCELLED**
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.

In-Home Child Care: 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:  Thursday, October 27, 2016
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 Basics: For Home and Work/School
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:  Monday, November 14, 2016
Time:  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer Health Science Building, LL202
Presenter: Beverly Solow, Certified Lactation Consultant
Register

For a full list of Office of Work/Life fall 2016 workshops and to learn more about programs and services, click here.

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 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, P&S Amphitheater One
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 6, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)
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: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time:  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Columbia’s Affinity Mortgage Lenders
Register

For a full list of Office of Work/Life fall 2016 workshops and to learn more about programs and services, click here.

SCHOOLING  

Getting Started – The Kindergarten Admissions Process
This workshop is designed for parents to help focus on how to begin the admissions process for public, independent, faith-based, and/ or charter schools.  We will offer a brief overview of the different timelines and requirements for admissions at each of the types of schools so that you can create a plan to organize the information and schedule your time appropriately.

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Marcia Roesch, Director of the School and Child Care Search Service
Mahalia Watson, Founder, Let’s Talk Schools and InsideSchools.org contributor
Register

AND

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Marcia Roesch, Director of the School and Child Care Search Service
Mahalia Watson, Founder, Let’s Talk Schools and InsideSchools.org contributor
Register

Approaches to Affording a Private School Education (Kindergarten through High School)
This workshop is for parents who are seeking alternatives to public school education (Kindergarten through High School for Fall 2017), but are concerned about affordability.  We will discuss how financial aid works and focus on what parents need to know, including what is considered in a financial aid application and how to properly complete one.  Additional materials will include information regarding the Primary Tuition Scholarship, discounted and sliding scale tuitions, and Schools of Value (independent schools in the New York metropolitan area with tuitions of $25,000 and less).

Date:  Monday, September 26, 2016
Time:  5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters:
Marcia Roesch, Director of the School and Child Care Search Service
Justine Morosi, Representative of TADS, a tuition management system for financial aid used by independent schools.
Register

For a full list of Office of Work/Life fall 2016 workshops and to learn more about programs and services, click here.

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.

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 to Weight Watchers is required at the intro session if you plan to enroll in the program (payment plans are an option). 

Free Open House Sessions:

Medical Center Campus:
Date:  Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Time:  5:00 - 5:45 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University Medical Center, Reemtsma Conference Room, Milstein Building, Room 7-213
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register

Morningside Campus:
Date:  Monday, September 19, 2016
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library, Room TBD
Presenter:  Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register

Walk to Wellness
Walk to Wellness is a free, 8-week instructor-led walking program on the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Medical Center campuses to help you incorporate more activity into your workday.  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. This program is limited to Columbia faculty and staff.

Please visit the website for more information about the program.

Medical Center Campus
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One
Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (8 Weeks)
Date: Mondays/Wednesdays
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One

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

Morningside Campus
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby
Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (8 Weeks)
Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 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 (Morningside).  

Manhattanville Campus
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Studebaker Building, Room 367
Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (8 Weeks)
Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Studebaker Building, Room 320 

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

Bicycle Commuting 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. Bike Commuting 101 is an inspiring one-hour presentation covering the many benefits of bike commuting. While no riding is involved, the class provides information on how to get started as a bike commuter and on ways you can make your bike commute more comfortable, more efficient, and safer.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 
Location:  Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer LL107
Presenter: Certified Bicycling Instructor, Bike New York
Register 

Positive Psychology
Happiness is a surprising concept. Money doesn’t buy it. Making it a goal can chase it away. Yet by adopting certain behaviors and attitudes, you can become happier and more fulfilled.  This seminar describes those behaviors and attitudes.

Following participation in this workshop, you will be better able to:
• Identify attitudes and behaviors that enhance positivity
• Make a game plan to enhance your feelings of contentment and well-being
• Put your game plan into action 

Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter:  Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

AND

Date:  Friday, September 30, 2016
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m
Location:  Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer 305
Presenter:  Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

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. 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 receive registration and payment information for the seven-week course at the free introductory workshop. There is a $75 enrollment fee for the full course.  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 faculty and staff.

Introduction to MTSR  
Date:  Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time:  5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Instructor: Polly Wheat, M.D., retired Executive Director, CUMC Student Health Service, has taught mindfulness meditation for more than 20 years.
Register

Seven-Week MTSR Training
Dates:  October 25 - December 13, 2016 (No class November 8). 
Time:  5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Instructor: Polly Wheat, M.D., retired Executive Director, CUMC Student Health Service, has taught mindfulness meditation for more than 20 years.  

Start Your Day, the EAT 5 Way
Join us as we share and discover tasty breakfast ideas fit for any morning scenario. The EAT 5 initiative is designed to help you integrate more fruits and vegetables into your diet and get you closer to reaching the goal of eating five cups per day. This interactive nutrition workshop offers a food demonstration with samples, take home recipes - and more.

Date:  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time:  12:00 – 1 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Instructor:  Daniela Neman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Wellness Specialist, United Healthcare/Optum
Register

Mindfulness Meditation Alumni Group
Intended to provide ongoing tools and support for Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction program graduates, this alumni group will meet three times during the spring 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 similar training) is required. This refresher course has an enrollment fee of $10 per class or $24 for all three classes. This program is limited to Columbia faculty and staff.

Dates:  Mondays - October 24, November 21, December 12, 2016
Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Instructor: Polly Wheat, M.D., retired Executive Director, CUMC Student Health Service, has taught mindfulness meditation for more than 20 years. 

Register for October 24 ($10)
Register for November 21 ($10)
Register for December 12 ($10)
Register for Series (all three classes - $24)

The 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 below). To meet the goals of the workshop, please bring a brown-bag lunch. This program is limited to Columbia faculty and staff with a maximum enrollment of 30 people.

Date:  Monday, December 5, 2016
Time:  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, Manhattanville Campus, Studebaker Building, Room 469
Instructor: Polly Wheat, M.D., retired Executive Director, CUMC Student Health Service, has taught mindfulness meditation for more than 20 years. 
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: Columbia University, Manhattanville Campus, Studebaker Building, Room 367
Presenter: Environmental Health and Safety professional, Columbia University

For a full list of Office of Work/Life fall 2016 workshops and to learn more about programs and services, click here.

ADDITIONAL

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:  Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library, Trustees Room 212
Presenters:  Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register


For a full list of Office of Work/Life fall 2016 workshops and to learn more about programs and services, click here.