Fall 2017 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 except where noted.  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 2017 events and workshops is also available.

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 events calendar, and to subscribe to the PreK and Kindergarten NYC newsletter, wellness listserv, or RE-NYC, our new housing newsletter. 

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

Caring for Aging Relatives: Resources and Strategies 

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE & PARENTING

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

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

Group Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Under 2

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 to Z 

The Process of Purchasing a Property

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

SCHOOLING

Kindergarten Admissions 101  

WELLNESS

Walk to Wellness

Happiness Boosters     

Bicycle Commuting 101

Mindful Practice 

EAT 5: Holiday Sides

Weight Watchers at Work

Ergonomic Workstation Set-Up

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP

Let's Go...Exploring the Tools to Travel the World (Saving You Planning Time and Money)

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, October 11, 2017
Time:  12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Burden Room 206  
Presenter: Facilitator from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

Caring for Aging Relatives: Resources and Strategies
Caring for aging family members can be a challenging and stressful responsibility. You need to know what resources are available and how to access them, how to find both in-home and community help, how to navigate different bureaucracies, and how to make the home environment safe.

Objectives: Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:
• Cope with long-distance caregiving responsibilities
• Plan for long-term needs
• Identify sources of assistance

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Time:  12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Burden Room 206 
Presenter: Facilitator from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program).
Register

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 26, 2017
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.   

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, October 3, 2017
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 18, 2017 
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.

AND

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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 26, 2017
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: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time:  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Medical Center Campus, 701 W. 168th St., Hammer Building 304
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 15, 2017
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Location: Columbia University Medical Center, P&S Amphitheater One
Presenters: Columbia’s Affinity Mortgage 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 you?  How and where do you begin looking?  What are the costs associated with home/apartment ownership?  What happens at closing? 

Date:  Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St., between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
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: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time:  5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St., between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Two of Columbia’s Affinity Mortgage Lenders
Register 

SCHOOLING  

Kindergarten Admssions 101
Where do I start?  What do I need to know?  Join us for a small group discussion on the Kindergarten admissions process for public, private, faith-based, and charter schools.  Bring your questions!
This workshop is intended for those with children entering Kindergarten in fall 2018. 

Presenter: Marcia Roesch, Director of the School and Child Care Search Service 

Each workshop will be limited to 5 participants.  

Dates: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) - Entrance recessed between the Lionsgate Apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room
Register

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) - Entrance recessed between the Lionsgate Apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room
Register

Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) - Entrance recessed between the Lionsgate Apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room
Register 

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) - Entrance recessed between the Lionsgate Apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room
Register

Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) - Entrance recessed between the Lionsgate Apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room
Register

WELLNESS  

Walk to Wellness
Walk to Wellness is collaboration between the Office of Work/Life, Dodge Fitness Center and PlusOne. This program is limited to Columbia faculty and staff. Please visit the Walk to Wellness webpage for more information.

Medical Center Campus
Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walk Details:
Kick-off Walk: Monday, September 25, 2017
*Walks continue on Mondays/Wednesdays until final walk on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: meet at the Garden Courtyard in front of the service building entrance
Register (CUMC)

Morningside Campus
Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walk Details:
Kick-Off Walk: Monday, September 25, 2017
*Walks continue on Mondays/Wednesdays until final walk on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: Alma Mater on the steps of Low Library
Register (Morningside)

Manhattanville Campus
Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walk Details:
Kick-Off Walk: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
*Walks continue on Tuedays/Thursdayss until final walk on Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: West Harlem Piers, River Walk at 132nd Street
Register (Manhattanville)

Happiness Boosters
Curious about what steps you can take to boost your mood and happiness? This seminar will help participants learn simple and effective ways to enhance happiness through laughter, social connection, nutrition, outdoor activity, movement, hobbies, creativity, and curiosity.
Objectives: Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

• Understand factors that affect our moods
• Assess how current activities, habits, and behaviors either fuel or suppress happiness
• Build “happiness boosters” into everyday life

Date:  Wednesday September 27, 2017
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway)
Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Facilitator from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

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: Thursday September 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Location:  Columbia University, Manhattanville Campus, 615 W. 131st St., Studebaker Building, 469
Presenter:  Certified Bicycling Instructor, Bike New York
Register

Mindful Practice
Mindfulness meditation is a technique of focus, calm and insight, and a skill that can be learned. Through this four-week mindfulness training course 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 mindfulness techniques on an entry level, including loving-kindness meditation and mindful movement. Alongside the meditation practice, classes incorporate group discussions.

Participants can learn more about the program and receive registration and payment information for the four-week course at the free introductory workshop. There is a $50 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 Mindful Practice
Date:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time:  5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, Medical Center Campus, 701 W. 168th St., Hammer Building, LL107
Instructor: Polly Wheat, M.D., retired Executive Director, CUMC Student Health Service, has taught mindfulness meditation for more than 20 years.
Register 

Four-Week Mindfulness Practice Training
Dates:  Tuesdays, November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12, 2017
Time:  5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, Medical Center Campus, 701 W. 168th St., Hammer Building, LL107
Instructor: Polly Wheat, M.D., retired Executive Director, CUMC Student Health Service, has taught mindfulness meditation for more than 20 years.  

EAT 5: Holiday Sides
Join us as we explore festive and nutritious side dishes for the upcoming holiday season and the rest of the year. 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. This program is limited to Columbia faculty and staff. 

Date:  Thursday, November 16, 2017
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:  Daniela Neman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Wellness Specialist, United Healthcare/Optum
Register

AND
Date:  Monday, November 20, 2017
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, Medical Center Campus, 701 W. 168th St., Hammer Building, 303
Presenter:  Daniela Neman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Wellness Specialist, United Healthcare/Optum
Register

AND
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Manhattanville Campus, 615 W. 131st St., Studebaker Building, 469
Presenter: Daniela Neman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Wellness Specialist, United Healthcare/Optum
Register

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.    Membership for WW at Work series includes “At Work” meetings as well as access to community meetings and eTools online.
This program is currently being offered at the Medical Center Campus on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. Please visit this webpage for more details.

Ergonomic 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. From this page, click on Training Schedules and select your campus location. Then scroll down to find the listing of Ergonomics Workshops.

ADDITIONAL

Let's Go...Exploring the Tools to Travel the World (Saving You Planning Time and Money)
Planning a getaway for the holidays?  Trying to figure out when to visit family next summer? Learn a number of tips, tools, and strategies for maximizing your travel opportunities.  Time will be spent on how to find deals, earn and spend frequent traveler points/miles, and how to reduce/remove barriers to seeing the world in an affordable manner.

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Burden Room 206 
Presenter: Dr. Michael McNeil, Columbia Health, visitor to all 50 states and more than 40 countries on all 7 continents, combines his past experience of working at the world's busiest airport and a large hotel with his up to date knowledge of the travel industry
Register