Spring 2011 Events

The Office of Work/Life invites you to our Spring Workshops.  Please click on the corresponding links for program descriptions and to register for these sessions, which are free of charge.   You can also download the Spring Workshop flier. While we recommend that you register, we will accommodate walk-ins when we can.  For lunch-time sessions, please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.  

We have provided a brief description for each workshop, but feel free to contact Office of Work/Life at worklife@columbia.edu or at 212-854-8019 for more information or questions.

Drop-in Coffees

Join the Work/Life experts at our "Drop-in Coffees" if you are interested in admissions to early childhood programs and schools (public and private), non-Columbia housing, or any other Work/Life program or service. Reservations are not necessary.

  • Dates: Tuesday, January 25 - Thursday, January 27
  • Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” and Church)

AGING AND ELDER CARE:

 

CHILD CARE/PARENTING/SCHOOLING:


FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS:


HOUSING:


WELLNESS:

 

AGING AND ELDER CARE

Introduction to Medicare

This seminar focuses on Medicare and provides information on basic terms, documentation, eligibility criteria, enrollment procedures, deductibles, coinsurance and copayments, private contracts, administrative appeals, and more.

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, February 8th
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trustees Room, Low Library
  • Presenter: Consultants from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)
  • Register 

Understanding Medicaid

Medicaid is the United States health program for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and resources. It is a means-tested program that is jointly funded by the state and federal governments, and is managed by the states. Poverty alone does not necessarily qualify an individual for Medicaid. However, Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people with limited income in the US.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:
• Understand the major components of Medicaid
• Be able to identify the differences between Medicaid and Medicare
• Recognize the categories of individuals eligible for Medicaid
• Learn about any recent changes to the Medicaid program

  • Date: Wednesday, February 16
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trustees Room, Low Library
  • Presenter: Consultants from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)
  • Register

Retaining Legal Control Over Important Life Decisions

If one of your older loved ones was ill, would you know his or her treatment preferences? Do you know if any of your relatives believe in organ donation? Does your family know your wishes if you were ever unable to advocate for yourself legally or medically? These important questions are literally about life and death. The best ways to make sure that your wishes (and your loved ones’ wishes) are followed are through heart-to-heart conversations and having the appropriate
legal documents in order.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

• Understand the legal tools available
• Discuss these legal matters with their loved ones
• Access information on relevant local and state laws

  • Date:Tuesday, April 12
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trustees Room, Low Library
  • Presenter: Consultants from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)
  • Register

Getting the Most Out of Life When You Retire

Not so long ago, people stopped working at around 65 or earlier and had a few good years of retirement. Nowadays, many people lead healthy, active lives into their 70s, 80s, and even 90s—so long-term planning must really emphasize long. It’s important to plan now for how you will enjoy those extra 20+ years post-retirement.  This seminar will not address financial planning, but will help participants to identify their hopes and concerns about aging, as well as discuss post-retirement options such as part-time work, volunteering, travel and education.

  • Date: Monday, April 18
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trustees Room, Low Library
  • Presenter: Consultants from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)
  • Register

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CHILD CARE/PARENTING/SCHOOLING

Choosing a Summer Program for Your Children and Teens

This workshop will review different types of camps, criteria for selecting camps and readiness for programs away from home.  Representatives from Columbia University summer programs for K – 12th grade students and from ACA-NY (American Camp Association, New York) will present.

  • Date:  Wednesday, February 16
  • Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” and Church)
  • Presenter:  Renee Flax, ACA-NY (American Camp Association, New York)
  • Register

Getting a Head Start on the Independent School Kindergarten Admissions Process (for Kindergarten 2012)

The spring can be a great time for you to get to know more about independent schools in New York City without having to send in applications first.  We’ll talk about the independent school timeline, finding out about spring tours and open houses, and the admissions and financial aid process.

  • Date:  Monday, February 14
  • Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” and Church)
  • Presenters:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Counselors
  • Register

Safety and Prevention, CPR, and Basic First Aid for Infants and Children (Newborn to 5 year olds)

Laurie Torrez from Baby Be Safe will lead an American Heart Association workshop covering the essential topics of accident prevention and baby proofing homes, Infant and Child CPR, and handling basic home emergencies.  Participants will practice on mannequins and take home resource materials. This non-certifying class is ideal for parents, as well as for caregivers.   Dress comfortably. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

This workshop is offered to Columbia University affiliated families for a discounted fee of $40.00 per person.  Workshop registration is limited to 10 participants, but we will keep a waitlist. 

To register:


• Complete the online registration form.
• Mail a check, made out to Baby Be Safe, to the School and Child Care Search Service at 516 W. 112th St, New York, NY 10025.  All checks must be received 3 weeks prior to the workshop.

We reserve the right to cancel if there is insufficient pre-paid registration.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 2
  • Time: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” and Church)
  • Presenter: Laurie Torrez, AHA Certified Instructor and Owner of Baby Be Safe
  • Register


AND

This workshop has been canceled.

  • Date: Thursday, April 28
  • Time: 6:00 – 8:30p.m.
  • Location: Medical Center Nursery School, 60 Haven Avenue     (Between 169th St and 170th St)
  • Presenter: Laurie Torrez, AHA Certified Instructor and Owner of Baby Be Safe

Child Care Choices/Nanny Necessities

Hear an overview of child care options available so that you can best determine which meet your family’s needs.  Following the overview there will be a focused discussion on nanny care options.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 9
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” and Church)
  • Presenters: School and Child Care Search Service Counselors
  • Register

Please feel free to bring your spouse/partner.  You may also bring infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care arranged for them elsewhere.

CANCELED: Effectively Advocating for your Child with Special Needs

This workshop will address topics common to families advocating for their children with special needs.  Join Dr. Barbara Gochberg in a conversation which will address such issues how and when to consider evaluations to determine or update your understanding of your child’s functioning’s; how to translate your understanding of your child to others; developing partnerships with your child’s school; when to consider different educational placements.  Please bring your questions to a group discussion about common concerns and solutions to raising a school aged child with special needs.  Although this will not be a forum to address individual children directly, it is an opportunity to learn strategies and gain information from others who are traveling similar paths.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 23
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service, 516 West 112th street between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between Lionsgate and Church)
  • Presenter:  Dr Barbara Gochberg Ph.D., Director of the Marsha Winokur Learning Centers of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. 

Child Care Choices with a Focus on Day Care and Nursery Schools

Hear an overview of child care options available so that you can best determine which meet your family’s needs.  Following the overview there will be a focused discussion on day care and nursery school options.   

  • Date: Wednesday, April 6
  • Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” and Church)
  • Presenters: School and Child Care Search Service Counselors
  • Register

Please feel free to bring your spouse/partner.  You may also bring infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care arranged for them elsewhere.

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, 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, April 11
  • Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trustees Room, Low Library
  • Presenter: Beverly Solow, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Register

College Planning Information Session (for parents of 9th, 10th and 11th graders)

This session will provide information about choosing, applying to and financing a college education for your child.  The session will also offer a perspective on what college admissions officers consider when reading applications.  In addition, questions about early decision/early action and standardized testing will be addressed. This session is intended for parents of 9, 10, and 11 graders. There will be time for questions and answers.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 3
  • Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Location Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” and Church)
  • Presenter:  Peter Johnson, Director of Admissions, Columbia University
  • Register

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FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS

How to Make “Flex” Work: Panel Presentation by/for Managers and Supervisors

Attend this panel presentation to:
• Learn more about workplace flexibility, an important business strategy to help people better meet the demands of work and life.
• Get an overview of the Columbia University flexible work arrangements policy. 
• Hear from a dean, and managers/supervisors from a few schools and departments who supervise people on flexible work arrangements (FWAs) about how they make it work. 
• Participate in a discussion with the panelists, work/life professionals and other managers/supervisors about flexible work.

This presentation is geared to people who supervise/manage Officers of Administration and the Libraries and/or non-union support staff.

  • Date: Monday, March 7
  • Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Calder Lounge, Uris Hall, 1st Floor
  • Panelists: Nayla Bahri - Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Business School, Kristine Billmyer – Dean, School of Continuing Education,
    Cheryl Ross - Controller, Department of Finance. Moderated by Work/Life Staff
  • Register

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HOUSING

The Process of Purchasing a Property

Back by popular demand, two real estate experts will provide a step-by-step guide to home ownership, while answering all your 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: Wednesday, February 16th
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” and Church)
  • Register

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

The mortgage process may seem overwhelming, but lenders from the Affinity Lending Program will break down the process, explain credit reports, and most importantly – teach you how to determine if a property is affordable for you.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 29th
  • Time:  5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lion’s Gate” and Church)
  • Register

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WELLNESS 

Relax: A Workshop on Tension Reduction Techniques

On top of deadlines, errands, rush hour, and family obligations, we face a tsunami of media input, much of it bad news. How can we begin to deal with this tension? One very effective way is to learn relaxation and visualization. This interactive seminar teaches how to use these techniques to enhance health, mood, and well-being.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to utilize the following techniques to increase resilience and reduce tension:

• Deep breathing
• Progressive muscle relaxation
• Stretching
• Visualization
• Meditation

  • Date: Monday, March 21
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trustees Room, Low Library
  • Presenter: Consultants from Harris Rothenberg, International (Employee Assistance Program provider)
  • Register

Are Grapes Fattening? Addressing Nutrition Myths and Facts

Struggling with body weight is the norm these days, with more adults falling into an unhealthy range than healthy according to public health statistics.  Instead of adding another diet book to your library, join us as Teachers College professor and CU Sports Dietitian Dr. Karen Reznik Dolins uncovers the myths surrounding nutrition and exercise and helps you learn how to balance food and activity for lifelong health and improved energy levels.

  • Date:  Thursday, March 24
  • Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trustees Room, Low Library
  • Presenter: Dr. Karen Reznik Dolins, Adjunct Associate Professsor of Nutrition, Coordinator of the specialty in Applied Physiology and Nutrition, and Sports Dietitian for CU Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Activity 
  • Register

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