Spring 2012 Workshops and Programs

The Office of Work/Life invites you to our Spring workshops and programs.  Please click on the corresponding links for a brief description and to register for these sessions. Our workshops are free, however there are some programs that are fee based, please check descriptions for more information. While we recommend that you register for the workshops, we welcome walk-ins when space permits.  For lunch-time sessions, please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.


Please 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.

Join the Work/Life experts at any of our workshops or programs if you are interested in admissions to early childhood programs and schools (public and private), non-Columbia housing, backup care, breastfeeding support program, wellness or any other Work/Life program or service.

Reservations are not necessary.

Spring 2012 Workshops and Programs (PDF) 

AGING AND ELDER CARE:

CHILD CARE:

FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS:

HOUSING:

PARENTING:

SCHOOLING:

WELLNESS PROGRAMS:

AGING / ELDER CARE:

The Challenges and Joys of Adult/Elder Caregiving

An informal presentation and discussion about the challenges and rewards (yes!) of caring for aging relatives while keeping a job and having a life.  This session will explore the ways in which care giving has evolved from previous generations and the resulting need to initiate and continue difficult conversations with loved ones.

This discussion will include:

  • The risks, physical, psychological and financial, that caregivers face
  • The legal documents that older adults should complete and that family caregivers should have available
  • Some sources of help, for both older adults and their caregivers, that can be tapped



Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Morningside Campus- Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Paula Span, writer of the New York Times blog The New Old Age [http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com], author of “When the Time Comes: Families With Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions,” Columbia University School of Journalism

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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: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus- Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)

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CHILD CARE: 


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: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lion’s Gate” apartments and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Child Care Resource Specialist, Office of Work/Life

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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 Day Care, Nursery, and Pre- Schools
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: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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 Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Child Care Resource Specialist, Office of Work/Life

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Please feel free to bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care available.

 

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FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS:


Flexible Work Arrangements Training (for Managers and Supervisors)
Flexible work arrangements are a critical resource for meeting departmental needs while your employees maintain job satisfaction and improve quality of life.  Columbia University has a Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) policy (http://hr.columbia.edu/policies/fwa) for Officers of Administration, the Libraries and non-union support staff which includes the use of flextime, telecommuting, and 9-, 10-, and 11-month employment programs. 

In this training, managers and supervisors will:

  • Learn more about workplace flexibility, an important business strategy to help people better meet the demands of work and life,
  • Receive an overview of the Columbia University flexible work arrangements policy,
  • Participate in a discussion with other managers/supervisors about flexible work. 


Date:  Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 615 W. 131st St, Studebaker Building, Room 469
Presenters: Maria Gerena, Employee Relations Specialist, Columbia University Human Resources and Carol Hoffman, Associate Provost and Director of Work/Life, Columbia University

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Work+Life Flexibility
Work and Life can successfully coexist. There are countless combinations of ways to make work and life fit together.  During this workshop, national expert Cali Yost will explain how to integrate work into everyday life in a way that's good for employees and employers.

Managers and supervisors are encouraged to attend.

Date:  Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Uris Hall, Room 140

Presenter: Cali Williams Yost, MBA Columbia Business School, president and founder of Work+Life Fit, Inc., a company dedicated to empowering individuals to strategically manage the way work “fits” into their lives, and author of Work+Life , a 3-step guide to combining work and life strategically, creatively, and successfully. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Business School.

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HOUSING: 


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, February 9, 2012
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 Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters: Two Real Estate Brokers

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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, March 8, 2012
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 Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters: Columbia’s Affinity Lenders: Bank of America Home Loans and ICC Mortgage Services

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Cut the Clutter and Get Organized
Need some tips on how to better organize your home or office and spend less time looking for things?  Two professional organizers will provide you with valuable techniques for de-cluttering and suggest tools to help you stay organized.  Come with all of your questions and they will give you specific guidance.

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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 Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters: Wendy Samuel, Clutter Therapy, LLC; Gail Furgal, Outtasight Organizing, LLC; and Donna Goldberg, The Organized Student, LLC

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PARENTING: 


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, February 6, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus- Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Beverly Solow, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

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Monitoring Your Teen’s Social Networking Usage
Social networking, which includes texting as well as websites such as Facebook and Twitter, is a popular activity among children and teens. While participation in online social networks may allow young people to develop stronger relationships with their peers, they need guidance on how their actions online can potentially affect them not only now but also later in life, particularly as they begin to apply to colleges and for jobs. This seminar will help parents understand how social networking tools work and develop strategies for monitoring their children’s use of social media.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand different social networking applications and how they are used
  • Develop strategies for talking about social media with their children
  • Create and enforce policies for social media use
  • Identify the warning signs of overuse (social media or Internet addiction)


Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, Morningside Campus- Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Consultant from Harris Rothenberg, International, HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)

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SCHOOLING:


Getting a Jump on the Independent School Kindergarten Admissions Process (for Kindergarten 2013)
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:  Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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 Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenters:  Columbia University School and Child Care Search Service Counselors

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Financing Your Child's College Education

Nanette DiLaura, Director of Financial Aid at Barnard College, will define key financial aid terms, explain how you can afford college for your child and help you to create a financial aid to-do list.

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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 Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)

Presenters: Nanette DiLaura, Director, Financial Aid Office, Barnard College

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College Planning Information Session (for Parents of High School Students)
This session will provide information about choosing and applying to college.  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.


In addition, representatives from Barnard’s and Columbia’s Summer High School programs will be available from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. to speak to parents who are interested in learning more about what is offered.

Date:  Thursday, May 3, 2012
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 Seventh church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenter:  Peter Johnson, Director of Admissions, Columbia University

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A Fair Introducing “Schools of Value”:  More Affordable Private School Options

Parents often want to explore their options beyond their zoned public school, but private school education is notoriously expensive in New York City.  Come to our Spring School Fair and talk to educators and parents from a range of schools serving Kindergarten through 8th Grade or Middle School students. 

Some schools have a religious affiliation (parochial), others are secular; some charge a flat fee tuition (most of them under $6,000 per child) and others use a sliding scale tuition based on income. 

Some of these schools will have openings for the 2012/2013 school year, while others will be accepting applications in the fall for the 2013/2014 school year. 

Come and find out more about these Schools of Value!


Date:  Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Time:  4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Jerome Greene Hall- Annex Lounge (Corner of 116th St. and Amsterdam Ave.)

 

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WELLNESS

 

Weight Watchers at Work

Join the Weight Watchers at Work program and learn how to conquer hunger and manage your weight once and for all.  You may join at any time through the Columbia Weight Watchers Portal.  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. 20 people must register for a specific campus location (e.g. Morningside or CUMC) in order to have the “At Work” meetings held at that campus.

Free Information Session:

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2011(Free Information Session)
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus- Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader


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Exercise at Your Desk

Do you spend much of your work day sitting at your desk? Learn a challenging 30-minute exercise routine without leaving your desk. From chair squats and desk push-ups to planks and stretches, we’ll work every major muscle with nothing more than your desk, your chair, and an exercise band (will be provided).  These exercises will help you stay fit and address the musculoskeletal issues that can arise when sitting at a desk for extended periods of time. The exercise demonstration will be followed by Q&A.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
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 Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)
Presenter: A certified personal trainer from the Dodge Fitness Center

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If you have a condition that could be affected by physical activity, you are encouraged to consult your medical provider prior to engaging in any exercise routine.

 

Mindfulness Training for Well-Being 

Mindfulness meditation is a technique of focus, calm and insight, in which the resources and wisdom of the body and mind are used to learn how to cope effectively with stress and to be more fully present in each moment of our lives. It is also 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 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 CD’s.  Alongside the meditation practice, the classes incorporate group discussions centering on the experiences working with mindfulness meditation practices.


A free introductory workshop will be offered so that participants can learn more about Mindfulness Training and register for the course. Although the intro workshop is free, there is a $30 enrollment fee for the four-week course. Please bring a check made out to Columbia University for $30 to the intro session if you want to join.  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 intro session).

Introductory Session
Date:  Monday, February 27, 2012
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 Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)

Four-Week Mindfulness Training
Dates:  March 5 –  26, 2012
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 Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist)


Presenter: Polly Wheat, M.D., Director of the Student Health Service, CUMC

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Walk to Wellness

The Walk to Wellness Program is a free, comprehensive fitness program to help you meet your personal health and wellness goals.  The program's spring season starts March 20 and runs through June 14. Variations of the program are open to Columbia officers and staff on all Columbia campuses.  Please visit the website for more information about the program and the different ways you can participate

Kick-off Event:
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus- Low Library Trustees Room 212

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Ergonomic Computer Workstation Set-up

Ergonomics is the science of fitting an individual’s workplace conditions and job demands to their personal needs and capabilities; thus making work more comfortable and improving both health and productivity.  In this workshop, you will learn tips and techniques about how to set up your workstation so that you can  perform your job functions in a manner that will avoid ergonomic risk factors. 

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  615 W. 131st St, Studebaker Building, Room 367
Presenter: Terrence Jaimungal, Industrial Hygienist, Columbia University Environmental Health and Safety

 

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