Spring 2014 Workshops and Programs

The Office of Work/Life invites you to our Spring 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 at no charge for participants, 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 Spring 2014 events and workshops is also available.    

 

 

 

 

AGING/ELDERCARE

Retaining Legal Control Over Important Life Decisions

 

CHILD CARE & PARENTING

Child Care Choices with a Focus on Nanny Necessities

Center Based Care Options for Children Under 5

Breastfeeding Matters

A Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents

HOUSING

The Process of Purchasing a Property

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

Cut the Clutter and Get Organized

SCHOOLING

Getting a Jump on the Independent School Kindergarten Admissions Process (for Kindergarten 2015)

College Planning Information Session (for parents of high school students)

How Financial Aid Works at Colleges

Tests and Test Prep for Middle and High School Applicants: Public, Parochial, Independent Day and Boarding Schools

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

WELLNESS

Weight Watchers at Work

Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction

Tips for a Good Night's Sleep

Walk to Wellness

Bicycle Commuting 101

Ergonomic Workstation Set-Up

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS

Discussion Group for LGBTQ Faculty and Staff

Money Matters

 

AGING/ELDER CARE:
Retaining Legal Control Over Important Life Decisions
If one of your older loved ones were 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: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Consultant from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

 

CHILD CARE & PARENTING 
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, February 25, 2014
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, Child Care Resource Specialist, Office of Work/Life
Register

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

Center Based Care Options for Children Under 5
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 focus on the timeline and process for completing applications.  

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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, Child Care Resource Specialist, 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: Monday, February 10, 2014
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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A Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents
Attend this event to meet other new parents and to learn about the variety of ways that Columbia can support you and your family as you embark on the exciting life transition of welcoming a baby into your home! 

Representatives from the Office of Work/Life will guide attendees through programs, services, benefits and policies available to Columbia families.  Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other Columbia parents. Spouses/Partners and babies are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Win a door prize!

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Representatives from Columbia University’s  Office of Work/Life

Register

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 you?  How and where do you begin looking?  What are the costs associated with home/apartment ownership?  What happens at closing?  

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
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
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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, March 11, 2014
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: 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? Three professional organizers will provide you with valuable techniques for de-cluttering and suggest tools to help you stay organized.  Come with your questions and they will give you specific guidance.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Time:  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway  (Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Wendy Samuel, Clutter Therapy, LLC; Gail Furgal, Outtasight Organizing, LLC; and Donna Goldberg, The Organized Student, LLC
Register 

SCHOOLING 

Getting a Jump on the Independent School Kindergarten Admissions Process (for Kindergarten 2015)
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, March 4, 2014
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters:  Deborah Ashe, Director, School & Child Care Search Service
Register

 

College Planning Information Session (for parents of high school students)
In this workshop, you will be provided with information about choosing and applying to colleges. Columbia and Barnard admissions officers will offer a perspective on what college admissions officers consider when reading applications and will address questions about early decision/early action and standardized testing. This session is intended for parents of 9, 10, and 11 graders; students are welcome to attend. There will be time for questions and answers.

Date:   Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 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:  Peter Johnson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Columbia College and SEAS, Columbia University and Carolyn Middleton, Director of Admissions, Barnard College. 
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How Financial Aid Works at Colleges
In this workshop Columbia and Barnard financial aid officers will discuss how you can afford college for your child and will provide guidance on how to create a financial aid to-do list. Key financial aid terms will be defined. 

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 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: James L. Bogner, Assistant Director, Financial Aid Office, Columbia University and Jacqueline Perez, Associate Director, Financial Aid Office, Barnard College
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Tests and Test Prep for Middle and High School Applicants:  Public, Parochial, Independent Day and Boarding Schools
New York City students must take a number of tests to be considered for admission to middle and high schools.  Learn about which schools require which tests, what the tests focus on and when, where and how often the tests are offered.  Test prep, too, varies in how it is offered (large group, small group, one-to-one), so you’ll learn what to consider as you explore these options for your child. 

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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: Deborah Ashe, Director, School & Child Care Search Service and Cary O’Brien of The Academic Approach, a test preparation and tutoring service 
Register

 

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.  Some schools have a religious affiliation (parochial), others are secular; some charge a flat fee tuition and others use a sliding scale tuition based on income.  Some of these schools will have openings for the 2014/2015 school year, while others will be accepting applications in Fall, 2014 for the 2015/2016 school year. 

Come and find out more about these Schools of Value!

Date:  Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Time:  4:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Warren Hall (Corner of 115th St. and Amsterdam Ave.)
Presenters: Representatives from a number of New York metropolitan area schools

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.

Morningside Campus
Attend this Open House meeting to learn about and possibly join the Weight Watchers at Work series! Membership for WW at Work series includes “At Work” meetings and access to 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:
Date: Monday, January 27
Time 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Trustees Room, 212 Low Library
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
Register

Medical Center Campus
This Open House meeting will give you an opportunity to learn about the on-going Weight Watchers at Work Meeting on the Medical Center Campus.  You may join this meeting at any time through the CUMC Weight Watchers Portal; details on this website.  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.

Free Open House Session:
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hammer Health Science Center, Room 410, Columbia University Medical Center Campus
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
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 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 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 $70 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 introduction session).


Morningside Campus
Introduction
Date:  Monday, February 10, 2014
Time:  5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)

Seven-Week Training
Dates:  Mondays: February 24 – April 7, 2014
Time:  5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)

Medical Center Campus
Introduction
Date:  Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time:  5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Location: Hammer Health Science Center, Riverview Lounge, Columbia University Medical Center Campus

Seven-Week Training
Dates:  Wednesdays: February 19 – April 16, 2014 (No class on March 19)
Time:  5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Location: Hammer Health Science Center, Riverview Lounge, Columbia University Medical Center Campus

Instructor: Polly Wheat, M.D., Former 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.

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Morningside
CUMC


Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
If you have trouble sleeping you may feel like there’s little you can do. However, by following certain recommendations, known as “sleep hygiene,” you may be able to get the rest you need. After completing this seminar, participants will be better able to understand the roots of sleep problems, identify ways to improve their ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, and change their habits to improve their sleep.

Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 during National Sleep Awareness Week™ , National Sleep Foundation
Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Hammer Health Science Center, Room 404, Columbia University Medical Center
Presenters:  Consultant from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

 

Walk to Wellness
Walk to Wellness is a free, fitness program held on both the Morningside and Medical Center campuses to help you be more active and fit.  The program’s Spring season runs from April through June and kicks-off with an optional fitness assessment (resting heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and body fat) from the professionals at Dodge Fitness Center and PlusOne. Please visit the website for more information about the program and the different ways you can participate.

Morningside Campus
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (10 Weeks):
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays/First Walk on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: Low Library steps, at the Alma Mater

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby

Medical Center Campus
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One/NYPH Fitness Center

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (10 Weeks):
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays/First Walk on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: Grassy knoll, corner of 165th Street and Riverside Drive

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One/NYPH Fitness Center

Register

Manhattanville Campus

Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Studebaker, Room 363

Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (10 Weeks):
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays/First Walk on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet-Up Location: West Harlem Piers, River Walk at 132nd Street

Wrap-Up Fitness Assessment
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby

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.

Medical Center Campus
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hammer Health Science Center, Room 404, Columbia University Medical Center
Presenters: Certified League Cycling Instructor, Bike New York
Register

Morningside Campus
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Low Library Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Certified League Cycling Instructor, Bike New York
Register

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 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: Muhammad Akram, Director of Occupational Safety, EH & S, Columbia University

 

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS

Discussion Group for LGBTQ Faculty and Staff
Whether you are new to Columbia or have been here awhile, come together with other LGBTQ faculty and staff to identify and discuss individual and shared experiences relevant to working at Columbia.  Depending on the level of interest, this one time group may choose to meet for additional sessions.  Please contact worklife@columbia.edu if you are interested in this group, but your schedule preculdes you from attending this meeting.


Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Low Room 305
Presenters: Daniel Chiarilli, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP)/Counselor, Columbia Health Services, Morningside campus, and Karen Singleton, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Students, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University. 
Register

 

Money Matters
One of the first steps to financial security is planning and following through on a personal budget. This seminar presents the basics of preparing and sticking to a budget.

Objectives: Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

• Understand the concept and benefits of budgeting
• Assess where their money goes
• Set up a personal budget
• Begin retirement planning

Date:  Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hammer Health Science Center, Room 408, Columbia University Medical Center
Presenter: Consultant from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register