Spring 2017 Workshops and Programs - March, April, May

The Office of Work/Life invites you to our spring 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 spring 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, 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

Establishing and Retaining Legal Control Over Important Life Decisions

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE & PARENTING

A Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents: Babies Born in 2016-17 and 2017-18

HOUSING

Small Spaces - How to Live in One! 

Cut the Clutter and Get Organized

The Process of Purchasing a Property 

SCHOOLING

Public and Private High School Admissions Process: An Overview with Q&A Session

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

WELLNESS

Mindfulness Meditation Alumni Group

Family Cycling 101

Walk to Wellness

The Mindfulness Experience

Ergonomic Workstation Set-Up

AGING & ADULT/ELDER CARE 

Establishing and Retaining Legal Control Over Important Life Decisions 
Do you wonder if you should have a living will?  Have you thought about creating a trust for your children? If one of your older loved ones were ill, would you know his or her treatment preferences? Does your family know your wishes if you were ever unable to advocate for yourself legally or medically?

These important questions can have significant impact on the lives of you and your family. 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 25, 2017
Time:  12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Trustees Room 212 
Presenter: Facilitator from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program)
Register

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE & PARENTING 

A Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents:  Babies Born in 2016-17 and 2017-18
Join other expectant and new parents to learn about the variety of ways that Columbia can support you and your family as you embark on this exciting life transition of welcoming a baby into your home! 

In addition to time for parents to meet each other, representatives from the Office of Work/Life, HR Benefits, and Columbia Health will guide attendees through programs, services, benefits and policies available to Columbia families. 

Spouses/Partners are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.  Take home a Work/Life goodie bag and enter to win one of our door prizes!

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
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, HR Benefits, and Columbia Health
Register 

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

HOUSING

Small Spaces – How to Live in One!
Whether you are downsizing into a smaller apartment or are new to New York and learning how to live with less space, the helpful tips provided in this workshop will alleviate some visual clutter and make living in a small apartment much easier.
Consider attending this workshop along with “Cut the Clutter and Get Organized” for a total de-cluttering overhaul.

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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)
Presenter: Alice Lesman, Director, Housing Information and Referral Service
Register

Cut the Clutter and Get Organized
Need some tips on how to better organize your home or office and spend less time looking for your 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 in order to receive specific guidance.

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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

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, April 27, 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

SCHOOLING 

Public and Private High School Admissions Process: An Overview with Q&A Session
This workshop will cover timelines, eligibility, requirements, testing, and practical tips for applying to high school.  Experts will discuss admission to NYC public and private high schools as well as information regarding the standardized tests required for admissions.  The workshop is geared toward families of students entering high school in fall 2018.  Families with students who will begin high school in fall 2019 or fall 2020 are also welcome.   

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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)
Presenters:  Terri Decker, Smart City Kids; Maurice Frumkin, NYC Admissions Solutions; Mary Miele, Evolved Education Company
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. The presenters are admissions officers who will offer a perspective on what college admissions officers consider when reading applications.  Questions about early decision/early action and standardized testing will be addressed. 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:  Tuesday, May 2, 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 the Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters:  Peter Johnson, Director, Enrollment Group Special Project and Special Assistant to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Aid, Columbia College and SEAS, Columbia University and Christina Lopez, Director of Admissions, Barnard College
Register

WELLNESS 

Mindfulness Meditation Alumni Group
Intended to provide ongoing tools and support for Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction program graduates, the session will include guided meditations (30-45 minutes) as well as open discussion and questions. The session on April 24 is the final meeting of a series of four held this spring. 

Completion of Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction (or similar training) is required. This refresher course has an enrollment fee of $10 per class. This program is limited to Columbia faculty and employees.

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
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 

Family Cycling 101
Bicycling is fun, great for your health, and is frequently the fastest way to commute. Family Cycling 101 is an inspiring presentation and discussion for parents and guardians who want to learn how to ride with children. While no riding is involved, the class provides information on appropriate equipment and gear, bike safety, carriers and trailers, kid-friendly bike routes, what to pack, and more.

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Location:  Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Trustees Room 212
Presenter:  Certified Bicycling Instructor, Bike New York
Register

Walk to Wellness
Walk to Wellness is a free, fitness program on the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Medical Center campuses to help you be more active and fit.  The spring season runs from April through June 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 employees.

Please visit the website for more information about the program.

Morningside Campus
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodge Fitness Center Lobby
Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (8 Weeks)
Date: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Register to participate in the Walk to Wellness kick-off and the instructor-led walks (Morningside)

Medical Center Campus
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plus One
Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (8 Weeks)
Date: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Register to participate in the Walk to Wellness kick-off and the instructor-led walks (CUMC)

Manhattanville Campus
Kick-off Fitness Assessment
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 615 W. 131st St., Studebaker 367
Instructor-Led Lunchtime Walks (8 Weeks)
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Register to participate in the Walk to Wellness kick-off and the instructor-led walks (Manhattanville)

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 above). To meet the goals of the workshop, please bring a brown-bag lunch or snack. This program is limited to Columbia faculty and employees.

Date:  Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time:  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Medical Center Campus, 701 W. 168th St., Hammer Building 305
Instructor: Polly Wheat, M.D., retired Executive Director, CUMC Student Health Service, has taught mindfulness meditation for more than 20 years.
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 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: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Offered at Morningside, CUMC, and Manhattanville campuses on a rotating basis.  Check EH&S website for more details.
Presenter: Environmental Health and Safety professional, Columbia University