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National Work & Family Month

What You Need to Know: 

Celebrate National Work & Family Month with us in October. Throughout the month, attend free sessions on topics such as: managing stress, meal planning, budgeting and investing, and many more. We look forward to seeing you!

National Work and Family Month 2013

We invite you to celebrate National Work and Family Month by attending one or more of the exciting events we have planned throughout the month of October! There is truly something for everyone in this great lineup of events. We look forward to seeing you in October! (Please note this is a preliminary listing of events.)

We hope that you will join us in celebrating all that UK has to offer employees via the Office of Work-Life! Questions? E-mail Erika Chambers, Work-Life Director.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 1: Work and Family Month Kick-Off

NEW! Can't make it to the presentation? No problem. We will be live-streaming! Use this link https://connect.uky.edu/kickoff1012013/ with your UK link blue ID. If you are not an employee, you can click "Guest" and enter your full name. Problems with AdobeConnect? Click here.

Provost Riordan will kick off Work and Family Month with a session on Work-Life Effectiveness and Work-Life at UK. Space is limited and registration is required. (Please note that drinks in covered containers are permitted.)

Speaker: Dr. Christine Riordan, UK Provost

  • Click here to register.
  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • W. T. Young Library Auditorium

Wednesday, October 2: Workshop - Understanding Teen Development

Why do some adolescents engage in high risk behaviors? Join us as we hear from Dr. Hatim Omar as he discusses this issue along with normal adolescent development. Also learn about new issues affecting adolescents in the 21st century.

Speaker: Dr. Hatim Omar

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • 220 Scovell Hall, Suite 2

Thursday, October 3: Retirement Conference - Making the Most of Your Retirement: Are Your Ducks in a Row?

This popular, annual conference includes presentations on UK Retirement Benefits, Social Security and specially themed workshops, keynote addresses and panel discussions.

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • UK Student Center

Monday, October 7: Building and Valuing a Diverse Community

Learn about UK's unique week-long diversity training program, The Humanity Academy, which is designed to champion the University's diversity goals by working with faculty, students and staff to identify and learn about specific dimensions of diversity. The program uses videos, guest speakers, interactive activities and real-life scenarios to develop strategies that encourage and support a sense of community within the UK system. An overview of the I Am...Diversity Project, a statewide initiative begun by Humanity Academy graduates, will also be presented.

Speaker: Marietta Watts

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Commons Room, Charles T. Wethington Building

Monday, October 7: Therapeutic Chair Massage

Do you sit at your desk or stand on your feet at least 40 hours a week? Are you constantly rubbing your aching neck and shoulders and suffering from headaches and strained eyes? We have great news - you can boost your productivity and get relief! The cost is just $5 for 10 minutes or $10 for 20 minutes. Reservations and advanced payment are required.

  • Click here for registration information.
  • Room B6, Funkhouser Building

Tuesday, October 8: Budgeting 101

Figure out how to control your money so it doesn't control you! This session will get you thinking about your financial goals, help you track where you're spending your money, and understand how easy it is to create a budget for yourself and your family.

Speaker: Mike Pelfrey, UK Benefits

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Alumni Gallery at W.T. Young Library

Tuesday, October 8: Working Moms Network

Whether you're a new mom or a seasoned veteran, it is important to create work-life effectiveness, not just to better manage your time, but also to feel good about your work and your role as a parent. Come and be a part of the Working Mom's network and discuss with other women tips for both professional success and at home.

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • 220-A, Scovell Hall

Wednesday, October 9: Family-Friendly Meals

Do you ever wonder what you should feed your family? What's healthy? What will they actually eat? Come listen to a registered dietitian, with kids of her own, talk about healthy, family-friendly meals!

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Room 205, Student Center

Wednesday, October 9: Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft

Identity theft has become the #1 crime in America. Join BB&T, as they provide an overview on identity theft, prevention safeguards, and consumer safety tips.

Speaker: John Cadwell from BB&T

  • 6:10 p.m. -6:50 p.m.
  • Ground Floor, Pavilion A

Thursday, October 10: Virtual Dementia Tour

This is a unique simulation that allows participants to experience life through the eyes of their friends and loved ones who have dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. Click here to register. Participants can expect to spend about 30 minutes at the simulation.

  • 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • UK Gaines Center/Bingham Davis House, 218 E. Maxwell Street
  • Point of Contact: Terri Weber, MSW, Elder Care Specialist, (859) 323-4600

Friday, October 11: Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft

Identity theft has become the #1 crime in America. Join BB&T, as they provide an overview on identity theft, prevention safeguards, and consumer safety tips.

Speaker: John Cadwell from BB&T

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Alumni Gallery, W.T. Young Library

Monday, October 14: Difficult Conversations Without Conflict

Whether you have an underperforming employee, negotiating with a difficult client, or disagreeing with your spouse, every day we try to avoid difficult conversations. This session wil teach you how to have your toughest conversations - whether at work or home- with less stress and more success.

Speaker: Maria Fischer

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • 220 Scovell Hall

Tuesday, October 15: Legal Planning: What Documents Everyone Needs

Karen Perch, Attorney, will discuss the importance of advance directives and other legal tools and documents for elder care.

Speaker: Karen Perch

  • Click here for registration information.
  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Alumni Gallery, W.T. Young Library

Wednesday, October 16: Women's Forum Annual Conference

The UK Women's Forum is an organization for all employees of the University - faculty and staff. Its mission is to exert a leadership role in empowering, validating, informing, including and celebrating all women employed at UK by addressing the challenges, communicating issues, and recognizing successes within the context of the workplace. Registration is required.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Student Center

Wednesday, October 16: Confident Investing in Any Market

This workshop will help you understand how to actively evaluate your investment portfolio and build a tax-smart investing strategy as you begin to think about saving outside of your workplace savings plan. Space is limited and registration is required (see registration information below).

Speaker: Bill Carter, Senior Investment Education Consultant

  • Click here for registration information. (Click on Education Workshop, then University of Kentucky, then Student Center, complete your info, then select Confident Investing in any Market, and then click Reserve on the right hand side.)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 205, Student Center

Thursday, October 17: Budgeting for New Parents

Whether you just had a baby or are thinking about starting a family, come find out how it can affect your finances and ways you can save.

Speaker: Mike Pelfrey

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • 220 Scovell Hall, Suite 1

Thursday, October 17: Is It My Age? Why Can't We Get Along?

This workshop will focus on the generational differences that contribute to conflict and dissatisfaction in the workplace. Communication styles, value systems, behaviors and how they all impact the other generations will be discussed.

Speaker: Marietta Watts

  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 220 Scovell Hall, Suite 1

Friday, October 18: Using iPads and iPhones for Persons with Disabilities

Participants will learn about the use of IOS technology (iPad, iPhone) for persons with disabilities. This technology can positively impact the socialization and interactions of many children and adults who have communication difficulties.

  • Click here for registration information.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • HDI's Coldstream Office Training Room

Monday, October 21: Workplace Civility & Ethics

Incivility in the workplace undermines the dignity and self-esteem of individuals, which can lead to poor health and low productivity. A toxic workplace is also socially and personally damaging as well. Learn how to survive in a negative environment and how to be ethically responsive when incivility is rampant.

Speaker: Marietta Watts

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Commons Room, Wethington Building

Tuesday, October 22: Supervisor of the Year Award

The Work-Life Supervisor of the Year Award is given to one supervisor each year who was nominated by an employee(s). This person is highly regarded by his or her employees for creating a work-environment that enables his/her team's success and encourages work-life effectiveness for all employees.

  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Grand Ballroom, Student Center

Wednesday, October 23: Wellness on Wheels

Wellness on Wheels (WOW) is a FREE mobile health screening. Your 20 minute appointment will include tests for: cholesterol (fasting optional), triglycerides and glucose, height, weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage, and waist circumference. Our expert staff will be on-hand for a review of your results.

  • 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Peterson Service Building Loading Dock

Wednesday, October 23: Quick/Healthy Meals on a Budget

Would you like to eat healthier but feel like you don't have the time or money to do so? Come find out how you can make quick, healthy meals on a budget. While you are there, stop in for a free health screening at the Peterson Loading Dock.

  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  • Conference Room 103, Peterson Service Building

Wednesday, October 23: Workplace Flexibiltiy Myths and Success

Have you ever thought or heard someone say, "If I can't see them, how do I know they're working?" What about, "Flexible work is for people who don't care about their career." We'll talk about these common myths associated with Workplace Flexibility, look at research and business examples to reveal the truth, and learn about work-life resources for UK employees.

Speaker: Erika Chambers, Work-Life Director

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Commons Room, Wethington Building

Thursday, October 24: Flex Appeal: What UK Supervisors Really Think About Workplace Flexibility

What makes some UK supervisors more likely than others to offer flexible work arrangements to their staff? What are the benefits of flexibility for staff and the department as a whole? This presentation will highlight the results of the UK supervisor flexibility survey conducted last year and give employees tips for encouraging their supervisors to incorporate workplace flexibility in their departments.

Speaker: Meredith Wells-Lepley

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Niles Gallery Room at the Little Fine Arts Library

Thursday, October 24: Parenting: The First Five Years

Dr. Kaak will be sharing his knowledge and expertise as he talks about the inherent, predictable steps your child will take as they move from one milestone to another in the first five years.

Speaker: Dr. Kaak

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Alumni Gallery, W. T. Young Library

Monday, October 28: Childcare and Lactation Resources Open House

Representatives from the Early Childhood Lab, Woodland Early Learning Center, and Child Development Center of the Bluegrass will be available to answer questions about their programs and enrollment opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to talk with a UK Health Care lactation consultant about the employee resources for breastfeeding mothers at UK, and to the Human Development Institute about resources for parenting a child with disabilities.

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Commons Room, Wethington Building

Tuesday, October 29: Meal Planning and Healthy Halloweens

Come listen to a registered dietitian talk about how you can successfully plan healthy meals and stick with it. We'll also have ideas for healthy alternatives to giving our Halloween candy!

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Alumni Gallery at W. T. Young Library

Wednesday, October 30: Maximum Benefit Exercise in Limited Time

"I don't exercise because I just don't have the time!" Does this sound like you? Join us for a discussion on how you CAN get a great workout in a short amount of time.

Speaker: Carrie Davidson

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Main Conference Room, Seaton Center

Wednesday, October 30: Quick Healthy Meals on a Budget

Would you like to eat healthier but feel lik you don't have the time or money to do so? We have some answers for you! Come find out how you can make quick, healthy meals on a budget.

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Good Samaritan Cafeteria Conference Room

Thursday, October 31: Better Ways of Managing Stress

Work-life balance is a vibrant relationship between achievement and fulfillment. Balance and happiness are choices we make each and every day. Learn techniques to make better choices related to work and personal life to reduce your level of stress.

Speaker: Ann Bassoni, Work +Life Connections Coordinator, (859) 257-9433

  • 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Main Conference Room, Seaton Center