Life Enhancement

It’s important to keep a healthy balance between your work, family, and personal lives, but it’s not always easy. The Life Enhancement programs, part of the Work, Health and Life Series, will provide you with insight and practical methods to help you manage your multiple and sometimes conflicting responsibilities. The session topics change each year to cover a range of relevant issues and give you tools and tips to help you better balance your life.

Our Spring 2014 training series has ended, thank you for your participation.

We look forward to your participation in Fall 2014 which will begin in October.  We encourage you to come back and visit our site in mid September to view and register for Fall courses.

The following is a list of programs that were offered during our Spring 2014 season, many of these, along with new programs being developed, will be offered this Fall.

Life Enhancement Seminars:

Greening Your Office

  • Monday, March 4, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Presenters

Lisa Tornatore, Sustainability

Location

Residence Life Conference Room, room 132, First Floor ( 25 Buick Street )

Learn about our collective environmental impact and ways you can save energy, reduce waste, and purchase greener products for your office. Additionally, you'll learn how to green day-to-day activities and workflows.

What You Will Learn:

  • Save energy
  • Reduce waste
  • Recycling procedures
  • Purchase greener office products
  • Improve efficiencies
  • How to get off those darn catalog mailing lists!

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone who has an office/cubicle at Boston University

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Real Estate Advantage Home Buying & Financing Seminar

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Presenters

Margy Ikenberry, Coldwell Banker

Location

Human Resources Training Room, room 244 ( 25 Buick Street, Second Floor )

An overview of the current mortgage financing requirements, loan programs available, and understanding your credit score. We will discuss whether it’s the right time to buy, selecting an agent, and negotiating the sale. Home inspections, mortgages, contingencies and closing day will also be reviewed.

What You Will Learn:

  • Current mortgage financing requirements
  • Loan programs available
  • Understanding your credit score
  • The right time to buy
  • Selecting an agent
  • Buyer’s agency
  • Negotiating the sale
  • Home inspections
  • Mortgage and other contingencies

Who Should Attend:

  • Those considering purchasing a home in the next 6 months
  • Those who are concerned about their credit, down payment, and buying power
  • Anyone who wants to be more knowledgeable about the home buying process in order to make educated decisions

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Learning, Virtue, and Piety: A Short History of Boston University

  • Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Daryl Healea, Office of Residence Life

Location

Human Resources Training Room, room 244 ( 25 Buick Street, Second Floor )

The history of Boston University is replete with stories that are as rich as any. Dr. Daryl Healea has studied, written, and presented on the University's history for nearly a decade, and in this program he provides attendees with a multi-media presentation that tells the many stories of Boston University's captivating past, from its founding as a Methodist seminary in 1839 through its experience in the tumultuous 1960s. Along the way, Dr. Healea will discuss the many people, places, events, ideas, and ideals that define the Boston University legacy - a great legacy that continues to influence the BU community today.

What You Will Learn:

  • Participants will acquire a working knowledge of the intellectual and institutional changes that occassioned the development of Boston University from 1839-1971 (including some reflection about the University's contemporary experience)
  • Participants will acquire a basic proficiency in how to engage in historical inquiry regarding their BU functional area
  • Participants will acquire an appreciation for the heritage of Boston University and its implications for today (i.e., school pride)

Who Should Attend:

  • Any employee of Boston University who desires to know about the school that serves as their workplace-home

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Auto Insurance 101

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Michael Stuart, Liberty Mutual

Location

Human Resources Conference Room, room 245 ( 25 Buick Street, Second Floor )

Learn the basics of auto insurance from coverage to claims with a licensed Liberty Mutual sales representative. Please be sure to bring a copy of your current auto insurance coverage page to be sure that you are properly insured.

What You Will Learn:

  • Various limits of liability coverage
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage
  • Medical Payments and Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • Various ways to save on your auto policy premium

Who Should Attend:

  • Any interested Boston University employee

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Understanding Your Credit Score

  • Monday, April 29, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Kristen Nemeth, Metro Credit Union

Location

BUMC Human Resources Training Room, room 400 ( Crosstown Building at 801 Mass Ave, Fourth Floor )

When you apply for a loan, such as a car loan or mortgage, lenders look at your credit score to determine the risk involved with lending you money. This program will help you learn simple steps to follow, to help you control your debt and build a higher score, which can save you thousands of dollars in your lifetime.

What You Will Learn:

  • What you need to know about your credit 
  • How your credit score affects you 
  • How your FICO score is determined 
  • Tips to improve your credit score 
  • How to avoid credit-repair scams

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone that wants to learn how to increase and maintain their credit score

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Understanding Your Credit Score

  • Monday, April 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Kristen Nemeth, Metro Credit Union

Location

Human Resources Training Room, room 244 ( 25 Buick Street, Second Floor )

When you apply for a loan, such as a car loan or mortgage, lenders look at your credit score to determine the risk involved with lending you money. This program will help you learn simple steps to follow, to help you control your debt and build a higher score, which can save you thousands of dollars in your lifetime.

What You Will Learn:

  • What you need to know about your credit 
  • How your credit score affects you 
  • How your FICO score is determined 
  • Tips to improve your credit score 
  • How to avoid credit-repair scams

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone that wants to learn how to increase and maintain their credit score

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Charles River Campus Tour

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Presenters

Student Admissions Ambassadors

Location

Admissions Reception Center room ( 233 Bay State Road )

This session covers an overview of Boston University academic programs, opportunities outside of the classroom for students, and the application for admission process. This will also be a walking tour of the Charles River campus led by current students that are volunteer Admissions Ambassadors.  The tour will provide an overview of the student experience at B.U. and will make multiple stops along campus. Please take this opportunity to visit the brand new Admissions Reception Center at 233 Bay State Road!

What You Will Learn:

  • Interesting facts and anecdotes about the University
  • More information about the schools and colleges
  • The college experience from a student perspective

Who Should Attend:

  • New employees to the University
  • Current employees who wish to increase and expand their knowledge of the University 

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A Station Tour of WBUR, Boston's NPR News Station

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Jeff Hutton, WBUR

Location

WBUR Lobby room 3rd Floor ( 890 Commonwealth Ave )

If you ever wondered what it looks like inside a radio station, here’s your chance. This is your opportunity to receive a rare behind the scenes tour of WBUR. Get a glimpse of the news gathering and program operations.

What You Will Learn:

  • A little about the technical equipment
  • About production facilities
  • What it takes to broadcast on the air

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about WBUR and tour the facilities of a radio broadcast station

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Discovery Seminar: Explore 50 Years of Treasures & Secrets

  • Friday, March 22, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Presenters

Ryan Hendrickson, Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Location

Mugar Library, Arthur Fiedler Reading room , Second Floor ( 771 Commonwealth Avenue )

Join the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center for a special Discovery Seminar featuring original material from HGARC’s collections. The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center is the home of over 2,00 collections and is the repository for individuals in the fields of literature, criticism, journalism, drama, music, film, civil rights, diplomacy and national affairs. Put on the white gloves and get a first-hand look at original manuscripts, correspondence, journals and photographs from the personal papers of Bette Davis, Robert Frost, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other world-class public figures, all from the Gotlieb Center's vaults.

What You Will Learn:

  • Importance of primary source research Conservation and preservation of original material Greater sense of history

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone who is interested in history and the arts

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