EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)

 

Ongoing Fall 2013 Semester

Workplace Violence Prevention

One-hour sessions will be held on the following Tuesdays:

Sept. 17, 2013 - 12:30 pm in 116 Caudell
Sept. 26, 2013 - 10 am in 418 Cleveland
Oct. 3, 2013 - 12:30 pm in 418 Cleveland
Oct. 8, 2013 - 12:30 pm in 116 Caudell
Oct. 22, 2013 - 10:00 am in 418 Cleveland
Oct. 29, 2013 - 12:30 pm in 116 Caudell
Nov. 12, 2013 - 10:00 am in 418 Cleveland
Nov. 19, 2013 - 12:30 pm in 116 Caudell

An incident of workplace violence could have lifelong consequences for employees and their families. Human Resources offers Workplace Violence/Domestic Violence Prevention Training for all employees. Sessions are conducted by Sam Lunetta, retired University Police lieutenant. Annual participation in this training is mandated for all public employees under New York State Labor Law Section 27-b. Topics covered include: recognizing warning signs for potential violence, assessing risk in various work settings, what to do and not do if presented with a violent situation, and campus resources available to prevent violence.
 
Visit the HR website or call ext. 4822 to register.

This mandated training is also available online for those unable to attend the group sessions. Employees may access the program on ANGEL.  (Go to:  Campus Group Section, select “Workplace Violence Prevention Group.”) For employees who completed the Workplace Violence Prevention Training last year, an online Refresher Course is also available on ANGEL.

October 2013

EAP Workshop: First Home Club Savings Program
The First Home Club Savings Program workshop, led by Eric Gadley of Evans Bank, will be held on Tuesday, October 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in E. H. Butler Library 210. This EAP-sponsored workshop is for anyone who is currently going through or will be going through the home-buying process for the first time. Come and speak with experts who can educate you on what you need to know to make the home-buying process as seamless as possible, including how to get started and what important information and documents you will need along the way. Also, learn about the $4 to $1 matching grant (receive up to $7,500 by saving $1,875) offered by many local banks for down payment and closing costs. Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, October 25, to Laura Sweet, 926-2000. Light refreshments will be served.

Ongoing Spring 2013 Semester 

Al-Anon Meetings
Fridays starting January 18
3:00 pm - Classroom Building B309
Al-Anon meetings provide support and resources for those affected by chemical dependence (alcohol and drugs) and their effects. If you are interested in learning more about Al-Anon, whether you are personally affected or just would like more information, please consider joining us. For information, contact Kim Jablonski at the Weigel Health Center.

 

Weight Watchers At Work Program
INFORMATION SESSION -
12-WEEK SESSION - Thursdays at 12:00 noon - 12:45 pm
E.H. Butler Library 208
The benefits of the "At Work" program:
Flexibility  When you sign up for Monthly Pass, you’ll get access to weekly At Work meetings, unlimited local meetings, plus eTools, and their internet weight-loss companion.
Convenience Weight Watchers brings the meetings right to campus, so even the busiest professionals can still attend.
Daily motivation  Since a majority of our week is most likely spent at work, attending Weight Watchers with your colleagues creates a great network for ongoing support and motivation.
Fee  A monthly fee of $39.95, which is less expensive than Weight Watchers centers. Payable by credit card, debit card, or PayPal.

A minimum of 20 participants is required for Weight Watchers to host a program on campus. If you have any questions, please contact Gina Game, campus coordinator, at gina@rf.buffalostate.edu.



April 2013

Workplace Violence Prevention Training
 
One-hour sessions will be held in Cleveland Hall 418 on the following dates:
Tuesday, April 2, at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11, at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m.

An incident of workplace violence could have lifelong consequences for employees and their families. Human Resource Management offers Workplace Violence/Domestic Violence Prevention Training for all employees. Sessions are conducted by Sam Lunetta, retired University Police Lieutenant. Annual participation in this training is mandated for all public employees under New York State Labor Law Section 27-b. Topics covered include recognizing warning signs for potential violence, assessing risk in various work settings, what to do and not to do if presented with a violent situation, and campus resources available to prevent violence. Visit the Human Resource Management website or call ext. 4822 to register.

This mandated training is also available online for those unable to attend the group sessions. Employees may access the program on ANGEL. (Go to the "Campus Groups" section and select the "Workplace Violence Prevention Group.") An online refresher course is also available on ANGEL for employees who completed the Workplace Violence Prevention training last year.

 

Nutrition Inspiration
Monday, April 22
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Bulger West 2

Come learn a "potluck" of information about nutrition and how to avoid sabotages to eating healthy! Carol DeNysschen will provide a workshop designed to help campus faculty and staff learn how easy it is to eat right and exercise for health. Workshop participants will learn about diet sabotages that can make eating healthy a frustration, portion size distortion, hidden sources of calories, and dietary fat. Participants will also leave with a list of resources to further educate themselves. 
 
Carol DeNysschen is a registered dietitian of 22 years with a doctorate in exercise science. She has experience in a variety of health care settings and programs and is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition.

Contact Melissa Slisz or Carol DeNysschen if you have questions about this workshop. 

 

Ongoing Fall 2012 Semester 

Workplace/Domestic Violence Prevention Training
One-hour sessions held in Cleveland Hall 418
Tuesday, September 18 at 12:30 pm
Tuesday, September 25 at 10:00 am
Thursday, September 27 at 12:30 pm
Wednesday, October 10 at 10:00 am
Tuesday, October 16 at 12:30 pm
Thursday, October 25 at 10:00 am
An incident of workplace violence could have lifelong consequences for employees and their families. This workshop covers the topics of: recognizing warning signs for potential violence, assessing risk in various work settings, what to do and not do if presented with a violent situation, and campus resources available to prevent violence. Sessions are sponsored by Human Resources and conducted by Sam Lunetta, retired University Police lieutenant. Training is also available online via ANGEL for those unable to attend group sessions (go to Campus Group Section, select "Workplace Violence Prevention Group"). For employees who completed this training last year, an online Refresher Course is available on ANGEL. Annual participation in this training is mandated for all public employees under New York State Labor Law Section 27-b.  Visit the HR website or call X4822 to register for any of the above sessions.

Weight Watchers At Work Program
INFORMATION SESSION - Thursday, September 27 at 12:00 noon
12-WEEK SESSION - Thursdays at 12:00 noon - 12:45 pm
E.H. Butler Library 208
The benefits of the "At Work" program:
Flexibility  When you sign up for Monthly Pass, you’ll get access to weekly At Work meetings, unlimited local meetings, plus eTools, and their internet weight-loss companion.
Convenience Weight Watchers brings the meetings right to campus, so even the busiest professionals can still attend.
Daily motivation  Since a majority of our week is most likely spent at work, attending Weight Watchers with your colleagues creates a great network for ongoing support and motivation.
Fee  A monthly fee of $39.95, which is less expensive than Weight Watchers centers. Payable by credit card, debit card, or PayPal.

A minimum of 20 participants is required for Weight Watchers to host a program on campus. If you have any questions, please contact Gina Game, campus coordinator, at gina@rf.buffalostate.edu.



November 2012

Putting Stress In Its Place
Wednesday, November 14
9:00 am - 11:00 am; Cleveland Hall 418
This participative and interactive workshop, led by Jo Yudess, lecturer in the Center for Studies in Creativity, will explore the times when stress is actually a good thing - and good for you - and teach simple and repeatable techniques for spotting and handling your anxiety.
Learn to take a mindful approach to the times when stress is a problem. Practice techniques for relieving the symptoms of anxiety: elevated heart rate and blood pressure, cold feet, etc. And, learn a special technique that no one will know you are using!

Join in the fun. Registration is required. Contact Beverly MacKenzie to register or for more information.

Credit Counts Workshop
Wednesday, November 7
1:00 - 2:00 pm; Cleveland Hall 418
Do you know what's on your credit report? Or how your credit score is determined? This workshop will take the mystery out of credit reports as well as help you learn what you can do to reestablish or maintain your credit worthiness and how to protect yourself against identity theft. Robert Dunn from Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo Inc. will present. Contact Suzanne Johnson, EAP chair, with questions. 

 

September 2012

The Clock of Life Events
Monday, September 17
12:00 noon - E.H. Butler Library 210
Gary L. Witten and George Dougherty of ING will conduct The Clock of Life Events, a discussion of 12 key decisions in your financial life. Lunch will be provided. Please register with Molly Pecoraro / phone 626-3928. Topics: Paying yourself first, Short-term savings, Emergency funds, Protecting your family, Protecting your income, Intermediate financial goals, The sandwich generation, Your taxes, Life planning, Retirement distribution planning, Estate and legacy planning, Long-term care.

 

Summer 2012

Campus Wellness Walking Tour
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout July
Begin at 12:00 noon in the Fitness Center (Houston Gym)
The Buffalo State Fitness Center invites the campus community to join in a walking tour of Buffalo State and the beautiful surrounding area.
You can join the group at any time and participate when it fits your schedule. The walk will be fairly easy at the start and will become more challenging as the program progresses. There will be wellness prizes for those participants who complete each milestone set by the instructor. For more information contact Rich Celentano.


Al-Anon Meetings
Tuesdays starting July 17
12:15 pm - Science Building 271C

Al-Anon meetings provide support and resources for those affected by chemical dependence (alcohol and drugs) and their effects. If you are interested in learning more about Al-Anon, whether you are personally affected or just would like more information, please consider joining us. For information, contact Kim Jablonski.


Health Care Proxy/Living Will Workshop
Tuesday, June 12 -- 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Caudell 214
What, exactly, do you want done for you medically if you're in critical condition and can't speak for yourself? This workshop, sponsored by Buffalo State's EAP office and developed by Community Conversations on Compassionate Care, will show you how to have the conversations necessary to determine your own wishes and to have them carried out. You will leave the workshop with the tools you need to choose your spokesperson, and to communicate your wishes. The presenter, Mary A. Durlak, is a trained facilitator who has offered the workshop several times. She was involved in her parents' end-stage care, guided by their written wishes. Attend the Health Care Proxy/Living Will workshop and let Mary help you plan for the unexpected.
Please email Tamara if you plan on attending. 

Ride for Roswell
Saturday, June 23

Members of the Buffalo State faculty and staff will once again participate in the Ride for Roswell fundraising event, held this year on Saturday, June 23. Riders can choose from nine different routes, ranging from the 3-mile Family Ride to the 104-mile Century for the serious rider! The ride begins at the University at Buffalo’s Baird Point on the North Campus. We would love to have you join our team to help raise critical funds for cancer research! If you prefer not to ride, you may make a donation directly to the team at http://rideforroswell2012.kintera.org/bsc. Visit our Facebook page or visit www.rideforroswell.org for more details. For further information, please contact Jennifer Jackson, ext. 4628.

WellNYS Everyday Olympic Experience
July 27 through August 12
Don't just watch the Olympics on TV this summer; participate with us in the Olympic Experience! For 16 days, complete one healthy behavior each day. Just like the Olympics, if you achieve some or all of the healthy behaviors, you will win a gold, silver, or bronze award. 
Check out some healthy behavior ideas HERE!  Learn more and REGISTER to participate HERE.

 


Ongoing Spring 2012 Semester

Fitness Center Membership Deal (posted in the Daily 02/07)
Spring Back into Shape at the Buffalo State Fitness Center! New Membership Deals for February:
For a limited time only, the Fitness Center is bringing back old prices on four-month memberships. Pay just $50 for four months using payroll deduction. Contact the Fitness Center front desk staff for details.


January 2012 

Weight Watchers At Work Program
INFORMATION SESSION - Thursday, January 19 at 12:00 noon
12-WEEK SESSION - begins Thursday, January 26 at 12:00 noon
E.H. Butler Library 208
$39.99 monthly pass with free e-tools
At least 20 participants are needed to host the program. View registration information and program details on the EAP "Weight Control" page. Email Melissa Slisz with questions.    


Ongoing Fall 2011 Semester

Zumba
Mondays and Wednesdays  FREE!
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Houston Gym Dance Studio 213
Wondering what Zumba is all about ? Stop by and try a class! Classes are free and will be held with Deidrinelle Rouse, Porter Hall complex director, through the end of the semester. No experience is needed to enjoy Zumba, just a positive attitude, comfortable clothes, water, and the ability to have fun! Ditch the workout; join the party! For more information, e-mail Deidrinelle N. Rouse                                                        


December 2011

New York State Employee Health Benefits Fair
Thursday, December 8
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
E.H. Butler Library 210
Representatives from Community Blue, Independent Health, and the Empire Plan will be on campus to answer questions about health insurance plans and anticipated changes in coverage for 2012. Staff members from the Employee Benefits Office also will be present to assist employees in making changes to health insurance coverage.  Attendees may have their cholesterol and blood pressure checked; learn about the benefits of and sample massage therapy; learn how to maximize dental and vision care benefits from representatives of the CSEA and UUP Benefit Trust Funds; get ideas on how to balance work, home and life from NYS Balance and obtain information about the Employee Assistance Program.  Call Human Resource Management at 878-4821 if you have any questions.                                            


November 2011

Smoking Cessation Counseling Services (first session held in October)
Monday, November 14
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
held in the Union Lobby

In preparation for the roll out of the Buffalo State College smoke-free campus beginning on January 1, 2012, (http://wwwd.buffalostate.edu/dailybulletin/announcements/response-senate-resolution-smoke-free-campus) the Erie County Health Department in collaboration with Roswell Park Cancer Institute Smoking Cessation Program, will offer opportunities for staff and students to access smoking cessation counseling services on campus. This service will be offered at selected dates and times. These events will be held on the following dates and times:

Participants will be able to speak with a Smoking Cessation Counselor and will have access to aids to quit smoking. We will be offering smoking cessation products such as nicotine gum, lozenges, as well as transdermal nicotine patches and educational materials to assist you with developing your individualized quit plan. These products and services will be offered at no cost.

Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) Training
Monday, November 21
Cleveland Hall Room 418
Must register in advance--email Suzanne Johnson or call the Couseling Center
Buffalo State College recently received a federal grant which will serve to further our efforts toward the prevention of suicide on campus. The work on the grant is getting underway. One of the initiatives is training as many faculty, staff and students as possible in QPR suicide Prevention.                                                              


October 2011

Flu Vaccine Clinic
Thursday, October 6
11:00 am - 2:00 pm (no appointment necessary)
E.H. Butler Library 210
Insurances accepted: Community Blue, Independent Health, Blue Choice, and Medicare Part B. Employees must show their insurance plan ID cards. Employees without proper insurance coverage will be charged $30 for the flu shot or $40 for the flu mist. Empire Plan enrollees can obtain their flu shots from a participating provider for their usual co-pay. For questions regarding health insurance coverage, call Employee Benefits at X4821 or the member services department of your insurance company.

Smoking Cessation Counseling Services (second session held in November)
Monday, October 17
10:00 am -  2:00 pm
E.H. Butler Library

In preparation for the roll out of the Buffalo State College smoke-free campus beginning on January 1, 2012, (http://wwwd.buffalostate.edu/dailybulletin/announcements/response-senate-resolution-smoke-free-campus
) the Erie County Health Department in collaboration with Roswell Park Cancer Institute Smoking Cessation Program, will offer opportunities for staff and students to access smoking cessation counseling services on campus. This service will be offered at selected dates and times. These events will be held on the following dates and times:

Participants will be able to speak with a Smoking Cessation Counselor and will have access to aids to quit smoking. We will be offering smoking cessation products such as nicotine gum, lozenges, as well as transdermal nicotine patches and educational materials to assist you with developing your individualized quit plan. These products and services will be offered at no cost.  


September 2011

Flu Vaccine Clinic
Wednesday, September 14
11:00 am - 2:00 pm (no appointment necessary)
Campbell Student Union Assembly Hall
Insurances accepted: Community Blue, Independent Health, Blue Choice, and Medicare Part B. Employees must show their insurance plan ID cards. Employees without proper insurance coverage will be charged $30 for the flu shot or $40 for the flu mist. Empire Plan enrollees can obtain their flu shots from a participating provider for their usual co-pay. For questions regarding health insurance coverage, call Employee Benefits at X4821 or the member services department of your insurance company.

Weight Watchers At Work Program
17-week session beginning September 15
E.H. Butler Library 208
Cost of $186 includes all 17 sessions and 19 weeks of free e-tools
This is our third at-work program on campus. As a group we have lost more than 1,200 pounds! At least 20 participants are needed to host the program. Be prepared to pay on September 15 (a three-part payment plan is available--provide three checks at $62 each). Contact Melissa Slisz X4101 with questions.

CDHS Wellness Fair for faculty and staff
Thursday, September 22
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
E.H. Butler Library 210
A casual walk-through event featuring displays and information, health screenings, and presentations. Refreshments will be served. Please call 878-4853 to R.S.V.P. by September 15.