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Register for a Day Trip with FGCU Academy!    

We have more than lectures for you. Bridge, Mah Jongg, Photography, Movies and More!
FGCU Academy has so much to offer this year. This is one of our best catalogs yet!
Come join us for fun group activities or to enjoy a lecture!    

Click here to view our list of day trips & special events.  

Our office is open and we are ready to assist you with your registration needs.  




Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

Click on any topic below to learn more.    

Bridge / Mah Jongg

Bridge for Advanced Beginners/Intermediates
February 22, 29,
March 7, 14, 21, 28
10 – 12 pm Thursdays

Naples Center  

Students should bring $30 cash or a check payable directly to the instructor on the first day
of class for purchase of the Advanced Beginners Student Course Manual. Only students who
have taken “Contract Bridge for Beginners” or have a minimum of two years playing experience
should enroll in this course. This course is intended for students who want to learn many advanced-
beginner and intermediate topics in Contract Bridge and is composed of a series of lectures with
many examples of each topic discussed. A total of nine rules or “Bidding Guidance Hints” to aid
player’s bidding are analyzed. Detailed discussions then follow on ten additional partnership con-
ventions for use in achieving even the best contracts and scores    

More Bridge / Mah Jongg Courses  
Mah Jongg for Beginners (3-part series)
Advanced Mah Jongg Strategies (3-part series)
Three Crucial and Useful Bridge Conventions All Players Should Know  

Language, Foreign Language, & Philosophy

5-Week French Crash Course for Beginners
February 19, 26,
March 4, 11, 18
10 – 11:30 am Mondays
Naples Center

Let’s start from the very beginning! This course is for people who have no experience with French,
but who would like to start building a foundation and become familiar with the practical, everyday
usage of the language. It is appropriate for travelers, students or anyone else who is interested in
learning the language. We also explore aspects of French culture and history to tantalize those
considering a visit to France.  

Students will need to purchase this text from Amazon or elsewhere – French Made Easy Level 1:
An Easy Step-By-Step Approach to Learn French for Beginners by Lingo Mastery prior to the
start of class.    

More Language, Foreign Language and Philosophy Courses  

The Poetry of Robert Frost
Communication Competence: Respectful and
Rewarding Interaction
Diversity and Unity    


Get More From Your Digital Camera
February 12 | 9:30 – 12:30 pm Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom

Everyone owns a camera, and if you are like most people, you can turn it and press the
shutter, and that’s about it. Perplexed by all those strange symbols? Afraid to touch a
button, or worse yet, touch one by accident and can’t figure out how to undo what you’ve
just done? Don’t be embarrassed! Gain control of your compact camera in this easy-to-
understand class. You’ll learn what all those buttons do, when to use them, how to use
them, and why to use them.    

More Photography  
Introduction to Photoshop Elements
Making/Taking Better Photos
Understanding Your Mirrorless and Digital SLR  

Sunday Movies

Turtles Can Fly (Turkey, 2004, Drama, Rated PG, 98 min)
February 11 | 2 – 4 pm
Naples Center   Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an
American invasion, refugee children gauge and await their fate.      

The Arlington, Naples (AR)
Aston Gardens, North Naples (AG)
Bentley Village, North Naples (BV)
Bonita Bay Community Assoc., Bonita (BB)
Brooks Enrichment Center, Bonita (BR)
The Collaboratory, Ft. Myers (CO)
Cypress Cove, Ft. Myers (CC)
FGCU Main Campus, Ft. Myers (FG)
Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples (GR)
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco island (HB)
The Island Country Club, Marco island (IC)
Moorings Park Grande Lake, Naples (GL)
Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Naples (GO)
Moorings Park Original Campus, Naples (MP)
Naples Center, Naples (NC)
Siena Lakes, North Naples (SL)
The TwinEagles Club, North Naples (TE)
United Church of Marco Island, Marco (UC)
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples (WC)
(see page 4 of the Winter-Spring 2024 Program Guide for location addresses)    

FGCU Academy

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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024 
16 days for $11,196  

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Exploring Iceland
August 15-25, 2024  
11 days for $6,692  

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Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

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Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024  
12 days for $5,896   

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Sensations of Lyon & Provence
2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469  

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Jewels of the Rhine 2024
River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925   

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Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024 
15 days for $6,297  

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New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024  
16 days for $8,124

View Brochure

Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597
View Brochure

Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
Call our office 239.434.4737  for assistance
with registration or Click to View our Website        


FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical
Mission of Adult Education and Enrichment Continues!  

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the Winter-Spring 2024
Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing and Socializing. With nearly 700 programs at
more than nineteen locations, there is something for everyone. If we have had the
opportunity to meet in person or if you have heard me speak, I hope I was able to
share with you my passion about FGCU Academy and its mission to provide life-
long learning and enrichment to the SWFL community. I believe it is critical to our
well-being to keep exploring new avenues for growth to keep our minds engaged in
our past, present and future.   

Since we are a non-credit programmatic offering, Florida Gulf Coast University
can provide $0.00 of support to the Academy. We must be financially self-sustaining.  

The fact is that the revenue generated through memberships and program fees provides
for only 50% of our annual operating costs. Additionally, our attendance has not yet re-
turned to pre-pandemic levels, so revenue is much lower than in the past.   

As an educator, I find myself slightly uncomfortable talking about the financial needs of
the Academy beyond thanking everyone for their participation. But, this year and for the
near future, it is important that I find the words to ask for additional support through
philanthropic donations.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a
moment to consider a year-end donation to ensure our continued success. All amounts
make a difference in strengthening the work we do in the community.   

Your gift will allow the Academy to offer more than 1,000 diverse and fascinating
programs at more than twenty locations throughout SWFL. Through our mission we
promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL
adults and seniors that participate in our programs each year.   

or mail your donation to
FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. Please contact
me directly at [email protected] or 239.434.4838 with questions or to learn more.  

In gratitude,  

John J. Guerra
Director of FGCU Academy


FGCU Academy

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  


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