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May 2023  

FGCU Academy What is Lifelong Learning?  

Greetings, Lifelong learning is a process of starting young and never stopping to seek
out new experiences.  

Benefits of lifelong learning:
-Nurtures curious minds
-Keeps you up with a constant changing world
-Builds new skills-
-Improves those skills you already have
-Opens minds and increases wisdom
-Improves memory
-Increases self esteem
-Creates opportunities for a better job  

Characteristics of a lifelong learner:
-Insatiable knowledge seeker
-Social learners
-Don’t just absorb or memorize information
-Act as teachers themselves  

Simple Ways to Engage in Lifelong Learning
-Read widely and often
-Keep smart company
-Teach others
-Keep a list of things you want to explore
-Start your own project
-Use a personal learning environment
-Experiment with new ways to learn
-Join a study group
-Make it a priority!  

The value of lifelong learning is far greater than one would ever think it could be.
Good thing that FGCU Academy is here for you to relish in your interests or to
dabble in something new. From Technology classes to Writing classes, we have
something for everyone!  

We are currently working on our Summer catalog which will become available
at the end of May. We look forward to seeing you all this summer!  

For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be
more than happy to assist you.

iPhone/iPad for Intermediates: All the Things You Never Knew
@ The Commons Club at The Brooks
May 2 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Join this lecture-style presentation as we explore some of the more advanced
topics and functions of the iPhone and iPad. Many think they know how to use
their devices, but this lecture will open your eyes to the many useful and
powerful features and capabilities they never knew existed. We explore iCloud,
Settings, Printing, Multitasking, Gestures, Siri, Voice Control, Maps, Email,
Texting and so much more. Take your smart devices to the next level with this
informative intermediate-level program.

Introduction to Microsoft Windows 11
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
May 5 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Windows 11 in this lecture-style presentation.
This lecture is designed for those who have used Windows before and are interested
in upgrading or learning about the new Windows 11 operating system. If you have
just bought a new computer with Windows 11, have upgraded, or are going to
upgrade, this presentation is for you. Join us as we make Windows 11 easy to use
and understand.  


Writer’s Collaborative Workshop (4-part series)
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
May 2, 9, 16, 23 | 1 – 3 pm  

Audience is one of the most important aspects of writing. Share the content of yours
with like-minded, aspiring authors in a constructive, acceptance-oriented, creative
and vibrant writing group in search of effective writing methodologies. This program
welcomes whatever you are writing or want to write – memoir, stories, novel, or
poems – for input, guidance and discussion.

Memoir Writing: A Thought Provoking Emotional Experience
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
May 4, 11, 18, 25 | 1 – 3 pm  

Enrollment is limited. Have you led an exciting life? Have a rich genealogy?
Enjoy sharing past experiences? This class will help you navigate through the
islands of your memory as you learn to select and develop key events from
your past, focus on the people and drama, and incorporate description and
sensory details for reader engagement.

Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
May 5, 12, 19 | 9 – 10 am  

Balance University is an interactive wellness class, designed to improve balance,
posture and flexibility. This program starts with basic balance exercises and
progresses to more complex movements over time. Your instructor explains the
“whys” and the importance of balance exercises as part of your everyday routine. 
Join our instructor in a safe and effective low-impact workout on Friday mornings



CLICK HERE – May Daily Calendar  

Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737

Free Gift with Purchase of a Membership  

When you purchase a membership, you are supporting lifelong learning in the SWFL
community. As a token of our appreciation, we have a free gift for all those who
Moviepurchase a membership, in-person or online. Visit the FGCU Naples Center
at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd North to receive your free gift.  

Bring FGCU Academy to Your Community  

If you would like to have FGCU Academy provide programs at your community,
click below and send us an email with your information: who the contact person is,
their email and phone number along with name of your community. We will be happy
to reach out and discuss the possibilities with them.  

Schedule a Private Education Session for Your Community!  


See a sample of what is coming over the next week
click on any title below for more information    

Monday May 1
Nanoparticle Technology: How Thinking Small is Making Huge Impacts

Tiffany Treasures with a Florida Twist  

Optimal Nutrition for Enhanced Mental Health  

The Wonders of Ancient Cambodia and Tibet  

Louis XIV – The Sun King  

Syrian OdysseyOperation Drumbeat – U-boats off the Coast of Florida during World War II    

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living
View our Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now


  INSIDER’S JAPAN View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.

LEGENDARY TURKEYView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGALView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

PEARLS OF DALMATIAView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days  Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

SICILY IN DEPTHView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERSView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days  Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen­ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.     FGCU Academy Travel 2024  Call for More Info – 239-434-4838  Travel Brochures will be available Summer 2023

Moroccan Discovery, May 12-27, 2024     This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. As we travel from the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open our eyes, and hearts, to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people. 

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania, August 13-28, 2024    “On safari” … it’s one of the most alluring phrases in all of travel. And Kenya and Tanzania count among the most alluring places to be “on safari.” As our small group travels from grasslands to highlands, to reserves and national parks, we enjoy intimate game drives, see stupendous landscapes, stay in excellent accommodations, and meet gracious local people.

Exploring Iceland, August 15-25, 2024     It’s a surprising, even astonishing land; one of massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, bubbling mud holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant bird life and just 340,000 people; and where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks. It’s also perfect for exploring in a small group, as we discover traveling the breadth of the country and getting an up-close view of this natural “wonderland.” 

Southern Italy & Sicily, September 4-18, 2024     Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to unheralded Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid history, unique architecture, and bountiful plains join the sun and sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region. Add Italian hospitality, outstanding cuisine, and notable lodgings for la dolce vita, small-group style.

Scotland: Highlands & Islands, September 9-20, 2024      “My heart’s in the Highlands,” said Robert Burns – as will you, as we travel from city to country, mainland to island, on this sweet journey. From loch to loch and glen to glen, we encounter stunning natural beauty and welcoming clans, while city life serves up the colorful past – and cosmopolitan present.

Provincial French Countryside, September 27-October 11, 2024    Experience the beauty, allure, and hospi­tality of provincial France, at an easy pace and in a unique style. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, the journey ­features diverse Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy as we stay in charming rural inns and small country hotels. It’s a small group tour de force!

New Zealand Adventure, October 10-25, 2024     It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to its South, through lively cities and pristine fiords, past lush farmland and enchanted forests in a land where the outdoors is the national shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous cultures – it’s a pure New Zealand experience. 

Southeast Asia Odysseys, October 31-November 18, 2024    Engaging, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our small group odyssey. We cruise the Mekong through Laos; explore the spectacular – Angkor Wat – and the sublime – Ha Long Bay; and engage with local farmers and hill tribespeople on this comprehensive, well-paced adventure     DONATE NOW     FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical Mission of Senior Education and Enrichment Continues!   FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the 2023 Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing, Socializing. I am excited to welcome you this year to the new FGCU Naples Center, which is located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd N, Suite 330 in Naples. Also, we have two new locations in Lee County, Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs and the FGCU Kleist Center on main campus. As always, both locations are open to all our students.   Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a few minutes to consider donating 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 1,500 diverse and fascinating programs at more than fifteen locations throughout SWFL. Please visit our website to review the rich and varied programmatic offerings that are available this year. Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors during our 2023 season.   Donate online at   I am grateful for your consideration to support this vital community outreach program this year.   I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program soon. Please contact me directly at or 239-434-4838 with questions or to learn more.   In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy               FGCU Academy Collier / Lee / Charlotte FGCU ACADEMY NAPLES CENTER 704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330 Naples, FL 34102   239-434-4737
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