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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.

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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 [email protected] or 239-434-4838 with questions or to learn more.

In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy


FGCU Academy
January is just around the corner. Now is the time to get registered!

Greetings, With the New Year comes a new season. FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community this season. We are proud to say we have added two new locations in Lee County for you to attend classes. Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs and the Kleist Center which is located on the main Florida Gulf Coast University campus.

Some programs fill up quicker than others so it is wise to register early and save your spot now.

Our Day Trips are gaining traction and should sell out fast this year. If you are looking for a more interactive thought provoking class – why not give Great Decisions or Current Events a try.

Whatever you are interested in – I am sure we have something that fits your need.

Figuratively speaking – We will see you next year!

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 purchase a membership, in-person or online. Visit the FGCU Naples Center at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd North anytime after January 3 to receive your free gift. Happy Holidays!




Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737

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!


Hans Holbein – Painter to the King
@ Bentley Village – January 2 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

In the era before photography, it was the role of the court artist to convey visual “news” both to and from the monarchs. It was a tricky road to tread for such messengers! How to portray Anne of Cleves, a prospective bride or Sir Thomas More, a foe of the king? What if the monarch didn’t like what he saw? What if he did, but the reality was different? What if the monarch was the impulsive and vengeful Henry VIII? As official painter to the Tudor court, Holbein had to be both diplomat and visual journalist, though in what order is not always clear!

Writers Collaborative Workshop (4-part series)
@ Naples Center/Online via Zoom – January 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10 – 12 p.m.

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.

“A Match Made in Heaven…or not?”
@ The Commons Club at The Brooks – January 5 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

In the late 19th century, fabulously wealthy American heiresses in search of acceptance into a very exclusive New York high society flocked to Europe to find more accommodating eligible bachelors. The bachelors, titled aristocrats often in great need of cash to maintain their stately homes and lifestyles, became willing suitors. Some of these marriages survived; others were disastrous; none were what the couples expected. This is a lively tale of the glittering world of families like the Astors, Vanderbilts and the Dukes of Marlborough and Manchester.

The Wonders of Ancient Cambodia and Tibet
@ Bentley Village – January 5 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Travel from Tibet, the “Roof of the World” and the highest country on earth, to the steaming jungles and swamps of Cambodia, an ancient and exotic land. We journey from the Potala Palace, the home of the Dali Lama to Angkor Wat, the ancient and mysterious temple complex of the Khmer people who ruled all of Southeast Asia.

Warren Buffet – The Oracle of Omaha
@ Hideaway Beach – January 9 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Warren Buffett is considered the world’s greatest investor. He is the only person who has built a company from scratch into a top-five Fortune 500 company. His wealth and business acumen are only part of what makes Buffett so interesting. His stellar reputation and home-spun wit and wisdom have made him a cultural icon.

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!

Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets All Users Should Know in iOS 16
@ Siena Lakes – January 10 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all of the new features, upgrades and enhancements of Apple’s newest operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 16. We explore tips, tricks and secrets that make using your device easier, more powerful and efficient.

iPhone & iPad for Beginners
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom – January 12 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

The iPhone provides access to phone, voicemail, email, the web, photos, calendars, texting, maps, games and more. iPads have revolutionized computing since their introduction. With its larger screen the iPad is absolutely a viable replacement for your desktop or laptop! Whether you already own an iPhone or iPad, or are considering purchasing one, join us as we explore the capabilities of these remarkable devices. This lecture-style demonstration teaches you the important basics of: installing, reorganizing and deleting apps, using the touch interface, keyboard basics, text selection and editing, Spotlight, Apple ID, settings and more.

iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari
@ The Commons Club at The Brooks – January 13 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Many iPhone and iPad users do not fully understand how to use Mail, one of the most important apps on their devices. Apple’s Mail app supports Gmail, Yahoo, Exchange, AOL and nearly all email platforms. We explore the detailed workings of the Apple Mail app showing you how to add new accounts and contacts, work with attachments, insert photos or videos, organize email into folders, eliminate junk mail, markup or sign attachments, scan documents and much more. Apple’s web browser, Safari, keeps getting faster and better. It sports a smart search bar, tabs, and a special split view version for iPad users. Save your favorite websites to your Home Screen or as Bookmarks. You can view Shared Links and add articles to your Reading List or access your saved passwords and credit cards through iCloud’s Keychain.

LOOKING AHEAD – See what’s happening in January!

• A Different Look at Florida
• Spies and Espionage – Fact versus Fiction
• One Issue, Two Solutions: The Lives and Works of Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. Dubois
• Berlin’s Museum Island
• FBI: Politicization and Integrity
• The Need for Another Enlightenment
• Current Events: Discussion Group (2-part sessions)
• Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part sessions)
• George Washington at Trenton
• What Happened to the Ink on My Fingers – From Traditional News to Social Media

2023 Travel

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.

UNTAMED ALASKA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days

Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

LEGENDARY TURKEY – View 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 & PORTUGAL – View 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 DALMATIA – View 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 DEPTH – View 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 WONDERS – View 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 scen¬ic 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.

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