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or participate online.
JANUARY – MAY 2024 PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE OR VIA PHONE
Keep your mind active and engaged in the new year!
Register for a lecture with FGCU Academy!
Register for a Day Trip with FGCU Academy!
Greetings, Come travel with FGCU Academy. We have quite the list of day trips
happening this year. Why not join us on one? 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.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2024 WINTER-SPRING PROGRAM GUIDE ONLINE!
WINTER-SPRING REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE
Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737
Day Trips & Special Events
Click on any topic below to learn more.
Two very special trips coming up. Flagler Mansion and Tour of Immokalee.
Flagler Mansion is a pristine piece of property not far from The Breakers Hotel in
West Palm Beach. It is very tranquil and beautiful.
Tour of Immokalee may not sound appetizing to you, but don’t let that fool you.
Everyone who has been on this trip has come back with nothing but praise and
excitement. Your tour guide is bustling with energy and knowledge of this com-
munity and shares it all with you with great enthusiasm.
Flagler Mansion and Gilded Age Tea Lunch
February 13 | 7:30 – 7 pm Tuesday
West Palm Beach
This tour offers participants the opportunity to visit the mansion of Henry Flagler, the man
single-handedly responsible for developing the East Coast of Florida. Whitehall, the 60,000
square-foot home that he built in Palm Beach as a wedding present for his wife, was described
in 1902 by the New York Herald as “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and
more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Included are transportation,
driver gratuity, and a docent-led tour of the mansion’s first floor and lunch. Departure inform-
ation will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change. No refunds 10
business days of departure.
Tour of Immokalee
February 14 | 9 – 5 pm Wednesday
The bus will depart North Naples at 9am. An all-day tour of Immokalee, including the history
of the community; samples at the Casa Dulce Mexican Bakery; RCMA’s beautiful historical
mural; a drive through one of the largest Habitat for Humanity communities; Lake Trafford
Memorial Gardens where the graves are beautifully decorated in a way that seems to keep the
dead alive; Lake Trafford Marina and the rustic zoo with talking birds and a 17-foot python (safe
in a large cage); the Immokalee Pioneer Museum; lunch on your own at Lozano’s restaurant; a
stop at the Farmer’s Market; and a quick drive through neighboring Ave Maria on the way home!
Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change.
No refunds within 10 business days of departure.
More Day Trips & Special Events
–Miami Millionaire’s Row™ Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
–They Were Children: Rescue as Resistance Special Exhibition
–A Conversation with Florida Gulf Coast University President Aysegul Timur
Join fellow like minded people as you discuss some of the world’s hottest topics put together
by the foreign policy association…maybe even come up with solutions for these problems.
Don’t miss out on this!
Great Decisions Discussion Group (8 part series)
February 6, 13, 20, 27,
March 5, 12, 19, 26
10 – 12 pm Tuesdays
Naples Center / Online via Zoom
Participants must register for the entire series (NC5919 or OL5920). The fee above includes the
Great Decisions Briefing Book necessary for class. Great Decisions is America’s largest discus-
sion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Brief-
ing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical glo-
bal issues facing America today. Basic preparation for each session includes reading the inform-
ation provided in the briefing book prior to the class and watching the video segment prior to our
More Discussion Groups
–Great Discussions of Current Events and More (2-part series)
–International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (9 Films)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – (France, 2019, Drama, Rated R, 122 min)
January 28 | 2 – 4 pm
On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to
paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.
TAKE A LECTURE AT ONE OF OUR 19 LOCATIONS
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)
Click Below to View
2024 Travel Open House Presentation
Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024
16 days for $11,196
August 15-25, 2024
11 days for $6,692
Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024
15 days for $6,674
Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024
12 days for $5,896
Sensations of Lyon & Provence
2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469
Jewels of the Rhine
2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925
Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024
15 days for $6,297
New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024
16 days for $8,124
Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024
19 days for $7,597
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 lifelong 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 returned 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 strength-
ening 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.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW
or mail your donation to
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 239.434.4838 with questions or to learn more.
John J. Guerra
Director of FGCU Academy
FGCU ACADEMY NAPLES CENTER
704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102