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October 2023      

FGCU Academy What do bats have to do with chocolate?  

Greetings, Bat facts – everything you wanted to know about bats…
-Bats are responsible for bananas, avocados, mangos and agave.
-Bats help pollinate seeds for nuts, fruit, figs and cacao which is used to make chocolate.
They pollinate over 500 plant species.
-Bats wings are made of the same bones in our fingers and covered with a thin layer of skin.
-Bats consume their body weight eating insects nightly. One bat can consume up to 1000
insects in just one hour!
-Bats are the only flying mammals.
-There are over 1400 species of bats worldwide with the U.S. and Canada being home to
approximately 45 species.
-Bats have few natural predators – disease is one of their biggest threats.
-Bats can give you rabies.
-The longest living bat is 41 years old, although most bats live less than 20 years in the
-Baby bats are called pups and a group of bats is a colony.
-Mother bats feed their pups breast milk like other mammals.
-Bats are inspiring medical marvels. About 80 medicines come from plants that rely
on bats for their survival.
-Since bats are mammals, they have belly buttons because of mom’s umbilical cord.
-The IUCN lists more than 121 bat species as vulnerable, more than 89 as endangered,
and 29 as critically endangered, at imminent risk of extinction due to the ongoing
destruction of their natural habitats, hunting, and disease. White-nose syndrome,
characterized by a white fungus accumulating around the muzzle, is a major threat
to hibernating bats. The disease spread rapidly after it was discovered in 2006 and
is now documented in hundreds of bat colonies across North America. With a
mortality rate as high as 99% in some colonies, this disease is responsible for the
deaths of at least 6 million bats.
-The last week in October is known as Bat Week, with the month of October being
known as Bat Appreciation Month.  

Everyone is invited and welcome to take classes at ANY of our locations.
Make sure to register early as space can be limited.
For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be
more than happy to assist you.


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iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s
Newest Operating System in iOS 17
@ TwinEagles | October 16 | 3:30 – 5 pm
@ FGCU Campus – The Water School – Building AB9 – Room 106
| October 25 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all the new
features, upgrades and enhancements of Apple’s newest
operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 17. We will
explore tips, tricks and secrets that make using your
device easier, more powerful and efficient. All levels
from beginner to advanced users will benefit from this
informative and interesting program.

A Different Look at Florida
@ FGCU Campus – The Water School – Building AB9 – Room 106
| October 18 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake
| October 20 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

Florida is a world unto itself. Join us as we go from the
glamour and excitement of Miami Beach through the
primitive Everglades and follow the beautiful beaches of
the Gulf Coast all the way north and west to the Panhandle.
We then head inland, where most visitors, and many locals
never venture, to visit the many unique agricultural sites
that make Florida famous such as sugar plantations, orange
groves, orchid greenhouses and many other remarkably
interesting places. 

Indonesia: The Land of Volcanoes and Dragons
@ Cypress Cove | October 19 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

Seldom visited by Americans, Indonesia is an awe-inspiring land.
The world’s fourth most populous country spread over 17,000
islands offers many diverse cultures and peoples. They include
sea dwellings, mountain clans and jungle tribes whose homes are
located in rainforests, on rivers, next to beautiful ocean beaches
and aside active volcanoes. From the tourist magnet of Bali to
the cultural heart of Java and the dragons that live on Komodo,
we visit an enigmatic, exotic, breathtaking and unforgettable land.

Are You an Informed Collier County Voter?
@ Bentley Village | October 26 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Most of us don’t know as much about what’s on our ballot
as we’d like to – especially the farther down the ballot we go.
And yet the people we elect at the state and local levels decide
how much we pay in taxes and how that money is spent, the
kinds of growth and development that are allowed, how quickly
our communities recover from hurricanes and how they prepare
for the future, who hires our school superintendent and what’s
taught in our local schools, and more. In this lecture, we will
learn about the more than a dozen state and local government
offices that will be on our August 2024 ballot and who currently
hold them. Whether you are a new or long-time Collier resident,
this lecture will help you be a more informed voter.    


Appetizers with Wine Pairing Social Event at Mare Terra
@ Mare Terra Restaurant – Bonita Springs
November 7 | 4:30 – 6 pm  

Pre-registration is required. Make new friends and enjoy several
delectable samplings of wonderful Italian appetizers at Mare Terra
Restaurant in Bonita Springs. Your guide for this food and wine
experience is with a sommelier who has personally chosen the
wine pairings for each appetizer. Eat, laugh and be merry at the
Academy’s Appetizers and Wine Pairing social event!

Miami’s Little Havana Culinary, Artistic and Cultural Tour
@ Miami | November 14 | 8 am – 6 pm  

Join us as we explore the rich history and culinary delights of a
vibrant neighborhood. Little Havana was recently listed as an
official “national treasure” of the United States by the National
Trust for Historic Preservation. The neighborhood is well-known
for its many historical, political, culinary, and artistic contributions
to our Miami culture. Nestled in the heart of the city’s downtown
area and only a short drive from Miami’s famed South Beach, the
neighborhood is full of interesting cultural landmarks which we
visit including a cigar factory, Domino Park, Cuban Memorial Blvd.,
the Tower Theater, artist workshops and the Damas De Blanco Mural.
Enjoy delicious cuisine including empanadas, Cuban sandwiches,
mojitos, guayaba, croquetas, churros and more at a diverse range of
establishments; from 5-star gourmet to hole-in-the-wall ethnic eateries.

Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip.

Itineraries are subject to change.

No refunds within 10 business days of departure.

Miami Millionaire’s Row™ Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
@ Miami | December 12 | 8 am – 6 pm  

Enjoy a fully-narrated 90-minute cruise and enjoy spectacular views
of Biscayne Bay, the Miami Skyline, Port of Miami, Fisher Island,
Miami Beach and Millionaire’s Row™ – the Homes of the Rich and
Famous™. Soft drinks, cocktails and light snacks are available for
purchase. A modern yacht offers the utmost comfort and style. Each
vessel features an air-conditioned lower salon enclosed in picture
windows, as well as an upper-deck where you can take in the fresh
ocean breeze and an awning that will protect you from direct sun-
light and light seasonal showers. After the cruise, enjoy time for some
lunch and shopping at the Bayside Marketplace, one of Miami’s most
popular destinations.

Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to trip.

Itineraries are subject to change.

No refunds within 10 business days of departure.  


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

Monday October 16
Love and Treachery – Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
The Spoils of War: Are There any Benefits to Conflict?
Artemis: Return to the Moon by 2025  

Tuesday October 17
The Last of the Romanovs  

Friday October 20
The Dutch East India Company: They Meant Business  

Monday October 23
Mah Jongg for Beginners (3-part series)
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador & The Center of the World
5-Week Spanish Crash Course for Beginners
Overcoming Grief and Loss  

Tuesday October 24
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari
What you Need to Know About Medicare in 2024
An African Safari – Following the Herds and Predators
Britain: The Morning Star of the Reformation
Nuclear Power – The Essential Component in a Strategy to Mitigate Climate Change  

Wednesday October 25
The Great Silk Road: A Caravan of Cultures
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena  

Friday October 27
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Alaska and The Klondike Gold Rush

FALL Movie Series


International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)    

2:00 pmSundays at Naples Center  

International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)
To LiveOctober 22 – (China, 1994, Drama, Not Rated, 133 min)  

Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal
fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry. Addicted to
gambling, Fugui loses everything. In the years that follow he is pressed
into both the nationalist and communist armies, while Jiazhen is forced
into menial work. They raise a family and survive, managing “to live”
from the 40’s to the 70’s in this epic, but personal, story of life through
an amazing period.

Tell No One – November 12 – (France, 2008, Drama, Not Rated, 125 min)  

Margot was murdered by a serial killer eight years ago, and her husband,
Alexandre, continues to mourn her death. One day, the police discover two
dead bodies near Alexandre’s home, along with a cache of evidence implicating
him in the crime. On the same day, Alexandre receives an email with a video
showing his wife alive and well, along with a simple message: “Tell no one.”
With the police breathing down his neck, Alexandre goes on the run.  

About Elly – December 10 – (Iran, 2009, Drama, Rated PG, 119 min)  

A young teacher on a vacation to northern Iran with three middle-class families
goes missing before she is able to be introduced to a suitor.  

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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!      

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

FGCU Academy Travel 2024 
Call for More Info – 239-434-4838 
Travel Brochures Coming Soon

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, outstand-
ing 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

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

In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy

FGCU Academy
Collier / Lee / Charlotte

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


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