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November 2023      

FGCU Academy
Spirit is a state of mind – FGCU Academy is where you expand your mind!  

“Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” –Kahlil Gibran  

Greetings, FGCU Academy hopes that everyone enjoyed their long holiday weekend.
I know it is just what I needed. We have a full week ahead of us – view the schedule
below. As we near the completion of our winter-spring catalog, we will be entering the
courses into our system and they will be live by mid-December. We are very excited
about the line-up ahead and we think you will be too!  

Twenty Five ways in twenty five days  
1. Consider purchasing gift certificates for membership / course for someone else.
2. Register yourself for a course you wouldn’t normally take.
3. Ask a friend to join you.
4. Tell 5 people in your community about FGCU Academy!
5. Register for a Day Trip!  

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.


Click Below to view any topic  
FGCU Academy Website
View Fall Program Guide
Register Online
November Daily Calendar
TRAVEL 2024 Brochures are Now Available – Scroll below to view them  
Day Trips & Special Events  
December Daily Calendar  

For assistance with registration – Call 239.434.4737  


General Black Jack Pershing
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom
November 27 | 10 – 11:30 am  

John J. Pershing, who led U.S. forces in World War I, is one of the most respected and
honored military leaders in history. An 1886 graduate of West Point, he had a distinguish-
ed military career spanning over four decades. Among his career highlights: commanding
Black troops during the Indian wars and at the Battle of San Juan Hill; promotion from
Captain to Brigadier General by President Teddy Roosevelt, with whom he fought in Cuba;
combatting terrorism in the Philippines and Mexico; commanding AEF; and promotion to
General of the Armies. Join this fascinating look at the life and career of a military icon. 


FGCU Academy 2024 Travel Open House  

Join FGCU Academy online as we formally unveil our 2024 travel excursions including
Kenya & Tanzania, Iceland, Southern Italy & Sicily, Scotland, Provincial France, New
Zealand and Southeast Asia. This year we also are featuring two remarkable river cruises,
Sensations of Lyon & Provence and Jewels of the Rhine. Nine exciting and luxurious tours
are planned for the upcoming travel season starting in May 2024, and we invite you to learn
about them all. Through unique and interesting itineraries, participants experience life outside
the classroom, visit historic sites with local guides, experience another culture – its customs,
cuisine, language and history – and delight in conversation and laughter with fellow explorers
who share a love of travel and a sense of adventure.  

@ Moorings Park Grande Lake | December 8 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom | December 12 | 10:30 – 12 pm  

Free to everyone…          


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 November 27
General Black Jack Pershing
Five Eyes: Global Espionage, Eavesdropping and the Collection of Communications Intelligence
Climate Change – Sources and Solutions  

Tuesday November 28
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari
Mary Queen of Scots  

Wednesday November 29
A Stunning Race: The Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Campaign 1960  

Thursday November 30
Britain: The Morning Star of the Reformation
iPhone/iPad Apps: Camera and Taking Great Photos  

Friday December 1
Balance University
The Woman Question – Should They Vote!
Nuclear Power – The Essential Component in a Strategy to Mitigate Climate Change  

FALL Movie Series


International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)    

2:00 pmSundays at Naples Center  

Pre-registration is strongly suggested – We sold out for November Movie  

International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)  

About EllyDecember 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.  

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!      

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living  

View our 2024  

Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now  

click on the link above to view now

FGCU Academy Travel 2024 
Call for More Info – 239-434-4838 
View Travel Brochures Below

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

“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 high-
lands, to reserves and national parks, we enjoy intimate game drives,
see stupendous landscapes, stay in excellent accommodations, and
meet gracious local people.   

View Brochure

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

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.”   

View Brochure

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

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.   

View Brochure

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

“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.  

View Brochure

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

It is no surprise that the South of France is recognized as the birthplace
of photography, its unrivaled beauty includes the finest examples of
French 15th-century architecture, with Roman ruins and sun-soaked
vineyards nestled at the foot of colossal mountain ranges. Spend three
nights in Nice along the stunning French Riviera and enjoy a visit to
Monte Carlo, playground of the rich and famous. Sail the Rhône and
Saône Rivers while exploring ports of call in Chalon-sur-Saône, Lyon,
Tournon, Viviers, Avignon and Arles, all the while experiencing the rich
history and picturesque beauty of Southern France.  

View Brochure

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

Enjoy a cruise on the romantic Rhine River where UNESCO World Heritage sites,
gothic cathedrals in Cologne and Strasbourg, historic fortresses, and picturesque
canals greet you in the various ports of call. Sail through the scenic Rhine Gorge
and experience the beauty and splendor of the Rhine. Along with the two-night
stay in Lucerne, Switzerland, set against the dramatic Swiss Alps, you’ll have an
amazing holiday on this adventure with Mayflower Cruises and Tours.  

View Brochure

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

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!   

View Brochure

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

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 farm-
land 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.   

View Brochure

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

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  

View Brochure      


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  


[email protected]
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