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August 2023  

FGCU Academy Fun Facts – Did You Know…  

Greetings, History of Barbie
-Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
-Barbie was named after Ruth Handler’s daughter, Barbara, and Ken after her son, -Kenneth.
-She is from (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin, where she attended high school.
-Barbie’s official birthday is March 9, 1959, the day she was unveiled to the toy industry during New York Toy Fair.
-Barbie first appeared in her iconic black-and-white striped swimsuit.
-Barbie was joined by Ken in 1961.
-The first Barbie doll was sold for $3.00.
-The first Barbie commercial aired during the Mickey Mouse Club in 1959.
-Barbie doll’s signature color is Barbie Pink (PMS 219).
-Barbie stands 11.5 inches tall.
-The best-selling Barbie doll ever was 1992 Totally Hair™ Barbie, which featured floor-length hair.  

Our Fall program guide is in the works and we have some exciting new classes for you.
It should be available towards late September. Keep your eyes on the lookout for it.  

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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We are available to assist with registration – 239.434.4737  


Scandal in Paris
@ Bentley Village August 21 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

Explore the lives of renowned pianist and composer Frederic Chopin
and the eminent writer Georges Sand and their tumultuous relationship. 
Both artists had established their careers in Paris, the cultural capital of
Western Europe, and had some of the greatest luminaries of the age in
their circle of friends. The romance between Sand and Chopin was
unfortunately torn apart by the family dynamics that were reflected in
Sand’s children.

Supervised Mah Jongg Play
@ Naples Center September 7, 14, 21, 28
Beginners @ 10 – 12:30 pm
Advanced @ 1:30 – 4 pm  

Wouldn’t it be great to have someone looking over your shoulder while
playing Mah Jongg to help you decide your next move? Well, now you can!
Come join others while a Mah Jongg pro is readily available to assist you
when you just don’t know what to do! This is not an instruction class, but
supervised play with expert guidance and strategy when asked for. You will
play with people of similar ability, make new friends, and improve your game
all under the watchful eye of a Mah Jongg expert.  

for September  

This is a great opportunity to get your game ready to play at the next level!  


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

Monday August 21
The Crusades
Voyage to Mars
The Six Wives of Henry VIII  

Tuesday August 22
Cloud Computing
Eli Cohen – Israeli Master Spy  

Thursday August 24
Cuba: A Nation Frozen in Time
iPhone/iPad Notes App: The App Everyone Should Use  

Friday August 25
Turkish Delight  

Monday August 28
The Crimean War  

Tuesday August 29
Changing of the Seasons (Music, Poetry, and Art)  

Thursday August 31
World War II America  

Summer Movie Series
International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (4 films)  

Sundays at Naples Center – 2:00 pm

Baby Teeth – August 20 (Australia, 2019, Comedy/Drama, 118 minutes, Rated MA-17)

Retrograde – September 17 (2022, Documentary, 94 minutes, Rated R)  

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 Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now


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.

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.      

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

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    

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

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

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