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September 2023  
FGCU Academy Fall at FGCU Academy  

Greetings, The many elements of fall either intrinsically deliver happiness or trigger memories
of past joy from which we can keep taking bites.   Fall has always been a favorite time of year
for me. I find the cooler, crisper air to be quite refreshing. The fall colors, so vibrant. The smell
of homemade apple pie baking in my oven from fresh picked apples I picked at the orchard. The
season of soups cooking on the stove top. Fires in the backyard firepit with friends and family.
Our wedding took place in October. Our first born arrived in October.   There’s a rebirth in the
fall after the hot, laconic days of summer. Maybe it’s the energy field surrounding a new school
year, but there’s an electricity in the air. It’s the most academically stimulating of the seasons
(and not just because classes resume). That energy may have been what F. Scott Fitzgerald was
eeling when he wrote, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”  

FGCU Academy is bursting with a new and refreshing energy too!  

For those of you who have anxiously been awaiting the release of FGCU Academy Fall Program
Guide…it is coming!  

While our Fall Program Guide will not be available till mid-week, you can view all of the up-
coming classes online here. You can scroll through each topic to see what is being offered.
Once the program guide is available, you will be able to view it on our website at
academy. Click on Fall Program Guide to view.  

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.


View September Daily Calendar  

Register Online    

We are available to assist with registration – 239.434.4737  


Louis XIV – The Sun King
@ Moorings Park Original Campus |
September 11
|10 – 11:30 am  

King of France from the age of four, Louis grew to epitomize, very intentionally, the image
of absolute monarchy in the 17th century. His legacy includes the grandeur of the palace of
Versailles and the glamour of court life. The rigidity of court protocol, the grueling routine
and schedule of public appearances, the daily demands of government and the quest for mili-
tary glory, this lecture examines the many colorful and intriguing aspects of Louis XIV as
well as the lasting effects of his reign.

Apple Watch Tips, Tricks & Secrets of the New Watch OS9
@ Online via Zoom |
September 12 |
11 – 12:30 pm
Join this lecture-style presentation as we explore the many features of the Apple Watch.
It’s not just about telling time, it’s about phone calls, email messages, maps, music, photos,
health tracking, Apple Pay, fall Detection and so much more.

Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom |
September 15, 22, 29
9 – 10 am  

Balance University is an interactive wellness class, designed to improve balance, posture
and flexibility. This program starts with basic balance exercises and progresses to more
complex movements over time. Your instructor explains the “whys” and the importance
of balance exercises as part of your everyday routine. Join our instructor in a safe and
effective low-impact workout on Friday mornings.  


See a sample of what is coming over the next weeks
click on any title below for more information
Monday September 11
The Great Silk Road: A Caravan of Cultures
Overcoming Grief and Loss
The Apollo Space Program  

Tuesday September 12
Macintosh Tips, Tricks & Secrets: MacOS Ventura
Nuclear Fusion…Harnessing the Power of the Sun on Earth  

Thursday September 14
iPhone/iPad Apps: Safari
Pages Word Processor for the iPhone/iPad/Mac  

Monday September 18
British Intelligence  

Tuesday September 19
Artificial Intelligence: The Rise of the Machine
King George III
Overcoming Grief and Loss  

Wednesday September 20
Cloud Computing  

Thursday September 21
Medieval Knights, Chivalry, and Tournaments
Alaska and The Klondike Gold Rush  

Friday September 22
Five Presidents
Religion, Power, Dynasty, and the Crown – The Civil Wars of France  

Summer Movie Series


International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (4 films)  
Sundays at Naples Center – 2:00 pm

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

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

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, 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 enchant-
ing 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 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.

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 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   239-434-4737
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