Skip to main content
Hundreds of courses. Knowledgeable instructors. 
Have it your way, online or in-person.  


October 2023      

FGCU Academy
Where did Halloween come from?  

Greetings, Halloween’s origins can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival known as
Samhain, which was held on November 1 in contemporary calendars. It was believed that
on that day, the souls of the dead returned to their homes, so people dressed in costumes
and lit bonfires to ward off spirits. The term “witch” actually means “wise woman” in Old
English. If somebody ever refers to you as “witchy,” don’t forget to thank them! They’re
saying that you’re super smart.  

Let your friends and family know how witchy you are by sharing with them about FGCU
Academy. Forward this email newsletter to any friends or family and introduce them to us.
Our best recommendation is word of mouth. They will realize how super smart you are.  

Below are a few highlights of what is being offered this coming week. Scroll down to see
everything that is available for the week.  

-Tuesday learn about Cloud Computing for Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone & iPad
-Wednesday Ed Grace will be discussing Voyage to Mars
-Friday Steve Valdespino will enlighten you about Pirates of the Golden Age: 1630-1730  

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
DONATE October

Daily Calendar
Register Online
November Daily Calendar

Day Trips & Special Events  

For assistance with registration – Call 239.434.4737  


Cloud Computing for Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone & iPad
@ Commons Club at The Brooks | October 31 | 10 – 11:30 am  

This useful and practical introduction to cloud computing explores
what clouds are, who provides them, how they function and why
you should use them. Microsoft, Google, Apple and many others
offer cloud solutions. Most of them are free and easy to use! We
explore the various cloud alternatives available, how to set them
up and use them, and the benefits they offer for file storage and
security and the syncing of data across all of your devices. This
lecture is appropriate and useful for Windows, Android and
Apple users.

Voyage to Mars
@ FGCU Main Campus | November 1 | 10 – 11:30 am
Water School (BLDG AB9) Room 106  

In 2020, three missions were launched from Earth with the
destination of Mars. All three missions arrived at Mars in
February 2021. The first Mission was by United Arab
Emirates named the Hope Probe. The second was by
China named the Tianwen-1 Mission. The third was by
NASA named the Perseverance. The Hope Probe will
remain in orbit and analyze the Mars weather patterns.
The Tianwen-1 Probe has an orbiter, a lander and a rover.
Perseverance has a lander, rover and helicopter drone. We
will examine the objectives of each mission and provide
updates on their accomplishments to date. Join us for a
fascinating discussion about the forefront of space travel
and exploration in the 21st century. Our Speaker was
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work
on the Apollo 13 mission which safely returned the 3
astronauts to earth after an explosion occurred in their
Service Module 200,000 miles from earth on its way to
the moon. 

FGCU Academy 2024 Travel Open Houses
@ Moorings Park Original Campus | November 3 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom | November 6 | 10:30 – 12pm
@ FGCU Main Campus | November 8 | 1:30 – 3 pm Water School
(BLDG AB9) Room 106
@ Cypress Cove | November 17 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ TwinEagles | November 20 | 4 – 5:30 pm

Pre-registration required
Join FGCU Academy as we formally unveil our 2024 travel excursions
including our Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania, Exploring Iceland,
Southern Italy & Sicily, Scotland: Highlands & Islands, Provincial
French Countryside, New Zealand Adventure, Southeast Asia,
Sensations of Lyon and Provence and Jewels of the Rhine. Nine
exciting and luxurious tours are planned for our upcoming travel
season starting in May 2024, and we invite you to learn about them
all. Through unique and interesting itineraries, participants have the
opportunity to 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.

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s Newest Operating System in iOS 17
@ Bentley Village | November 14 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

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.    


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 sunlight 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 30
A Different Look at Florida
Military Tribunals in U.S. History  

Wednesday November 1
Women in Western Music  

Thursday November 2
FISA Courts and Warrants  

Friday November 3
Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
Peter the Great: A Czar Larger Than Life
Pirates of the Golden Age: 1630-1730
Northern India: The Heart of a Culture  

Monday November 6
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Queen Elizabeth I – Gloriana  

Tuesday November 7
Who Really Discovered America?  

Wednesday November 8
Bhutan and Sri Lanka – India’s Unknown Neighbors
Are You an Informed Collier County Voter?  

Thursday November 9
Cuba: A Nation Frozen in Time
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail  

Friday November 10
“The Letter” by Former Intelligence Officials on the Hunter Biden Laptop  

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)

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.  

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


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

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.

Sensations of Lyon & Provence 2024 River Cruise September 17 – 28, 2024  

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  

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   

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 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 [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]
‹‹ Previous Post
November's Creative Cornucopia:
All Posts Next Post ››
Final Weekend!