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May 2023  

FGCU Academy Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Died in Military Service
Greetings, FGCU Academy newsletter will be taking a break and will return
Sunday June 4th with new and updated information for you. Until then,
we wish all of our fallen soldiers’ families peace and comfort.  

Memorial Day is the time we celebrate our fallen heroes while in service. See below
for a bit of historical tidbits.  

Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May, honors service members
who have died in military service to the nation. The holiday has roots dating back to the
post-Civil War era, when citizens would informally place spring flower memorials on the
graves of fallen soldiers.  

There are many claims as to when and where “Decoration Day” started. The town of
Waterloo, New York, has come to be known as to where it all began. On May 5,
1866, the town hosted a city-wide celebration of “Decoration Day,” encouraging its
citizens to create memorials on soldiers’ graves with flags and flowers. A few years
later in 1868, Gen. John A. Logan declared that the first-ever national Decoration
Day should take place on May 30, as the date was a neutral day for On May 20, 1868,
over 5,000 first-ever National Decoration Day participants decorated the graves of the
20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery in
Virginia. By the late 1800s, cities and communities across the United States began
to observe the day and several states declared it a legal holiday.  

Over the next few decades, the day transitioned from being called Decoration Day to
its current name of Memorial Day.  

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established
Memorial Day as the last Monday in May instead of a set calendar day. By 1971,
the three-day weekend for federal employees went into full effect.  

Today, Memorial Day is often associated with the start of summer, discount sales
and cookouts with friends.  

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 SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE NOW! (summer classes begin June 1)    

View May Daily Calendar  

View June Daily Calendar  

Register Online      

We are available to assist with registration – 239.434.4737  


Information, Misinformation, Disinformation
@ Bentley Village May 25 | 10 – 11:30 am  
Sources of information do matter. Dr. Elliott, Dean of the FGCU Bradshaw
Library, provides participants with the tools to identify quality information
while identifying misinformation and disinformation. Thanks to the internet
and social media, you can get answers to just about every question you have.
However, there are some contributors to these sites that either provide the
wrong information unintentionally, or worse, intentionally. This lecture
helps you find the most accurate answers in the shortest amount of time.

Chinese Intelligence
@ Bentley Village May 30 | 1:30 – 3 pm  
China has a large and highly proficient intelligence organization. They
are particularly effective in human intelligence, economic espionage and
cyber warfare. They are also very aggressive in co-opting students,
academics and businessmen. Topics include: structure; mission; effectiveness;
operations; Ministry for State Security; People’s Liberation Army; industrial
and economic espionage; cyber warfare; and TikTok.    

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!  

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

Tuesday May 30
The Invisibility of Social Issues in Southwest Florida  

Thursday June 1
Franz Joseph – The Last Habsburg Emperor
Great Discussions Group (2-part sessions) New Session  

Monday June 5
The Berlin Wall
Sydney Reilly “Ace of Spies” – The “Real” James Bond?   

Tuesday June 6
Queen Victoria – The Grandmother of Europe
Writers Collaborative Workshop (4-part series) New Session  

Wednesday June 7
Napoleon Bonaparte  

Thursday June 8
Apple Watch Tips, Tricks & Secrets of the New Watch OS 9  

Friday June 9
Voyage to Mars      

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.

PEARLS OF DALMATIAView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days 
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable
history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our
small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg
resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this
cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

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.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERSView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days 
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history
and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen­ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias
and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in
a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night
stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.    

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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