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Register for a Day Trip with FGCU Academy!    

Greetings, With Easter just around the corner, i hope you all have a chance to HOP on
Over to FGCU Academy for a few more classes. We have one more trip next week to
Dali Museum.  

Visit our Sneak Peaks section for next week, below.  



Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

Click on any topic below to learn more.    


Introduction to Photoshop Elements
March 25, 27, 29 | 9:30 – 12:30 pm M / W / F
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Participants must have a working knowledge of computers AND should bring
their own laptops with Photo Shop Elements (latest version) installed. In this
hands-on lecture, basic and advanced beginner Photoshop Elements techniques
are explored. Topics include RAW conversion, rotating photographs, layers,
straightening horizons, color adjustments, removing or minimizing wrinkles
and blemishes, adding or eliminating items from a scene, changing the color
of a particular object in a scene, changing from color to black and white or
sepia, moving parts of one picture to another picture and adding text.

How the Electoral College Shapes Presidential Campaigns
March 25 | 10- 11:30 am Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Presidential elections are determined by a Byzantine process involving the voters,
state governments officials and the U.S. Congress. This lecture addresses how
candidates strategize to win 270 Electoral College votes and how it will likely

Advanced Mah Jongg Strategies (3-part series)
March 25, 27, 29 | 10 – 11:30 am M / W / F
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Please bring your 2023 Mah Jongg Rule Card (from the National Mah Jongg League;
call 212-246-3052) and your own Mah Jongg set. Take your Mah Jongg to a higher
level. Be prepared to play hands with defensive strategies and faster decision making.
Learn when to call and when to wait. Why is this game more about looking and listen-
ing than just studying your hand?

Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
March 26 | 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Plant biotechnology has changed the features of crops growing on most of the land in
the USA. While plant biotechnology products can be controversial, they are embraced
by farmers and represent greater than 90% of the total corn, soybean and cotton acreage.
This lecture informs students about how the products of plant biotechnology are generated
and evaluated. DNA introduction and genome editing approaches using CRISPR are simply
explained, and the current and future products of plant biotechnology are presented.    

HOT TOPICS of the Week  
Application of Mindfulness to Enhance Health and Well-Being
The First Amendment: What Americans Need to Know
Recovering Ethics in America  

Sneak Peak for Next Week – see what is coming    
The Rise and Fall of the Habsburg Empire (2-part series)
Introduction to Microsoft Excel
The Vikings and Normans
What Does It Really Mean When the Bible and Constitution Say…?
Introduction to X (formerly Twitter), WhatsApp, TikTok, YouTube and Telescope
The Pentagon Papers and the Ellsberg Trial  

Day Trips / Special Events

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg
March 28 | 8 – 6 pm, Thursday
St. Petersburg  

Last Chance to Register  

Our private, docent-led tour takes us through the highlights of the permanent collection as
well as a brand-new exhibition, The Shape of Dreams. The Shape of Dreams explores 500
years of dream-inspired paintings from the 16th to 20th century, demonstrating how artists
throughout time have depicted a profound yet common phenomenon of human experience –
the dream. The exhibition examines how Western artists have depicted dreams for different
audiences throughout time, exploring the continuity and disconnections between the past
and present. Our tour includes round-trip motor coach transportation, driver gratuity, entrance
fees, a private docent-led tour and audio guides. Lunch is on your own. Departure information
will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change.
No refunds within 10 business days of departure.        

The Arlington, Naples (AR)
Aston Gardens, North Naples (AG)
Bentley Village, North Naples (BV)
Bonita Bay Community Assoc., Bonita (BB)
Brooks Enrichment Center, Bonita (BR)
The Collaboratory, Ft. Myers (CO)
Cypress Cove, Ft. Myers (CC)
FGCU Main Campus, Ft. Myers (FG)
Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples (GR)
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco island (HB)
The Island Country Club, Marco island (IC)
Moorings Park Grande Lake, Naples (GL)
Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Naples (GO)
Moorings Park Original Campus, Naples (MP)
Naples Center, Naples (NC)
Siena Lakes, North Naples (SL)
The TwinEagles Club, North Naples (TE)
United Church of Marco Island, Marco (UC)
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples (WC)  

(see page 4 of the Winter-Spring 2024 Program Guide for location addresses)

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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
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FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical
Mission of Adult Education and Enrichment Continues!  

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the Winter-Spring 2024 Season—Learning,
Growing, Sharing and Socializing. With nearly 700 programs at more than nineteen locations, there is
something for everyone. If we have had the opportunity to meet in person or if you have heard me speak,
I hope I was able to share with you my passion about FGCU Academy and its mission to provide lifelong
learning and enrichment to the SWFL community. I believe it is critical to our well-being to keep exploring
new avenues for growth to keep our minds engaged in our past, present and future.   

Since we are a non-credit programmatic offering, Florida Gulf Coast University can provide $0.00 of
support to the Academy. We must be financially self-sustaining.  

The fact is that the revenue generated through memberships and program fees provides for only 50% of our
annual operating costs. Additionally, our attendance has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels, so revenue
is much lower than in the past.   

As an educator, I find myself slightly uncomfortable talking about the financial needs of the Academy beyond
thanking everyone for their participation. But, this year and for the near future, it is important that I find the
words to ask for additional support through philanthropic donations.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a moment to consider a
year-end donation 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 1,000 diverse and fascinating programs at more than twenty
locations throughout SWFL. Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being of
more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors that participate in our programs each year.   

or mail your donation to

FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. 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

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

239.434.4737   [email protected]
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