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April 2023  
FGCU Academy
Happy Hump Day  

Greetings, What do you call a camel with no humps? Humphrey…Happy Hump Day.  

Why do they call Wednesday Hump Day? Wednesday first came to be known as hump day
since at least the 1950s. The expression figures Wednesday, the middle of the workweek, as
the hump people get over to coast into the weekend. Throughout the 20th century, Wednesday
was especially referred to as hump day in an effort to liven up the drudgery of the workweek.  

For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be more than
happy to assist you.  


Writer’s Collaborative Workshop (4-part series)
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
May 2, 9, 16, 23 | 1 – 3 pm  

Audience is one of the most important aspects of writing. Share the content of yours with
like-minded, aspiring authors in a constructive, acceptance-oriented, creative and vibrant
writing group in search of effective writing methodologies. This program welcomes whatever
you are writing or want to write – memoir, stories, novel, or poems – for input, guidance and

Memoir Writing: A Thought Provoking Emotional Experience
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
May 4, 11, 18, 25 | 1 – 3 pm  

Enrollment is limited. Have you led an exciting life? Have a rich genealogy? Enjoy sharing
past experiences? This class will help you navigate through the islands of your memory as
you learn to select and develop key events from your past, focus on the people and drama,
and incorporate description and sensory details for reader engagement.

Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
May 5, 12, 19 | 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




CLICK HERE – May Daily Calendar  

Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737


  Free Gift with Purchase of a Membership
When you purchase a membership, you are supporting lifelong learning in the SWFL
community. As a token of our appreciation, we have a free gift for all those who
Moviepurchase a membership, in-person or online. Visit the FGCU Naples Center
at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd North to receive your free gift.  

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    

The Latest in Social Media Applications
Trier, Germany: The Ancient “Rome of the North
iPhone/iPad Settings: iCloud, Notifications, Apple Pay, Emergency SOS and More  

Monday May 1
Nanoparticle Technology: How Thinking Small is Making Huge Impacts
Tiffany Treasures with a Florida Twist  

iPhone/iPad for Intermediates: All the Things You Never Knew
Optimal Nutrition for Enhanced Mental Health  

The Wonders of Ancient Cambodia and Tibet  

Louis XIV – The Sun King  

Introduction to Microsoft Windows 11
Syrian OdysseyOperation Drumbeat – U-boats off the Coast of Florida during
World War II    

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


INSIDER’S JAPAN View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity;
a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating.
This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life,
and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.

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 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  

239-434-4737   [email protected]
FGCU Academy | 704 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Suite 330, Naples, FL 34102
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