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Dear John, We have added a new location to our current list of Learning Centers –
Welcome to Glenview at Pelican Bay!  

We also have a NEW COURSE for all you Bridge Lovers – Slam Bidding!  

Check out our Feature offerings as well as our week ahead section to find a course for
you! We look forward to seeing all of you soon!    


Glenview at Pelican Bay – 100 Glenview Pl., Naples, 34108

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks and Secrets All Users Should Know
April 11 | 3 – 4:30pm, Thursday
Glenview at Pelican Bay
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 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.    

Naples Center – 704 Goodlette Frank Rd N., Naples, 34102

Slam Bidding
April 10 | 10 – 12:30pm, Wednesday
Naples Center  

How many slams do you miss at the bridge table? Join us as we
tackle the most important systems and conventions you should
know in order to find and make every biddable slam. Topics will
include Italian Cue Bids, Kickback, 1430, Queen Ask, Exclusion
Blackwood and more. Bring your partner so you can both hone
your skills on all these powerful bridge conventions and start bid-
ding more slams!


Week of March 18 – March 22
Click on any topic below to learn more.

The Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial  

March 19 | 1:30 – 3pm, Tuesday

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

The anti-Vietnam War movement and the Democratic
Convention brought about a violent confrontation in
downtown Chicago in August 1968. Did the protesters
cause it or was it a police riot? A year later the conflict
moved to the courtroom as eight leaders of the protest
were put on trial for conspiracy to incite a riot. The
conflict in the courtroom between Judge Julius Hoffman
and the defendants and their attorneys was not violent.
But in some ways, it was as brutal as the confrontation on
Michigan Avenue. Who was at fault?

Recovering Nazi Plunder – World War II Monuments Men  

March 20 | 10 – 11:30am, Wednesday

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

The U.S./U.K. established an unprecedented unit to protect art and cultural
sites during World War II. Additionally, they recovered art and treasure looted
by the Nazis on a massive scale. This is a fascinating true story of their exploits.

Cloud Computing for Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad  

March 20 | 10:30 – 12pm  

FGCU Main Campus (AB9) Room 106  

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 your devices. This lecture is appropriate and useful for Windows, Android and
Apple users.

Military Tribunals in U.S. History  

March 20 | 1:30 – 3pm, Wednesday  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Should terrorists be tried in U.S. or military courts? This fascinating lecture
explores one of the hottest issues facing our nation today by tracing the history
of military tribunals from the American Revolution to the present. An insightful
and timely review of important lessons from history.

The First Amendment: What Americans Need to Know  

March 20 | 1:30 – 3pm, Wednesday  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom

This presentation facilitates an understanding of the development of
First Amendment rights in American history. It explores protections
and limitations regarding speech and the press, rights of petition and
assembly. It also explores how to legally exercise freedom of religion
and apply what is taught to other First Amendment-related situations.


iPhone/iPad Maps App: Getting There With Ease  

March 21 | 10:30 – 12pm, Thursday  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Apple’s Maps app gives you everything you need to get where you’re
going and find interesting places along the way. It can provide turn-by-
turn voice navigation for driving, walking, cycling and public transit.
Maps offers cycling directions with bike lanes, paths, and roads; electric
vehicle routing; and informative guides to numerous destinations. Maps
can show you cities in 3D and can take you to the sky with Flyover.

Recovering Ethics in America  

March 21 | 1:30 – 3pm, Friday  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

For decades, ethics was taught in universities and corporate training programs
from a “negative” standpoint, meaning that the course content focused on what
people shouldn’t do. When that approach was finally evaluated, research found
that this method resulted in no positive ethical action by people who received
such training or education. Today, we know that “positive” ethics does change
behavior. Positive ethics focuses on doing the right thing by fostering virtues.
This lecture also includes the technique of Giving Voice to Values, an approach
that has revolutionized ethics recently.       


The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg
March 28 | 8 – 6:30 pm, Thursday
St. Petersburg  

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 Week Ahead  

Monday March 18
Arthritis: Why Me?  

Tuesday March 19
Financial Strategies for Estate Planning  

Wednesday March 20
Application of Mindfulness to Enhance Health and Well-Being  

Thursday March 21
iPhone and iPad Fundamentals  

Friday March 22
The Manhattan Project      

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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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 re-
turned 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.   


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I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. Please contact me directly
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