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FGCU Academy Summer is here – FGCU Academy is where it’s happening!
Greetings, June is the halfway mark till winter season begins. We don’t shut down just
because winter session has ended. We have many courses and programs for you this
summer, and we look forward to seeing you at some of them. View our June Daily
Calendar to see all of what June has to offer or scroll down farther and view this
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,
we will be more than happy to assist you.
VIEW SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE NOW! (new classes begin June 1)
View June Daily Calendar
We are available to assist with registration – 239.434.4737
NEW SESSION BEGINNING
Writers Collaborative Workshop (4-part series)
@ Naples Center & Online via Zoom
June 6, 13, 20, 27 | 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 discussion.
iPhone & iPad for Beginners
@ Naples Center & Online via Zoom
June 13 | 11 – 12:30 pm
The iPhone provides access to phone, voicemail, email, the web, photos, calendars,
texting, maps, games and more. iPads have revolutionized computing since their
introduction. With its larger screen the iPad is absolutely a viable replacement for
your desktop or laptop! Whether you already own an iPhone or iPad, or are consider-
ing purchasing one, join us as we explore the capabilities of these remarkable devices.
This lecture-style demonstration teaches you the important basics of: installing,
reorganizing and deleting apps, using the touch interface, keyboard basics, text
selection and editing, Spotlight, Apple ID, settings and more.
George Washington at Trenton: The Revolutionary War Takes a Dramatic Turn
@ Brooks Commons Club
June 14 | 10 – 11:30 am
The year 1776 seemed a disaster. The British anticipated the end of the war soon, following
a long string of victories against ill-equipped and poorly trained Americans. Then, in one of
the most unexpected and pivotal events in American history, Washington led American troops
over the icy Delaware River and shrewdly snatched two sensational victories at Trenton and
Princeton. The news swept through the Colonies, and the patriot cause was given a second
birth. Follow Dr. Franz as he shares this inspiring story.
iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets All Users Should Know in iOS 16
@ Brooks Commons Club
June 15 | 10 – 11:30 am
The iPhone provides access to phone, voicemail, email, the web, photos, calendars, texting,
maps, games and more. iPads have revolutionized computing since their introduction. With
its larger screen the iPad is absolutely a viable replacement for your desktop or laptop!
Whether you already own an iPhone or iPad, or are considering purchasing one, join us as
we explore the capabilities of these remarkable devices. This lecture-style demonstration
teaches you the important basics of: installing, reorganizing and deleting apps, using the
touch interface, keyboard basics, text selection and editing, Spotlight, Apple ID, settings
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
Monday June 5
–The Berlin Wall
–Sidney Reilly “Ace of Spies” – The “Real” James Bond?
–Queen Victoria – The Grandmother of Europe
–Apple Watch Tips, Tricks & Secrets of the New Watch OS 9
–Voyage to Mars
–Franz Joseph – The Last Habsburg Emperor
–The Twilight Zone: Fiction Foreshadows Truth!
–Churchill’s Secret Army
–The Best of the Best Smartphone and Tablet Apps All Users Should Know – Part 1
–Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
New Session Beginning
CALLING ALL MAH JONGG PLAYERS
Book Your Spot Now before this sells out!
Join us at Naples Center for some fun, play and have the advantage of a mah jongg
pro available to help you make a better decision if needed.
August & September Bookings Now!
Beginner Supervised Mah Jongg
PlayAdvanced Supervised Mah Jongg Play
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 TURKEY – View 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 & PORTUGAL – View 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 DALMATIA – View 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 DEPTH – View 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 WONDERS – View 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 https://www.fgcu.edu/academy/givenow
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@example.com or 239-434-4838 with questions or to learn more.
In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy
FGCU Academy Collier / Lee / Charlotte
FGCU ACADEMY NAPLES CENTER
704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N
Suite 330 Naples, FL 34102