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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

The US Foreign Service: Representing America Abroad

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Program #8164RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Sea Level.

Itinerary for Feb 2 — Feb 7, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 02 - Arrival/Welcome/Orientation
Afternoon: CHECK IN: From 3:00 pm at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the meeting room to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule that we will review during orientation in the evening. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULED TIMES COULD CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding! ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Hotel Dining Room

Evening: The evening is yours to begin to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack or relax.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 03 - Introduction To The Foreign Service / Ambassador ...
Introduction To The Foreign Service / Ambassador in a Changing World/Foreign Policy Dilemmas /Tai Chi with Professor Hong Gu

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Wayne Griffith will begin the morning with a general overview/introduction to the Foreign Service. Wayne is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, with a 30-year career with the Department of State. He was a career member of the Foreign Service from 1973 to 1988, and the Senior Foreign Service from 1988 to 2002.  During his diplomatic career, Wayne served in Mexico (twice), Jerusalem, Nicaragua, Peru, Japan, Great Britain and Washington, retiring from his position as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in September 2002. Take a short refreshment break. During the second part of the morning, Wayne will regale you with his "Tales of the Foreign Service." Listen as he recounts anecdotes from his 30-year career with the Department of State. Perhaps you’ll hear about a 3:00 am surprise in North Korea; making small talk with Queen Elizabeth; being on the receiving end of a terrorist rocket; or, what it’s like to be catapulted off the deck of an aircraft carrier. You never know just what story Wayne might tell you. PLEASE NOTE THAT PLACEMENT OF CLASSES AND FIELD TRIPS ON THE SCHEDULE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room

Afternoon: Your afternoon lecture with Ambassador Donald Leidel will take you to the Middle East as he discusses Foreign Policy Dilemmas. Ambassador Leidel spent 41 years in government service with the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Air Force and the Department of State. He served in Austria, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, and Bahrain, where he was ambassador for 1983 to 1986 and in 1989. His other overseas experience included a study on racial attitudes in Africa based on visits to five African countries and post-retirement consultancies in Slovakia and Oman.

Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College Continuing Education Dining Hall. The buffet at the campus dining hall includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Evening: Take a break from your classes and enjoy a lesson in T'ai Chi with Eckerd College Professor Hong Gu.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 04 - Diplomatic-Military Cooperation /Living and Raisi...
Diplomatic-Military Cooperation /Living and Raising Children Overseas /Afternoon Excursion/ Tales of the Foreign Service

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Begin the morning with Ed Fugit as he addresses the topic of Diplomatic-Military Cooperation overseas. Mr. Fugit is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer whose 28-year career spanned the years of 1970 – 1998. His specialty is political work and politico-military relations. Mr. Fugit worked in US embassies and missions in Brazil, Angola, Belgium, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Pakistan. His final assignment was as the Political Adviser to the Commander of US Central Command in Tampa, FL. He has also worked extensively in the Middle East and Northeast Africa. After retirement, he was called to duty to work again at Central Command during the Afghanistan operation (2002) and the Iraq invasion (2003). Take a short refreshment break and then begin our second lecture of the morning. Ed Fugit will be your speaker as he shares his experiences - and challenges - of living and raising children overseas.

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room

Afternoon: Our motor coach will provide transportation to downtown St. Petersburg for time on your own. Explore what make downtown St. Pete famous: visit the world renown museums, shop in the many galleries and boutiques or simply stroll the waterfront district.

Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College Continuing Education Dining Hall. A selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays.

Evening: Then watch a short video about life inside the Embassy. Travel - with unprecedented access - to American embassies around the world in this behind-the-scenes glimpse into the intriguing, glamorous, sometimes dangerous, lives of US diplomats. From Revolutionary War diplomacy to our current response to our global terrorism, it is a revealing look at the human face of American diplomacy in National Geographic's "Ambassador: Inside the Embassy." This will be followed by a Q&A session with Wayne.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 05 - Venezuela After Chavez / Foreign Service and the ...
Venezuela After Chavez / Foreign Service and the National Interest / Africa: Embassy in Crisis

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Begin the morning with Joseph Smith as he helps you explore "Venezuela After Chavez. Mr. Smith entered the Foreign Service in 1956 and served in Algiers, Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao, Asuncion, Bogotá, and Medellin, with two tours in Department of State, and one year at the University of California, Berkeley in Advanced Economics/ Political Studies. Enjoy a short refreshment break. Complete the morning with Wade Matthews, former career diplomat with the US Foreign Service. In addition with a variety of postings that include Acting Ambassador/Deputy Ambassador in Chile and Deputy Director to the Organization of American States (OAS), Mr. Matthews also was Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College. This morning Mr. Matthews will discuss how the US Foreign Service helps formulate and implement policies that further US national interest, both in theory and practice.

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room.

Afternoon: Learn about the challenges an embassy faces during times of crisis. Mr. Anthony Dalsimer whose Foreign Service career has been mostly in Africa, will share with us his experiences in Africa.

Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College Continuing Education Dining Hall. A selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays.

Evening: Lecture or evening presentation to be determined

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 06 - More Tales of the Foreign Service / Officer as a ...
More Tales of the Foreign Service / Officer as a Diplomat / Musical Entertainment

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Wane Griffith will be back this morning to share more of his life in the Foreign Service through anecdotes and stories. Take a short refreshment break. Learn from Foreign Affairs Officer John Reppert the challenges of an Officer as a Diplomat. John has been actively involved in Foreign Affairs since 1966, serving overseas as an Army Officer for 14 years, including more than six as an attaché in Embassy Moscow, and three years as a Department of Defense civilian, while Dean of the College at the Marshal Center 2003-2006. He has a PhD in International Relations for the George Washington University in 1982. John taught at the US Military Academy, the Army War College, and served as Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University.

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room.

Afternoon: Take a break from the classroom and board our motor coach for a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. From a legendary permanent collection, to fascinating traveling exhibits, to exciting events in the heart of downtown's scenic waterfront, the Museum of Fine Arts is ready to inspire you with diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art. Discover 4,500 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to the present. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, Cezanne, Renoir and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida's most respected photography collections.

Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College Continuing Education Dining Hall. The buffet at the campus dining hall includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Evening: Take a break tonight and enjoy some live musical entertainment with one of our most favorite Road Scholar lecturers and performers - Joy Katzen-Guthrie.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 07 - Public Diplomacy / Wrap-up Session
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Learn about Public Diplomacy from Eckerd College's own Diplomat in Residence, Donna Oglesby. Donna has over twenty-five years experience in cultural and public diplomacy culminating as Counselor of the Agency, the ranking career position in the United States Information Agency (USIA), from 1993-1996. She is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange Award for Outstanding Service; USIA Distinguished Honor Award; the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Presidential Honor Award. In addition to being faculty at Eckerd College, where she teaches courses on international relations and American foreign policy, Professor Oglesby is a member of the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Affairs, and a member of the Public Diplomacy Council. Articles by Donna Oglesby on cultural and public diplomacy have been published by the United States Institute of Peace and the Foreign Service Journal. Take a short refreshment break. Final session of the week is a wrap-up session. Discussion/ Q&A will be lead by Wayne Griffith and one of our speakers.

Lunch: Hotel Dining Room

Afternoon: Program ends with lunch today. Thank you for choosing Eckerd College and the Magnuson Hotel for your Road Scholar experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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