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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

The US Foreign Service: Representing America Abroad

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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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Itinerary for Feb 22 — Feb 27, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel 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: 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 22 - 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.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 waterfront hotel 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: 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 23 - Introduction To The Foreign Service / Nat'l Geogr...
Introduction To The Foreign Service / Nat'l Geographic Video/Germany & Mrs. Merkel /Evening Activity

Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: Begin the week with a general introduction to and overview of the Foreign Service. Learn about the history and structure, understand the differences between embassies and missions and come with lots of questions. Take a short refreshment break. During the second half of the morning, view the video "Ambassador: Inside the Embassy. This National Geographic video explores the world of diplomatic relations. This exclusive documentary goes inside the U.S. embassies in Japan, Pakistan, and Guatemala. Learn about the process of maintaining international alliances through interviews with U.S. Ambassadors Wendy Chamberlin, Howard Baker, and Prudence Bushnell. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi. Q & A session with Wayne Griffith to follow video.

Lunch: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon with Joe Smith as he takes you to Germany and introduces you to the policies of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Time for plenty of discussion.

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: Evening Activity or Presentation

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel 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: 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 24 - Diplomatic-Military Cooperation /US-China Relatio...
Diplomatic-Military Cooperation /US-China Relations /Living and Raising Children Overseas /Film

Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: Begin the morning with Ed Fugit as he addresses the topic of Diplomatic-Military Cooperation overseas. Learn the importance of joint cooperation as these branches of government work together to carry out US policy abroad. Mr. Fugit, a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, specialized in political-military relations His final assignment was as the Political Adviser to the Commander of US Central Command in Tampa, FL. Take a short refreshment break and then begin our second lecture of the morning. Ed Fugit will then discuss US-China Relations.

Lunch: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.

Afternoon: Ed Fugit will be your speaker as he shares his experiences - and challenges - of living and raising children overseas. Then, our motor coach will provide transportation to downtown St. Petersburg for time on your own. Explore what makes 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: Film

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel 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: 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 25 - Foreign Service and Covert Intelligence Agencies/...
Foreign Service and Covert Intelligence Agencies/Foreign Service and the National Interest / Downtown trip / Tales of the Foreign Service

Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: Begin the morning with John Boardman as he discusses the Foreign Service and Cover Intelligence Agencies. There will be a short refreshment break mid-morning. 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: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.

Afternoon: We'll get you out of the classroom this afternoon with a visit to the downtown St. Pete area.

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: Listen as our retired Foreign Service Officer shares with you his life and adventures in the various places he served in around the world. Appreciate life in the Foreign Service through anecdotes and stories.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel 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: 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 26 - Foreign Service of the Future/ Putin and His Plan...
Foreign Service of the Future/ Putin and His Plans /Tales of the Foreign Service / Musical Entertainment

Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: Join John Boardman as he discusses the Foreign Service of the Future. Take a short refreshment break. Learn from Foreign Affairs Officer John Reppert what Putin's plans are for Russia. John has been actively involved in Foreign Affairs since 1966, serving overseas as an Army Officer including attaché in Embassy in Moscow. 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: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.

Afternoon: More Tales of the Foreign Service. Wayne will regale you with more of his life and adventures in the various places he served in around the world.

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: Enjoy an evening of live musical entertainment.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 27 - Spain and the New Monarch / Wrap-up Session
Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: Spend the first half of the morning with Joe Smith as he discusses Spain and the new Monarch. Take a short refreshment break. End the morning with a wrap-up session: discussion/ Q&A. Here's your last chance to ask all the questions you weren't able to earlier in the week.

Lunch: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.

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

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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