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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.
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Itinerary for Feb 10 — Feb 15, 2013

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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 10 - Arrival/Welcome/Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in at Magnuson Hotel front desk. Report to assigned classroom for registration.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Program coordinator will conduct an orientation and introduction program. Final itinerary will be provided.

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 11 - Introduction To The Foreign Service / Video: Insi...
Introduction To The Foreign Service / Video: Inside the Embassy / Foreign Policy Dilemmas

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 served with the U.S. Department of State as 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. He is a 1971 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a 1987 graduate of the National War College. A native of New Jersey, Wayne now resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. On sunny days, he can frequently be observed cruising in a bright red Austin Healey convertible. Take a short refreshment break. Then watch a video that describes life inside an Embassy.

Lunch: Campus Dining Room

Afternoon: Meet Ambassador Donald Leidel and learn about the Middle East as he discusses foreign policy dilemmas and his own experiences. Ambassador Leidel spent 41 years in government service with the Central Intelligence Agency, The US Air Force and the Department of State. He served in Austria, Germany, Argentina, Mexico and Hagrain where he was ambassador from 1983-86 and then again in 1989. He also served as Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome reception on our beautiful campus.

Dinner: Campus Dining Room

Evening: T'ai Chi Class with Porfessor Hong Gu. Professor Gu was born and raised in Shanghai, China and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Shanghai dialect, as well as familiar with a number of other Chinese dialects. He has also studied Russian and French. Professor Gu has taught Chinese language, literature, culture and history and English composition at Hamilton College, NY; Northwestern University, Chicago; Ivy Tech, Indiana; and Purdue University. He received his BA in English language and literature from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China; his MA in English Language and Literature from Southeast Missouri University and his PhD candidate in Modern British Literature and Literary Theory at Purdue University. Hong has studied calligraphy, Northern-style martial arts, T’ai Ji and Qi Gong. PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS DAYS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES MAY ALSO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO AVAILABLITY OF SERVICES.

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 12 - Officer as Diplomat / Diplomatic-Military Coopera...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Begin the morning with John Reppert as he tells you of the experiences of being an Officer as a diplomat of the embassy. Take a short refreshment break mid-morning. Then, Ed Fugit will provide us with an in-depth understanding of Diplomatic-Military Cooperation. Ed 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). He received his BA from the University of Vermont and his Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and from the National War College. He was Captain in the US Army, including a tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. Mr. Fugit is the recipient of the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is married with four sons. Two are army officers and helicopter pilots; one just returned from a tour in Iraq and the other is in Afghanistan. His third son does work for the US government, including travel to Afghanistan.

Lunch: Campus Dining Room

Afternoon: Afternoon in downtown St. Petersburg. TIme to explore the city on your own.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Film in association with the program

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 13 - Tales of the Foreign Service / Foreign Service a...
Tales of the Foreign Service / Foreign Service and the National Interest / Africa: Embassy in Crisis / More 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 Wayne Griffith as he regales you with stories of his experiences in the Foreign Service. Take a short refreshment break and then begin our second lecture of the morning. Wade Matthews, former career diplomat with the US Foreign Service, will discuss the Foreign Service and the National Interest. 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. 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: Campus 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. Tony was educated at Grinnell College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of the District of Columbia. He also studied at Stanford and Howard Universities. His Foreign Service career has been mostly in Africa, including assignments to Ouagadougou, Bamako, Hargeisa, Kinshasa, Bukavu, and N’djamena. He also served in more widely known places such as Paris, and Washington, D. C. In retirement, Tony is presently an adjunct faculty member at the Sarasota campus of the University of South Florida, where he specializes in African Studies.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Wayne Griffith will continue sharing his escapades of Foreign Service travel.

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 14 - Raising Children Overseas / The Foreign Service o...
Raising Children Overseas / The Foreign Service of the Future / Field Trip / Entertainment

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

Morning: Ed Fugit will start your morning off discussing life and raising children overseas. Having joined the Department of State in 1970, Edward Fugit retired as a Senior Foreign Service Officer of that department in 1998. His specialty is political work and politico-military relations. He served 28 years, working in US Embassies and missions in Brazil, Angola, Belgium, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Pakistan. His final assignment was as the Political Advisor to the Commander of US Central Command in Tampa. He also worked extensively in the Middle East and North East Africa. After retirement, Mr. Fugit was recalled to duty to work again at Central Command during the Afghanistan operation (2002) and the Iraq invasion (2003). He received his BA from the University of Vermont, and his Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and from the National War College. Since retirement Ed spends time speaking on behalf of the American Foreign Service Association - the professional association of US diplomats. Mr. Fugit served as a Captain in the US Army, including a tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, for which he received the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. He is married and has four sons. Two are Army officers and helicopter pilots; one just returned from a tour in Iraq and the other is in Afghanistan. His third son does work for the US government including travel to Afghanistan. Take a short refreshment break mid-morning. Then John Boardman will talk about the Foreign Service of the Future.

Lunch: At the hotel

Afternoon: Field trip to a museum to be determined

Dinner: Campus dining room

Evening: Live Musical Entertainment from a local artist

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 15 - Public Diplomacy / Wrap-up Session
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast on campus

Morning: Current Diplomat in Residence at Eckerd College Donna Oglesby for a class on Public Diplomacy. Donna teaches courses on international relations and American foreign policy. She 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. In addition to being faculty at Eckerd College, 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.

Lunch: On campus. The program ends after lunch.

Afternoon: Program ends with lunch today

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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