Administrators from University of the Ozarks and the Jones Learning Center will present a reception preceding a meeting by the Dallas, Texas, branch of the International Dyslexia Association, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20, at the Dallas Academy.
The reception, which will include Ozarks President Richard Dunsworth and JLC Director Julia Frost, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the academy, located at 950 Tiffany Way. The reception will include information about the JLC and is open to prospective students, alumni and friends of the University and the JLC.
The International Dyslexia Association’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Eric McGehearty, a 2001 Ozarks and JLC graduate who is an accomplished artist and CEO of Globe Runner SEO. McGehearty’s, whose talk is titled, "Doing it Backward: A Dyslexia’s Success Story," is an inspirational speaker who shares his struggles and successes as a dyslexic.
Globe Runner SEO is a top-performing, Dallas-based SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and digital marketing firm. The company, founded in 2008, is one of the fastest-growing online marketing companies in Texas, and now employs a team of 12 professionals. Major clients include Atrium Windows and Doors, TXI Concrete, New York Life Insurance, Money Matters with Ken Moraif, and the international firm Dominion Blueline Incorporated. Globe Runner has advised small businesses, large corporations and even political candidates regarding social media and online marketing.
McGehearty received his master’s degree from the University of North Texas. He is an award-winning sculptor whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States. He and his wife, Heather, have four children: Keegan, Trevor, Elliot and Claire.
Other upcoming events that the JLC will be involved in this semester include:
- On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Frost and four JLC students will visit Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Ark., to lead a learning disabilities simulation and provide suggestions on making accommodations for students with disabilities. Following the simulation, there will be a student panel. The current JLC students will talk about their disabilities, the challenges they have experienced in school, and how they have learned to compensate.
- On Nov. 5-8, frost will be in Orlando, Fla., for the Independent Educational Consultants’ Conference. She will represent the JLC at the information swap and will make a presentation titled, "The Next Step for a Student with ASD." http://www.iecaonline.com/PDF/IECA_Orlando-Brochure-College.pdf
- On Nov. 13-15, Frost will represent the JLC with a booth at the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) conference in Chicago. http://www.chadd.org/Training-Events/Annual-International-Conference-on-ADHD.aspx.