Dog talk with John Logan: Featuring the Machtleys

John Logan, Contributing Writer

Hey everyone! For those who don’t know me, my name is John Logan and I’m part of the Class of 2016. I won’t go into too much detail about myself because, let’s be honest, in this day and age, people skip the big paragraphs and go straight to the short and simple parts of an article. Therefore, you’ll probably just read the interview questions about the Machtleys, which is perfectly fine because I would probably do the same. Anyhow, for those who are still reading this, I’ll give you the basic lowdown: I’m from Hanover, MA. Majors: Entrepreneurship & Marketing. Minor: Communications. You can also visit me at www.johndukelogan.com.

But what exactly is “Dog Talk”? Good question. This year I wanted to highlight students and staff who have done something significant within the Bryant Community. Each week I will feature others who I personally think should be recognized and you will get to learn a little more about the people behind the talent. However, for the first week I wanted to start out a little differently. Why? Well everyone knows the Machtleys so I wanted to highlight them first! (And, well, if you don’t know them, now you will!)

Do you think there is another college out there that allows you to sit with the president of your school in his office and talk about your passions, the meaning of life, and Taylor Swift? Probably not. President Ronald Machtley and his wife, Kati, are two of the most genuine and caring people I know. You will see them at football games, in the weight room working out, and sometimes eating dinner at Salmo with students. If that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is. Alright, first up: the man, the myth, the legend: President Ron Machtley.

Name: Ronald Machtley

Position: President of Bryant University

1. What does “success” mean to you?

“Defining what you want to achieve and actually achieving it. Short term goals, long term goals, doesn’t matter. But the important thing is they have to be personal to YOU and to your strategic thoughts. Never try to pursue success for only other people or you will never feel accomplished.”

2. What’s the number one thing on your bucket list? 

“Although I haven’t achieved it yet, I would love to play golf in Ireland.”

3. If you could go out to lunch with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

“Alive: Warren Buffet. Dead: James Madison. Madison was extremely influential when the Constitution was in progress and one of the wisest Founding Fathers. I would love to find out the truth behind the history of the creation of the United States.”

4. What is your favorite thing about Bryant?

“The community feels like a family. If you’re a freshman or the president, you always know there’s someone there to help you.”

5. What is your passion and how did you find it?

“At first, I thought my passion was to be an admiral, and then a lawyer. But then I realized my passion is to help others find their passions. Not only academically, but the “whole-person” concept. However, here’s a secret: Passions evolve when you don’t anticipate them.”

6. Pick two celebrities that would be your parents.

“My parents are 94 and 93 years old and they still drive and help other people! They are celebrities to me.”

7. What is one misconception people have about you?

“I’m given credit for more than I do.”

8. Would you want the ability to consciously control your dreams at night? Why or why not?

“I always enjoy the excitement of a good dream. If they were controllable, they wouldn’t be open-ended.”

9. Without using your name, who are you?

“I am an ordinary person who has extraordinary good luck and fortune, especially marrying an amazing woman and finding my way to Bryant University. I am truly happy with my life.”

10. If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would be the main actor/actress?

“Robert De Niro”

11. If you had one chance to say one thing to the world, what would it be?

“Be responsible and do everything you think you’re capable of doing- you’ll surprise the world one day. “

 

Name: Kati Machtley

Position: Director of Women’s Summit

1. What does success mean to you?

“Success means that you are content with the choices you have made with regard to your chosen profession, spending your life with someone who loves and supports you, spending quality time with your family and friends, and making the world a better place through your knowledge and hard work.”

2. What’s the number one thing on your bucket list?

“Someday I hope to have grandchildren.”

3. If you could go out to lunch with one person dead or alive who would it be and why?

“I would go out to lunch with my husband because I always enjoy spending time with him.”

4. What is your favorite thing about Bryant?

“I am surrounded by energetic, bright and talented students, student athletes, and co-workers. I love to hear about their steps toward their life goals and achievements, and enjoy watching their dedication to their passion whether it is academics, athletics, drama, music, or helping others in need.  I also gain satisfaction by assisting them and others to become empowered by their education and their experiences.”

5. What is your passion and how did you find it? 

“My passion is helping others to achieve their goals through education and hard work.  I started out in one field, and through a series of events used my past experiences to create a new passion which resulted in my current situation.”

6. Pick two celebrities that would be your parents. 

My parents are and were celebrities to me.  They did me a favor by showing me the value of hard work and a good education. Two celebrities who could have been stand-ins for my parents are Frank Sinatra and Julie Andrews.”

7. What is one misconception that people have about you?  

“People always ask me “Do you work?”  They have no idea!!”

8. Would you want the ability to consciously control your dreams at night?  

“Yes.  I would only want to have happy dreams.”

9. Without using your name who are you?  

“That would give it away.”

10.   If Hollywood made a movie about you who would be the main actress?  

“Meryl Streep.”

11.   If you had one chance to say one thing to the world what would it be? 

“Family, Character, Intelligence, and Diversity of experiences and friends are so important as you go through life.  Try to get the best education possible, do the right thing, be kind, keep your family and friends close to you, and enjoy traveling and discovering new things.  Dance and sing, and love art and music as well as being passionate about your own direction.  Have fun, stay current with the news and be conservative with your money.  Develop good health habits, exercise and stay strong and fit while eating healthy foods. Your body, your mind, and your soul will thank you.  Put your spiritual life first.  Everything else will follow. Find someone to love.”

Quote of the Week: 

“For college seniors, there should be a week of being allowed to cry. Just break down and cry because you are scared and don’t know what’s next.” -Bill Cosby

Tip of the Week: 

After writing a paper, wait 3 hours until you read it again. This time, however, copy and paste it into Google translate and have them read it out to you. It’ll be much easier to find errors this way.

Suggested Song of the Week: 

“Pompeii” by Bastille

Want to nominate someone to be featured? Email jlogan3@bryant.edu

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