John "JDL" Logan

jlogan3@bryant.edu

To read more about John (or buy his book on perception and motivation), please visit www.johndukelogan.com


My Favorite Course at Bryant

May 6th, 2015

Advanced Television might be my favorite course I've taken at Bryant thus far. Why? Because we were able to produce a TV show!

 Communications Professor Tom Zammarelli has a pretty unique teaching style if you ask me. Rather than teaching vocabulary and concepts from a textbook, we learn by doing real world experiences.

For instance, in his Advanced Television course I took this semester, we were working with students who created a sitcom. The course is all about learning how to produce a television show and the business mechanics behind television. The class split up into different teams and myself and another student became the two producers (and another student was the director).

 The different teams included Location, Art Direction, Craft Service, and Advertising. Each team was responsible for doing their job that they would actually have to do if they were doing this in "real life." For instance, the Location Team had to travel to different locations and select a park for where we could potentially film matching the script. The Art Direction Team had to think of potential props that could be used for the scene, the Craft Service Team was in charge of bringing food and beverages, and the Advertising Team had to contact potential advertisers that would be interested in providing commercials for the specific program. The advertising team also had to take into consideration the target audience and the demographics in order to analyze what type of businesses would be interested. We also learned about different angles and how to use the cameras correctly.

 As a producer, I had to make sure that everything was going smoothly and all the teams were doing their job. The creators of the program were students Christian Boudreau and Richie Montuori and they were also the main actors. The program (titled "Tandem Bike Cops") is about two daft cops that ride around town on a tandem bike trying to find crime - I personally find it hilarious.

On Sunday it was game time. We travelled to Esmond Park located in Smithfield and filmed the scene they wrote out. It took about five hours to film a two to three minute scene but it was worth it. I definitely learned a lot and it was a great different type of culture rather than reading from a textbook and getting quizzed on the material.

 

Personally, I believe hands-on experiences are much better in the long run when trying to learn something new and Tom Zammarelli's class is the epitome of that concept.

 

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

 

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

 

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Bryant Entrepreneur Launches iOS app, “Orbit Marketplace”

April 23rd, 2015

Brendan Varney, a junior international business student, speaks to us about the new iOS application "Orbit Marketplace," which he and his team have been working on.  It has been on the iOS store since April 14th.

J: First of all, what exactly is "Orbit Marketplace?"

B: Orbit Marketplace is a location-based marketplace app that allows users to set up a profile/store, follow other people, sell items, and discover items being sold around them.  It has an in-app chat system, so there is no need to give out any personal information like phone number or email.  Users can also rate other buyers and sellers, so it adds a level of trust and safety unlike Craigslist, which is anonymous.  There's also a unique feature called "Wishlist." The point of Wishlist is to send you a notification once an item appears that you currently are unable to find or cannot find within a certain price range.

J: What is your role in all of this, and who else is part of the team?

B:  I joined the team in December.  I am officially the "Marketing and Digital Media Coordinator."  The founder is Amaan Udhas, a good friend of mine.  I met him at Bryant when he was also freshman in the IB program, but he transferred to Northeastern University his sophomore year.  We have two more team members, Kimberly Healy and Vrinda Badami.  Kim is also a junior at Northeastern, and holds the position of Associate Director.  Vrinda is a junior at Penn State, and is our Webmaster.  She helped develop the framework for our app and some of the key design features.

J: How did you guys actually make this app?

B: Vrinda was in charge of early iOS and Android development.  She crafted the early prototype and design.  We received some seed funding from family, friends, and a couple of angel investors, which helped cover expenses that came along the way.

J: How do you think Orbit Marketplace can become profitable and what is your vision for Orbit's future?

B: Our focus first and foremost is the user experience. It is important to us that Orbit is safe, fun and easy to use for our users. As of now we charge businesses on Orbit a small fee for having an "online store" and other features. For individuals it is free to buy and sell things. We are still in the process of adding more features, mostly based off suggestions from our users.

J: What's the best way to get in touch with the team at Orbit Marketplace?

B: You can visit our website: www.orbitmarketplace.com. We are available on the iOS App Store for free. Any suggestions from our early users will go a long way in making sure future updates are catered to their needs. Also, we're in the process of hiring for the summer so if anyone is interested in working for a startup, please get in touch with me at bvarney@bryant.edu.

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No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

I Hate All Music People (*sarcasm*)

April 16th, 2015

I Hate All Musical People

No, but like seriously, WHY are they SO talented? This past weekend I had the honor to be the MC of the Bryant Spring Music Showcase. This is an event where all the four musical groups come together and show what they've got. And let me tell you that they are absolutely amazing. They are the Bryant Singers, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and The Bottom Line.

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A few weeks ago they approached me and asked if I wanted to be the MC and I said "Sure, why not?" But I didn't realize that I would become super jealous when every act went on. In between acts I would go out there and try to entertain the audience and make a fool out of myself, but people weren't there for me so there's no need to talk about what I did.

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The Chamber Ensemble was up first. They played Two Gavottes, Over the Rainbow, and March Militaire No. 1. I'm a HUGE "Wizard of Oz" geek so I was getting the chills once they were playing that.

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The Bottom Line was up next and they are our co-ed acapella group on campus. They sang Landslide, Title, How Will I Know, and two mash ups: Call Me Maybe/Payphone and Heartless/In the Air Tonight. I was really diggin' the mash-ups and would have never thought those songs would go well together. Oh, and acapella is my guilty pleasure so again I was geeking out.

The next act was the Jazz Ensemble. They played Ile Ife, Tighten Up, and Hang up Your Hangups. Although I've never heard those songs before it was still incredible to hear that type of music.

The Bryant Singers then went on and sang Accidentally in Love, May It Be (From the Lord of the Rings), Sweet Caroline, and Defying Gravity (from Wicked). I'm a big Boston fan so when Sweet Caroline came up, the audience did the "bum bum bum" part and I was trying not to be too loud on the side of the stage doing it too. I was just so excited.

Lastly, all the groups came up and did a finale together. It was Michael Jackson theme so they did Beat It, Billie Jean, and Man in the Mirror. Wow, that was absolutely incredible. Seriously.

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So in conclusion, I hate all musical people.  They are so friggen talented.

 

 

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

Fan of Entrepreneurship?

April 9th, 2015

Fan of Entrepreneurship?

Guess who we have coming on campus on April 14th! Bill Aulet! For those who don't know, he is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT located in Boston. Professor Aulet has raised over $100 million in funding with all the companies he has either created or consulted.

On the 14th, Bryant CEO, Bryant Ventures, and ENACTUS will be celebrating their first event with the Anne Goss Foundation and the Jackson W. Goss Prize in Entrepreneurship while having Aulet as their keynote speaker. Earlier this year, entrepreneurs on campus could apply for this scholarship to help them with funding their start-ps.

The scholarship has currently helped fourteen student-entrepreneurs on campus whether that was hitting a milestone or an initial start for funding.  The entrepreneurship program has grown tremendously over the past few years and has gained national attention. For instance, our CEO program won national best chapter, which was a huge accomplishment for Bryant.

As entrepreneurship being one of my majors, I love how the program is continuing to grow. I've learned so much at Bryant about running my own business and Bryant has brought in amazing speakers to provide their advice and story.

If you're not doing anything on April 14th at 4pm I highly recommend heading to this event. Bill is a great speaker and will be providing tips and tricks you won't learn anywhere else!

 

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

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Spice Out Arthritis

April 2nd, 2015

Spice Out Arthritis

I'm not part of a fraternity, but I honestly think Greek life at Bryant is fantastic. For instance, this past weekend they had a "Spice Out Arthritis" event to raise awareness for arthritis.

Alpha Omicron Pi hosted the event where teams of six had certain ingredients and had to create something that the judges would enjoy based off specific criteria. I was honored when Alpha Omicron Pi asked me to be one of the judges and then I learned I was eating ham sandwiches and cupcakes for breakfast.

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The other two judges were Lisa Morris and Valerie Szeto. The first round teams had to be creative by making ham and turkey sandwiches with pineapple. We had to judge them on creativity, appearance, theme (Greek Life and Arthritis), and taste. Those sandwiches tasted, well, umm, interesting.

After pretending to eat all of those sandwiches, it was cupcake time (my favorite). The teams were given different ingredients and had a few minutes to put together a cupcake that would rank high with the above criteria. It was pretty neat to see how creative students got with it and I ate those up faster than people could blink. Okay, that might not be true, but they were delicious.

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The third round was freestyle. However, everyone had to tape his or her fingers together while making the food. This is what it feels like to have arthritis so it was cool to hear what they had to say about it and what it felt like.

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All three judges then went into another room and decided who the winner was based off our rankings. Overall, it was a great event with over 100 people attending. I learned more about arthritis and was able to have free cupcakes for breakfast. If you ask me, it was a win-win situation for everyone.

 

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

HerCampus

March 26th, 2015

HerCampus

HerCampus is an online magazine that features different Bryant people, events, and organizations. It is known as the number 1 global community for college women and entirely written by over 5,000 contributors. Many colleges and universities have their own "HerCampus" and it's extremely popular on campus.

Different sections include Style, Beauty, Health, Love, Life, Career, LGBTQ, Real World, and High School issues. It is filled with different tips and advice about various topics, opinions on world events, and articles on specific people. And guess what? Some writers have even been offered jobs and internships from writing for HerCampus! Some companies include Glamour, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and MTV!

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It was originally started by a few undergraduate students from Harvard (Stephanie Lewis, Windsor Western, and Annie Wang). It was the winner of Harvard College's business plan in 2009 and was soon named the Top Small Business of the Year by Boston Chamber of Commerce in 2013!

For Bryant's page (http://www.hercampus.com/school/bryant), it includes sub-categories such as HC Bryant Home, Features, Celebrities, Cuties, Blog, Snapshot, and Events. A few of my friends write for HerCampus and they absolutely love it. It is a great opportunity to be part of a professional online magazine and will instantly help you become a stronger writer and communicator.

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If you want to learn more about how you can get involved, you can email Bryant's HerCampus at HerCampus@bryant.edu or check out their new Executive Board - http://www.hercampus.com/school/bryant/meet-new-members-our-e-board

 

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

 

Our Finance Majors are Geniuses

March 20th, 2015

 I personally believe the devil created accounting, finance, and any other subjects that have to do with numbers. To me, people who can understand numbers aren't human.

But luckily at Bryant, we have professors that want to know you one-on-one and can help you understand numbers better. For instance, I honestly thought I would get a D last semester when I heard I had to take Finance. You think I'm joking but I'm not.

With a combination of Professor Derderian's teaching style and lots of money spent on coffee staying up studying, I somehow pulled off a 94 on the final exam and an overall A in the course. But I'm not here to write about how that miracle happened - I'm here to tell you about that if you're interested in finance and investments, we have an amazing real-world program that you can be part of.

Students run "The Archway Investment Fund" where they invest in real stocks in the stock market. To become part of it, you have to interview as the role of a securities analyst. If you are accepted, you recommend stocks for the program your first semester in it. But that's not all - if you do a good job with that, you get to be a portfolio manager for the next semester where you work with others about investment strategies.

Now this may seem like just another school project, but it's anything but that. The students who are part of the team get to manage more than $1 million (and no, it's not monopoly money). The Archway Investment Fund also brings in guest speakers that work in the "real-world" for suggestions and tips for investing money. They also get to travel to different conferences around the country and they placed first in the Chartered Financial Analyst Investment Research Challenge in 2009. Just goes to show how crazy smart our finance majors are!

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

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Next Up: Beijing Institute of Technology

March 5th, 2015

Next Up: Beijing Institute of Technology

Bryant University has a new partnership! And guess who it is? Well, you probably guessed correctly if you saw the title of this blog, but if you didn't, it's the Beijing Institute of Technology!

The collaboration was approved on January 29th between President Machtley and the Chinese Ministry of Education in Beijing. If everything goes as planned, Bryant University will be the first university from America that will have a presence in Zhuhai AND the only US-China partnership program on the southeast coast.

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Additionally, there will be a new building there. With the help of Zhuhai, the new building will be 107,000 square feet where half of it will be strictly dedicated to Bryant's program. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges approved the funding which accredits the university (and is a HUGE plus!)

Every year, Bryant hosts a US-China Institute, which teaches students Mandarin and Chinese culture. Bryant University wants to have the same curriculum in Zhuhai with no more than 100 freshmen in the first program. President Machtely is hoping that this will expand our Chinese study abroad students as well.

The current institute located in Zhuhai educates around 25,000 students and the city accounts for 10% of China's GDP.  In other words, this is a PERFECT location for Bryant's expansion. Personally, I feel like this is an amazing opportunity for students and I can't see where the future takes it.

No matter where you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

Do YOUR Dance

February 26th, 2015

Do Your Dance

Who would think that after studying abroad to Chile, a student would want to make his or her own educational and motivational non-profit movement using music?

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Well that's exactly what happened to Lindsey Lerner, a student at Bryant who will graduate this May. While in Chile studying abroad, Lindsey met a hip-hop performer named "Phantom" (his real name is Phil, but I think Phantom is cooler). When Phil was in high school, he created mini-concerts called "Do Your Dance" (D.Y.D.) promoting people to go after their passion in life. Once Lindsey found out, she instantly became intrigued by this concept.

When I talked to Lindsey the other day she was explaining that she has met so many people in life that are unhappy with their job and wish they simply went after their passion at a young age. With Lindsey's background in arts and business, she decided to enhance Phil's initial concept and wants people to talk about things they are passionate about.

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Not only is this a concert to promote local musical artists, but there is also an educational piece. Lindsey and Phil have put on numerous concerts with local bands that talk about positivity and optimism. Both of them travel to schools to first help students find their passion in life, then followed by the concert. In my opinion, who wouldn't want to talk about what they love to do in life and listen to free music?

Lindsey truly believes that the more you talk about your passion with others and talk about what your ultimate goal is in life, the more likely you will achieve that goal and you will truly be happy. Lindsey wants to pursue this after she graduates and hopes other students can share their stories!

They are currently in the process of building a website, but you can definitely check out their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DYDDoYOURDance?_rdr

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

Calling All Entrepreneurs!

February 18th, 2015

Calling All Entrepreneurs!

Did you know that Bryant University's Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization is the best in the nation? No, like seriously - they just won first place at the national conference out of 400 chapters!

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This student-run organization meets on Thursdays at 5:30 pm and their meetings last anywhere from a half hour to an hour. Some meetings will have guest speakers that created their own start-ups whereas other meetings will provide tips and tricks to run a successful business.

However, their main event is called "BUNEEC" (pronounced "Be Unique"), which stands for "The Bryant University North East Entrepreneurship Conference." This is a one-day conference (that the public and students are invited to)  teaches different skills and techniques to own a successful business. In the past, they've had speakers such as the founder of Auntie Anne's Pretzels and the co-founder of Keurig.

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This year, the event is THIS Saturday, February 21st. The guest speakers are Danny Nardo (who created an organic skin care business), Adam Melonas (who created a testing kitchen for chefs), and Liz Presson (who created her own consulting business). The event will take place in Bello Grand Hall starting at 9:00 am and closing remarks begin at 5:00 pm.

Not only will you be able to listen to their stories and how they became successful entrepreneurs, but you can also select two breakout sessions that will teach:

1. Accounting for start-ups

2. Mobile advertising

3. Myths and Tips

4. How to Franchise

5. Website tips for your business

6. Testing your initial concept and how to pivot your idea

 

 

 

 

 

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If you're interested in learning more about BUNEEC, you can head over to: http://buneec.com/

Or check out their promo video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg5_HEp9HbI

 

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 Warm regards,

 

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com