by Anna Pettus
At 5 a.m. and nearing his 24th hour of no sleep, Ruben Martinez still remains positive: "We're closing in on hour 10 of our 24-Hour Theater event and it's going great,"
24-Hour Theater, a project that Hinman Production Company decided to take on, aims to produce an entire show in one day, from its writing to closing curtain. As president of Hinman Productions and head of the writing crew for the event, Martinez has his work cut out for him, but it's nothing he's not used to.
As he nears the end of his college career, Martinez stands out as an example of leadership. His achievements can be traced back to his freshman year, when he first got involved with Hinman Production Company, a student-run theater group.
"I was an actor, and then I was a director," he says. "That usually doesn't happen, but luckily I had gained the trust of the e-board and they trusted me to handle the show as a freshman. And I haven't looked back ever since."
Since then, he has continued to participate in Hinman Production Company as an actor, director, treasurer, and is now president of the company. Although he is an economics major, he recognizes the importance of what he fondly calls "HPC" as "we have a space for Community Theater where people can have fun and build true friendships that really last past the stage."
Alongside Hinman Production Company, Martinez is a founding member and current president of Binghamton University's Alpha Delta Phi Society. Martinez and the other members felt there was a necessity for "a group of people that represented the literary arts or the creative avenues on campus."
By the time Alpha Delta Phi Society was established on campus in fall 2011, Martinez was no stranger to managing student groups. However he was presented with new challenges. He says, "There was always the question of where is it that we fit?" After not being accepted by the Professional Fraternity Council and the SA Organization, the group kept working for recognition and ultimately found a place in the English Department as an academic society.
Today, the society has 23 active members and continues to grow. Although it is acknowledged by the English Department, the society is not major restricted. Martinez says that this fosters an open environment that allows people to bring their own input and interests to the table.
"Our focus is really on developing your character," he says. "There are a lot of us who aren't necessarily English majors but are still interested in learning outside of the classroom."
More than just bringing in new members, Martinez hopes to lead the society in bettering the bonds between student and faculty. Most importantly, Martinez believes that his role within the society has been staying strong in his goals to succeed and being a stable leader, "If anything I feel I've instilled confidence in the people in our group and we all feel that we can move forward in a great way. After a lot of ups and downs, I think I've been able to be a calm voice of reason and a structured leader through a lot of the obstacles that we faced and continue to face."
It is this persistence and positivity that cause him to stand out among his peers. Katelyn Chechko, vice president of Alpha Delta Phi Society says, "Ruben Martinez is one the most genuine and pleasant people to ever enter my life. His constant optimism helps motivate me and so many of the people that he surrounds himself with."
Martinez traces his commitment to being a positive force back to something he learned in high school, "My math teacher discussed this thing called the seven second rule. And the idea was, before you say anything think about it for seven seconds." While it seems simple, he says it helps him to, "think about how I am truly affecting somebody's life or how I am affecting this conversation or this situation."
His desire to benefit people's lives is his main motivation, "the moments I always look back on are when I see other people achieve things and I know that in some shape or form, I had a hand in making that happen. I think that's why I enjoy directing so much. I can help people achieve their top potential without me needing to be front and center."
On top of being heavily involved in student groups, Martinez is also a member of two academic honors societies: Phi Eta Sigma, the oldest and largest honor society for first year students, and Chi Alpha Epsilon, a more diversity oriented society. He comments on his academic success as, "an honor to be in both and to be recognized as a model example in terms of Binghamton University and this great campus."
Martinez already has a job lined up at the Fullbridge Program after commencement. Located in Boston, the company aims to create a program that is "a month-long business boot camp that will help you have the most seamless transition between school and the workplace." Wherever he ends up, Martinez says that the lessons he learned at Harpur College have helped him have a better picture of what he hopes to achieve.
"In Binghamton, my definition of success has been totally re-defined to doing something that makes me happy, that really has a positive impact on those around me and a job where I can create something awesome that will affect people in a good way," he says.
Last Updated: 9/9/16