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Senior’s enthusiasm a key to success


Bryan Martinez is fascinated by the potential of the human mind: his own and those of others.

That’s what led the senior to major in psychology at Binghamton. He’s especially interested in organizational behavior, a topic he’s had a chance to explore in greater depth while working on an honors thesis this year. The thesis will focus on motivational theories and personality within leaders.

“The whole field of organizational behavior is really about improving the quality of life in organizations,” said Martinez, who’s president of the Psychology Club and a peer adviser in the Psychology Department. “If you don’t seek change, you don’t grow.”

Martinez, 22, was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Bronx. He transferred to Binghamton from Bronx Community College as a sophomore.

Martinez participates in the McNair Scholars Program, which is designed to increase the numbers of low-income, first-generation and/or underrepresented minority students attending graduate school and receiving doctorates. He hopes to pursue a doctorate in organizational behavior and dreams of owning his own consulting firm or research facility one day.

Martinez, who’s a leadership consultant for the XCEL Center, also practices mixed martial arts, which combines judo, jujitsu and muay thai.

“I believe in healthy body, healthy mind,” he said.

Donald Spangler, an associate professor in the School of Management, is working with Martinez on his honors thesis.

Martinez finds connections between reading he does for that project, classes he’s taking and his professional plans, Spangler noted. He considers Martinez exceptionally motivated and enthusiastic.

“He’s like a sponge,” Spangler said. “He picks things up easily.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08