Steven Pruitt, 2014
- Co-Curricular Activities Specialist
- News4U Coordinator
- Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Advisor
DSC employee since November 2012 (Worked through Tri-State from 2010 - 2012, and as a work-study from 2007 – 2010.)
Degrees and schools where awarded: Associate degree and Bachelor of Science in Supervision and Management, Daytona State College. Currently working on a Master’s in Leadership for Higher Education at Capella University, which I will complete in December 2014.
Career/Professional honors: Best Co-worker Ever! I have multiple certificates of appreciation for my contribution/s to: Diversity in Education Opportunity Day, Student Government, PTK, STEM Success Week and other college initiatives. (Nothing too flashy yet.)
Outside interests: Music, art, literature, anything creative, motorcycles, education, fitness and family.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? There was no life before Daytona State! (Just kidding.) I worked as a paginator (design and layout) for Hometown News while working as a work-study employee at DSC. Before that I worked as a home medical equipment technician and respiratory therapist assistant. I also was a tattoo artist throughout all these stages of my career exploration.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I am developing co-curricular programs that will better serve the needs of our students and foster their engagement in college life at Daytona State. I believe that students’ engagement in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities leads to better retention and attrition rates. It also gives students a sense of belonging, further tying them to the institution and promoting success and development.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? When students thank me for making a difference in their lives. I love working closely with the clubs and organizations at Daytona State, and I get a lot of one-on-one time with students. These opportunities give me a chance to mentor, advise and help develop our leaders of tomorrow.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I don’t ever hope, I just do. I want to further my education by getting a Doctorate in Leadership, where I can focus on student and professional leadership development.
In life? Ah, life. I just want to be a great example and inspiration for my children and for everyone I have the pleasure of crossing paths with.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Don’t take life too seriously, enjoy what you do and the people involved. Everything works out as it is supposed to.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: That behind this mild mannered façade I have a plethora of talents; some have called me a renaissance man and that I am older than I look.
Last book read: I was required to read: The Shaping of American Higher Education (2nd ed.) by Cohen and Kisker, and American Higher Education: A History by Lucas for my History of Higher Education course last semester. For fun the last book, or books, I read were Leading with NLP by Joseph O'Connor and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Do not operate heavy machinery while using this product.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Jesus, artist Salvador Dali, musician Mike Ness, and Russian revolutionary, libertarian and anarchist Mikhail Bakunin.
“The Daytona State of Mind” to me means opportunity, success, gravitas and community.