June 30, 2010, Blue Bell, Pa.—Montgomery County Community College Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Steady Moono, of Collegeville, recently introduced a new book he
co-authored, Thriving in the Community College & Beyond—Strategies for
Academic Success and Personal Development, during a book signing
event held at the College’s Central Campus, Blue Bell, Pa.
The purpose of the book is to help students make a smooth
transition to college and to equip them with strategies for success on campus
and in their careers. While the target audience is community college students,
the content is relevant to anyone attending or planning to attend college,
including high school students.
"The book is designed to do three things:promote academic success, promote awareness
of personal development and promote mindfulness or a consciousness of what you
are doing and whether you are doing it effectively and to the best of your
ability,” Dr. Moono said.
Starting with an introduction on how to use the material,
the book proactively addresses challenges students may encounter as they
transition through college and into their careers. The 11 chapters start with
the keys to success at college, such as getting involved in activities and
using available resources.
The chapters sequentially flow from initially setting goals
to time management, developing learning strategies, managing money, developing
social and emotional intelligence, maintaining health and wellness, decision
making and career exploration.
The engaging format of the content makes the book an
interactive learning tool. Each chapter, for example, begins by posing a
question or statement. Readers are encouraged to reflect upon the material by
writing journey entries in the "Think About It” sections.
As a way to reinforce key concepts, the authors highlight
quotes, personal stories, action steps and remember points in distinct colors
in separate text boxes. Website links provide opportunities for further
research and information.
Each book provides an access code to enter My Power Learning
™, an online assessment to help students identify their learning style
Published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, the book is a
collaboration of four education specialists:Dr. Joseph B. Cuseo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology,
Marymount College, Calif.; Dr. Aaron Thompson, Interim Vice President of
Academic Affairs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and
Professor of Sociology at Eastern Kentucky University; Julie A. McLaughlin,
Academic Advisor and Co-Chair of the First-Year Experience Advisory Committee
at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; and Dr. Moono.
"Steady Moono is passionate about
students and their success, and his passion fuels and excites a lot of the
student success work,” Montgomery County Community College President Dr. Karen
In 2008, Dr. Moono was recognized as an Outstanding
First-Year-Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year
Experience and Students in Transition.
The proceeds from the sale of these books at Montgomery
County Community College will be donated to the College’s Foundation in support
of student success programs.