by Diane VanDyke
Montgomery County Community College’s Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Steady Moono received the Yaffe-Smith Civil Rights Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Education from the Montgomery County Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission on May 11 at the Annual Joseph X. Yaffe-Robert Johnson Smith Civil Rights Award Luncheon in Horsham.
Since arriving in 2005, Dr. Moono has led the College in planning, implementing and evaluating student-based programming and services to ensure students succeed. One of these programs, the Minority Male Mentoring Program, pairs minority male students with faculty and staff mentors, who work closely with the students and assist them through their educational experience at the College.
Through his leadership, the College increased student engagement through new instructional techniques, including collaborative learning and learning communities, where students who test below college-level math, English and reading courses learn as a cohort. The College also implemented software programs to better track the progress of students and to provide timely intervention.
In 2008, the National Resource Center named Dr. Moono as its “Outstanding First Year Student Advocate” for his work with new students. His efforts include the implementation of three national grant-funded initiatives that support student success.
Additionally, the United States and Zambian governments recognized Dr. Moono for his international leadership as Executive Director of Africa-America International Ministries for Christ, a non-profit organization that develops sustainable drip-irrigation projects in rural regions of Zambia.
Dr. Moono was born and raised in Zambia and moved to the United States in 1981. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Messiah College, master’s degrees in Theology and Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary and in English from Arcadia University and a doctorate in Education Administration from Immaculata University.
He lives in Collegeville with his wife, Kelly, and their two children—Micah, 16, and Naomi, 14.
In addition to Dr. Moono, the Montgomery County Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission recognized six other people for their outstanding work: Sgt. Francis Wheatley, Fort Washington, for law enforcement; Denise James, M.Ed., Philadelphia, for advocacy for equal opportunity; Rev. Charles W. Quann, North Wales for ethnic harmony; Terrell Chestnut, Pottstown, for student service; Jessica Hickman Schneider, M.S., Gilbertsville, for community service; and Carlene Neal, MSW, for lifetime achievement in Civil Rights.