Sabatino maintains a 4.0 GPA while volunteering for both the college and her community. This year she logged countless volunteer hours to advance the goals of the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Club, and serves as an ambassador, serving and motivating her fellow students with infectious enthusiasm.
Outside the college, she serves her faith community with activities as diverse as providing Easter baskets to needy mothers and children, recycling gently used flowers which are made into small arrangements and delivered to the elderly, critically ill children, and disabled veterans, and participating at a soup kitchen.
Perhaps her biggest project was volunteering on a cemetery committee, where she archived 100 years of original records and created an interactive database which is shared between her church and the town and is available for genealogical research. This project generated information which enabled the local American Legion Post to locate the graves of veterans so they could be appropriately flagged and decorated. She is presently serving on a cemetery committee which is designing and building a columbarium, which is a place to locate the remains of people who have been cremated.
Involving her husband and her three teenagers in many of these activities, Sabatino role models community service for her children.
The award is named for Dr. Cheryl Finkelstein, retired NSCC Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services, who is pictured with Marguerite.