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Carol Sabbar recognized for enhancing College’s quality of life

June 30, 2020

Carol SabbarThe Quality of Life Committee presents the 2020 Person of the Year Award to Carol Sabbar ’82, director of library and instructional technology services.

Because the College recently changed the timing of the annual award, the committee separately honored recipients for two years during this summer break. Last month, Professor Michele Hancock was recognized as the 2019 recipient.

Provost David Timmerman and Professor Isabel Rivero Vilá, chair of the committee, made the latest announcement July 1 via email.

Each year, faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit nominations for the Person of the Year Award. It recognizes faculty and staff members who have:

  • significantly enhanced the quality of life for their fellow Carthage community members
  • brought the Carthage community together for a common purpose
  • introduced or highlighted an aspect of our community life that might have otherwise been overlooked
  • underscored for many what is best about being part of the Carthage community.

As one nominator writes, Ms. Sabbar’s “skills and training have made her an integral person at Carthage” for many years. In addition, she “seems to find the best in every scenario and the best in every person, which is why she serves equally well in a team or as a leader.”

Though known for organizing “innumerable” technology workshops and training sessions, the Carthage alumna refuses to hide behind a computer all day. How visible is she on campus?

“If I didn’t know better, I might think she had a twin, because it can feel as if she’s in two places at once,” the nominator continues, adding that Ms. Sabbar is unfailingly responsive, professional, and kind.

Several supporters highlighted the relentless work she put in last semester to carry out the sudden shift to remote instruction. Another nominator praised the entire IT team, noting that Ms. Sabbar and other staff members have “exemplified the Carthage spirit of putting the student first, moving mountains, working methodically, logically, swiftly, and tirelessly to get us all more comfortable with our new normal of teaching online, enhancing our quality of life before crisis, in crisis, and in our bright future bringing all of us at Carthage closer together — virtually.”

Looking beyond the confines of her own department, she has driven campus-wide initiatives like Carthage Green (to improve sustainability) and the Big Red Book Fund (to cover the cost of textbooks for students in need).

Thank you, Ms. Sabbar, for all you do to improve the quality of life at Carthage!

Other 2019-20 award recipients