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Veritas Award 2013

Excellence in Calligraphy
Rosemary Buczek ‘71

Rosemary achieved her BFA at Caldwell in 1971 and began freelance work from home. In 1987 she formally opened her studio, The Gilded Quill, where she combines her calligraphic skills with illuminations including gilding techniques to produce resolutions, certificates, hand-lettered books and illuminated manuscripts of her own design. Rosemary’s love of medieval age manuscripts has influenced her designs and use of color.

Rosemary has taught many workshops around the country, where she has shared her skills in gilding, drawing and designing with the illuminated letter, as well as painting techniques. She also offers a week-long intensive class on illumination from her home once a year, with students coming from as far as Korea.

Some of Rosemary’s clients include: The White House, The Association of the United States Army, Prudential Financial, Sony, AT&T, Exxon, Rutgers University, The American Petroleum Institute, The Society for Scientific Exploration, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. One of Rosemary’s creations was presented to Pope Benedict on his visit in April 2008.  She also created The Gettysburg Address on calf vellum which was presented to President and Mrs. Obama in February 2009.

Rosemary’s talents have taken many forms. She produced a presentation book for Secretary of State James Baker, illustrated chapter headings for a children’s book, Legacy, by Cayla Kluver, and painted an illuminated manuscript on the 2-story library wall of an upper East side home in Manhattan. In addition to manuscripts, Rosemary creates high end greeting cards and unique gifts for the luxury market. Her skills have been recognized by the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) whereby she achieved the title of “Master Penman”, and served two terms as President.

Rosemary’s work is held in private collections around the world and a piece, entitled San Giuseppe, was awarded third place in an international competition in Italy. She wrote the forward for the book, The Bible of Illuminated Letters, by British author Margaret Morgan and will be featured in a book entitled 101 New York Calligraphers by Cynthia Dantzic.

When the Veritas Awards were first created, Rosemary donated her time and talent for many years to produce the individual illuminated scrolls which accompany the statues. Although her business does not allow that now, she still finds time to serve her church in a ministry called “Moms Mentoring Moms” and by preparing food for a homeless shelter in Easton, PA.

Rosemary and her husband, Steve, have five grown children and eight grandchildren and live in Milford, NJ.


Excellence in Media
Justin Cece ‘99

Before even graduating from Caldwell in 1999 with a BA in Communication Arts, Justin interned at MSNBC as a junior and was hired in his senior year as a freelance video tape editor, continuing to work there after graduation on primetime shows. In 2002, he moved to Rome, Italy and freelanced for the NBC News bureau there, editing pieces for NBC Nightly News, Today and MSNBC, as well as coordinating live shots and interviews. He also freelanced for the BBC, CNN and CBS while in Rome. His most memorable events of this time include the Beatification of Mother Teresa in 2003 and NBC’s coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II and the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI.

After moving back to the U.S. in 2005, Justin began freelancing as an Avid editor for NBC at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City. He worked on Dateline NBC, News Specials, and NBC Sports, including the NFL pre-game show, Football Night in America. He also worked at Peacock Productions, editing documentaries for outside clients and networks such as the History and Discovery Channels, SyFy, and TLC. Some of the shows Justin has worked on include: 1968 with Tom Brokaw, King (The History Channel), The Beijing Olympics (USA Promotions), The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC), and The McVeigh Tapes (MSNBC).

In 2010, Justin was among a group of editors to receive an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Editing, Quick Turnaround’ for Inside the Obama White House and gave the acceptance speech. The quick turnaround category requires that the show is shot, edited and aired within a week and this 2-hour documentary was edited in 2 days. In 2011, Justin won another Emmy as part of a team for their work on the Dateline NBC series America Now: Friends and Neighbors, which focused on rural Ohio families facing chronic poverty. The show won in the category of “Best Continuing Coverage in a News Magazine.”  Justin commented: “The most rewarding thing about working on a show like this is that in the days after it aired, many viewers donated money and food and offered jobs to some of the families we profiled in Ohio.”

Justin spent 2012 working primarily on Rock Center with Brian Williams, editing over 20 show segments, including profiles of Jamaican Gold Medalist Usain Bolt, Russian political activist Alexey Navalny, Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Jackson, and children’s book author Mary Pope Osborne. In May, he edited a segment for Rock Center’s Inside the Situation Room, Brian Williams’ unprecedented access to the White House Situation Room and interviews with President Obama and his National Security team who were present as the operation against Osama bin Laden was carried out. In August, he worked on the London Olympics in New York, and later edited for both Dateline and Rock Center’s extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy and the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Justin was nominated for two News and Documentary Emmys in 2012.

Justin enjoys helping out the Home and School Association at the Elementary School that his children attend and comes back to Caldwell to speak to Communications students. He also was a guest speaker in a discussion group about editing for the TV industry with students at Andrews University in Michigan. Justin and his wife, Aubrey, reside in Bloomfield with their three children, Luca, Arianna


Excellence in Immunology
Barbara Detrick, Ph.D. ‘65

After receiving her A.B. in Biology, Barbara was awarded a NASA Fellowship to complete her M.A. and Ph.D. in Microbiology/Immunology at The Catholic University of America. Shortly thereafter, she joined the National Cancer Institute of the NIH and began her career in immunology. Although Barbara’s early studies focused on tumor immunity, her last 25 years of research explored immunity in the eye at the National Eye Institute and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH.  Barbara’s expertise also extends to the clinical arena where she served as the Chief of Diagnostic Immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the George Washington University Medical Center.

Currently, Barbara is Professor of Pathology and Director of the Immunology Laboratory and Cytokine Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine.  Here, she actively pursues the three fold mission of JHU; clinical service, research and teaching. In the Clinical Immunology Laboratory, Barbara directs the interpretation of immune tests for a variety of disorders, i.e. transplantation, rheumatology, oncology, etc. Throughout her career, research has been a critical component. Barbara’s research in the eye has identified some of the key immune responses in retinal degenerative diseases seen in age related macular degeneration and multiple sclerosis.  She also helped to discover a critical ocular protein that is now the basis of gene therapy for retinal diseases. She has authored over 100 scientific papers, 20 book chapters and 2 books. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the seminal immunology book entitled “The Manual of Molecular and Clinical Laboratory Immunology.” Barbara is currently completing the 8th edition of this book, which is recognized nationally and internationally as the essential reference manual for clinical immunology laboratories. In addition to her clinical and scientific roles, Barbara is also a dedicated teacher. Her exuberance for learning serves to motivate and challenge her students and she has enriched fellows, residents, medical students and graduate students.   

Barbara is keenly devoted to medical laboratory immunology and she has shared her expertise with colleagues over the years. She has served as President of the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists and recently received the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from this Society.  She was also Chair of the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology, which prepares individuals to direct medical laboratories. Barbara is an elected member of the distinguished American Academy of Microbiology and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals. Barbara has a stellar record of achievement and is widely admired for her insight, vision and leadership both nationally and internationally.  She continues to pursue her life-long commitment to better understand immune diseases through research, education, and communication. She demonstrates a passion for her field and continues to inspire others to pursue excellence.

When her son was in elementary school she noted that math and science for young people were limited, so Barbara founded and directed Partners-in-Education, a partnership among Holy Cross Elementary School parents, faculty and administration to encourage intellectual growth, nurture faith and inspire action and to strive to advance knowledge – especially math and science – by exciting and sustaining this passion for knowledge in all students.

Barbara was raised in Bucks County, PA as one of 6 children of John and Maryanne Detrick.  Barbara and her husband, Dr. John Hooks, live in Crownsville, Maryland. Their son, John Detrick Hooks is an attorney in MD and NV, lives in NV with his wife, Keegan and their 3 children, Amelia, AJ and Sean Michael. Throughout her career,

Barbara has always had the support of her siblings and their spouses; Janet and Bill Coleman, Maryann and James Tarity, John and Terry Detrick and Kevin Detrick.