Caldwell, NJ – February 11, 2013 – Caldwell University will celebrate the professional accomplishments of three of its alumni at its 28th Veritas Awards Dinner on Friday March 22, 2013.
The Veritas Award is the highest honor the college bestows on its alumnae/alumni for their professional excellence in diverse fields.
Justin Cece ‘99, an Emmy-award winning television editor will receive the Excellence in Media Veritas award. Barbara Detrick, Ph.D. ’65, professor of pathology and director of the Immunology Laboratory and Cytokine Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine , will receive the Excellence in Immunology Veritas award. Rosemary Buczek ’71, lettering artist and illuminator, will receive the Excellence in Calligraphy award.
Justin Cece, of Bloomfield, NJ, was among a group of editors to receive a 2010 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Editing, Quick Turnaround’ for Inside the Obama White House. In 2011, he 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.”
More recently, he has edited programs for Rock Center with Brian Williams. He edited a segment for Rock Center’s Inside the Situation Room and 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. He worked on the London Olympics in New York, and edited for both Dateline and Rock Center’s extensive coverage of Sandy and the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Previous experience included working in Rome on the coverage of the Beatification of Mother Teresa in 2003, the death of Pope John Paul II and the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI. He has worked on NBC Sports, news specials and has done work for BBC, CNN, CBS and Peacock Productions. He received his bachelor’s in Communication Arts from Caldwell.
Barbara Detrick, Ph.D. ‘65 is professor of pathology and director of the Immunology Laboratory and Cytokine Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine. There, she actively pursues the three fold mission of JHU; clinical service, research and teaching. Barbara’s research on 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. For 25 years she explored immunity in the eye at the National Eye Institute and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH. She has authored over 100 scientific papers, 20 book chapters and two books. She is the editor-in-chief of the seminal immunology book entitled “The Manual of Molecular and Clinical Laboratory Immunology.” In addition to her clinical and scientific roles, Barbara is also a dedicated teacher. She previously served as the chief of diagnostic immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the George Washington University Medical Center.
Rosemary Buczek ’71 is a lettering artist and illuminator whose work has been appreciated around the globe. At her studio, The Gilded Quill, in Milford, NJ 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. She has taught many classes and workshops around the country and in her home.
Some of Buczak’s clients have included: 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 her creations was presented to Pope Benedict on his visit in April 2008. She created The Gettysburg Address on calf vellum which was presented to President and Mrs. Obama in February 2009. She creates high end greeting cards and unique gifts for the luxury market.
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.
The Veritas Awards Dinner will be held at the Essex Fells Country Club beginning at 6 p.m. It is open to the public and alumni are encouraged to attend. Tickets are $95.00. For more information, please visit www.caldwell.edu/alumni. If you would like to receive an invitation, please call Kathleen Buse at (973) 618-3411.