Five to be honored with alumni awards

For Immediate Release:  April 28, 2014

BLOOMSBURG—Ed Rush, a retired National Basketball Association referee who is in his ninth season helping to coach the Huskies football team, will be named an honorary alumnus when Bloomsburg University celebrates Alumni Weekend from May 16 to 18.

Four alumni will be honored for significant accomplishments in their professions, outstanding service to BU or the Alumni Association, or contributions to humanity.

The graduating class of 1964 will celebrate its 50-year reunion during the weekend. Alumni volunteers will be honored at a dinner on Friday during which the William T. Derricott ’66 Volunteer of the Year will be named. The annual luncheon for the classes of 1930 to 1959 will be held on Sunday.

The award winners:

Honorary Alumnus

  • Ed Rush, Coronado, Calif., officiated at more than 2,000 games, including NBA All-Star games, from 1966 to 1998, when he became director of officiating for the National Basketball Association/Women’s National Basketball Association. A graduate of West Chester University and former teacher and football coach at Marple-Newton High School in suburban Philadelphia, Rush coaches the Huskies, specifically working with kickers and running backs. In 2008, he received the Medallion Award from the National Association of Sports Officials and he recently was named one of the 50 most influential people in sports officiating.

Distinguished Service Award

  • Dr. Tracey Dechert ’88, Boston, Mass., is an assistant professor of surgery and associate program director, General Surgery Residency, at the Boston University School of Medicine, and a trauma surgeon who helped care for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Dechert worked in medical publishing before earning a post-baccalaureate pre-health program degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctor of medicine degree from Temple University’s School of Medicine. She is a member of numerous medical associations and has been honored for teaching and research in the field of trauma surgery.
  • Christine Tegge Bloch ’89, Mount Airy, Md., founded the Four County Allergy Support Team in Carroll County, Md., an organization that provides education and support about food allergies. Bloch, who has been recognized nationally for her volunteer work related to children’s food allergies, is a school parent volunteer coordinator and works at the Health Unlimited Family Fitness and Aquatic Center.

Maroon and Gold Excellence Award

  • David J. Marcolla ’00, Hopewell, N.J., director of product management AT&T Wireless Home Services, was a workshop presenter at the last three Husky Leadership Summits, volunteered with the Alumni in the Classroom program and was a guest speaker for BU’s American Marketing Association Club. He serves in leadership positions with Cancer Support Communities of Central New Jersey and the Delaware Valley, First Night Newtown and several Chambers of Commerce.
  • Kristi Telschow ’05, Califon, N.J., is the founder and CEO of Jersey Staffing and Jersey IT Solutions. A finalist for a Leading Women Entrepreneur and Business Owner award in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, she was featured in Forbes magazine in 2013 and honored in NJBIZ “40 under 40” in 2013. She is an active volunteer and supporter of programs including Junior Achievement and Toys for Tots. Telschow is active in several business associations in New Jersey.

Bloomsburg University has more than 63,000 living alumni worldwide and invites them to return to campus each spring for Alumni Weekend. The institution is marking its 175th anniversary this year.


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.