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March 14, 2013

Millhousen native receives honors in mentoring

MINNESOTA — Decatur County native Dr. Donna Bruns Stockrahm, Professor of Biology at Minnesota State University Moorhead, received the Mother Clarissa Dillhoff Award for Distinguished Achievement in Mentoring at Marian University’s alumni awards in 2011.

Dr. Stockrahm graduated from Marian University in 1976 with her bachelor’s of science in biology. She would go on to earn a master’s in biology from the University of North Dakota, and a doctorate’s in zoology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Stockrahm is also a cancer survivor, on top of her professional successes.
In 1989 Dr. Stockrahm was hired at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSU) and would spend her career improving and beginning programs.
"I had to invent the wheel," said Dr. Stockrahm.
As a teacher at MSU, Dr. Stockrahm was the first required to have a research program in the biology department— a requirement which had no funding or formal organization. Stockrahm organized the funding needed to mentor undergraduate students.
Once a program was available to fund the mandatory research projects, Dr. Stockrahm would continue to mentor student research projects which studied the ecology of painted turtles, Canadian geese, and wild turkeys.
Stockrahm said Marian College had provided her with good mentors and a strong biology background.
"I love Marian College," she said, "And I’m happy to carry on a tradition of mentoring. To quote the Army, I wanted to ‘be the best that we can be;’ it’s true."
Dr. Stockrahm initially attended pre-veterinary school as an undergrad, but decided the profession was not for her. As a teacher and biologist, she reasoned, she would get to work with both healthy and sick animals, as well as her students.
"It’s a rewarding job," said Dr. Stockrahm.
Her mentoring award is just one on a long list of achievements from MSU. She has also been given the Academic Affairs Council Excellence in Research Award, Outstanding Academic Advisor, and Student Organization Advisor of the Month, which recognized Dr. Stockrahm’s efforts to help the student chapter of The Wildlife Society achieve official standing.

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