Being close to her parents and the close-knit campus community are what Corinna Alander has enjoyed about Northern State University.
Alander is majoring in fine art and psychology at Northern.
As part of her requirements for graduation, Alander will present her senior art show Tuesday through May 6 in the Student Center Gallery. Simple Inspirations will feature intaglio prints, acrylic painting, puzzle sculptures, digital photos and watercolors. An artist's reception will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the gallery.
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Alander was born in Aberdeen, but was raised in Vacaville, Calif. She graduated from Vacaville Country High School in 1981.
She is the mother of two children, 23-year-old Daniel Christenson of Napa, Calif., and 6-year-old Tristin Johnson, a kindergartner at May Overby Elementary school.
Her parents, Norman and Connie Couch, now live in Aberdeen. Connie grew up in South Dakota.
Why did Alander choose to to attend Northern?
It was close to my parents now that they are getting older, she said. I like the smaller size of the school. It is a very comfortable place to learn.
Alander will earn her undergraduate degrees in May.
She won an art scholarship to Northern and made the dean's list.
I have found all aspects of my education enjoyable. The staff and all the assistance when I needed it has been great, she said.
Alander will stay on at NSU as a graduate student in the education and clinical mental health counseling program, and she hopes to one day have her doctorate in art therapy.
The Student Center Gallery is on the second floor of the NSU Student Center. Visitors to the Student Center are welcome, and the artist reception is free and open to the public.