The 2015 Alvin E. Austin Legacy Award recipients have each excelled in their fields of communication. They will be presented to June Osterberg (‘50), Virginia Anderson (‘52), Colburn Hvidston III (‘61), and William Ketter (‘62).
The awards will be presented at the annual Alvin E. Austin Reception, held every year for friends and family to honor Austin’s memory. The reception will take place during UND Homecoming on Oct. 9 from 2-4 p.m. at the Idea Lab at the UND Center for Innovation, 4200 James Ray Drive.
About the 2015 Recipients:
June Osterberg was the editor of the Dakota Student newspaper and Dacotah yearbook while at UND, before turning down a job at Life magazine in New York for a career in journalism and community activism in San Francisco. She was a writer and editor for the San Francisco Examiner, trade publications, and the North Beach newspapers, as well as publishing two neighborhood newsletters and serving as a free-lance writer and political campaign fundraiser. Osterberg lives in San Francisco where she has been a leader of efforts to preserve its historic character.
After earning a journalism degree at UND, Virginia Anderson worked at the Rapid City Daily Journal and IBM. Later, she would return to UND, where she worked for J. Lloyd Stone at the UND Alumni Association, held the position of UND’s first Affirmative Action Officer and served as UND President Thomas Clifford’s assistant. She earned three more degrees at UND, including a Ph.D. in educational research and statistics. She was an editor and writer on a number of projects while at UND, including the Alumni Review and the university’s first affirmative action plan. Anderson grew up in Grand Forks and now lives in the St. Cloud, Minn., area.
Colburn Hvidston III is an award-winning photographer who got his start on the St. James High School newspaper in Grand Forks. He retired from the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead in 2004 after 36 years as its chief photographer. He was also a co-founder of the Grand Forks Press Club, helped set up the photography division of the UND Office of University Relations, and taught news photography. He served as president of the National Press Photographers Association and won its prestigious Joseph Costa Memorial Award, as well as other awards from the North Dakota and Minnesota Press Associations. Hvidston lives in Fargo, where he uses his photography to support charitable causes.
William Ketter is the senior vice president for news for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., which has news outlets in 130 communities in 23 states. Before joining the company, he was the editor and senior vice president of the Lawrence, Mass., Eagle-Tribune, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 under his direction. Ketter has been active in professional and civic organizations, including serving as president of American Society of Newspaper Editors and as a member of Columbia University’s Pulitzer Prize Board. Ketter is also the founder of Kids Voting Massachusetts, which involves young people and their parents in civic activities.
About Al Austin:
The Austin Legacy Awards are named after late UND professor Alvin Austin. Austin taught journalism at UND for 34 years and also chaired the department for more than 20 years. Austin also was a night editor and columnist for the Grand Forks Herald and an active public servant. He received many honors and awards, including UND's most prestigious for alumni, the Sioux Award. He was named a national Distinguished Teacher of Journalism by Sigma Delta Chi.