University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One features visual impairments and a Norwegian King’s Guard

A virus left Ken Dockter partially blind. The School for the Blind coordinator uses his experience to help others who are visually impaired. Dockter who teaches daily living skills to students, develops strategies to help students who are partially or fully blind learn how to live on their own. “When the parents call and say ‘my son or daughter made a meal for us with no help,’ that is the most rewarding…This school is a great opportunity for kids to [meet] other kids very similar to themselves and form great friendships,” he says. Hear how Dockter overcame his obstacles to help others overcome theirs on this week’s show.

Many are familiar with the image of stoic London soldiers standing guard at Buckingham Palace. However, many other nations practice the tradition of noble sentries. Bjorn Nybru was a member of the King’s Guard of Norway. This select group protects the residences of the king and his family. These specially trained soldiers are expected to remain serious even as tourists attempt to distract them. “There are a lot of pictures of [royal guards] in different photo albums around the world,” he says. Tune in to Studio One to hear stories about drills, discipline, and defense.

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