After watching his teacher suffer through months of increasing pain, and learning that Haussler would need a wheelchair if he couldn't get the costly surgery soon, Kenneth Herrington, a 33-year old Navy veteran who is double majoring in chemistry and biology, decided "to do something to help him," the student tells the Wyandotte Daily News.
Hassler is "just plain awesome," Yvonne Castaneda, a "Hip for Haussler" activist, tells the News. "Dr. Haussler is a great teacher, tutor and friend" willing to "offer all he has by making himself available to anyone who asks, whether it be helping out with math or sitting down with a student and listening to his or her problems," adds Hyde.
Haussler's career at KCKCC began with a full-time faculty appointment in 1997, but he later took a full-time position at University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan. When personal reasons brought him back to Kansas in 2004, KCKCC had no room on the faculty for him. He managed to obtain a part-time position there in 2006. His hip problem dates to 2002.
Now that the re-election of President Barack Obama has likely ensured the survival of the Affordable Care Act, adjunct and part-time teachers like Haussler should be able to obtain health coverage within a couple of years. Haussler, however, needs surgery before that. Whether his students will reach their ambitious goal remains to be seen. Already obvious, however, is the deep impact that a fine teacher can have on his students' lives.