DIVISION OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT
The Division of Academic Support exists to provide all Bacone College students with the academic services and other encouragement which will help them persist in their studies, maintain good academic standing, and earn their academic degree. The Division of Academic Support is made up of two programs:
- Academic Support Services: All Bacone College students are invited to strengthen their academic skills, to learn how to succeed academically, and to continue to graduation by using the services we provide.
- Trio: A Federal program offering support services to students who have made application and been accepted.
If you want more information about the Division of Academic Support please use the the links to the left to see our programs in detail. You can also visit us in the Palmer Center room 204 or call x-7259.
Who we are?
Thomas A. Karman, Director of Student Support Services
My major responsibility is to see that the Division of Academic Support helps students get ready to take college courses, pass their courses successfully, stay enrolled, and graduate prepared to succeed as professionals and as citizens. This includes making sure the Center is staffed as well as possible with both the human and non-human resources that will help students. I welcome suggestions of how we can do a better job helping you, the student.
I have been in higher education all my professional life. I started out serving a small, private liberal arts college in Ohio and then moved to Oklahoma State University, where I served as professor and head for about 15 years. I left OSU to serve as a consult in the development of a new Christian university in Jakarta, Indonesia, and then continued an interest in things international by serving as Director for International Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University. My last stint was teaching in Liberia, West Africa, at a University which had been almost wholly destroyed during their prolonged and brutal civil war.
I earned my B.A. at Albion College (Michigan), majoring in History and Political Science, my M.A. at Harvard University (Massachusetts), majoring in East Asian Regional Studies, and my Ph.D. at the University of Toledo (Ohio), majoring in Higher Education Administration.
Tearsa Innis, Assistant to the Director
I have worked with various aspects of Bacone College and now enjoy keeping track of all of the administrative details of the TRiO program. If you need to schedule a tutor, get help on the computer, learn about available services or events, or need someone just to listen to what’s going on in your life, please drop by my office or give me a call at 918-781-7254. I can certainly get you headed in the right direction. I really enjoy working with Bacone students and seeing them grow and become all that they can become. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Shortly after completing my Master's degree, I achieved National Board Certification. I have a husband, who also works for Bacone (in the Business office), five children, (two are married and on their own) and two beautiful grandchildren. Even though keeping up with five children keeps us busy, my husband and I take time to enjoy an occasional “date night,” which usually includes dinner out and a possible movie.