Education notes for June 10

University of Tulsa names provost

The University of Tulsa has named Janet K. Levit provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. She replaces Roger Blais, who is retiring after more than 40 years at TU. Levit is the first woman to serve as provost of Tulsa’s flagship comprehensive research university.

Levit has served as the university’s vice president for strategic initiatives since January 2017. Before that, she served as the first female dean of the TU College of Law, where she continues as a professor. During the past year, she successfully structured and garnered board approval for TU’s five-year strategic plan.

“Janet has proven herself a driven leader who sees the big picture and knows how to operationalize ideas and build effective teams,” said TU President Gerard Clancy. “The adoption of the strategic plan highlights Janet’s strengths in stakeholder engagement, educational innovation, strategic analytics and powerful communication skills.”

Levit, who earned her bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and her law and master’s degrees from Yale, has served as a TU faculty member since 1995.

Devon Energy to award STEM education grants

A new FFA grant program will be fueling science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for Oklahoma students.

Devon Energy will provide seven grants to the Oklahoma FFA Foundation for chapters in central and northwest Oklahoma for the 2018-19 school year. The awards range from $500 to $5,000 and will fund STEM programs that emphasize hands-on learning.

The goal of the program is to increase students’ access to new technologies being used in the agriculture industry.

“Students need real-world, STEM-based learning opportunities to spark their interests and open their eyes to career options,” said Christina Rehkop, Devon’s community relations manager.

The Oklahoma FFA Foundation is accepting grant applications through July 13. Priority will be given to requests that will be shared between chapters to benefit as many students as possible.

“Students discover what they are truly passionate about when they experience hands-on learning,” said Holly Blakey, Oklahoma FFA Foundation executive director.

Go to for more details or to apply for a grant.