Shafer Retires After 16 Years at OPSU

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 08/11/2014 Dr. Dave Bryant presents Dr. Loyet Shafer (left) with a plaque in recognition of her 16 years of service at OPSU during the OPSU Commencement Cermony held May 17.  — Photo by Danae MooreDr. Dave Bryant presents Dr. Loyet Shafer (left) with a plaque in recognition of her 16 years of service at OPSU during the OPSU Commencement Cermony held May 17. — Photo by Danae Moore

Goodwell, Okla. — Dr. Loyet Shafer, OPSU Professor of Education, came to OPSU in the fall of 1998 and after 16 years of service to OPSU, she retired in June. Born in Alva, Okla. and raised in Cherokee, Okla, Dr. Shafer moved to the Oklahoma Panhandle to be closer to her family and brought with her a great deal of experience and a long list of credentials.

She graduated from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree and in 1967 with a master’s degree, both in speech. After teaching in south Florida for more than four years and receiving certification in Guidance and Counseling, Dr. Shafer returned to Oklahoma and served as an elementary school counselor for several years. She left this position to return to OSU to work on a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology which she completed in 1988. She was licensed by the State of Oklahoma as a Psychologist in 1990 and as Health Service Provider in 1991.

Dr. Shafer opened a private practice of psychological clinical services in Woodward Okla. in 1990 and operated it until 2003. At one time she had offices in both Woodward and Guymon with the Guymon office open through 2007. In 1996, Dr. Shafer was appointed by Governor Keating to the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and served as the Vice-Chair in 1999 and the Chair in 2000. To say she was busy seems like an understatement!

Dr. Shafer began at OPSU dividing teaching time between the Education department and the Psychology department, before eventually teaching full time for the Education department.

Dr. Shafer spoke of her time at OPSU saying, “One of my greatest satisfactions in the job is that I believe I can offer a lot to my students. I can see what I am teaching from three different views: being in the classroom as a teacher, seeing parents and children in clinical practice, and as a consultant between parents and schools.”

She continued saying, “Teaching in the Education department has been very gratifying for me, because I feel that I am able to affect the lives of so many others through the teachers I am teaching.”

Dr. Shafer is looking forward to the freedoms of retirement!

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