For resilient and self-motivated philosophy student Shayne Weber, community defined his undergraduate experience.
Weber, a first-generation transfer student, faced many challenges getting to graduation with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Colorado State University. He’ll tell you he grew up in the middle of a cornfield in Traer, Iowa, was raised by a single mom, faced financial hardships, and constantly strived to integrate himself into something more meaningful.
Thankfully, Weber found — and helped create — a meaningful community for himself and others at CSU.
Professors and peers alike feel his impact on the philosophy department, mainly for his leadership in bringing the Philosophy Club back to life.
“[Weber] spearheaded restarting the moribund undergraduate Philosophy Club, turning it – in one short year – into a very successful club,” said Phil Cafaro, professor of philosophy.
Before Weber, the Philosophy Club was unregistered and unrecognized by the university. His work on revamping and leading the club helped create an environment that sparks inclusive philosophical discussions and gives students an opportunity to gain valuable leadership experiences and friendships.
Weber launched the unique and popular “Brew with a Brain” events, a series of mini-lectures by philosophy professors presenting to the Philosophy Club in the Ramskellar at the Lory Student Center.
“The club makes philosophy more comfortable and approachable, and it made professors happier too,” Weber said. “It allows professors to talk about their research and passions, encouraging passion and excitement in the students.”
Weber’s passion for philosophy as an undergraduate has inspired him to apply to graduate school and continue his studies in environmental ethics and philosophy.
“Philosophy has always been about approaching new ideas and current problems with an open mind, and really trying to do our best in finding ways to create creative and beneficial solutions for everyone,” Weber said. “It’s helped me to connect with people, and better understand their experiences through their testimony.”
“Philosophy has always been about approaching new ideas and current problems with an open mind, and really trying to do our best in finding ways to create creative and beneficial solutions for everyone.”
— Shayne Weber
Weber is extremely grateful for those who helped him throughout his college journey. He thanked the philosophy department for the academic support; his mom, who he credits for his self-motivation and resilience; and his significant other, Sabrina, who supported him both financially and emotionally in his passions and accomplishments.
“I am beyond happy that I chose to come to CSU,” Weber concluded. “It’s been the most supportive network I’ve ever been in, and I’ve been met with unmatched support, more than I’ve ever experienced in my life.”