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Scarborough Society Events

Throughout the year, the Scarborough Society of Shepherd University sponsors a variety of social and cultural events for alumni, faculty, students, and the surrounding community alike. Read more about these events below and check out our calendar to find out which upcoming events may be of interest to you!

Scarborough Society Gala

Hosted by the Scarborough Society in collaboration with the Foundation, the Scarborough Society Gala is the organization’s major annual social and fundraising event. All proceeds from the gala support and enhance library programs and facilities to benefit the Shepherd University community. A highlight of the summer season, the gala is attended by several hundred Scarborough members, guests, and friends. Past galas have paid homage to such literary figures as Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare, Graham Greene, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jules Verne, and Margaret Mitchell. Visit our gallery for photos of galas past!

Gala sponsors enable us to present a first-class event and annual social highlight while raising significant funds for the Shepherd University library system. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or learning more about sponsorship opportunities, we would love to hear from you! To view photos from the 2023 Gala, visit our photo galleries.

Contact Sherri Janelle

2024 Gala sponsors



  • Truist Zebulon Sale, Vice President
  • B. Lee ’72 and Karen Snyder


BRONZE SPONSORS                                                                                                                

Scarborough Society Art & Lecture Series

Each year, the Scarborough Society and the Shepherd University Foundation sponsor a lecture series featuring diverse topics and speakers relevant to the academic and cultural community. Past speakers have included local authors, faculty members, and visiting professors, while topics range from historical perspectives to current affairs to the creative process of different artistic mediums. Be sure to check our calendar often, as new events are added on an ongoing basis. To learn more about what the Scarborough Society Art & Lecture Series has to offer, visit our photo gallery of speakers and events!

The Shepherdstown Film Society

In 2008, the Scarborough Society formed a partnership with the Shepherdstown Film Society to provide free films for students, faculty, and community members. All films are shown at Reynolds Hall and include an introduction and post-film discussion. For the most recent schedule, please visit the Shepherdstown Film Society.

SU Common Reading Program

The Common Reading Program at Shepherd University is sponsored in part by the Shepherd University Foundation and coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning. The award-winning initiative, highlighted as a model for other universities in the October 2012 issue of E-Source, seeks to bring students, faculty, staff, and community members together through the written word.

Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Program

A truly multifaceted project, Shepherd University’s annual Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence serves to honor Appalachian writers whose work reflects the cultural values of the region and whose literary talents may be utilized through a number of programs that shape the humanities conversation on Shepherd’s campus and the regional community throughout the year. Such programs include literary and historical discussions, films and documentaries, lectures and presentations, as well as the annual West Virginia Fiction Competition and the Anthology of Appalachian Writers. This program, devoted to exploring Appalachian culture through storytelling, is supported by the Shepherd University Foundation, Scarborough Society, West Virginia Humanities Council, and West Virginia Center for the Book.

This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.