With the click of a mouse, Mountaineers everywhere can gather in one virtual place to cheer on the bowl-bound West Virginia University football team, catch up with one another and learn the latest happenings at WVU .
” WVU BowlSpace ( http://bowlgame.wvu.edu/ )is an online, interactive community built around the excitement leading up to the Dec. 27 Meineke Car Care Bowl game between WVU and the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.
We wanted to create a place where the WVU worldwide community can create an interactive connection with the team and the University,said Christine Martin, vice president for University Relations.This portal represents a powerful tool in building conversation and dialogue with students, alumni, employees, friends, fans, donors and the entire Mountaineer nation.
Visitors to WVU BowlSpace can get the latest information, photos, videos and morecourtesy of theWVU to Gowidget.
WVU to Goprovides a feed of the latest news from WVU News and Information Services and Mountaineer Information Xpress; photos from WVU Photographic Services; a link to the U92 student radio station; videos; music; and bowl polls.
The widget is also interactive and can be installed across multiple social media and mobile platformsfrom MySpace, Facebook and Google to Yahoo, Blogger, Friendster and more.
The �€~WVU to Gowidget offers a window into the world of WVU no matter where you go,Martin said.Wherever you are, you always have the world of WVU with you via video, music, photographs and news updates.
Mountaineer fans can leave messages of support for the team as it prepares for the Tar Heels. To date, there have been more than 100 messages sent to head coach Bill Stewart and his players.
You never fail to make me very proud to be a Mountaineer,Erin writes.Your hard work, talent and willpower make you stars on the field, and your respect for the game, school and state make you stars off of it. Thanks for all you have done, and good luck!
The site also offers access to WVU s Facebook groupProud to Be a Mountaineerwhere fans can share photos and messages.
With more than 8,200 members,Proud to Be a Mountaineeris one of the 10 largest university Facebook groups in the country.
Visitors to BowlSpace can also check out what student-athletes have to say about life off the playing field, learn about the UniversitysoneWVUcampus diversity project and share alumni stories.
And, of course, the site is the go-to place for the latest bowl information; updates on WVU Alumni Association travel packages and fan activities; and daily reports from Charlotte by bloggers Steve Douglas, president and chief executive officer of the WVU Alumni Association, and Chris Southard, the Web site manager and official photographer ofThe Pride of West VirginiaMountaineer Marching Band.
Southard plans to provide updates on rehearsals and performances, complete with photos and perhaps videos, on hisFollow �€~The Prideblog.
No WVU bowl appearance would be complete without the marching band, and the blog gives the parents and fans who cant make it to Charlotte an opportunity to follow �€~The Prideas we travel,Southard said.We get compliments from parents who go on there to see what the band is doing, especially if I get a picture of their kid.
WVU BowlSpace was developed by University Relations in cooperation with the Department of Athletics, the Alumni Association, University Events and others.