Tuesday (Jan. 20) Barack Obama will make history when he is sworn in as the nations first black president.

Among the crowd of thousands taking in the inaugural ceremony in Washington, D.C., will be West Virginia University students, faculty and staff.

While most people cannot be there in person, they are invited to experience all the pageantry and patriotism through WVU sGold and Blue at the Inaugurationblog site: http://inauguration09.wvu.edu/ (check back often for updates).

A diverse group of bloggers is filing daily reports, describing the excitementfrom the Center for Black Culture and Researchs Inaugural Ball in Morgantown (details at http://cbc.wvu.edu/inaugural_ball )to the inaugural parade and other activities in the nations capitalto the swearing-in ceremony.

As WVU bloggers travel through Washington, D.C., some of them are also sharing real-time impressions of the events through short text messages calledtweets.

Participants include Scott Crichlow, associate professor of political science; Andrew Barnes, a graduate student in the P.I. Reed School of Journalism and president of the WVU Young Democrats; Erica Sladky, a chemical engineering major and founder of WVU Students for Barack Obama; and Marjorie Fuller, director of WVU s Center for Black Culture and Research.

TheGold and Blue at the Inaugurationblog project is an integrated effort of University Relations, with support from Web Services and News and Information Services.

In addition to the blog, the University community can tune into the inauguration on television screens at the Mountainlair and College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and WVU will be streaming Tuesdays events live over the WVU Information Stations. Students and employees will be able to watch C-SPANs feed live via these plasma screens in the Mountainlair and other campus locations.