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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA alumnus Javier Moreno creates Buzzfeed viral hits

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(June 25, 2014) -- Meet UTSA alumnus Javier Moreno '10. He is an Editorial Fellow and content creator for the popular social news and entertainment website BuzzFeed Inc.

Moreno's posts, which carry titles such as "21 Definitive Guy-Cry Movie Moments" or "36 Nature Photos That Prove Texas is Not Just Tumbleweeds," are shared on countless social media sites and consumed by thousands of Internet users daily.

Since Moreno's first post, a mash-up video he found online of Elton John and rock band System of a Down, appeared on BuzzFeed a little more than a month ago, he has consistently racked up Internet views numbering in the high thousands to millions. His most well received article, "25 Words That Have a Different Meaning in Texas," received more than 1.6 million views in less than a month.

"My favorite thing about my work at BuzzFeed is the creative freedom it provides," said Moreno. "On any given day, we can write about whatever we want, whether it's a hard-hitting news subject or simply a list of funny cat gifs. I don't know of many workplaces that foster and encourage that sort of creative environment."

Each day, Moreno imagines, researches and posts a variety of new content to the highly trafficked website. In the last month alone, he has posted articles about Texas institutions, cultural differences, sports and pop culture.

"Coming up with fresh ideas is challenging work," said Moreno. "The Internet moves fast, and, at times, staying ahead of current social trends can be a lot harder than it may seem."

However, this is all part of the excitement of the work, and he excels under pressure, he said. After all, doing good work while under pressure is a skill that he spent years at UTSA perfecting, and he is not shy about admitting it.

"I work in an environment that is extremely fast-paced, but my time at UTSA prepared me well for that," said Moreno. "Whether it was studying for an exam, or pulling an all-nighter to put the finishing touches on a paper or project, my upper level classes taught me how to handle the pressure."

While Moreno is fully committed to his work with BuzzFeed, he said he will always appreciate and share the experiences he had at UTSA with anyone who will listen.

"My years at UTSA were some of the best of my life," said Moreno. "I made lifelong friends whom I still keep in contact with to this day. The professors and mentors I had there shaped me morally and professionally, and they instilled in me a passion for hard work. I love and miss the university dearly. No matter where I'm at in the world, I am and will always be a Roadrunner."


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Read the stories of other UTSA students, faculty, staff and alumni on the Meet a Roadrunner website.

View some of Moreno's articles on Buzzfeed.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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