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NMSU Junior from Las Cruces Earns First Bird Scholarship

LAS CRUCES - Jared Langenegger, a junior majoring in fishery and wildlife sciences at New Mexico State University, has earned the first Willis M. (Dub) Bird Jr. Scholarship.

This school year, Langenegger will receive $250 each for the fall and spring semesters. He is a member of the NMSU chapter of the Wildlife Society and plans a career as a wildlife biologist. He plans to graduate in December 1999.

Langenegger, the son of Cynthia and John Langenegger of Las Cruces, said he's had a lifelong interest in wildlife and enjoys working outdoors and hunting and camping.

The scholarship was established in July 1997 through the NMSU Foundation in memory of Bird, a 24-year veteran of the Bureau of Land Management.

During his career, Bird worked in Burley, Idaho, as well as Farmington and Las Cruces. He was the first recreation specialist to work at Aguirre Springs and later worked as a wildlife biologist for many years. Bird died of cancer on June 19, 1997.

The scholarship was established to support students majoring in wildlife management at NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences . Preference is given to students who are involved in the Wildlife Society's student chapter.

The scholarship will again be awarded at the fishery and wildlife banquet in spring 1999.

For more information about this and other scholarships available to students in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences , please contact Mary Liesner at (505) 646-1807.