Honors News and Updates


Honors Program News & Updates

Academic advising for Honors requirements just got easier! 

  • NEW for the 2013-2014 catalog, Honors major-specific progression plans are available for select majors. Visit the list of progression plans to see if your major has a specific Honors plan. Advising just got a whole lot easier! Look for the "Honors Four Year plan" link as an option for your major.

NAU Honors grad earns Fulbright


Hesham Elnagar, Honors grad and former Honors Program grad assistant, heads to Jordan for his Fulbright studies. Read more!

2013 Honors Graduates truly shine!

Honors Grads Margaret Landis and Blaise Caudill

Honors Grad Bret Clawson

Flagstaff Art Exhibit

Margaret Sheble, recent Honors graduate, curates a community-based exhibit.

NAU Honors Program hosts regional Honors conference April 11-13, 2013

April 11-13 are the dates for the Western Regional Honors Council's annual conference to be hosted by the NAU Honors Program at the High Country Conference Center. More information about the conference is available at the conference's main page. Up-to-date information and announcements are made available on the conference's Facebook page .


Bill Duncan Memorial Award

NAU Honors announces new Award

Bill Duncan Memorial Award

The Bill Duncan Memorial Award is established by Bill’s surviving widow, Robyn Martin, an NAU Honors lecturer, to encourage and support Honors students wanting to experience the San Juan River. The award will help need-based students offset river trip costs when they enroll in Ms. Martin's San Juan River class. 

William Gene “Bill” Duncan, NAU alumni, private river guide, and consummate outdoorsman, was born in Piqua Ohio Jan 17, 1946 and raised in Oberlin, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University, but after one year decided to join the US Army, where he was trained as a Special Forces (Green Berets) medic. Bill completed his one year tour in Vietnam, bringing home a Silver Star for valor and a Purple Heart, and then came home to Ohio in November, 1970. He quickly joined Army buddies in Arizona, where he finished his BS in Education at Northern Arizona University in the early 1970s. 

He began running rivers in the 1980s and also spent much of his free time hiking, camping and exploring the Colorado Plateau. Bill loved taking first-timers down the river, in particular the San Juan, his favorite river, and inspired many people to protect and care for southwestern wilderness. He married Robyn (Slayton) Martin September 2, 1995 but lost his battle with cancer Jan 14, 1996, dying at home in his wife’s arms. He was 49. His ashes are scattered in the San Juan. Bill’s passion for sharing this unique river with others lives on through this award.

Rachel Young is one of our awesome Honors students...Read about her here!

Kiersten Wilber receives Udall scholarship. Read more!

We're so proud of our Honors GURUS Program! What is a "GURU" you ask? Find out more here...