NAU: 1966-present 

May 1966, we became Northern Arizona University. Here are a few moments from NAU's early days...

sechrist dedication 

On January 20, 1967, NAU's tallest building and northern Arizona's first high-rise structure was dedicated in honor of  Dr. C.W. Sechrist, a physician, legislator, and long-time supporter of NAU. Credit: Northern Arizona University Archives/Cline Library 

1966-1967: ABOR approves NAU to grant a bachelor of science in engineering

1970: The Jacks join the Big Sky Conference. NAU Track and Field win Big Sky Title in first year in conference.

sue varin 

1971 - Sue Varin NAU's first woman forestry graduate. Credit: Northern Arizona University Archives/Cline Library 

1974 – NAU women’s volleyball program gets varsity status, joins AIAW Intermountain conference.

1974 – The university marks its 75th anniversary and its 50th Homecoming. Check out highlights HERE.

1978 - Arizona’s first and only four-year degree program in Physical Therapy begins at NAU.

1981 - NAU Athletics Hall of Fame is established. Inductees in that inaugural year were: 

  • Francis C. Osborn 1921-60 Athletic Administration
  • Emil Nasser 1939-41, 1946 Football
  • Joseph Rolle 1937-41 Football and Basketball
  • Vince Cisterna 1946-50 Baseball, Basketball and Track and Field
  • Cecil “Brute” Mullenaux 1928-31 Football
  • Wayne See 1941-42, 1946-49 Basketball
  • Aaron “Mac” McCreary 1931-63 Basketball and Track and Field Coach
  • Herbert Gregg 1949-74 Basketball Coach
  • Mark Lomas 1968-69 Football
  • Martin “Doc” Fronske 1914-68 Physician

1983 - The Natatorium opens, renamed the Douglas J. Wall Aquatic Center in 1996.                                     

Built in 1972, the South Activity Center was renamed for Joseph C. Rolle in 1989.


2006 –NAU-TV begins live coverage of athletic events. The NAU v. Dixie State football game on September 16, 2006 was the first production, though it was on a tape delay. In 2007, games began to be carried live on the Universityhouse channel. It was also their first season on Fox Sports Arizona and Fox College Sports. NAU-TV produced their 100th game during the 2009-10 season and are now at over 175 live productions. 2011-12 is the first season producing Lumberjack Sports in HD. Credit: NAU-TV