HANOVER, Ind. – As part of our look back into 50 Years of Hanover College Women's Athletics we highlight Hall of Fame inductee, Susan Nolting Burke (1987).
Susan came to Hanover in the fall of 1983 after graduating from Manhattan (Kan.) High School, ranking first in her class. Upon arriving on campus, Burke immersed herself in campus life. Outside of being involved in student life, she also competed as a member of the volleyball team in the fall, basketball team in the winter, and softball team in the spring. Earning varsity letters in each sport.
She captained the Panthers three years in volleyball and basketball and two years in softball. Burke also received the Alumni Association Scholar/Athlete Award all four years, and the Scholar/Leadership Award her last three years. In 1987, she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award.
On campus, Susan was a member of Phi Mu sorority and was inducted into the honor societies of Pi Sigma Alpha, Gamma Sigma Pi, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma, and Mortar Board. She was also on the Triangle Staff, Senior Committee, and Student Programming Board. At Commencement, Burke received the Henry C. Long Citation as the outstanding senior woman graduating magna cum lade with a degree in political science. She was recognized nationally by Good Housekeeping magazine as part of the top 100 senior college women in the country.
After graduating from Hanover in 1987, Burke attended law school at the University of Virginia, which awarded her a Juris Doctorate degree in 1990. During the fall of 2004, she was elected a Judge in Hennepin County District Court marking the first time in Minnesota history that a husband and wife served as judges on the same State court bench.
Burke was inducted into the Hanover College Athletic Hal of Fame in 2007.