Feb. 19, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Athletics has announced the Scholar-Athletes of the Month for January - Ciersten Burks (Sr., Women's Soccer) and Will Nolden (RS-So., Baseball).
Burks, a native of Indianapolis, started 17 of 19 games for the Hoosiers as a defender, recording two shots on the season. She appeared in 14 games, making 12 starts in the defensive backfield and was instrumental on the defensive end of the team's three shutouts during the season. Burks, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, is majoring in Biology.
"Ciersten is a Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Spanish," said IU Academic Advisor, Eileen O'Rourke. "She earned a 4.0 GPA this fall semester, her third time earning this honor. In addition to her outstanding academic accomplishments, Ciersten has also been accepted to several top medical programs, including IU's School of Medicine. Ciersten is not only a great student, but an overall wonderful person. You will not meet anyone more genuine and appreciative of the opportunities she has been given. We are lucky to have her as a student-athlete at IU."
Nolden, also a native of Indianapolis, has started two of three games in the outfield for the Hoosiers so far this season. In 2012, he played in 50 games and started 38, while batting .260 for the year, improving to .292 in Big Ten play and .394 during the final month of the season. Nolden is a double major in Sociology and Spanish.
"Will is on track to graduate in four years and has moved through his requirements so quickly, he is deciding on a minor to add as well," said John Sare, IU Academic Advisor. "He has also set himself up with a corporate internship next summer, while playing in a baseball summer league. On the field, Will is the true success story, going from a redshirt, practice squad member as a freshman to becoming the starting right-fielder in 50 games last year and being named a Big Ten All-Academic selection. As an advisee, Will is the model student, responsible, mature and hardworking. It is not uncommon for Will to spend several hours a week in the academic center to be prepared for class. Will also offers a great deal of leadership to his younger teammates who are getting acclimated to college level work, which is exactly the kind of example we expect our upperclassmen to set.