Clarke University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Clarke’s main competition and practice field after retiring President Sister Joanne Burrows. Burrows is retiring at the end of this school year after serving as the university’s president since July 2006. Head Football Coach Miguel Regalado and Head Women’s Soccer Coach Josh Printz unveiled the arch at the entrance of the field that reads “Burrows Field” along with an engraved stone.
Clarke Vice President for Student Life Kate Zanger listed a breadth of Sr. Joanne’s accomplishments over the past 13 years, recognizing her commitment to student-athletes and to the betterment of the student experience. She said, “Sr. Joanne’s presence at athletic events always amped up the Pride spirit. During her tenure, Sr. Joanne added men’s and women’s lacrosse, esports, and football. The field is used by all athletic teams and many non-athletes as well, whether that be for practice, competition, or recreation.”
Clarke Director of Athletics Curt Long said, “We are thrilled to be naming this field after Sr. Joanne. She has a passion for students and for providing opportunities that allow them to advance and grow. These facilities are a major step forward in improving our practice and competition opportunities. Our student-athletes and coaches are tremendously grateful.”
Clarke Student Association President Bailey Theisen said, “This field will represent more than a nice turf field. It will represent the spirit that our students, faculty, staff, and friends all bring to Clarke University. It will also represent the memories that Sister Joanne has created for the Clarke community during her tenure. Sister Joanne, please know that when we cross through the Burrows Field arch to practice, compete, play, or cheer — we will remember you. Thank you for all you have done for the students of Clarke University.”
Sr. Joanne ended the ceremony with a round of heartfelt thanks and a resounding “Go Pride!”