Walk out the side doors of the Claxton Complex toward the Haslam Business Building and stroll down the walkway toward Neyland Stadium and you will find a hidden gem. Lush landscaping and a peace waterfall cascade down the busy walkway. The campus oasis is called Blueberry Falls and we have UT faculty member in the Haslam College of Business and his wife to thank for bringing a little nature to our city campus.
Ernie Cadotte, the Haslam College’s John W. Fisher Professor of Innovative Learning, made the suggestion of replacing what was once a tennis court with a beautifully landscaped park when the site was under renovation. As a result, Blueberry Falls has become one of the most photographed places on campus. But where did the name come from? If you look closely, you will find the answer. Included in the design are over sixty blueberry bushes, currently bearing fruit, for everyone to enjoy in June.
In the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, we strive to enhance the quality of life through research, outreach, and practice. The generous donation from the Cadotte’s has ensured that our whole campus has a beautiful park to enjoy and to enhance our daily lives. For the Cadotte’s it’s about sharing their passion for nature and beautifying a campus that they love. But we are the luckiest ones because it’s right outside our doors!
Thank you to Ernie and Bonnie Cadotte for your generous gift which will continue to give year after year, enhancing our lives with the beauty of nature and, in June, a healthy addition to our lunches too!