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October 17, 2005

Source: University of Alberta:

Jim Hole named honourary Centenary 2008 co-chair

Prominent Edmonton businessman and U of A alumnus, Jim Hole, will join university president Indira Samarasekera as an honourary co-chair of the University of Alberta's 100th anniversary celebrations in 2008.

Mr. Hole is a co-owner of Hole's Greenhouses & Gardens, one of the largest retail garden centres in Canada. A Golden Bear football player during his university days, he has been involved with his alma mater since he graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. Mr. Hole is a member of the university's Alumni Council and sits as its representative on the U of A Senate. He has written numerous articles on horticulture and gardening for such publications as the National Post, Canadian Gardening Magazine, the Old Farmer's Almanac and the Edmonton Journal and is also co-author of a series of gardening books. Mr.Hole is the son of the late Lois Hole, former Alberta Leiutenant-Governor and U of A chancellor, and the late Ted Hole.

A 60-member centennial committee, consisting of on and off campus representatives and co-chaired by President Samarasekera and Mr. Hole, will guide the university's 100th anniversary celebration organization.

"The university is truly fortunate to have the involvement of Jim Hole as we begin organizing for our 100th anniversary celebrations in 2008," said Dr. Samarasekera. "These celebrations will involve communities throughout the province and will clearly show the impact that the University of Alberta has had on the lives of Edmontonians and indeed all Albertans."

Two human ecology students, Caitlin McElhone and Katherine Ross, spent four months during this past summer researching and developing an historical recollection of university clothing and merchandise dating back to the first U of A classes in 1908. Their work is currently on display in the university bookstore and at various other locations on campus.

For more information please contact File No: 32

Mike Mahon, Dean, Faculty of Physical Education October 17, 2005

and Recreation, Chair, Centenary Steering

Committee, 780-492-3364; or Sandra Halme,

Public Affairs, 780-492-0442.



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