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From the Daily Breeze, regarding the Pauley Pavilion renovation, by staff writers Brian Dohn and Jill Painter:

UCLA senior associate athletic director Ross Bjork made a pair of hires that will be vital to the school's planned renovation of Pauley Pavilion.

Carrie Smith, who was working for the UCLA Fund, was hired as the director of major gifts and former Bruins baseball player Nick Theodorou was hired to be associate director of major gifts.

Bjork said the two will concentrate on securing financial gifts of more than $25,000, be in with individuals or corporations. The two will also play a large roll in the fundraising efforts when it comes to the planned renovation of Pauley Pavilion, which is estimated to be $120 million.

Bjork said the Smith and Theodorou would also work on two other major fundraising projects - one for the Spieker Aquatics Center and the other for a renovation of Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Why bring this up now?

Well, it's in today's paper. And while the focus for the team (and I guess the fans) is supposed to be on nothing but aTm, the PP renovation is  vital to the future of the program. If Smith and Theodorou are key to that project, then their hiring is news worth knowing.

How long until someone is asking for the names of everyone involved -- so we can all write them emails?