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This week's How's Business newsletter is coming out today because of yesterday's Columbus Day holiday. It's not that we honor the controversial explorer, it's because WE LOVE ITALIANS!

Amazon.com buys its corporate HQ in Seattle for $1.16 billion

Amazon.com Inc announced last Friday it will buy its Seattle corporate headquarters for $1.16 billion in what will be the biggest commercial real estate deal so far this year for a single location in the country. The deal is for a complex of 11 buildings in the trendy South Lake Union area, comprising 1.8 million square feet of office space. The property owner is Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. Amazon previously had been leasing the property.

Cajer Neely joins Wells Fargo

Cajer Neely has been hired by Wells Fargo as a senior vice-president and group leader for the company's commercial banking office in Spokane. He previously worked for Banner Bank and has 30 years of financial services industry experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.

Shoot photos like a pro with Dean Davis

Dean Davis of Dean Davis Photography, one of the premier commercial photographers in the region, is holding a series of one-day photography workshops, including one coming up on October 20th. More will be scheduled in the coming months. Workshops will be held at Dean Davis' Studio, at 216 West Pacific, from 9 am to 4 pm and will include lunch. A digital SLR camera and tripod are necessary for the workshop. Participants will learn camera fundamentals, lighting techniques, f-stops, shutter speed, ISO, and color balance. Email dean@deandavis.com for all the details.

EWU welcomes world renowned Tibetan Monk as a Scholar in Residence

This fall, students in Eastern Washington University's Department of Psychology will spend Thursday afternoons learning principles of compassion and practice from a world-renowned scholar and teacher - Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye (Geh-shay Toop-ten Pel-gay).

A Tibetan Monk, Geshe Phelgye is founder of the Universal Compassion Movement (UMC) and a member of the Dalai Lama's Parliament-in-Exile. While serving as a Scholar in Residence at EWU, he will offer a seminar on Buddhist psychology. The discussion-focused course will introduce students to the Buddhist world and provide opportunity for experiential learning and focused study.

Additionally, during winter quarter 2013, Geshe Phelgye will teach a two-credit course for the College of Arts, Letters & Education. And during spring quarter 2013, he will teach a two-credit seminar for international affairs within the Departments of Government and Honors called, Peace and Conflict. While on the Eastern campus, he will have an office in Martin Hall and plans to make time to meet with students.

"We are honored to have the Venerable Phelgye teaching at EWU. This is an amazing and unique opportunity for students," said Jonathan Anderson, chair of the Department of Psychology.

In 1973, at the age of 17, Geshe Phelgye became a monk while studying at Seraje Monastic University, and finished his Geshe (a Buddhist academic degree) in 1991. In 1993, he embarked on a five-year meditation retreat in the mountains of Dharamsala under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Janelle Kraft joins STCU as director of marketing communications.

Janelle Kraft, who has worked in communications and marketing in Spokane for a decade, comes to STCU from Pearson Packaging Systems, where she was director of marketing. She previously worked at Hollister-Stier Laboratories, first as a communication specialist and then as communication manager.

A Spokane resident, Kraft is a Gonzaga University graduate with a master's degree in organizational leadership and bachelor's degrees in public relations and Asian studies. She is a past president and past board member for Spokane Regional Marcom Association, and served on the board of directors for the Junior League of Spokane.

Kraft replaces Barb Richey as director of marketing. Richey became STCU's vice president of marketing on July 1, with the retirement of Brad Hunter.

Facebook hits the 1 billion mark

Facebook has long been the fastest growing communications phenomenon in the history of the world. And now it has hit a major milestone. More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month, double the 500 million it hit in July 2010. August 2008 marked another big juncture, 100 million users. This one billion user milestone amounts to nearly half of the world's roughly 2.5 billion Internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union. 81 percent of Facebook users live outside the U.S. and Canada, and 600 million of them are mobile users. The people joining now have a median age of 22. It was 23 in 2010 and 26 in 2008 and 2007. Most of the users are from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.

New employees at Spokane Youth Sports Association

Spokane Youth Sports Association hired Chrissy Wohl as Sport Coordinator managing SYSA Recreational and Competitive Soccer. Chrissy is a graduate of Western Washington University where she played Collegiate Soccer.

SYSA also has engaged Terri Fortner as Development Director. Terri previously served as Executive Director of Providence Holy Family Foundation and comes to SYSA with over 25 years experience in gift planning and development.

Avista Foundation donates to Children's Emergency Room at Providence Sacred Heart

Providence Sacred Heart Hospital and Children's Hospital are planning an expansion of their tier 1 emergency facility and the construction of a separate pediatric emergency center. The Avista Foundation will make a donation of $50,000 to this project.

"We are very pleased that Avista will be joining with the Rypien Foundation and other community leaders in the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Emergency Department expansion project," said Joyce M. Cameron, chief development officer, Providence Health Care Foundation. "As a result of this campaign, we will be able to provide emergency medical care for present and future children, provide separate patient waiting areas and treatment rooms for children and adults with appropriate surroundings, equipment and medications, and increased parking facilities."

The Avista Foundation focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org.

Bone Density Scan for Bone and Joint Action Week

OSC Premier Bone and Joint Surgeons understand the importance of strong bones. As part of Bone and Joint National Action Week, OSC is offering a full body bone density scan at no cost to you. Your bones won't tell you if they're weak, in fact, you may have osteoporosis and never know it. For many, breaking a bone is your first sign of the disease. Recommended by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, a bone density scan is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This is significant. Approximately half of all women over fifty will break a bone because of osteoporosis and twenty-five percent of men will do the same. Early diagnosis is important in combating future breaks. The orthopedic surgeons of OSC Premier Bone and Joint Surgeons are committed to your good health, call 509-466-6393 to see if you qualify for a bone density scan at no cost to you. Visit orthospecialtyclinic.com for more information.

Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies Awards Banquet next week

Take Action Against Hate - Annual Awards Banquet will be Tuesday, October 16 at Gonzaga University, Globe room in Cataldo Hall. The Institute (originally the Institute for Action Against Hate) was founded as a positive and enduring vehicle for combating hate and hate crimes on campuses and in communities throughout the nation. The Institute's primary goal is to focus multi-disciplinary academic resources on the causes and effects of hate as well as potential strategies for combating hate.

The 2012 Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awardees are:
Rev. Percy 'Happy' Watkins, Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church - Individual
Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations - Organization

Proceeds Support the Activities of the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies. The featured speaker is Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye.

Seats are $50 each. Doors open at 5:45 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, Program begins at 7pm. For more information, email hatestudies@gonzaga.edu call 509-313-3665 or visit www.gonzaga.edu/Academics/hate-studies.

The Business Thought of the Week

"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." Maya Angelou

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