Cantelme Scholars demonstrate a passion for public service

February 18, 2020

Breanna Smith can’t wait to put on events. She’s organizing a fairly good-size one now. More on that in a moment.

A junior studying tourism development and management in Arizona State University’s School of Community Resources and Development, Smith identifies herself as “one of those people.” As in, “one of those who are really involved students,” she said. Cantelme Scholars, Arizona State University, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions 2019-2020 Pat Cantelme and the 2019-20 Cantelme Scholars. Download Full Image

The kind of student whose sheer volume of activity makes them stand out to the people who award scholarships and travel opportunities. But as active as she is, Smith said being tapped as a Cantelme Scholar caught her off guard.

“I was incredibly surprised,” she said, adding that she does what she always does. “I’m one of those people who sees something that needs to be done and I just do it.”

That good-size event she’s hunting for volunteers for? It’s a combination “culture/pop block party” involving the West Valley cities of Avondale and Goodyear to be held in late March at Estrella Mountain Community College, where Smith attended before transferring to ASU.

Breanna Smith, Cantelme Scholar, ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Breanna Smith, a junior majoring in tourism development and management, is a 2019-20 Cantelme Scholar.

She plans to use the experience as the basis for creating a permanent volunteer program among community college and high school students interested in events work.

The Cantelme Scholars are named for retired Phoenix Fire Capt. Pat Cantelme, who is co-founder, president and chairman of the board of the CDH Charitable Foundation, an Arizona-based private foundation that focuses largely on scholarship funding for Arizona residents attending the state’s public universities with a demonstrated passion for public service.

Cantelme, who became a fire captain at the age of 25, was president of the United Phoenix Firefighters, Local 494. He was significantly involved in restoring the historic buildings on West Van Buren Street that are now The Van Buren concert venue and State 48 Brewery.

The Cantelme Scholars program resides within the Public Service Academy, which is administered by the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. This year, the CDH Foundation provided generous tuition funding for 10 ASU students who graduated from Arizona high schools and provided stipends allowing students to take part in ASU Study Abroad programs.

Within the Public Service Academy, 172 majors are represented among students who, like Smith, want to make a difference in society by engaging in such activities as joining the Peace Corps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, Vista, the U.S. military and the National Laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico, in addition to several public, for-profit and nonprofit entities, said Public Service Academy Executive Director Brett Hunt.

In addition to the requirements of their majors, Public Service Academy students take six more classes through the academy resulting in a certificate in cross-sector leadership. Smith is also pursuing a certificate in special events management.

Cantelme’s dedication to his community is a passion Smith said she wants to share with others.

“When I read about who Pat is and all his achievement at such a young age, it’s something I really connect with, his finding a need and filling it,” she said.

Mark J. Scarp

Media Relations Officer, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business announces STEM designation for master’s degree in global logistics

February 18, 2020

The W. P. Carey School of Business, one of the highest-ranked business schools in the United States, announced a significant enhancement to its Master of Science in global logistics (MS-GL) program. Now designated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security as a STEM-eligible degree program, the MS-GL provides greater opportunities for international students to find employment in the U.S. for up to 36 months beyond graduation, as compared with 12 months for non-STEM degrees.

The longer work authorization term can help international graduates gain additional real-world skills and experience in the U.S. The designation also benefits employers, who do not have to sponsor OPT (optional practical training) candidates. Master of Science in Global Logistics Download Full Image

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for STEM jobs will grow by 13% by 2027, with higher wages than non-STEM jobs: The national average for STEM salaries is $87,570, while non-STEM jobs earn roughly half as much, with an annual average of $45,700.

The certification means 2020 international graduates of the MS-GL program — more than three-quarters of the class population — can enter the U.S. job market and pursue the OPT extension immediately. The nine-month MS-GL program is offered exclusively at ASU’s West campus and provides specialized knowledge to understand multicultural perspectives and solve global operations challenges. The program features curriculum and instruction from the W. P. Carey School’s Department of Supply Chain Management, consistently ranked in the top 5 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate and graduate supply chain instruction.

“We work very hard to ensure that our degrees and programs provide tangible outcomes for our students,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School. “Given the reputation of our supply chain department and faculty, the growing importance of logistics in the global economy and the innovation we’re known for here at ASU, the STEM designation for the MS-GL program adds incredible value students will get from their W. P. Carey degree — and it creates a necessary pathway for the next generation of logistics leaders from around the world.”

Students interested in pursuing the Master of Science in global logistics are encouraged to visit to learn more about the program’s curriculum and application deadlines.

Shay Moser

Managing Editor, W. P. Carey School of Business