Students win in competition

Purdue Calumet students place 2nd
in national script writing competition

A television script five Purdue University Calumet communication students wrote for their COM 436 Script Writing class last fall earned second place in the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Student Script Writing Competition.

Received award in Las Vegas

The students—Vincent Benjamin Lopez of Hammond, Autumn Cueller of Crown Point, Ashley Anne Drzal of Hobart, Melissa Falgier of Munster and Brandon M. Fles of Crown Point—wrote their script for the episodic AMC TV series, “Breaking Bad.” The script was recognized in the TV Spec category. The students and their instructor, Associate Professor of Communication Mary Beth O’Connor, received their award at the recent Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas, Nev.

“We have a long history of winning awards in this competition, and I’m extremely proud of my students for their hard work and effort,” O’Connor said.  “Our students continually succeed because they know how to work hard for what they want.”

12 awards

Since 2002 students from O’Connor’s Script Writing course have earned 12 awards – four 1st places, two 2nds, five 3rds and an honorable mention – in BEA competition.

Lopez, Cueller and Drzal also are part of a Purdue Calumet marketing and communication student team that has qualified for the finals of the National Student Advertising Competition, June 5-8 in Phoenix, Ari.

Additional information

More information about the Purdue Calumet script writing class can be obtained by contacting Prof.  O’Connor by email or at 219/989-2355.  Information about the BEA can be obtained by visiting their web page.




Pictured with Associate Professor of Communication Mary Beth O’Connor (far right) are student contributors Brandon Fles and Melissa Falgier of the Purdue Calumet student team that earned a 2nd place award in the recent national Broadcast Education Association student TV Spec scripting writing competition. Not pictured from Purdue Calumet: students Vincent Benjamin Lopez, Autumn Cueller and Ashley Anne Drzal.