School of Communication celebrates the life of alumnus John D. Chang with room dedication

John D. Chang
John D. Chang

Family and friends of late School of Communication alumnus, John D. Chang (’85, Media Production), gathered for a room dedication on Feb. 28, 2014.  What had previously been known as UCD 2401 is now named the John D. Chang Media Production Lab.  In his honor, a plaque is displayed outside the room and a scholarship in his name supports those pursuing a career in Media Production.

Chang is most known for his work with the Dallas Cowboys as Director of Broadcasting who developed their television presence.  Sadly, he passed away in Dec. 2002 due to a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 38.

Shortly after Chang’s death, his family started the John D. Chang Endowed Memorial Scholarship to continue honoring his legacy and provide funding for FSU undergraduate students majoring in media production.  To date, about 20 students have received support in the form of tuition, books, and costs paid for conference travel and presentations.

The room dedication ceremony’s attendees reminisced fondly of Chang, who would have turned 50 on Jan. 4, 2014.  Chang’s name and memory lives on by remembering his impact on the world.

His younger brother, William Lai, shared experiences about their youth and how he had always felt his brother was an ideal example for him.  Chang’s colleagues during his studies at Florida State remarked on how his work ethic and self-discipline seemed legendary.  A few past media production scholarship recipients presented on how their career goals were positively supported by the John D. Chang Foundation and expressed how grateful they were for the help.

FSU College of Communication & Information Dean, Dr. Larry Dennis, led the proceedings. He told the family that “Chang was one of the most influential and hard-working alumni that the FSU School of Communication program has ever produced.”  Alongside his mother, Judy, they unveiled the new commemorative media lab room plaque.

Following the dedication, the family was taken on a tour of the Media Production facilities.  They were shown where and how the FSU School of Communication prepares its students by providing real-world experience.  The event ended with a catered reception.

To learn more about how you can join in honoring Chang’s legacy or to make a gift, contact Mafé Brooks, campaign director for the John D. Chang Endowed Memorial Scholarship at

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