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Join the College of Visual and Performing Arts for an evening celebrating the arts at Mason to benefit scholarships and community arts programs. The evening showcases the remarkable talents of Mason students amid an array of spectacular food and beverages, and culminates in the Concert Hall where Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald makes her Center for the Arts debut! Tickets begin at $125. Corporate sponsorships are available.

ARTS by George! Saturday, September 28, 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. | de Laski Performing Arts Building, Fairfax Campus

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This volunteer leader is grateful for the education he received at Mason, both in the classroom and on the court. “The lessons I learned at Mason and in high school on the basketball court are as important to my success as the academic side was.” —John Niehoff, BS Accounting ’84

Alumni Spotlight

Life Lessons, On and Off the Court

When John Niehoff, BS Accounting ’84, was finishing up high school in Springfield, Virginia, he knew he wanted to play NCAA Division 1 basketball, but he didn’t have any offers or a lot of money.

It just so happened that nearby George Mason University was starting its first year in Division 1, and it was within driving distance of Niehoff’s Springfield home.

“It was a hard first semester,” he says. “I was trying out for the basketball team, and I was literally a Washington Post paper boy delivering papers every morning.”

But the struggles didn’t last long. Niehoff made the team, playing for Mason from 1981 to 1984, and received a scholarship after his first semester.

“If I hadn’t gotten the scholarship, [my college experience] would’ve been a lot harder,” says the former point guard, who is now a partner at the accounting and consulting firm Baker Tilly. “And I probably couldn’t have played basketball.”