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April 3, 1997

'You B.U.' leadership conference this weekend

Freshman Class Council expects 100 high school students for third annual event in Waco

By Wilson Aurbach

Lariat Reporter

The University's Freshman Class Council (FCC) is continuing a third-year conference while starting new traditions of its own.

Freshman Class Council is inviting high school students to attend the annual 'You B.U. Leadership Conference '97.'

In previous years, 'You B.U.' targeted only 40 high schools; this year 300 Texas high schools have been contacted, and the event will take place over a weekend instead of just one day. The conference is this weekend and is open to all students who are interested in learning more about effective leadership skills.

Although all high school students are welcome to attend, the weekend instruction is tailored for student council officers. The theme for the conference is 'Mission: Possible.'

FCC members have selected University personalities and other outside resources to help students develop mission statements for their school's student council in order to make it more successful and efficient.

During the conference, former University head football coach Grant Teaff is scheduled to speak about leadership and self-discipline. Cheryl Gochis, former University Coordinator of Student Leadership Development, is also scheduled to make a presentation on organization and effective teamwork skills. Local corporations, including Dr Pepper, have agreed to sponsor the event.

'Last year the 'You B.U.' conference only had 50 students--'Mission: Possible' will bring 100 students to the Baylor campus,' said Tara Parham, conference co-director. 'The weekend should be a lot of fun and will give a positive image of Baylor to students who could be potential leaders in the future.'

FCC has been active all year in involving the freshman class. They revived the Freshman Float idea after six years of dormancy. Members raised more than $1,000 in a single week by selling adhesive stars on which freshmen could write their names and then affix to the float itself for one dollar each.

To prepare for Baylor Homecoming, FCC members participated in an effort to beautify campus by searching for and destroying all apparent litter.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas break, FCC sponsored an 'angel tree.' Approximately 300 students took the name of an underprivileged child in the Waco area from a Christmas tree in the Bill Daniel Student Center, and then returned a gift for the child whose name they received.

For the first annual Faculty Appreciation Luncheon, each member invited faculty members to a complimentary lunch in order to thank them for all they do at the University.

FCC also helps student congress by taking the minutes of each session.

Later this semester, FCC members plan to work with Mission Waco and will volunteer their time at a local nursing home.

'I feel FCC has a broad, diversified number of students that actually do get input from their classmates,' said Jeff Ross, FCC president. 'Our goal is not only to provide service for Baylor, but to involve and include the freshman class.'

FCC is a first year service organization founded and co-directed by Paige Manley, a Baytown sophomore, and Mark Freeman, a Sherman sophomore.

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