The Daily Universe celebrates 50 years
This story originally appeared in the Daily Universe on Thursday, Sept. 14, 1961
By Alf Pratte
Universe Sports Editor
Today?s leaders must be directed in righteousness in order to inspire vision in their followers.
This was the advice of Elder Howard W. Hunter of the Council of the Twelve to student leaders at the 12th annual leadership conference.
More than 250 delegates attended the three-day briefing session at Jackson Hole, Wyo., and returned to Provo charged with new responsibilities, Elder Hunter stated that BYU could only be as strong as the unity of the student leaders and faculty.
He pointed out that BYU was an unique school with a great destiny, but that if education was the only purpose of BYU the school would not be useful.
?The thing which distinguishes BYU from any other school is its spirituality,? Elder Hunter emphasized.
Other speakers at the conference included vice-president Harvey L. Taylor and dean of students Antone K. Romney.
President Ernest L. Wilkinson addressed the group prior to their departure from Provo and told the student leaders the school had complete confidence in them.
Student Body president Henry Heilsen reminded delegates of the stored-up power in each individual and exhorted them to set goals for themselves and for those they would lead.
?Don?t be afraid to think great,? President Heilsen exhorted.
The guest speakers and five faculty leaders led the student leaders in intensive training sessions which were supplemented by three movies. Group leaders included Dallas Merrell, Lynn Ravsten, Lyle Curtis, Bob Thomas and student co-ordinator Paul Felt.
Lynne Dean and Clayne Rabold, the presidents of Snow and Dixie Colleges were also guests at the conference which is one of the largest of its kind in the western United States.
Lowell Benson of Blackfoot, Idaho was student chairman of the conference which had as its 1961 theme ?Destined for Greatness.?