Melissa A. Brendes' parents, Galen and Sherry Brendes, donated mirrors for the poms on behalf of Melissa. The mirrors were installed in the gym of the LRC, formally Novak, as well as memorial plaques. Because of this donation the team now has a designated practice facility, this gym is now a 'no ball' gym and can be used not only for the poms but the cheerleaders as well.
Melissa, a 2005 graduate and pom, was tragically taken in a car accident October 18, 2007. Her love of dance and poms will be reflected in these mirrors for years to come by all those that follow in her footsteps.