Joplin, MO (SNS) – A dedication ceremony for the Robert Corley Music Room will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Room 208 of the Music Department, located in the Performing Arts Building.

In November 2014, it was announced that Corley – a longtime supporter of Missouri Southern – had donated $40,000 to order new uniforms for the marching band.

The band had been using the same uniforms for at least 14 years. Corley’s donation will cover the purchase of 150 jackets, leaving room for the band to grow in numbers.

Corley, who grew up in Columbus, Kan., graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in business administration. He moved to Joplin and in 1951 opened the Duds Shop and later the Attic and Accents on South Main Street.

Over the years, he has provided support for such programs as KXMS, the International Piano Competition and the International Mission. In 2008, he pledged a significant gift that will fund scholarships at the university in perpetuity. Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium and the W. Robert Corley Dental Hygiene Clinic are also named for him.

“He stepped forward with support at a very important time for our music students,” said Delores Honey, director of donor relations-development for the MSSU Foundation. “His continuing support of Missouri Southern shows his loyalty to us and his faith in what the university is doing.”