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College of Arts&Sciences Will Honor Outstanding Alumni Oct. 13

For release: September 29, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The University of Memphis College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its Outstanding Alumni Awards dinner Thursday, Oct.13, at 6 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom on campus. Dr. Diane Allen, Kirk Caraway, Stacey Greenberg, and Darlene Winters will be honored as Outstanding Alumni; Carole and Emile Bizot will be recognized as Friends of the College.

For more information, or to make reservations, contact alumni coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at 901-678-1562 or

Dr. Diane Allen
Dr. Diane Allen
Allen (BA ’73) earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. Her first position in higher education was at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. From there she moved to the University of North Texas, where she served on the faculty and as associate dean of education. From 2004-09 Allen was dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she established the university’s first doctoral program.

Currently Allen is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Salisbury University in Maryland. She has supported the development of that institution’s first doctoral program, created a division of graduate studies and research, and increased international programs, including a new exchange program with Anqing Teachers College in China and a visiting scholars program.

 Kirk Caraway
Kirk Caraway
Caraway (BA ’94, JD ’97), a partner with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, focuses his practice on litigation in state and federal courts. He has tried more than 50 cases and represented clients in administrative proceedings at arbitrations and mediations. In 2008 Caraway received the Memphis Bar Association’s Sam A. Myar, Jr. Award for outstanding service to the legal profession and the community.

Caraway was selected as a “Mid-South Rising Star” by Law & Politics in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and listed as a “Superlawyer” by that publication in 2011. He has been selected as a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation, which recognized his distinguished service to the legal profession and adherence to the highest standards of professional ethics and personal conduct. In 2009, he was ranked by the Memphis Business Journal as a member of the “Top 40 Under 40.” Last year he was elected secretary of the Memphis Bar Association; he will serve the MBA as an officer for four years, culminating with his serving as president in 2013-14.

Darlene Winters
Darlene Winters
Winters (BA ’76, MA ’79) is the artistic director and founder of Company d, a dance ensemble for young adults with Down syndrome. With a master’s degree in speech and language pathology and a lifetime of studying dance, Winters has combined her profession and her passion for more than 30 years. She has conducted in-services for the public and private schools in Shelby County and presented at the Mid-South Conference on Communication Disorders. Her theme always relates to creative ways to facilitate language and learning through literacy, and incorporating the arts into the curriculum.

As a teaching artist for the Center for Arts Education of the Memphis Arts Council, Winters has conducted residencies for children of all ages in the Memphis City Schools and Head Start programs. She developed the original programs “Express Yourself” for school-age children and “Blabber Jabber” for the preschoolers. Winters also has directed and choreographed many stage productions for children, including three original works. In 2004 she received the Partners in Progress award from the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis. In 2008 The Commercial Appeal named her one of the “12 who made a difference” and she received the “Spirit of Giving Award” from Hands on Memphis. Most recently, Winters received the Jefferson Award for public service in May.

Stacey Greenberg
Stacey Greenberg
 After serving with the Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa, Greenberg (MA ’03) returned to her hometown to receive a master’s degree in anthropology from the U of M. She is community relations coordinator at MLG&W. Greenberg also has been a freelance writer, publishing regularly in The Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent, Edible Memphis, and Memphis Health + Fitness. She is the founder and driving force behind Memphis Rock-n-Romp, a non-profit organization that stages live music shows in kid-friendly environments.  In six seasons, this organization has grown from backyard events to large public venues and has enlisted sponsorships from area businesses to continue its expansion. With a deep interest in environmental issues, Greenberg was a founding board member of the recently revived Citizens to Preserve Overton Park, which works “to preserve and defend the Old Forest of Overton Park for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” 

Carole and Emile Bizot
Carole and Emile Bizot
 Carole and Emile Bizot are native Memphians. Carole attended Ole Miss; Emile, a senior vice president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, graduated from the U of M in 1960. Over the years, the Bizots have been very active in the community, serving on many boards and organizations. They have supported numerous programs of the College, including the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the Confucius Institute, and the Center for Research on Women. They are members of the President’s Society, the Columns Society, and the Benefactors Circle for lifetime giving. Emile is president of the College’s advisory board and is a board member of the National Ornamental Metal Museum. They have been married for 54 years and have two sons and four grandchildren.

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