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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Dr. Diane Allen
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Carole and Emile Bizot