Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Reunion and Commencement weekend

Bohemian rhapsody

Carolyn Harris Zukowski '91Life’s side streets often lead to the most compelling destinations. Carolyn Harris ’91 was a cash-strapped editorial assistant when she visited the Czech Republic in 1993, attracted by the international buzz and the country’s affordability. Her stop in the medieval village of Cesky Krumlov, about 100 miles south of Prague, was meant to last two days. But the brief visit became a lifetime sojourn when she fell in love with the town and with a Canadian artist who had just opened a hostel by the river.

Harris found a job teaching English at a nearby university and moved into the 500-year-old house with Cal Zukowski, whom she soon married. Their hostel business boomed, and the couple purchased and restored two more ancient houses, naming their new hostel Krumlov House. The original hostel is now the home of the Zukowskis and their sons, Aidan (13) and Max (8).

A fairy-tale river town, complete with cobblestone streets and a towering castle, might just be the ideal setting for a writer, and it has certainly inspired Carolyn Harris Zukowski, who studied English and creative writing at Wheaton. In 2008, she decided to merge her love of “words and wanderlust” by creating an online literary journal. The Literary Bohemian, which published its ninth issue in May 2010, features poetry, reviews, travelogues and “postcard prose.”

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Alumnae/i board candidates

After extensive research, the nominating committee has selected the following candidates for the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors. Elections will be held at Homecoming on October 16. In accordance with the bylaws of the Alumnae/i Association, additional nominations may be made for positions other than alumna/alumnus trustee. Nominations must be submitted in writing at least two weeks before Homecoming. Nominations should include relevant information about the candidate, written consent from the nominee, along with at least 30 signatures from alumnae/i representing no fewer than three classes.

—Scott Hesser ’01, S’01, nominating chair

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Up Close: Barbara-Jean Payne Janes ’61

Barbara-Jean Payne Janes ’61 joined the Peace Corps right after her Wheaton graduation in 1961. That December, she left for Pakistan, in one of the first groups to go abroad for the international development organization. The experience changed her life.

Barbara-Jean Payne Janes '61For nearly two years, Janes served in the city of Peshawar, where she taught biology and chemistry at Frontier College for Women. She had planned to pursue a career in chemical research, but she returned home with other ideas.

“As a result of my teaching experience in Pakistan, I got my master’s in education at the University of Chicago, and spent the next thirty years teaching middle school science,” she says. Along the way, she and her husband Bob Janes reared two children.

In 2002, several of the volunteers who had served in Peshawar 40 years earlier came together for a reunion. In the wake of the terror attacks of 9/11, the group decided to do something to support girls’ education in Pakistan. Eventually, they connected with The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a Pakistani NGO that runs 660 schools and serves 92,000 students, half of them girls.

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