Like Father, Like Daughter – A Phi Kappa Phi Legacy

Marla Elsea
May 12, 2021
Photo provided by Dennis Majewski - Daughter and father, Grace and Dennis Majewski, share the pride of Phi Kappa Phi membership.

Although they attended different colleges, decades apart, Dennis and Grace Majewski have a proud moment that few parents and children share - they are both Phi Kappa Phi members.

After Grace's recent induction at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, her father thought back to when he was welcomed into the Society. “It was a privilege to be inducted into Phi Kappa Phi when I completed my undergraduate degree. Now my daughter gets to share in the same experience, becoming a member of this prestigious honor society; and sharing this recognition with her dad,” said Dennis.

Dennis recalled his college journey in the 1970s. Early on, a clerical error on his high school transcript resulted in multiple rejections from universities and junior colleges alike. After resolving the issue and diving into communications and broadcasting at Western Illinois University, he graduated as a proud Phi Kappa Phi member with honors. "It is a particular honor for me to become a member because of an early obstacle I had to overcome," he said. He continued his education at WIU earning a master's degree in 1980.

When it was time for Grace to choose a school, Dennis was happy to see her pick one with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter. Now, as she earns her bachelor's degree in music education, she also joins the ranks of top scholars who are proud Society members.

In addition to having his daughter as a fellow member, Dennis also appreciates other perks of active membership. "One of the benefits I enjoy most about the membership is the Forum quarterly magazine. I find the articles enlightening and thoughtful," he said. "It is always good to read about what is happening with other members of the society and with Phi Kappa Phi."

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