Milka Derisma, a junior/senior communications major, has been selected as one of the five students to serve on the national student transfer panel at the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students conference in February 2016. Derisma will have an opportunity to share her transfer experience with professionals and become published through the NISTS website.

In the acceptance letter, it was noted, “The review committee had an incredibly difficult task. I am humbled by your willingness to share your transfer journey and inspired by your service to other transfer students and professionals.”

Derisma transferred from Seminole State College in Fall 2014. She has been working with Chanda Torres, assistant vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Services, and the Foundations of Excellence transfer initiative as an undergraduate research assistant, and is a member serving on the SDES Student Advisory Council. In addition, she is a recent alumni of the I-CORPS program that gave her the opportunity to speak to other institutions about their transfer students.

“I feel honored to be selected. I am very passionate about transfer students because it gives students a second chance at attending their dream university,” said Derisma. “My goal is that I can share what I learned, and learn from the experts to help more students.”

Her dedication to ease students’ transfer from a two-year college to a four-year college has compelled her to create a website: [currently under construction for improvement for both students and advisors].

Derisma will receive a complimentary registration ($300 value) to the conference, travel and lodging expenses, and the honor to serve on the panel.