A Young Alum’s Transcontinental Journey

Mylz Blake ‘17 has a unique coast to coast journey and entrepreneurial story to tell. Growing up in south central Los Angeles, he originally heard about SOU through football and visited Ashland the winter of 2012. After graduating from racially diverse Pacific Palisades HS, he made SOU his choice, which wasn’t an easy thing to do for a young black male.

Alumna Makes a Difference in Idaho

For Caitlin Jenkins Holesinsky ‘15, finding her way to SOU and helping those in need during the COVID-19 crisis, took unique paths. Born and raised in Anchorage, AK, Caitlin’s grandparents retired in the Rogue Valley, so by the age of eight, she was visiting often. Her parents also decided to retire there so after graduating from high school in Anchorage and attending the University of Alaska-Anchorage for a year, she made a practical yet comfortable move to be close to her family. Caitlin initially attended Rogue Community College, earning an associate’s degree in social science before transferring to SOU.