Southern Oregon University has named Medford businesswoman Anne Root its distinguished alumna for 2010 and will honor her with a reception and dinner Saturday.

Southern Oregon University has named Medford businesswoman Anne Root its distinguished alumna for 2010 and will honor her with a reception and dinner Saturday.

Root, a cum laude graduate from the class of 1990, is co-owner and general manager of Eden Valley Orchards and EdenVale Winery in Medford, a historic orchard and winery. Prior to that, she spent time in real estate management and wireless technology products and services.

She is president of the Southern Oregon University Foundation board of directors and a member of the SOU School of Business advisory board. She also serves on the Asante Finance Committee and the Medford Parks Foundation.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski recently appointed her to the Oregon Business Development Commission.

While attending what was then Southern Oregon State College, Root was student body president and chairwoman of the Oregon Student Lobby.

Tickets for Saturday's 6 p.m. reception and dinner in the Rogue River Room of SOU's Stevenson Union are $20 and can be purchased through SOU's alumni office at 541-552-6127.