Sturges-Young Center for the Arts hires new director

Jamie Eymer

The City of Sturgis has hired a new executive director for the Sturges-Young Center for the Arts.

Jamie Eymer, the facility’s event coordinator since June 2022, was hired to the director’s position after the departure of Sheila Bolda in July, effective September 25.

According to her biography, Eymer brings experience in marketing, sales, hospitality and event rentals to Sturges-Young Center for the Arts. She said she is looking forward to filling the spaces at SYCA with more rentals and SYCA-hosted events, especially the upcoming performance series set to start in October.

Eymer was born and raised in northern Indiana. She graduated in 2013 from Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in marketing. Since graduating, she has held positions with various companies all in the realm of event coordinating, hospitality and customer service. Her passion is customer service and relationship building with clients. 

Eymer currently resides in LaGrange, Indiana, a town about 12 miles south of Sturgis, and when out of “work mode,” she can be found enjoying “mom-mode” by spending time with her family.

Sturgis Hospital update

In other business Wednesday, the Sturgis City Commission approved a request from Asker Corp., the for-profit entity interested in buying Sturgis Hospital, a one-week extension to transfer $3 million to the city. The new date is October 23, part of ongoing talks and minor adjustments between the city, hospital and Asker. The $3 million will go into an escrow account to be applied toward the $7 million bond debt owed across the next decade. The city and hospital agreed to a bond sublease agreement years ago as part of infrastructure upgrades, a debt being transferred entirely to the city to ensure the hospital sale.

The Sturgis splash pad on the edge of Thurston Woods Park is largely finished, city officials said Wednesday. A bathroom facility is in the early stage of construction and is scheduled for completion in October. The splash pad is to officially open for use in the spring.

Dan Cherry is a freelance journalist for Watershed Voice.