On a brief holiday cruise, she shared a ship with several Towson students and their families.
"It was just wonderful," Loeschke said. "They became like my kids by the end of the cruise. They were reporting in, and I had to tell their parents where they were. It was a lot of fun."
While there are plenty of new people to become familiar with, others from her past have popped up as well.
"My sixth grade teacher, a Sunday school teacher, my choir director, my Girl Scout leader," she listed. "People who I would have never had cause — though I would have wished to — to actually speak to again."
That Loeschke's roots extend so deep into Towson could be a boon for the relationship between Towson University and the communities that border it.
She said she truly wants the university to be a good neighbor.
"Anything we can do in the decisions we make that can help Towson as a town, we want to hear that," Loeschke said. "I've been meeting a lot with local business people, the County Council and county executive, people where we can just talk about 'How can we be a help?' "
Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson and met with Loeschke in the fall, came away impressed.
"I think she's a very warm and engaging leader," Marks said. "I think the fact that she is from this area will help her tremendously in that position.
"My sense is that she's going to continue Towson University's growth, but also be more sensitive to the community and willing to thoughtfully integrate the university into that community."
Marks suggested at their meeting that Loeschke keep up with community groups such as the Greater Towson Council, and expressed his hope that the university be a "laboratory for ideas for how downtown Towson can work."
In November, Loeschke had breakfast with leaders of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, including president and Towson alumnus David Kosak, to begin a dialogue with community leaders.
Kosak said Loeschke acknowledged the work the organization has already done in improving relations between the community and the university and is "looking to continue pushing those forward with us, which is a real breath of fresh air."
"It's something she has found is important to us, and it's really going to be important to her as well," Kosak said.
"It's a high priority to me, that Towson be an absolutely positive, vital, exciting part of this community," agreed Loeschke, "both in the building of Towson as an area for students and the community, and the way we reach out to the community."