Her design studies are helping her every day.
“What I focused on was service design, user experience and transition design — looking at global problems and how to move the needle on making things better for everyone, whether it be products, systems or wayfinding,” she said.
“I look at how the user interfaces with the application system, how people move through the process, and how I communicate with prospective students and their families, faculty and CMU admissions. This is something I do every day,” Loosemore said. “It was interesting to study the ‘why’ behind all that and how to make it better.”
Juggling her job and school work the past three years was challenging, but she credits a strong support system in the School of Drama, and her husband for helping her along the way. Because of COVID, she spent parts of the last two years working and taking classes online while living in Interlochen, where her husband works in information technology.
“I wouldn’t have eaten if it wasn’t for him. He’d say, ‘You’re taking a 10-minute break. Dinner is ready,’” she laughed.
Loosemore is an artist at heart, growing up in an Indiana home where her artistic talents were encouraged. Her mother was a teacher and gardener who created beautifully hand-crafted lampshades. Her great grandfather was head of the sculpture department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with bachelor’s degrees in fiber, textile and weaving arts, and art history, criticism and conservation.
Loosemore is an independent artist who creates embroidered and beaded fiber pieces on canvas and has designed costumes for Parallel 45, a professional theater company in northern Michigan. She is hoping to attend a weeklong artist-in-residency in New York this summer.
“For me, it’s always been about art and people,” she said. “I enjoy helping students figure out how to make their art world possible. It’s important to me and where I find joy in my work.”
Her biggest joy comes from spreading the good news.
“I really like making a difference for people. A student once told me when I called to tell them they’ve been admitted, ‘Mica, you have the best job ever. You get to make dreams come true.’”