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The Month in Photos: October 2020

November 12, 2020

Halloween costumes, new faculty members, pumpkins galore, and even a little snow—it was all at WPI, and all in October. Grab a handful of leftover Halloween candy and check out what else the WPI community was up to this month.

An over-the-shoulder shot of a student painting a pumpkin.

Pumpkin painting, spin art, music, and more—students who stayed on campus during the term break had no shortage of things to do (when they weren’t sleeping in and recharging for B-Term, of course).


Art Heinricher talks with two students as they walk through campus.

Dean of Undergraduate Studies Art Heinricher’s new office hours are a walk in the park ... or, well, in this case, on the campus.


Hudson the corgi sniffs a painted pumpkin on the concrete steps of the Morgan Wedge.

Space pup Hudson: astronaut, goat herder, pumpkin judge, good boy.


A shot of multiple spooky objects on a table as part of the Haunted Higgins event.

Haunted Higgins House had a new look this year as students took part in a week-long murder-mystery event spread out around the entire campus.


Individual photos of new WPI faculty members

We welcomed 19 new faculty members to the WPI community this year, with expertise in everything from machine learning to jazz studies.


A photo of fall foliage on WPI's campus.

It’s been an unconventional year, but one thing we can always count on? Campus coming through with that stunning foliage.


A side profile of a student bathed in yellow light while performing "Every Brilliant Thing."

The show must go on, and it did—Arts & Sciences Department Head Kate Moncrief and Emily Baker ‘22 directed WPI’s production of Every Brilliant Thing, starring Fiona Doyle ‘21, as part of this year’s Arts & Sciences Week.


A photo of members of the women's volleyball team pose in front of a whiteboard that says "We've got WPI men's basketball's back!"

WPI’s athletes participated in the NCAA’s Diversity & Inclusion Week with some notes of encouragement to their teammates and peers.


A photo of a socially distanced band practice in Higgins House Gardens.

Socially distanced band practice? Socially distanced band practice.


Students start building a snowman on the Quad.

We didn’t expect to have to break out the shovels and snowplows this early in the season, but that’s 2020 for you.


Natalie Farny poses in her lab while wearing a face covering and white lab coat with Gompei on the pocket.

Back in 2018, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology Natalie Farny and seven current and former WPI undergraduates were part of a group of 244 labs around the world that demonstrated a new way to estimate the number of bacteria in a liquid sample. Their work was recently reported in Communications Biology.


Students and staff dressed as Star Wars characters gather behind a Baby Yoda figure in the campus center.

Have a safe and fun Halloween we did.