Beautify your Zoom calls with new Rice backgrounds

Rice is now offering free downloadable images of familiar university scenes that can be used as backgrounds during Zoom video conferences.

“Our daily lives have changed a lot, and we wanted to give the Rice community something familiar, comfortable and joyful to add to their new routine,” said Tiffany Norman Barry, web and social media specialist in the Office of Public Affairs. “We hope this helps students, professors, staff and alumni feel close and connected to Rice during a time when we are all apart.”

The images, which include photos of campus and even Sammy the Owl, are available for download at


About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is editor of Rice New.