If you can't be in the Viking Room with your friends, gather virtually to enjoy a beverage and good company. Start a Zoom call (or another video conferencing service) and use these backgrounds to experience the VR in VR.

Lawrentians gather in the Viking Room.

Viking Room

Viking Room

Viking Room

Viking Room

Viking Room

If you truly want to recreate the VR experience, follow one of these recipes to make a Viking Room signature cocktail:

If you're missing the jukebox, here's a Spotify playlist from last year's Mile of Music festival or one from LUaroo 2019.

Andrew Commons

Meet a friend or colleague for a virtual lunch in Andrew Commons. Download and use these virtual backgrounds in a Zoom call (or other video conferencing service) and chat as you prepare and enjoy a popular recipe from Bon Appétit.

Andrew Commons.

Andrew Commons.

Andrew Commons.

Andrew Commons.

Andrew Commons.

Bon Appétit Macaroni and Cheese Recipe for One


  • ½ cup pasta of your choice (macaroni or cavatappi work well)
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


  • Bring a small pot of salted water to boil over high heat
  • Cook pasta according to directions on package
  • While the pasta cooks, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Whisk in flour and cook until a thick paste forms.  Slowly whisk in milk, whisking out any lumps.  Whisk continuously until mixture thickens.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add cayenne if you like.
  • Drain pasta and mix into cheese sauce.
  • Enjoy!


Perhaps you're missing the ambience? You can listen to an hour of cafe sounds on YouTube to make it feel like you're in the middle of the Commons lunch rush. 

Zoom Background Instructions

  • Click your favorite backgrounds above to download.
  • During a Zoom meeting, click the "^" arrow next to the start/stop video button.
  • Click "Choose Virtual Backgrounds..."
  • Click the "+" and select your favorite backgrounds from your files.

(note: not all computers or operating systems can support this feature)

Find more Lawrence Zoom backgrounds here. 

The Rock Coloring Page

A fun activity for the whole family! Print this coloring page and get creative designing The Rock. You can even send to friends and family and compare designs over a virtual hangout. 

Click to download

A coloring page featuring The Rock.

Virtual Hangout Kit Requests

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