Gardner-Webb Department Chairman Taking American Railroad Adventure

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Dr. Bob Carey Documenting Sabbatical Through Photographs

By Jill Blank, Communications Intern

Photos by bobcarey on Instagram

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—“All aboard!” Gardner-Webb Professor Dr. Bob Carey will hear this phrase many times in the next few weeks. The GWU Communication and New Media Department chairman is taking a trip across the United States via railroad with his camera as his companion.

Empire State Building in New York City

As part of a sabbatical this semester, Carey is taking snapshots of America on his three-week trip that began on Feb. 22. Carey’s “Great American Rail Adventure 2015” will begin and end in Charlotte, N.C., with stops in New York City, Chicago, San Antonio, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans and Fort Worth, Texas.

Carey’s decision to take a journey on train came from numerous trips he took with his parents and from a recent experience traveling to Baltimore. “As a five-year-old I remember crossing the Southwest by train on our way to the west coast,” Carey shared. “This past summer I took Amtrak to Baltimore to work with some students covering the SBC convention. I had a great trip and decided after meeting such a variety of people on the train to do a two-to-three week trip around the U.S.”

Union Station in Washington, D.C.

While on the trip, Carey will attend the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. He will work with students in a seminar to share the planning and experiences of his railway travels.

The entire Great American Rail Adventure will be documented through photographs and social media. Carey is using the hashtag #gara15 on sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Youtube, and Vimeo.

At Gardner-Webb, Carey teaches a variety of courses, including computer graphics, layout and design, and web publishing. He is in his 18th year as a professor of communications at Gardner-Webb. His photography has appeared in newspapers, including the Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Dallas Times-Herald. Carey has also been the editor-in-chief for Missions Today magazine and currently serves as one of the directors of the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference.

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Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University blends a liberal arts core curriculum with more than 55 specialized major and minor programs, a comprehensive academic experience grounded in a Christian environment of service, leadership and intellectual freedom.