Connection Day-aka 'fall picnic'


Friday, October 14, 2022 - 9:30am to 2:00pm
Employer Registration is CLOSED. We have reached Employer capacity for 2022!   
We are not accepting any folks for the waitlist. Please consider attend the UCC's Job Fair on 9/23!
LOCATION: West Quad Fields

(between Cone Parking Decks & Barnhardt Student Activity Center/Halton Arena)


Our Multi-Industry Connection Day (formerly the Fall Picnic) is an annual tradition perfect for our 4000+ students, 225+ faculty, and countless alumni to establish relationships, network, and discuss career options with engineering and technical professionals from a variety of technical industries.  Our annual college-exclusive event fills up quickly so register soon!

STUDENTS & ALUMNI: Stop by and show the Engineering & Tech Employers why they should Hire a 49er!
(No Registration Required for CoENGR students, faculty, staff & visiting alumni)


2021 Event Program
w/field layout

2021 Photos

LinkedIn Event:

What Positions Are Employers Looking To Hire For?


***2022 Employer Registration is CLOSED


See Below for More Info!

49er GOLD Level  $1,000 (FILLED - no spots left for 2022

  • Spots are limited at this level
  • 10' x 10' White Tent  *you can bring your own-just let us know
  • 6-ft display table with 4 chairs in a premium location  
  • Can bring up to 4 people
  • To-go lunches for up to 4 people
  • Morning hospitality and employer-only water tent
  • Gold-colored table cover and table sign 
  • Custom-made 49er Gold Recognition Banner to proudly display on your tent
  • Pre-printed name tag and college lanyard for each participant
  • 4 parking passes for the Parking Decks
  • PR, PR, and more PR!
    • Company write-up, logo, and website listed in our multi-page event program (electronic and printed) 
    • Company name/logo on signs and on flat screen TVs in all engineering buildings
    • Company name/logo included in all event-related mass emails, and on the college Connection Day website.

 Level  $500 (FILLED - no spots left for 2022)

  • 6-ft display table and 3 chairs*
  • Can bring up to 3 people.
  • To-go lunches for up to 3 people 
  • Morning hospitality and employer-only water tent
  • Green-colored table cover and table sign 
  • Blank name tag and college lanyard for each participant
  • 3 parking passes for the Parking Decks 
  • Company name and website listed in our multi-page event program, on flat screen TVs in all engineering buildings, inclusion in all event-related mass emails, and on the college Connection Day website

    *You may bring your own small (8x8 or 10x10 pop-up tent, however, you cannot stake it into the ground and it MUST fit in your designated space).
You are encouraged to bring a large supply of marketing and product materials to interact with our students, alumni, and faculty. Because the event is located OUTSIDE, you may bring almost anything (short of explosives, weapons, and similar dangerous items) like:
  • product samples
  • prototypes & equipment
  • marketing brochures & business cards
  • giveaways & games

These are all great ice-breakers to interact with our attendees! Your employees who are UNC Charlotte alumni are also encouraged to attend as your representatives - they make great connections with our students!

***Contact us prior to the picnic if you plan on bringing exceptionally large items to display as we will need to ensure they are allowed on our fields and we can accommodate you space-wise.***  For fall 2022, we are not allowed to bring any vehicles onto the field (per our facilites and grounds dept).  Any vehicles will have to stay parked on the sidewalk- if space is available. 

***Carpooling is recommended***
  • Park only in designated Visitor Parking areas. Cone and Union Decks are the two closest parking decks to the event.  This Campus Map will help you with parking options.
  • We will give out paid exit passes to participating EMPLOYERS as we check them in on the day of the picnic. You only need a parking pass to EXIT our decks. See the Benefits section above for the number of parking passes you will receive. Additional parking information will be emailed to employer participants prior to the picnic date.
  • Note: We are not able to provide paid parking passes to students and visiting/guest (non-employer participant) alumni.

We cannot be responsible for parking tickets.

Cancellation Policy:

Contact Ms. Linda Thurman As Soon As Possible if you are an Employer Participant who can no longer attend. Refunds cannot be issued if requested less than seven (7) days prior to the event date.

Bad Weather Policy:

In case of inclement weather, we will move the event inside. Contact our main office at 704-687-1991 or 704-687-5024 to confirm the decision as  we will use the Student Union. If the event is moved inside,  some modifications with employer tables/booths will need to be made. We will notify Employer Participants as soon as possible if we have to utilize the indoor space. 

Questions or Concerns?



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Ms. Linda A. Thurman

Director of Student Professional Development and Employer Relations,
Student Professional Development Advisor and Co-op Coordinator

The William States Lee College of Engineering
Office: Smith Building, 228F​
Phone: 704-687-5024

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