Slatest News: November 2023

Updates & Enhancements

Dispatches from Slate Feedback

Check out the latest from Slate Feedback—our Product Management team has been actively soliciting your thoughts for new ideas and posting updates about existing and completed features. Here are a few of our favorite updates from the last few weeks:

  • Last week at Technolutions: October & November Updates
    Curious about recent updates to Slate? In addition to new feature updates, we're also publishing tweaks and bug fixes via our new periodic posting, "Last Week at Technolutions." Follow our Product Management channel in the Community Forums for info on the latest publishes to Test and Production environments including the recent updates from October 16, October 30, and November 6.

  • Quick Launch in Beta UI
    Did you know that CTRL-K opens Quick Launch in the new Beta UI?
    Opt-in to the Beta UI from your profile menu at the top-right of the page. The search will return recently accessed items as well as links to specific Slate tools that can be found within the Database. Clicking on the desired result will take you directly to that item for quick and easy access!

  • Tap to Pay with Payment Terminal
    With the Payment Terminal feature in the Slate mobile app, you can now accept contactless payments on your mobile device without having to use extra terminals or hardware! Payments can be accepted from contactless credit or debit cards, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, and smartphones with other digital wallets. Please note that this initial release is for iOS phones only. You can learn more about this functionality in this Knowledge Base article.

Slate Voicemail
Announced at Summit 2023, Slate Voicemail is now available in all databases! You can learn more about this functionality in this Knowledge Base article.

Summit Central

Registration is Open

Register for the Slate Summit 2024 by January 1 to secure the discounted early registration rate! Held at Chicago's Navy Pier, June 19-21, 2024, the Summit gathers thousands of users from diverse institutions, roles, and experiences into one place to connect, share, collaborate, excite, and inspire. This year is sure to be our biggest and best ever as we celebrate our 10th Summit. For Summit hotel and travel information, visit our Slate Summit website

Call for Proposals

Has your team done something interesting, noteworthy, or innovative in Slate? We want to know about it! The Slate Summit 2024 Call for Proposal is now open. Sharing your knowledge and success stories benefits our entire community. New for this year, you now have the option to participate in a brand new Show and Tell style session. Each presenter selected will have a maximum of 5 minutes to show off something they've done in Slate. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to connect with other users and represent your institution—submit your presentation ideas by January 12.

Slate Labs: 2024 Registration Now Live

Get Experimental with Slate Labs: Advancement

Join Technolutions staff and fellow members of the Slate community for an interactive buildathon focused on evolving advancement industry best practices and developing Slate for Advancement standards for reporting and events. This Slate Lab will also include a "New Feature Pitch Session" where you will be able to present your vision for Slate feature evolution directly to our Founder and CEO, Alexander Clark. 

Register now in Home Slate! This Slate Lab will take place February 22-23 at Union League in New Haven, Connecticut. 

The More You Know

Community Conversations

Join Technolutions staff and members of the Slate community for regularly scheduled, discussion-based sessions on specific topics. These calls are available to all, so come learn from the broad knowledge of the Slate community—including the expertise of Technolutions staff and the experiences of your colleagues at other institutions. 

To view the complete schedule, register for Community Conversations, and submit questions in advance, visit the Community Conversations portal, accessible from your Home Slate or via Database >> Community Conversations. We only have a few left before the winter break, so don't miss out!

Join us the next few weeks for:

  • Thursday, November 30

    • 1:00 pm ET: Configurable Joins: Problem Solving

    • 1:00 pm ET: Advancement: Ask Us Anything!

    • 4:00 pm ET: Ask Us Anything: Integrations

  • Monday, December 4

    • 2:00 pm ET: Welcome to Slate (Admissions & Enrollment, Student Success, Advancement)

  • Tuesday, December 5

    • 4:00 pm ET: Basics of the Workflow

  • Wednesday, December 6

    • 1:00 pm ET: Liquid Markup

    • 2:00 pm ET: Ask Carnegie Anything: Portals

  • Thursday, December 7

    • 4:00 pm ET: Configurable Joins: The Basics

Slate Preferred Partners

Learn Slate with Carnegie

Carnegie Slate Camps 2024

  • January: Held prior to the 2024 Carnegie Conference

    • Beginner and Intermediate look at marketing through Slate

    • Learn to master configurable joins, build out multi-channel communications, and enhance strategy through Deliver focused reporting

    • $250 for Carnegie Conference registrants / $350 for Slate Camp attendance only

  • June: Held prior to the 2024 Slate Summit

    • Half-day sessions on Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19

    • Tuesday session: Queries and building from a strong foundation of best practices into complex querying with subqueries

    • Wednesday session: Portals, with Beginner and Advanced options

    • $300 per individual for one session / $500 per individual for the full program

  • Carnegie Tiny Trainings

    • Subquery Join Us: Configurable Joins 101

      • "Join" us to learn how tables work in Slate, what the different categories and bases really mean, and when to use global vs subquery joins

      • $100 per person, with payment due at time of registration

Visit Carnegie's Upcoming Slate Trainings site for further information.

Slate On Tour

Get the full #SlateOnTour experience with Technolutions staff at these upcoming conferences. Come say hello—and tell your Slate (and future Slate!) colleagues, too.   

Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting, Washington DC, December 6-8: Nick C. and Matt I. are excited to be attending this year's CGS conference. Stop by the Marriott Marquis to say hi!  

Spotlight on the Slate Community

️Holiday Shopping Guide

The holidays are right around the corner! Make sure to visit the Slate Spirit Shop for all your Slate shopping needs. Check out some of our new items including belt bags, dog bowls, and desk mats, as well as our best-sellers like the plush toy sharks, tote bags, tumblers, and more! These gifts will bring a smile to that Slate user in your life.

Somewhere In My Memory

Use our Holiday Movie Mix Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for all the holiday-themed movies your heart desires this December!

Get To Know…

Kimberly Weidner-Feigh, Senior Community Manager

If you could be on a reality TV show, which one would you choose and why?
I have always wanted to be on the Amazing Race. I love to explore new places, have random skills like stick shift and long division, and am a downright scrappy competitor.

What book would you recommend? And why?
For brilliant work-life time management strategies, I know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam. It's about being intentional and creative with how you use the 168 hours you get each week so you can fit in a full-time job and a family, with time to spare for sleep, exercise, and all the things that you'd think aren't possible when you work and have a family.

Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or nighttime?
Definitely sunrise. I am someone who comes to whatever I'm doing with energy and a fresh outlook, a lot like the sun rising on a new day. Also, I get up insanely early!

What super power would you like to have?
Snap my fingers and be anywhere I want to be at any moment, with everything I need for that place packed for me and there with me. I'd be on a white sand beach right now.


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