Slatest News: August 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: August 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 August 7.

Custom Views

Existing tools in Slate continue to be enhanced with the incorporation of Customized Views. Personal and Shared Custom Views are now available in Payment History and Portals. Learn more about Custom Views in the Knowledge Base.

Test Score Updated Date

Upon import of updated Test Score data, the Update Timestamp field for existing test records now populates with the import timestamp. This timestamp now reflects the appropriate updated information!

Summit Central

Call for Proposal Webinars

The time is almost upon us to announce our annual Call for Proposals for content to be featured at Slate Summit 2024! In advance of opening the proposal period, the Core Content Committee will be hosting two webinars on September 13th and September 20th at 2:00 pm ET to discuss what makes for a fantastic proposal, giving you and your institutions the best chances of being selected.

We'll talk about what we're looking for, share best practice information, cover what topics are over or underrepresented each year, and we'll even include some examples of awesome proposals we've seen over the years. Most importantly, we'll be looking to hear from you about what topics you'd like to see this coming year. Be on the lookout for an email coming your way soon with registration information! Don’t forget to check out our Community Post on the Call for Proposals.

Save the Date
We are so excited to return to the Windy City! Save the date for Slate Summit 2024: June 19-21 at Chicago's Navy Pier.  

The More You Know

Virtual Conversations: Slate Presents

Charlene Raube and Tim Dunning will be presenting the final webinar in this three-part series focusing on Common App integration, discussing transfer applications within Slate. They will be covering a variety of topics including timeline & processes, remapping rounds, custom fields, year-specific values, and will also be answering questions about the Common App process within Slate. Mark your calendars and register today.

Visit the Slate Presents portal in your Home Slate to watch any of our previous Slate Presents webinars and to register for these Community Conversations.

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. Join us the next few weeks for:

  • Thursday, August 31

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

    • 2:00 pm ET: Getting Started with Student Success

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

  • Tuesday, September 5

    • 1:00 pm ET: Configurable Joins: The Basics

  • Wednesday, September 6

    • 1:00 pm ET: Ask Nicely: You Need Permission!

    • 4:00 pm ET: Basics of the Workflow

  • Thursday, September 7

    • 1:00 pm ET: SFTP and Web Services

2:00 pm ET: Getting Started with Student Success

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.   

  • National Association for College Admission Counseling, Baltimore, September 21-23: We can't wait to head to Baltimore for this year's NACAC conference! Make sure to bring your Slate and high school counselor colleagues over to visit us at Booth #1515—we'll be talking all things Slate and

  • Association of Advancement Services Professionals, Chicago, September 27-29: Join us in the Windy City at the Hilton Chicago for the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP) Conference.

  • NACADA Annual Conference, Orlando, October 4-7: If you happen to be in the Orlando area, swing by the Rosen Shingle Creek to learn more about Slate for Student Success!

  • EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Chicago, October 9-12: We'll be at the McCormick Place for this year's EDUCAUSE Conference. Stop by and visit us at Booth #1133!

  • AACRAO SEM Annual Conference, Seattle, November 5-8: If you're headed to Seattle, come see us at Booth #201 in the Hyatt Regency.  

Spotlight on the Slate Community

☕ Slate Café 
Getting ready to go back on the road? If travel season's got you buzzing about our New Haven neighborhood, stop in for a coffee break! Come meet the Slate team, tour the office, and refuel for the next stop of your trip. Check out the Slate Café online to register for your visit!

🏙️ City Life
Looking for a song about your favorite place? These songs about cities will get you going in the right direction!

Get To Know…

Genevieve Brewer, Advancement Program Manager

What book would you recommend? and why?
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s a very captivating read that brings you into the mind of an English butler. It reminded me of the importance of carving out time each day for yourself.

What do you do to de-stress?
I like to go for a run or walk to clear my head. Or I’ll do a gentle yoga class if I’m really stressed. And I always have dark chocolate at home! 

What would you be doing if you weren't at the office?
I would most likely be playing a round of golf with family or friends. 

What song is currently stuck in your head?
I’m a fan of Hozier so I’ve been listening to his new album Unreal Unearth. “First Light” has been stuck in my head.


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