Department: Property/Controller's Office
Job title: Coordinator, Property Assets
What do you do?
I am responsible for the safeguarding and accountability of all tangible assets that are currently on the property master file, as well as making sure all departments comply with applicable state, federal and University rules, regulations and procedures. I also oversee the disposition of all surplus property, as well as the records disposition process for the shredding of sensitive data documents.
Years at UNF: Seven years
If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why?
Law enforcement. When I worked in retail during high school, I worked in store security and assisted in catching shoplifters. I was infatuated with the excuses I got from shoplifters.
Who is your favorite fictional character? What makes them your favorite?
Vito Corleone from "The Godfather." He was very level-headed.
What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life?
Tell us about your family.
I have been married for 32 years, and I have one daughter who is 30 and
one son who is 25, as well as a cat named Ella. My entire family is
huge. I have a lot of brothers and sisters and cousins who mostly live
What is the
proudest/happiest moment of your life?
children were born
What person had
the greatest impact on your life?
had the most influence on me in my life. My father passed away when I
was 2 years old, and my mother raised eight children alone after that
and raised us well.
What are you
most passionate about? My family's
What would you like to do
when you retire?
Travel and be
surrounded by grandchildren
your favorite thing about working at UNF?
Meeting so many people. The staff at UNF is very talented and
diverse. I enjoy visiting all of the departments and learning what they
What is the best thing you ever
One million dollars. Just kidding - my
wife is the best thing I ever won.
If you won the lottery, what would do with the
I would definitely donate to my church
and make sure my children are comfortable for life.
If you were not working at UNF, what would you be
doing? I would be retired, staying
Describe your favorite
UNF-related memory? Reporting to
work on my first day and realizing that this was the job for me.
What is your favorite way to blow an
Working in my yard
What was the best money you ever
The best money I ever spent was on our
Is there a piece of
technology that you just couldn't live without?
Tell us something
that would surprise people to know about you:
I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and lived there until the age
What was the first concert
you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you
attended? Frankie Goes to Hollywood was the
first concert I ever attended, and I have not been to one since.
Who is the most famous person you
Queen Noor of
Tell us something about you
that even your friends don't know:
I am not a
very good swimmer.
What do you hope
to accomplish that you have not done yet?
work, I would hope to accomplish a fiscal inventory with no police
reports for stolen or missing assets. At home, I hope my blueberry
bushes produce fruit.
read: "Sam Walton: Made in America"
Okra, known in many English-speaking countries as lady's fingers, bhindi or gumbo, is a nutritional powerhouse that has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It's grown and eaten in many regions around the world and can add nutritional benefits to your diet - if used properly. Shahla Khan, nutrition instructor in the University of North Florida Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares more about this flowering plant. In order to include okra in your diet, a recipe is included.Myth: Okra has little nutritional benefit.Fact: Okra is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, folic acid, vitamin B5, C and A, and protein. Okra also contains essential minerals, including potassium, magnesium and iron. Myth: Okra is best stored in the refrigerator. Fact: Freezing is the best way to preserve okra. Freezing helps to retain the nutrients. Be sure to freeze okra that is colorful and hasn't softened or begun to turn brown.Myth: The only way to eat okra is fried.Fact: Okra has a gummy texture and can be used to add thickness and flavor, as well as nutrients, to gumbo and dishes that contain tomatoes, corn, onions and shellfish. It can also be tossed in corn meal, salt and pepper and baked in the oven. Okra can also be steamed, pickled, boiled or stewed.Myth: Cooking okra increases some of its nutritional benefits.Fact: One hundred grams of raw okra contains about 3.2 grams of fiber, while boiled okra contains about 2.5 grams of fiber. The fiber content is affected by freezing, dropping it to about 2.2 grams. Raw okra also has more protein. One hundred grams of raw okra has 2 grams of protein, while boiling it reduces it to 1.87 grams and 1.69 grams by freezing it.
1/2 cup butter or margarine1 onion, large, minced1/2 green bell pepper, diced1 quart okra, fresh, sliced/rinsed4 tomatoes, fresh, coarsely choppedsalt, to tasteblack pepper, to tasteDirectionsMelt butter in large skillet; add onion and sauté over medium heat until soft. Add bell pepper, okra and tomatoes; season to taste. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union's "Taste" section.Have a question about okra? Contact Shahla Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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