Executive Woman's Job Takes on New Personal Meaning; Hostcentric Executive Finds Ancestors in Ellis Island Database She Manages

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Hostcentric, Inc.

    HOUSTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- It isn't often that professionals are
 presented a chance to work on an exciting project while learning more about
 their ancestors.  That's exactly the opportunity that presented itself to
 Christine Pascarella, a vice president of Houston-based Hostcentric's managed
 services group.
     Hostcentric, one of America's leading managed service providers, teamed up
 with technological partners Compaq (NYSE:   CPQ), Oracle (Nasdaq:   ORCL)and
 others to participate in building the infrastructure for a unique Web site
 that can help Americans trace their ancestral roots back to the days when
 floods of immigrants entered the United States through the Port of New York
 and Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.
     The American Family Immigration History Center(TM) at Ellis Island will
 debut its state-of-art, interactive genealogical database at its grand opening
 on April 17, 2001.  The 22 million immigrant records, 3.5 million manifest
 pages and more than 800 passenger ship images will be accessible at Ellis
 Island via 41 kiosks located throughout the Center and on the Web at
 www.ellisislandrecords.org.
     Contained within the 22 million records is information on Christine
 Pascarella's ancestors, who originally hail from the Netherlands and Italy.
 As a technical guru with a background in international studies and a keen
 interest in her genealogical heritage, Pascarella found the Ellis Island
 project irresistible.  "We had never done a project of such tremendous scope
 -- bringing millions of historical records to the public through the Internet
 is an awesome task," said Christine.  "Also, since many of us in the New York
 office are children of immigrants, my colleagues and I were honored and
 excited to work on this landmark project.  We knew that we too would be able
 to eventually benefit from the vast amounts of information in the database to
 learn more about our family trees."
     Both sides of Christine's family arrived at the Port of New York and Ellis
 Island, including her maternal great-grandparents, Roleandus and Cornelia
 Klomp, who came from the Netherlands around 1905.  Despite the fact that her
 great-great grandfather Klomp was a gamekeeper for the Queen at Ziest Castle,
 the opportunities to live well were few and far between.  "Like many
 immigrants, my great-grandparents came to America to seek a better life for
 themselves and their families," said Christine.  "As it was right before the
 war, the Netherlands just didn't afford the same opportunities that the U.S.
 did."
     Although many of Christine's relatives on her family's paternal side
 hailed from small towns near Naples, Italy, her great-grandmother Julia Velot
 came to the United States in the 1890s from Northern Italy.  Christine's
 grandmother Antonia Cervone and Antonia's parents Nicholas and Amelia all grew
 up near Naples.  Nicholas and Amelia came through Ellis Island twice, and
 Antonia was the most recent to arrive at the Port of New York.
     Learning more about her immigrant ancestors was a thought that danced
 through Christine's head last year when she spearheaded the creation of the
 Foundation's proposal for its latest immigration history project.  "As I wrote
 the proposal, I knew that Hostcentric could not only do the project, but also
 that we'd sink our hearts into it."
     Now, as a result of Christine's and countless others' tireless efforts,
 any history-hungry individual will be able to access several dimensions of
 information on millions of people who came through Ellis Island, including:
 name of the ship; the names, ages and occupations of the passengers; the town
 or village and the country they were leaving; their destination in the United
 States and more.
     Christine Pascarella currently serves as Hostcentric's Vice President,
 Inside Sales and Sales Engineering of the Managed Services Group.  Born and
 raised just outside of New York City, Pascarella earned her bachelor of arts
 in International Studies and German from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
 From there, Christine, who is fluent in German and conversant in Russian,
 earned a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of
 Pittsburgh.
     After working in the world of international development, Christine's focus
 changed to the Internet when her old friend Alex Gadea invited her back to New
 York in 1997 to help run his new Web hosting company, Virtualscape.
 Virtualscape eventually merged with Hostcentric in May 2000, and Christine has
 been happily working on projects such as the Ellis Island one ever since.
 
     About The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
     The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit
 organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic
 restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in a
 partnership with the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 In addition, the Foundation has created an endowment to maintain the monuments
 and created the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and The American Immigrant
 Wall of Honor(R).
 
     About Hostcentric, Inc.
     Hostcentric, Inc. is one of the largest privately held managed service
 providers, offering services in applications infrastructure management,
 e-commerce systems and support, streaming media, Web hosting and global domain
 name registration.  One of the first companies to be designated as an Oracle
 Authorized Application Provider, Hostcentric provides application services and
 infrastructure support for the Oracle E-Business Suite, as well as Oracle's
 database products.  To learn more about Hostcentric, visit
 www.hostcentric.com.
 
     All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their
 respective manufacturers.
 
     Portions of this document may constitute "forward-looking statements" as
 defined by federal law.  Although the company believes any such statements are
 based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes
 will not be materially different.
 
 

SOURCE Hostcentric, Inc.
    HOUSTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- It isn't often that professionals are
 presented a chance to work on an exciting project while learning more about
 their ancestors.  That's exactly the opportunity that presented itself to
 Christine Pascarella, a vice president of Houston-based Hostcentric's managed
 services group.
     Hostcentric, one of America's leading managed service providers, teamed up
 with technological partners Compaq (NYSE:   CPQ), Oracle (Nasdaq:   ORCL)and
 others to participate in building the infrastructure for a unique Web site
 that can help Americans trace their ancestral roots back to the days when
 floods of immigrants entered the United States through the Port of New York
 and Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.
     The American Family Immigration History Center(TM) at Ellis Island will
 debut its state-of-art, interactive genealogical database at its grand opening
 on April 17, 2001.  The 22 million immigrant records, 3.5 million manifest
 pages and more than 800 passenger ship images will be accessible at Ellis
 Island via 41 kiosks located throughout the Center and on the Web at
 www.ellisislandrecords.org.
     Contained within the 22 million records is information on Christine
 Pascarella's ancestors, who originally hail from the Netherlands and Italy.
 As a technical guru with a background in international studies and a keen
 interest in her genealogical heritage, Pascarella found the Ellis Island
 project irresistible.  "We had never done a project of such tremendous scope
 -- bringing millions of historical records to the public through the Internet
 is an awesome task," said Christine.  "Also, since many of us in the New York
 office are children of immigrants, my colleagues and I were honored and
 excited to work on this landmark project.  We knew that we too would be able
 to eventually benefit from the vast amounts of information in the database to
 learn more about our family trees."
     Both sides of Christine's family arrived at the Port of New York and Ellis
 Island, including her maternal great-grandparents, Roleandus and Cornelia
 Klomp, who came from the Netherlands around 1905.  Despite the fact that her
 great-great grandfather Klomp was a gamekeeper for the Queen at Ziest Castle,
 the opportunities to live well were few and far between.  "Like many
 immigrants, my great-grandparents came to America to seek a better life for
 themselves and their families," said Christine.  "As it was right before the
 war, the Netherlands just didn't afford the same opportunities that the U.S.
 did."
     Although many of Christine's relatives on her family's paternal side
 hailed from small towns near Naples, Italy, her great-grandmother Julia Velot
 came to the United States in the 1890s from Northern Italy.  Christine's
 grandmother Antonia Cervone and Antonia's parents Nicholas and Amelia all grew
 up near Naples.  Nicholas and Amelia came through Ellis Island twice, and
 Antonia was the most recent to arrive at the Port of New York.
     Learning more about her immigrant ancestors was a thought that danced
 through Christine's head last year when she spearheaded the creation of the
 Foundation's proposal for its latest immigration history project.  "As I wrote
 the proposal, I knew that Hostcentric could not only do the project, but also
 that we'd sink our hearts into it."
     Now, as a result of Christine's and countless others' tireless efforts,
 any history-hungry individual will be able to access several dimensions of
 information on millions of people who came through Ellis Island, including:
 name of the ship; the names, ages and occupations of the passengers; the town
 or village and the country they were leaving; their destination in the United
 States and more.
     Christine Pascarella currently serves as Hostcentric's Vice President,
 Inside Sales and Sales Engineering of the Managed Services Group.  Born and
 raised just outside of New York City, Pascarella earned her bachelor of arts
 in International Studies and German from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
 From there, Christine, who is fluent in German and conversant in Russian,
 earned a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of
 Pittsburgh.
     After working in the world of international development, Christine's focus
 changed to the Internet when her old friend Alex Gadea invited her back to New
 York in 1997 to help run his new Web hosting company, Virtualscape.
 Virtualscape eventually merged with Hostcentric in May 2000, and Christine has
 been happily working on projects such as the Ellis Island one ever since.
 
     About The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
     The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit
 organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic
 restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in a
 partnership with the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 In addition, the Foundation has created an endowment to maintain the monuments
 and created the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and The American Immigrant
 Wall of Honor(R).
 
     About Hostcentric, Inc.
     Hostcentric, Inc. is one of the largest privately held managed service
 providers, offering services in applications infrastructure management,
 e-commerce systems and support, streaming media, Web hosting and global domain
 name registration.  One of the first companies to be designated as an Oracle
 Authorized Application Provider, Hostcentric provides application services and
 infrastructure support for the Oracle E-Business Suite, as well as Oracle's
 database products.  To learn more about Hostcentric, visit
 www.hostcentric.com.
 
     All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their
 respective manufacturers.
 
     Portions of this document may constitute "forward-looking statements" as
 defined by federal law.  Although the company believes any such statements are
 based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes
 will not be materially different.
 
 SOURCE  Hostcentric, Inc.