It is December 3rd, 2015. I am standing in Grant Hall at Queen’s University, surrounded by students, faculty and reporters. Faces are illuminated with smiles. There is palpable feeling of happiness and contentment in the room. A colleague takes the stage. People are on their feet. The circumstance of this happy gathering was a send off for one of our own, Dr. Art McDonald, who departed days later for Stockholm to be acknowledged on the world stage as co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.