Lubbock Christian University

LCU Associates

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Associates of LCU

Are you a graduate of LCU? Have you attended LCU or another church affiliated university? Do you support Christian education?
We would love to have you join the hard working fun loving women raising funds to support Lubbock Christian University!

Our Heritage

The purposes of the Associates of Lubbock Christian University:

  • To unite Christian women of the South Plains in a genuine spiritual fellowship.
  • To support LCU in all her needs.
  • To help promote the highest advantages in physical, social, intellectual and spiritual education of every student of LCU.
  • To promote a clear understanding of Christian education.

We participate with the University in Changing Lives.


  • Membership in the Associates is one of the most vital, yet easiest ways to support the university. Annual dues are an important source of revenue.
  • Any woman interested in the purposes of the Associates of Lubbock Christian University may become an Associate member upon payment of dues.
  • Annual dues are $25 for regular members, $50 for professional members. Professional members are not active participants but receive all mailings.
  • Please send your contact information and check to: Associates of LCU 5601 19th St. Lubbock, TX 79401. Make check payable to Associates of LCU.
  • For additional information, email us at:
  • The Associates’ fiscal year is April thru March, but membership dues are accepted at any time.
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Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events.


Reservation required no later than Wednesday BEFORE each Arnett House luncheon. RSVP to 806.786.8468 (call or text) or

GIFT SHOPPE HOURS(2019 – 2020)

Hours (Fall – Spring)
Fridays from 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Our Hearts at Work


  • Arnett House: responsible for the operation & maintenance of the house on behalf of the Associates.
  • Budget & Goals: chaired by the Treasurer
  • Membership: chaired by the 2nd Vice President
  • Programs: developed by the 1st Vice President
  • Publicity: channels all publicity of the Associates, chaired by the Reporter
  • Mailing: chair supervises bulk mailings
  • Memorials: memorials and living honor donations may be mailed to:

    Associates of LCU, c/o Lubbock Christian University
    5601 – 19th 
    Lubbock, TX 79407

Full Committee List

Fundraising Projects

  • Arnett House Luncheons:  Third Mondays (September, October, November, January, February, and April) at 12 noon. Reservations are required no later than the Wednesday BEFORE each Arnett House Luncheon. RSVP to 806.786.8468 (call or text) or Cost is $10.  
  • Cookbooks: The 50th Anniversary Edition cookbook, Treasured Recipes, is $25.00 ($3.50 shipping). To purchase a cookbook, contact Carol Dahlstrom at or 806.720.7485.
  • Arnett House Gift Shoppe: Custom crafted items created by alumni artisans. Hours: Open Special Event and Luncheon Days
  • Quilting: a group of women quilt for the public every Monday in the Arnett House annex quilt shop. Contact Shirley Brawner at 806.795.2007 or Lois McClure at 806.799.4585
  • South Plains Fair Booths: Sales of corn on the cob, corn in a cup and homemade pies
  • Foodless Food Sale
  • Annual Spring Luncheon and Silent Auction in Baker Conference Center
  • Christmas Traditions Home Tour

New 50th Anniversary Edition Cookbook

The 50th Anniversary Edition of the LCU Associates cookbook, Treasured Recipes, is now for sale! The first cookbook, "the blue book," was produced in 1961 & sold over 31,000 copies. Rich with history, this new book contains 966 recipes & sells for $25. To purchase a copy of the new edition or for more information, contact Carol Dahlstrom at or 806.441.0370. Support LCU by participating in this popular fundraiser!

Come Shop!

The Gift Shoppe is located in the annex of the Arnett House. Sales of collectibles, cutlery, and decor items help fund campus improvements.>The items for sale below may be ordered by sending your check to: Associates of LCU 5601 19th St. Lubbock, TX 79407 or contact us by email

Note Cards

Order note cards depicting the Arnett House in an original watercolor by Ronelle Howell, alumni of LCU.

Sold in packages of 8 for $10.00 + $1.50 shipping.

Commemorative Ornament

Order an ornament depicting the historic Arnett House, 1st building on LCU's campus and current home of the Associates. The hand-painted ornament is sculpted in a three dimensional effect. Ornament may be hung or displayed on a small easel.

The ornament with easel is $25.00; without easel $20.00.

Add $3.00 shipping cost.

The organizational meeting for the Associates was April 29, 1958, in the LCU cafetorium barracks. One of the first projects was to sew curtains for the windows. By October of that year there were 900 charter members. Many are still active participants. The organization has raised almost $3 million for LCU.

Some of the contributions were: construction of the home economics building (currently Behavioral Sciences), renovation of the Arnett House, remodeling of Johnson Hall, refurbishing Katie Rogers Hall, painting the President's home, landscaping, furniture, office renovations and parking lots.

Each year the Associates fund unbudgeted items for departments and offices. Our ongoing project is providing funds for the library to purchase books and other media requested by the faculty. Funds were also raised to convert the library card catalog to an online catalog.

The house, designed in 1915 by Ft. Worth architect M.L. Walker, was built as a wedding present for Mr. and Mrs. J. Lanhan Higginbotham of the Higginbotham lumber family. The house was purchased in 1918 by Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Arnett, Sr., a pioneer rancher and banker of the South Plains. The house served as their residence until 1956 and later it became one of the first pioneer Lubbock homes to be restored.

Originally located at 1214 Avenue L in downtown Lubbock, the gabled, bungalow house was given to Lubbock Christian College along with twenty acres of land on west 19th by Dr. and Mrs. Sam Arnett, Jr. It was moved to the campus property in 1957 to coincide with the opening of the college and soon became known as the Arnett House. It served the college as the first Administration building, and later was used for housing, offices, a counseling center, print shop, photo lab and the psychology/sociology department.

By 1975 the house had fallen into disrepair and with the growth of the college, was no longer in use. The trustees of the college gave the house to the Associates of LCC in February 1975 Groundbreaking ceremonies for the relocation were conducted on December 9, 1977. Those participating were Dr. and Mrs. Sam Arnett, Jr and their children, Sam Arnett III and Mrs. John Flygare; Mrs. Otis (Naydiene) Cannon, chairman of the Associates’ Arnett House committee; and Dr. Harvie Pruitt, president of Lubbock Christian College. In 1978 the house was moved for the last time, from west of the education building to its present location on 22nd street.

C.R. Billingsley of Billingsley and Stracener, Architects and Engineers worked with the Associates in planning the renovation. Claude Martin and Sons were the contractors with Byron Martin as an advisor and C.B. Martin as supervisor of the actual work. Lucille Melcher, of Cagle Brothers Interiors was the decorator.

Restoration was done in three phases: excavation of a basement, pouring a foundation and relocating the house; restoration of the roof, exterior sides and porch; and interior restoration. The reopening of the Arnett House on August 26, 1979 coincided with Dr. Sam C. Arnett Jr.’s 71st birthday.

This lovely eight room, two-story house serves as home for the Associates of LCU, an organization begun in May 1958 “to support Lubbock Christian University in all her needs.” Original features and furnishings include: glass knobs, windows and bookcases in the living room, sliding solid wood doors between the living and dining room, serving ledge and built-in china closet with beveled mirror in the dining room, butler’s pantry and cabinets, and the Arnetts’ original bedstead in an upstairs bedroom. An original oil still life, painted and donated by local artist, Toni Arnett, hangs in the reception room.

A permanent standing committee of 7 women was established in 1975 to be responsible for the operation, renovation and maintenance of the Arnett House. Mrs. Otis (Naydiene) Cannon served as the first chairman followed by Mrs. Don (Lynnita) Hufstedler and Mrs. Bob (Jan) Crockett.

The house was designated a Lubbock Historic Landmark in February 1984. In 1987, the kitchen was restored and in 1993 an annex was constructed to house a gift shop and quilting room. Renovations in 2013 included installation of new carpeting and kitchen flooring for the main floor, carpet removal and staining of the stairway, and installation of a low-maintenance floor for the front porch. In 2014 the Lubbock Historic Society made application for the house to be designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, recognizing that the property is of local, regional or state significance. In 2014-2015, the Associates celebrated the 100th birthday of the Arnett House with various Centennial events, culminating on April 6, 2015 when members of the Arnett family were honored at a special LCU chapel ceremony and later at a brunch held in the Arnett House.

The Arnett House is located at 5513 22nd Street in Lubbock, Texas.

LCU gratefully acknowledges Jan Crockett for submitting this historical account.
December 12, 2013