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Undergraduate Experiences

The Office of Undergraduate Experiences is located in Suite 1400 on the 14th floor of the Lawrence Street Center (LSC).


Mailing Address:
University of Colorado Denver
P.O. Box 173364
Campus Box 140
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Address:
Office of Undergraduate Experiences
1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400
Denver, CO 80204


Phone: 303-315-2133
Fax: 303-315-5829



Jeff Franklin 
Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Undergraduate Experiences

Jeff Franklin is a Professor of English and former Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curriculum and Student Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In his 14 years at CU Denver, he has taught 23 different courses, ranging from first-year seminar to 6000-level graduate courses. He holds both MS and MFA degrees, in addition to the PhD. He has published many scholarly works and poems, including three books: Serious Play: The Cultural Form of the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel (U Penn), For the Lost Boys (Ghost Road), and The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire (Cornell).


As AVC for Undergraduate Experiences, Dr. Franklin supports programs that enhance student learning, promote academic excellence, and link student and academic affairs units. He is committed to the education of the whole student through integration of general education, major, co-curriculum, and community. He leads and develops programs that serve all undergraduates, regardless of school or college. He is a champion of programs that support undergraduate student success, with a focus on first-year and transfer students. He believes that the quality of the educational experience is the primary determinant of student retention, completion, and success. His overall goal is to make CU Denver the first choice institution for those seeking the highest quality baccalaureate education.


In his spare time, Dr. Franklin reads, camps, hikes, skis, bikes, motorcycles, sails, and travels with his wife Judy Lucas and their children.​






Ashby Butnor

Director of First Year Experiences

Ashby Butnor is the new Director of First Year Experiences in our office. She holds both MA and PhD degrees in comparative philosophy from the University of Hawaii and has been teaching courses in philosophy, religious studies, and feminist theory for the past ten years. Her co-edited volume, Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions, was recently published (Columbia).

For the past several years, Ashby has helped lead a large first-year learning community program, in addition to teaching first year students. Her areas of focus are learning community models, faculty outreach and development, faculty-staff collaboration, service learning, and common reading programs.
Ashby lives in Fort Collins with fellow philosopher and husband, Matt MacKenzie. They have two sons, Quinn (5) and Reid (1), and enjoy traveling, cooking, bicycling, and gardening.

Brianna Ricotta 
Student Assistant for Undergraduate Experiences 

Brianna Ricotta is the new student office assistant in Undergraduate Experiences. She is a psychology major with a minor in education. In the coming year, Brianna is going to apply her passion for psychology to the development of her psychology- based program for middle school girls. After graduation, Brianna plans to complete her Master of Art in Education and work at an international school in Indonesia, where she grew up. Brianna enjoys traveling, being adventurous, playing sports, reading, spending time with friends, and always following her dreams. 



Mary Baitinger
Executive Assistant for Undergraduate Experiences

Mary Baitinger worked at the Colorado School of Public Health on the Anschutz Campus for 3 ½ years in the Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy as a program coordinator. She has over 20 years of experience in education and administrative support and holds a MA in education and MPW in professional writing. Mary lives in the East Colfax/Montclair Denver neighborhood, does volunteer work at Denver Writes (Metro Denver Promotion of Letters), and enjoys pursuing creative writing projects for middle grade readers.​




Office of Undergraduate Experiences

Phone: 303-315-2133 • Fax: 303-315-5829

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste 300

Denver, CO 80204


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